Runway DIY: Pastel Party on a College Budget

Every year we find ourselves tasked with finding the perfect Father’s Day present for our fathers, which isn’t always the easiest. But somehow, we find the perfect gift. Let’s face it, when it comes to dear ‘ole Dad, we always end up spending just a bit too much for that “had-to-have” gift.

If you find yourself with little cash and still need an outfit for the special occasion, no worries because as Daddy’s little girl, you deserve the best. If you’re a fashionista that always wants to rock the latest looks without rocking your bank account, then you’re in luck. This Father’s Day, become a pastel princess and do it for just under $100.

The Look: For spring 2012, Preen went with pastels as the theme of their collection, giving us an array of airy, contemporary looks that beg to be reinvented. Our personal favorite? The baby pink swizel skirt matched with a pale yellow brocade cotton blend top with white and pink frill hem.

Designer Estimate: $2,800
The Look for Less:
  1. Yellow Short Sleeve Slash Tee from Dorothy Perkins, $9
  2. Glamorous Dip Hem Skirt from Bank Fashion, $39
  3. Leather White Frill Belt from Jordu Store, $12.99
  4. Mint Platform Sandal from Zara, $39.99
Look for Less Total: $89.99

Whoever thought you could get a designer outfit for less than a fraction of the original cost, shoes included? Anything is possible when you keep your eyes peeled for bargain finds. And the best part is, you have a little bit of cash left to get the tip after taking Dad out to eat.

Despite the contemporary feel, this outfit is a versatile style -- both simple and chic. This sweet pastel ensemble is sure to remind Dad that no matter how old you get, you’ll always be his little princess.

Have a designer favorite that you want us to “look for less” for a special occasion, work or a date? Simply email one of our editors a photo!

Love this look? Leave a comment to let us know where you would wear it.

By: Danielle Gosha | Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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