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Frugal Fashion: Gwen Stefani goes rocker glam in L.A.

July 4, 2012 |  6:03 am


Gwen Stefani was a fashion icon to her "No Doubt" fans long before she launched her L.A.M.B. and Harajuku Lovers labels. The platinum blond was the poster girl for skaters everywhere. She was frequently photographed in a mix of crop tops, baggy pants, studded belts and chains. Over the years, it's been fun to witness the singer transform into a more polished version of her ska rocker self in pieces from her own L.A.M.B. line.

Stefani recently attended the opening of the Exposure 2 photo exhibition in Los Angeles, where she donned a menswear-inspired outfit that was a little of the old "No Doubt" Gwen and her new fashion designer persona mixed together. She wore a pair of Rag & Bone leather pants, white blouse with contrast collar, square-tip tie and cap-toe heels. The silver cuff was a nice touch, and Stefani's best accessory tends to be her signature ruby red lips.

The zipper-embellished pants, silver cuff and contrast collar are rocker chic, while her heels and red lips appear sleek and feminine. The tie adds a funky menswear twist -- perhaps it's a throwback to when Stefani would wear a plain black tie with her bikini tops or with an Oxford shirt and sweater like a school girl.


For a similar blouse with a contrast collar, try the Asos blouse with double collar for $31.48 from offers a sleeveless version with the Peter Pan collar blouse by Ark & Co. for $49. Tuck your blouse into the Mum trousers from Zara for $59.99. The jean's metallic sheen gives a look similar to leather without the high price tag. The Gitman Bros. burgundy knit silk slim tie from for $68 offers a fun retro style  or any borrowed skinny tie from a boyfriend or husband can also do the trick.


For a bold silver cuff, get the Hammered cuff by Hive & Honey from for $18. Finish the look with Nine West gray and pewter baroque pump from for $79 or if you don't mind mixing your gold and silver, go for a sleeker black and gold version with the Asos Sydney pointed high heels with metal cap toe from for $74.57.

Happy shopping.

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Top photo: Gwen Stefani attends the opening of Exposure 2 photo exhibition hosted by Prevu on Thursday in Los Angeles. Credit: Todd Williamson / Invision for Prevu / Associated Press

Middle photos, from left: Asos blouse with double collar, $31.48 /; Peter pan collar blouse, $49 /; Mum trousers, $59.99 /; Gitman Bros. burgundy tie, $68 /  

Bottom photos, from left: Hammered cuff, $18 /; Nine West baroque pump, $79 /; Asos Sydney pointed heels, $74.57 /