Frugal Fashion: Emma Roberts goes girly at an Oscar soiree


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If British fashion goddess Alexa Chung and American golden girl Michelle Williams had a style-child, it would be Emma Roberts. This DNA wonder mash-up is the result of Roberts’ slightly indie wild-child style artfully whirled around her super girly outfits. And let’s not forget who her aunt is - pretty woman Julia Roberts, who comes from the same favorable real gene pool.

The 20-year-old actress, singer and songwriter, who has already mastered the art of captivating the tween movie audience, is moving on to become a well-dressed style leader for the rest of us with fashion choices that would rival the likes of Serena Van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf. Frequently featured on InStyle magazine’s Look of the Day feature, Roberts can always be found looking fab in the latest designer wear on a red carpet somewhere.


She looked ultra girly at the Chanel and Charles Finch pre-Oscar dinner party celebrating fashion and film at Madeo restaurant in Los Angeles. The young starlet wore a cream-colored bow-tie blouse, black shorts, a dainty cardigan, weather-appropriate tights and black satin pumps. The bows on her blouse and shorts are ultra feminine and chic, the look is age appropriate and the tousled hair and red lipstick are a double win.

Roberts’ outfit would be perfect for any spring fling and according to our own very stylish Melissa Magsaysay, shorts are definitely in for spring. Roberts chose a simple black pair with a bow, a great addition to any wardrobe. The Limited makes a similar pair, also with a bow, called the Cassidy elastic waistband short for $39.90. If a bow doesn’t suit your taste, maybe some lace will? Urban Outfitters carries the Nom De Plume Kit short with pretty lace trim for $19.99.

Roberts’ blouse evoked a feminine feel without resembling the outfits of your childhood dolls. For an equally flirty blouse with a bow, try the Asos short sleeve chiffon mix pussy bow blouse for $35.86, Cooperative Peter Pan bow blouse from Urban Outfitters for $44.99, or the Asos pussy bow blouse for $53.79. These blouses will add character to any outfit without going overboard with the bow detail.

A simple black cardigan is a great piece to have on hand for any occasion. To wear with a dressier top and shorts a shorter cardigan will work nicely. Old Navy makes a satin-trim rib-knit cardigan for just $10.50, Ann Taylor Loft has a long-sleeve crew neck cardigan for $39.50 and J.Jill makes the essential cardigan for $29.99. A small price to pay for a piece that will complement 90% of your existing closet.

Put on your new frugal finds with some basic black tights and heels you already own, and you’re ready for a soiree of your own.

Happy shopping!

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-- Jenn Harris


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Photos from top: Actress Emma Roberts arrives at the Chanel & Charles Finch pre-Oscar Dinner Celebrating Fashion & Film at Madeo Restaurant. Credit: Scott Kirkland /Getty Images.

Cassidy elastic band short from the Limited. Credit:; Nom De Plume Kit short from Urban Outfitters. Credit:

Asos short sleeve chiffon mix pussy bow blouse. Credit:; Cooperative Peter Pan bow blouse. Credit:; Asos pussy bow blouse. Credit:

Satin-trim rib-knit cardigan from Old Navy. Credit:; Long sleeve crew neck cardigan from Ann Taylor Loft. Credit:; Essential cardigan by J.Jill. Credit: