Celebrity Chic on the Cheap: Jennifer Lopez Makes Plaid Glam

[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 (or faux-lebrities, like Kimmy K) are spending $5,000 and more on an ensemble, you an spend way less…and save the rest for Margarita Mondays.]
Jennifer Lopez has been one of my style icons for over a decade. As a supremely awkward adolescent girl, I used to watch her music videos and drool over her sexy, trendy, totally stunning outfits that she wore with the kind of confidence that I continue to marvel at to this day. After marriage, two kids, and a few colossally embarrassing career moves (Bennifer, anyone?), J Lo still oozes pure, unadulterated diva swagger. And I absolutely love her for it.
Recently, she showed up to an American Idol party dressed in a schoolgirl inspired outfit, abs bared and all. Had anyone else done this, everyone (myself included), would have written it off as another tacky crime against all things fashionable and chic. Yet somehow, when I saw this 41-year-old mother in this pretty blatantly ridiculous ensemble, I saw a regulation hottie wearing a really cool, funky, edgy outfit.

Jacket, Top, Shorts, Heels

So, first of all, I had to ditch the ab baring shirt because we are not extras in Britney’s “Baby One More Time” video. But this ruffled shirt is really cute and feminine, and the low v-neck still adds sex appeal. Plaid is a classic pattern, and this cropped jacket is fun and creates an interesting silhouette (and emphasizes the adorable sleeves on the shirt). Choosing black shorts instead of a black skirt veers this outfit away from being too costume-y and kitschy, but still trendy and hot. And, of course, a J-Lo inspired outfit is incomplete without a pair of pumps to make your legs look glorious.
This would be a great night time look, and could even transition into day time with some tweaks and an extra shot of confidence. Though I still question the logic of asking Jennifer Lopez to judge a singing competition, there is no doubt that she is an amazing judge of what is stylish.
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