Celebrity Chic on the Cheap: Rihanna is Lovely in Layers

[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 (like “who the hell are you and why are you so beautiful” Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) are spending $5,000 on an ensemble you don’t have to.]

There’s no way I could continue to write a fashion column without highlighting Rihanna. This girl is one of the most eclectic celebrities out there. One day, the paparazzi snaps photos of her in suspenders and harem pants; the next, you could easily see her in a body-contouring mini-dress with 6-inch stilettos…going out to lunch.

Rihanna attained her fashionista status by being completely and utterly balls to the walls…how can you not love it?

However, the outfit I’m re-creating today is actually one of Rihanna’s tamer looks, because though you, CollegeCandy reader, are fabulous, you are bound to certain rules of fashion that do not apply to celebrities. Read: you can’t really pull this off for class.  But it’s still hot, not just in its own right, but relative to that tragic gaggle of girls strutting around campus thinking Uggs, leggings, and Northface = high fashion.

Shopping Information: Military Jacket – Walmart, $9; Tweed Jacket – Forever 21, $32.80; Sweater Tunic – Forever 21, $13.80; Jeggings – Forever 21, $8.80; Over-The-Knee Boots – Target, $49.99; Hat – Express, $18.67.

To start things off, I gave you two options here. One is a tailored military jacket, similar to the one Rihanna is wearing, but so much cheaper. The other, the gray tweed, is very structured like Rihanna’s coat but in a completely different material (and we all already know tweed is a wonderful addition to anyone’s wardrobe). They both make wonderful additions to this outfit and still maintain the overall look and feel Rihanna’s got goin’ on.

Underneath the jacket is a super warm and comfortable sweater tunic that would just as hot over colorful tights as it would over your favorite pair of jeans. For this outfit, I chose jeggings because they meld to your legs and make it much it much easier to slip into these amazing thigh high boots. I know, thigh-highs have a skanky connotation, but it is so easy to make them modest, and still super sassy. (And, hello, can we talk about these Target boots? Deal. of. the. century.)

Of course, an ensemble inspired by Rihanna must include some totally unexpected element, and in this one, it’s the bright floral hat. I love that the hat from Express pairs stripes with a huge adorable flower, and it adds a touch of whimsy to this otherwise muted and sophisticated look.

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