Chic for Cheap: Jessica Alba

“Is it too early to wear boots?” Asks every collegiate fashionista to their roommates. It’s still early fall, but Winston is feeling the early signs of pre-winter chills. Boot season is so close.

On the other hand, the angst from feeling like you can’t break out the tall (and outfit-completing) boots yet is driving you mad.

BUT wait! Why dream away the perfect seasonal time of the bootie??? This transitional period is the bootie’s prime, AND you can still get away with a little summery hint before it’s all over-the-knee boots and sweaters. With that said, let’s take a look at this week’s Chic for Cheap.


Exhibit A: Balance you can find between summer nostalgia and winter dreams.

JESSICA ALBA, founder and CEO, The Honest Company / actress

The Look: Alba hasn’t quite said sayonara to summer colors. Her maxi dress brightly reminds us of a floral summer breeze, but doesn’t trap her in an out-of-season limbo, thanks to the contrast provided by leather counterparts. The black booties, of course, scream fall. Paired with the jacket, an otherwise-girly look finds distinction with some tomboy boldness and texture.

This, collegiettes, is an hybrid look. Let’s break it down for cheap.


The Dress

Collared Tribal Flyaway Dress for $10.00 at Rue21


CHAUS Tie Neck Maxi Dress for $29.39 at Belk


Flutter Sleeve Floral Chiffon Maxi Dress for $32.99 at Charlotte Russe


Boohoo Boho Maxi Dress With Thigh Split for $35.83 at ASOS


New Look Aztec Print Bandeau Maxi Dress for $26.85 at ASOS


The Jacket

Faux Leather Moto Jacket for $32.90 at Forever 21


Textured Faux Leather Moto Jacket for $37.90 at Forever 21


The Booties

Perforated Faux Leather Booties for $37.90 at Forever 21


Chained Strappy Faux Leather Booties for $39.90 at Forever 21


Chain-draped & Belted Ankle Booties for $47.99 at Charlotte Russe


There’s the breakdown; this one is a simple look that’s easy to pull off. Embrace the transition season, collegiettes, and, as always, it’s not what you wear, but how you wear it!