Esteemed Costume Designer Patricia Field reveals how to get big-screen fashion on a real girl's budget.
Browse for Bargains
"Thrift stores are full of inexpensive surprises. Zara also puts out high-quality, stylish things at a cheaper price, as does Noir Jewelry." Necklace, $39.95, Noir for Patricia Field, hsn.com.
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Splurge Now and Then
"If an item catches your eye, like a great bag, and you know you'll wear or use it a lot, then invest in it." Bag, Hype, $225, endless.com.
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Mix High- and Low-End
"You don't have to wear labels to look great. The movie's main character has many outfits that include cheaper items, like the colorful coats she wears." Coat, Club Monaco, $249, clubmonaco.com.
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Slim Down for Spring
"This season, body-skimming styles are in. If you buy a sleek dress now, you'll wear it for years." Dress, Khaki Krew, $62, edressme.com.
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"It's easier to find gorgeous, inexpensive shoes in synthetics, like metallic or patent, instead of leather. I design a line for Payless, and the construction is as good as it is for a pricier pair of shoes." Shoes, Patricia Field for Payless, $38, payless.com.
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Be Your Own Stylist
"When I'm creating a wardrobe for a character, I'm given a script as a jumping-off point. Find something that inspires you - like a favorite movie."
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