Runway DIY: Autumn Lace on a College Budget

It’s official, fall is here! Say goodbye to sweltering, humid temperatures and hello to the season’s gorgeous foliage and fresh crop of fashion trends. Besides a more subdued color palette, you can also expect textured dresses, colored tights and ankle boots. Unlike the summer months when your goal is to wear the lightest layers possible, autumn is all about piling it on.

Start the season of pumpkin-picking brilliantly with this runway-inspired look by Charlotte Ronson.

The Designer Look: For this week’s designer look for less, I want to spotlight an ensemble that is fresh, sophisticated and fashion-forward. While the outfit above -- created with a lace dress, wedge booties and maroon tights -- is the epitome of ladylike-chic, Charlotte Ronson’s entire fall 2012 collection will make you forget summer in no time. Refined pencil skirts, Aztec printed sweaters, serious collars, billowy sheer blouses and dresses in boho prints are all accounted for, and will undoubtedly merit a spot in your wardrobe this season.

Ronson said, "I wanted to design a modern wardrobe for a real girl.” The look above is no exception; wear it to a fancy dinner with your parents, a class presentation or whenever you want to feel extra-special and pretty.

The Look for Less:

1. Black/Cream Lace Dress from Dorothy Perkins, $39
2. Lace-up Platform Wedge Booties from Target, $40
3. Keep it Simple Bag from Francesca's Collections, $48
4. Faux Nubuck Stud Bow Belt from Topshop, $16
5. 80 Denier Burgundy Tights from Miss Selfridge, $11

The Look for Less Total: $154

Style Tip: The great thing about this look is that each piece can be incorporated into several other ensembles. For college fashionistas everywhere, this is fantastic news. Not only can the black/cream lace dress be worn on its own, but it can also be layered over a collared shirt or paired with a smart black blazer. Because every memorable ensemble starts with a killer pair of shoes and statement bag, it only makes sense to invest in ones that you love and will be able to wear again and again. As for the burgundy tights and bow belt, since when can you ever have too many accessories?!

What’s your favorite runway collection this season? Leave a comment below and, who knows, maybe it’ll be incorporated into the next Look for Less!

By: Anjerika Wilmer | Image: Listed retail stores

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