High Fashion, College Wallet: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Marc by Marc Jacobs always offers a rather daring and fun view of fashion, especially for its Spring 2014 Collection. This season, the designer chose to specifically highlight color and texture. With pops of both hot and pastel pinks, deep and light teals and striking white and black, the collection embodied the essence of spring while staying edgy and glamorous.

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One of the most coveted looks paired a simple white long sleeve shirt underneath an adorable rainbow sequined shift dress. This simple combination looked striking on the runway and truly made a statement. Paired with a metallic navy blue sneaker, the color and shimmer of the sequins was undoubtedly chic. The addition of a long necklace and a simple black satin necktie added a hint of class and kept the look balanced enough for streetwear. To truly style this look for the street on a budget however, a few suggestions are in store.

For the simple white shirt, visit Gap for their reliable $12.50 Favorite Long Sleeve Crew-T in optic white, but the crucial element is the shift dress. An exact replica is difficult to find, so looking through thrift stores first may be the best bet. If all else fails, however, ASOS offers a sweet alternative in their Jovonna Shift Dress With Sequin Panel for $45. Though the color is all silver, the sequins make a statement yet are toned down enough for the daytime wear.

Accessorizing is always a way to give personal flare to a look, and this week’s look is no exception to that rule. For shoes, plain blue Champion Polka Dot Lace Keds may do the trick for $30. To be a bit more loyal to Jacobs, pair a metallic leather flat with the dress like DSW’s Envy Waltz Oxford in purple for $30. The satin scarf is a necessity for this look as well, and BeltOutlet.com offers a simple and cheap version for just $4. As for long necklaces, aim for a neutral chain and a quirky pendant like the lock used in the original collection. And don’t forget makeup—using a shade of bright eyeshadow that either matches or compliments those shoes will work wonders, along with a subtle pink lip.

This season, Marc by Marc Jacobs aimed high for bubble gum glamour that is playful and eye-catching. With a bit of searching and a little spending, the same look can find its place in your closet while still saving room in the bank.

 David Bologna is a staff writer. Email him at bstyle@nyunews.com

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