Frugal Fashion: Diane Kruger at the InStyle Summer Soiree


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German top model-turned-actress Diane Kruger has become a fixture at top designer runway shows and various events and red carpets around the world. She is usually on the arm of her beau, Joshua Jackson, and the stylish couple knows how to make an appearance.

The former ballerina is no stranger to best dressed lists. She is frequently featured on’s coveted weekly 10-best-dressed list, and last year she was an honoree on the Vanity Fair international best dressed list.


Kruger possesses a sort of fashion diversity, artfully playing with classics and taking risks. When she walks a carpet, she favors Chanel, Lanvin, Calvin Klein and Jason Wu. Kruger gets glam in styles that include classic gowns, and dresses with plunging necklines and daring slits. On her casual days she is photographed looking tres Olsen-twin hobo chic in Ray-Bans, hats and cross body bags.

At the recent InStyle summer soiree in Los Angeles, Kruger donned a Jason Wu menswear inspired ensemble that included a blue tuxedo-style blazer, white button-up, black bow tie and trouser shorts. She balanced the menswear look with some feminine details -- note the tuxedo color and fit, strappy sandal heels and tousled locks.

Try the menswear look for your next party in a fitted blazer with a feminine touch such as the Chiffon back blazer from for $68 that features a sheer back. For something bolder, try the Silence & Noise boyfriend blazer for $78 from We’ve featured this versatile blazer before, but since it’s such a great find, and comes in colors like pink, powder blue and fuchsia, it’s worth another nod.

Get Kruger’s tuxedo shirt look with the Jones New York pleated button down from for $36.99 or the Loft tuxedo shirt from for $44.50. If you want to go for a bow tie, you’ll need the collared American Eagle boyfriend shirt for $39.50 from

Bow ties can be a playful addition to any collared shirt or the perfect dress-up accessory. Definitely borrow from a male friend or spouse, but if you want to own your very own (you never know when a spiffy bow tie will come in handy), snag the All Saints Spitalfields elder bow tie for $15 or for a shiny, dressier version, the American Apparel unisex sateen bow tie for $19 from

To get Kruger’s cropped-tuxedo look, get the Ya Los Angeles turning leaves trouser short from for $49, Matelot trouser short from for $15.80 or the Charcoal shorts from for $38.

Finish the outfit with a strappy pair of sandals to give the ensemble a girly feel. For a lower heel try the Naya Tova sandals from in the deep sea green / sea spray green leather for $83.88. For something with a little more height, get the BCBGeneration midnight blue strappy heels for $66 from or the Madeline Reba wedge sandal from for $43.90 -- $60 depending on the size.

Happy shopping!

Have an outfit you’re dying to buy but need a frugal alternative? Email us a picture. We’re up for the challenge.

-- Jenn Harris


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Blazer photos, from left: Chiffon back blazer, $68. Credit:; Silence & Noise boyfriend blazer, $78. Credit:

Shirt photos, from left: Jones New York pleated button down, $36.99. Credit:; Ann Taylor Loft tuxedo shirt, $44.50. Credit:; American Eagle boyfriend shirt, $39.50. Credit:

Bow tie photos, from left: All Saints Spitafields elder bow tie, $15. Credit: All Saints Spitafields; American Apparel unisex sateen bow tie, $19. Credit:

Shorts photos, from left: Ya Los Angeles turning leaves trouser short, $49. Credit:; Matelot trouser short, $15.80. Credit:; Charcoal shorts, $38. Credit:

Shoes photos, from left: Naya Tova sandals, $83.88. Credit:; BCBGeneration midnight blue strappy heels, $66. Credit:; Madeline Reba wedge sandal, $43.90-$60. Credit: