Friday, December 12, 2008

Even Celebrities Love a Bargain

by Sarah Bernard, Host of The Thread

If you thought discount retailers and mass-market brands were only for those of us who can't afford couture, think again. Check out the big name celebrities we spotted wearing everything from H&M to Old Navy.

Maybe they're watching their wallets like the rest of us or maybe they just love the designs, like the rest of us. Good style doesn't have to lead to bankruptcy, as we try to point out every week, but still, you don't expect celebrities to take that sentiment to heart.

For that reason, we have to say spotting stars in inexpensive brands gives us a thrill. The fact that Blake Lively wore a $68 Alpinestars chambray shirtdress to a David Letterman taping— one that showed off her endless legs— made us like her even more. On a visit to New York, Britney Spears stepped out in a surprisingly sensible $60 LBD from BB Dakota. Even more impressive, Entourage's Emmanuelle Chriqui headed to a film festival in a fringe flapper tunic from Forever 21 that cost her $22.80.

Sometimes it's about mixing the low with the high. Eva Longoria accessorized a $39.50 Old Navy safari jacket with a $895 Gerard Darel bag.

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