Dolce & Gabbana Star Print Look for Less

These days all the celebs are seeing stars – the Dolce & Gabbana star print that is.  First seen on the Fall 2011 runway it’s since been all over the red carpet, splashed on everything from maxi dresses to leggings.  What I like most about the pattern is its versatility – depending on how you style it (i.e., shoes and accessories) you can take the look anywhere from rocker chic to super glam.

The only problem I have with the trend is that it’s just that… so  trendy. Will anyone be wearing stars next year… or next season?  Maybe not. It’s a super cute and eye-catching look TODAY but, truth be told, I wouldn’t pay $2200 for a star print mini-dress that won’t be in style next year. #NOMAAM

But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to enjoy the look while it’s hot. I started bargain shopping around at a couple of places  (i.e., thrifting, ebay) and put together a few looks inspired by the Italian fashion house’s Fall 2011 star print.  Let’s take a look at my finds!

Outfit #1:

This velvet, star print tunic was listed on eBay as a top, but I threw caution to the wind and rocked it as a mini-dress! I paired the dress with my Giuseppe Zanotti-inspired Lola suede wedges in red (Wild Pair/Bakers – last spotted on Christina Milian here) and styled the look with a red clutch (thrifted) and my signature loose waves. I love the soft, stretchy fabric of the dress and the delicate lace detailing along the wrists and hem. Girls, this dress was an eBay STEAL at $14.23 (shipping included). The Hong Kong seller still has 7 remaining, so buy now while the getting is good!

Outfit #2:

My next look was inspired by the Fall 2011 RTW sheer star print yellow gown. Kim Kardashian donned the silk chiffon frock while doing a magazine photo shoot in Malibu and I really liked the free and billowy feel of the dress.  I also loved the ultra feminine front ribbon tie.

When I found a star print vintage tea dress on eBay (GBP 24.99) my heart went pitter-patter! I really like the pussy bow detailing with button down bodice and ruffled, barely there cap sleeves.  So dainty and pretty!  I added pops of color with suede mustard heels (thrifted) and accessories that consisted of a skinny belt, slim clutch, and scarf (all from Target).  The day I took photos there happened to be a gorgeous fall breeze blowing that was perfect as I was able to stay true to the flowy, airy feel that this outfit inspired in me.

Outfit #3:

Solange Knowles attended the Net-a-Porter/Dolce & Gabbana party in London wearing the designer’s star print leggings with a crisp white blouse, black blazer, and black patent pumps.  She styled the look with her signature red lip and box braids circa Janet Jackson in ”Poetic Justice.”  I really liked the way Solange embraced this trend – the leggings are so fun and hip, and I definitely wanted to give the look a try.

I lucked up and found a pair of star-print leggings in my size on eBay for $11.99. Unfortunately, they turned out to be a bit more sheer in person than they appeared online!  When I tried on the leggings in the mirror I noticed the material was on the thin side and, once in the daylight and with the flash of the camera – #FAIL!  Needless to say, the leggings are fab but likely should be worn under a mini skirt or with a longer, tunic style shirt.  Still cute though, yes?

So what do we think about my Dolce & Gabbana star print looks for less?