Our Frugal Take on Gwyneth Paltrow's $450K Worth of Spring Essentials
Gwenyth Paltrow may be a busy working mom with two young children, but that's probably where the similarities between her life and the average woman end. Your child probably isn't named Apple. You're probably not married to a rock star. And your list of spring essentials probably doesn't include a glossed red leather biker jacket worth $1,995. Poor Gwenyth is getting some flak for her blog Goop's annual Spring Edit, which lists nearly half a million dollars worth of the season's hottest must-haves. But like she says, we're finding "inspiration for outfits for all aspects of your busy life," we're just doing it on a budget.
Gwenyth insists that punk is one of her favorite trends. She tells readers to bring it into their daily style by adding splashes of leather and studded accessories. On her list of essentials is that glossed read leather biker jacket worth nearly $2,000. You can save nearly 95 percent by picking up the (Minus The) Leather Crop Biker Jacket at Express, $128. It comes in several color choices and animal lovers can feel good about wearing faux leather instead of the real thing. Love Gwyneth's Valentino studded leather iPad case, but can't stomach the $795 price tag? Topshop sells a studded iPad case for just $40, that's $755 less than Gwenyth's option.
Another hot trend for spring: pastels. Gwenyth says to add them into your basic attire with items like the $675 Draped Silk-Trimmed Jersey t-Shirt from Lanvin. Seem like too much to pay for a tee? Then click over to Guess where Heathered Boyfriend V-Neck Tees are two for $39. Choose between several pastel shades. And instead of Gwenyth's pick for the Valentino purse, opt for a similar looking Cross Body Shoulder Bag by Mischa Barton, on sale for $36.58 at Asos.com. It comes in blush and includes gold-tone stud detailing.
Prints & Pattern
Gwenyth's annual Spring Edit includes a photo of her sporting an $855 Alexander McQueen Butterfly Camouflage printed skirt, highlighting the popularity of prints and pattern for spring fashion. We found a similar looking printed skirt on clearance at JC Penney for only $17. The animal print collage pencil skirt will look great with a solid top, like Gwenyth chose for her look. You can also wear it with some black ankle boots like Gwenyth does. We found a pair of BCBGeneration booties for 60% off at Nordstrom.com.
Maxi at Home
Most of us probably pull on a pair of sweats for a night at home, but Gwenyth opts for a casual gray tank, $77, and a satin tulle maxi skirt, $1,615. Mimic her look without copying the price tag. Pick up a similar black satin maxi skirt at Asos.com for $37.41. Plus shipping is free both ways. The Perfect Racerback Tank at Madewell.com looks almost identical to Gwenyth's, but it's a third of the price at $25. And since she probably won't be stopping by your home you don't have to worry about anyone finding out how much money you saved on your spring must-haves.