Before you roll your eyes or decide that weÂ've lost our marbles, we must point out that weÂ're aware that the previous statement sounds extraordinary. That said, we also know that if you closely consider some of springÂ's key styles, youÂ'll realize that these outfits often contain at least one essential item you already own. Using this logic, itÂ's easy to breath new life into those classic or basic articles of clothing. Just by styling an old favorite in an of-the-moment way or adding a few inexpensive, trendy touches, you can recycle those beloved pieces into cool new looks.
Bearing this in mind, we tackled two spring collectionsÂ--Isabel Marant and BalmainÂ--to see if we could create our own versions of the looks. Consider it our thrifty version of Runway to Real Way, inspired, in part, by the current contents of our closets!
We started with a look from Isabel MarantÂ's Spring 09 runway, as the designerÂ's casually chic style is both highly desirable and relatively easy to emulate. The foundation of this look is an unfussy pair of lightweight gray sweatpants, which we assume most of our readers already own. (If not, try H&MÂ's Drawstring Sweatpants ($13), shown above.)
The next necessary item is a classic camel trench, another piece you might already own, but if not, we like the simplicity of Old Navy's Belted Trench Coat ($50). The finalÂ--crucialÂ--requirement for achieving the Marant look is a slouchy pair of black high-heeled boots. While the shoes shown on the runway are out of most price leagues ($1050, at Curve, 212.966.3626), itÂ's not difficult to track down a likeminded pair. We pulled type Z's Amy Boots ($129) for this story, but certainly the options abound!
You Have: H&M Drawstring Sweatpants ($13)
Go Buy: Old Navy Belted Trench Coat ($50), type Z Amy Boots ($129)
Our next runway to real-way ensemble, courtesy of Balmain, is slightly edgier and in the vein of Kate Moss or Carine RoitfeldÂ's glam-rock style. Despite the collectionÂ's luxe look, you can get the same sort of effortlessly cool outfit through a simple combination of to key pieces. First, we will be so bold as to assume that you can count a sharp black blazer as one of your closetÂ's assents. (If not, try H&M's Blazer ($50), shown above.)
With this necessary requirement in hand, just pair it with this seasonÂ's popular, bleached-out, thrashed jeans. We like bebeÂ's Carmen Rolled & Destroyed Skinny Jeans ($139), but feel free to customize a pair of your own. Then, as a final nod to the Balmain runway, pick up a pair of fashion-forward, studded heelsÂ--perhaps the Aldo Molavi Sandals ($125), pictured above? Throw it all together and voila! Last seasonÂ's blazer looks relevant again and youÂ've got a new, Balmain-inspired outfit!
You Have: H&M Blazer ($50)
Go Buy: bebe Carmen Rolled & Destroyed Skinny Jeans ($139), Aldo Molavi Sandals ($125)