Celebrity Chic on the Cheap: Rachel Bilson is Relaxed and Radiant

[Welcome to Celebrity Chic on the Cheap, where our style guru takes a celebrity look and breaks it down for you, our poor college fashionista. What does that mean? It means that while the celebrities are spending $5,000 on an ensemble (like a sweater and skinny jeans) you don’t have to. All you have to do is click on the goods and – boom – you can buy the entire look. For cheap. Yes, we know – there is a spot for her in heaven.]

Rachel Bilson has lived a charmed life. She made out with Adam Brody as part of her job (sniffle, I still miss The O.C.). She made out with Adam Brody for pleasure. She had a whirlwind engagement to Hayden Christensen. She is going to be starring in an NBC show that was created with her in mind. She has cultivated a reputation for being one of the most consistently stylish and adorable celebrities, she writes a column for one of fashion’s holiest publications (InStyle), and her most recent job title is Eyewear Ambassador for the Sunglass Hut. (I don’t know what that means, but I’m jealous.)

If that’s not enough to make you want to be her, she’s also got some serious personal style.

Rachel’s signature style is a combination of trendy and classic. She constructs awesome outfits by mixing textures, sticking with flattering silhouettes, and choosing eye-catching accessories. And putting them all together flawlessly.

While I may never be able to wake up in Adam Brody’s overly slender arms have her life, I find comfort in knowing I can have Rachel’s style. Even with my meager budget:

Product Information: Jacket – Charlotte Russe, $39.50; Long-sleeve Tee – Target, $10; Jeans – Old Navy, $24.99; Boots – G by Guess, $49.95; Scarf – Ecrater, $9.95.

This outfit is perfect for a low-maintenance but still fashion-conscious lady. Distressed jeans are casual without being sloppy, while the fleece jacket is functional while being adorable (and giving a fabulous nod to Coco Chanel.) While Rachel chooses to roll up the cuffs of her jeans as a different way to show off her booties, tucking your jeans into your boots is far from played out.

And who wouldn’t want to show off those sexy suede ankle booties (for under $50!)?

But the real highlight of this outfit for me is the amazing hybrid animal-print scarf. It’s so offbeat and full of character, and the pashmina-type scarf is still very much in. It also is the easiest (and cheapest) way to turn a basic and boring t-shirt and jeans ensemble into a trendy and stylish look. Throw in the quilted bag from the Hilary Duff ensemble from a few weeks ago, and you’ll look, as Katy Perry so eloquently stated, fine, fresh, and fierce.

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