Celebrity Chic on the Cheap: Ashley Olsen is Pretty in Pastels

[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 hot mama, Jessica Alba) are spending $5,000 on an ensemble, you don’t have to.]

I don’t think much about Ashley Olsen these days (with the exception of when I catch Full House reruns and roll my eyes at how obnoxious Michelle Tanner is). She is the CEO of two fashion lines (one that I am way too old to wear, and one that I am way too broke to wear), while Mary-Kate is the one who still occasionally graces us with her acting presence, and I hold her entirely responsible for the dirty hipster hobo-chic trend that has been around for far too long.

But when Ashley Olsen appeared at the Google Boutique launch party (because it’s not like Google has infiltrated enough of our everyday lives…) in an outfit that was not only fitted but actually adorable, I was shocked. Like, I had no words. Well, except for gimme, gimme, gimme.

Shopping Info: Sweater – Forever 21, $24.80; Dress – Modcloth, $57.99; Bag – Target, $24.99; Strappy Wedges – Forever 21, $27.80; Tights – Nordstrom, $8.

An orange sweater paired with a pink dress? In theory, it sounds like a massive eye sore. Like something you would have done when you were 7 and didn’t know better and your idea of style was throwing as many bright colors into one outfit as possible. It’s definitely not a color combination that would have crossed my mind prior to seeing Ashley rock it. The key to mixing pastels is to making sure they lie in the same family – warm or cool. Ashley’s orange and pink are both very light, so they mesh well. The orange sweater from Forever 21 and the (AMAZINGLY chic dress that you can both with this sweater or completely on its own) from ModCloth are both rich shades of their respective colors, so I promise you won’t look like you got dressed in bad lighting.

Adding some black tights automatically makes the look appropriate for winter (and the second it gets above 68 degrees again, you’ll have the perfect spring look). Throw on some strappy black sandals because who says sandals are just for summer (tights + sandals in the same color are totally the fashionable alternative to socks + flip flops). Top it all off with a toughened up black purse, and voila, you have an interestingly adorable outfit.

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