Frugal Fashion: Model Alek Wek heats up the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic


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Next week marks the official start of summer, and with it an entire social calendar full of outdoor parties and reasons to give your summer wardrobe a chance to shine. The recent Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Jersey City, N.J., got a jump on the season as celebrity attendees cheered on the match in attire that ranged from flowing dresses to sleek shorts.

Designer and stylist Rachel Zoe walked the polo grounds in a maxi and black floppy hat, actress Minka Kelly chose a simple white lace dress and actress Zoe Saldana stood out in a plain black T-shirt and black leather shorts.


Emerging among the best-dressed of the celeb bunch was model Alek Wek, in a cream-colored, cap-sleeve dress by Shoshanna and strappy heels. Her floppy straw hat was a functional, stylish accessory and a black leather bracelet toughened up the girly look just a tad.

Wek’s dress with its flattering silhouette and light color is an ideal piece for any summer party. Look for something with romantic details such as lace or subtle embroidery for a similar effect. If you have less than $100 to spend, but need a party dress, try the Guipure lace dress from for $89.90 or Ladylike lace dress by Pim + Larkin from for $79.

Summer parties mean fun under the sun and the need for a versatile hat. The Magid straw floppy hat from Loehmann’s for $21.99 is an inexpensive way to keep covered. For a pair of strappy sandals to wear with any dress or white linen pants, get the Chinese Laundry Women’s Willy dress sandal from for $59.93.

Wek went minimal with the accessories, forgoing a necklace and earrings for a simple black cuff. For a similar piece get the Linea Pelle double wrap harness cuff for $50 to wear withsuch outfits as a dress or a T-shirt and jeans.

Happy shopping.

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