Celebrity Chic on the Cheap: Nicole Richie is a Trendy Babe

[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 “damn, she always looks so cute,” Ashley Tisdale are spending $5,000 on an ensemble, you don’t have to.]
Confession: I miss hot-mess Nicole Richie. You know, 2003, fresh out of rehab, best friends with Paris Hilton, multi-colored, slightly raggedy extensions rocking, flashing boobies at fashion shows Nicole. I mean, sure, the babies are cute, her hair always looks silky and glorious, and the same antics that a 22-year-old engages in are a lot less cute in a 30-year-old. But still. I’m always a little bummed when not-Lindsay-tragic hot messes start domesticating themselves, because their uninhibited messiness is kind of admirable.
But it’s no big, because now I can admire Nicole for her banging sense of style. She’s the reason we all know who Rachel Zoe is, because Ms. Zoe is the one who gave Nicole a makeover even Cher Horowitz would be impressed by. And after Nicole became a style icon, suddenly every Hollywood starlet under the age of 30 was in Rachel’s care, but while they all looked like clones, Nicole always stood out. She has a strong sense of self that comes through in the outfits she wears, so while she may be uber trendy, she never looks dull or uninspired.

Shopping Info: Shorts, Shirt, Vest, Tights, Pumps.

Okay, upon first glance, you might look at this outfit and then give me major side-eye through your computer. It is one of those outfits that only someone who walks a red carpet regularly should be wearing, but I mean, college is basically Hollywood, and the quad/bar/classroom is your red carpet. This is the only time we can can get away with wearing anything we want before we eventually (economic climate permitting) acquire real jobs with enforceable dress codes. So why not take the opportunity to wear slightly crazy ish?
I completely love this whole “9000 ’80s trends threw up on me but I make it look hot anyway” aesthetic Nicole is rocking in this outfit. Adding pizazz to an oversized button down with a shiny black vest. Without a vest, this would still be a hot daytime look, but with this cute sequined one from Forever 21, now you’re ready for a chill night out. And I know I’m not the only one aching to rock some summer clothes, so why not throw on a pair of shorts (distressed or not) and winterize them with a pair of tights. This look is best with short-shorts, and luckily, every single store only seems to carry the hoochiest of shorts (or do I just have freakishly long legs? bah). Then, to add some major pizazz, throw on some suede stilettos, the highest ones you can teeter strut comfortably in, and bam, you’ve got yourself a super trendy, fun, fabulous outfit that Rachel Zoe would literally die over without her so-high-you’ll-die budget.
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