the Gucci Girl Look for Less

Gucci's Autumn/Winter 16 collection, shown last month in Milan, was every bit as charming, playful, and gorgeous as I hoped it would be. Alessandro Michele continued the theme of combining librarian chic, grandma's tktkt, and cool girl swagger, albeit toning down the layers and upping the wearability of the collection. Personally, I'm still stuck on his Spring/Summer 16 collection and feel 100% prepared to invest in the trend of more is more! But with a budget totaling one half the cost of a Gucci metallic pleated midi skirt, I'll have to make do by faking it. Read on for tips on how to rock the look for less.

 Gucci S/S 16 girls captured by Tommy Ton

Gucci S/S 16 girls captured by Tommy Ton

Shiny Midis

Midi skirts in stiff, voluminous tulle evoke images of Grace Kelly in Rear Window while cotton floral versions leave me dreaming of life on the prairie. But take a bold metallic fabric and fold in some mini pleats and suddenly you have the ultimate cool girl wardrobe staple. Top it all off with a flouncy blouse and then go strut down that sidewalk like the style maven you are.

A.L.C. $595 // Topshop $115 // ASOS $60

Berets For Days

Remember that time you dressed as a basic French stereotype in a striped Breton sweater, black skinny pants, a red neck scarf, and a tilted black beret? Well it's finally time to dig that last component out of the back of your closet and add it to your regular cycle of outfits. Maybe just don't wear all those pieces at the same time again...

San Diego Hat Company $32 // Nasty Gal $38 // H&M $4

Floral Overload

Getting one single rose is nice, but getting a whole bouquet is really where it's at. Embrace the idea of "more is more" and layer a floral suit over a rose embroidered lace top tied at the waist or round the neck with a lovely silk rosette. Rose water face mist optional, but highly encouraged.

ASOS necktie $12 // Zara jacket $129 and trousers $70 // Nasty Gal $198

Librarian Glasses

You may see this trend and say, "but Lady Gray, I don't need glasses." Well neither did Iris Apfel at first but that never stopped her from busting out the biggest frames she could find and rocking them sans lens. So go ahead, get a little nerdy with your look.

Retrosuperfuture $169 // Urban Outfitters $14 // Warby Parker $95

Contrasting Prints

If there is one thing the Gucci girl does best it’s break all the rules when it comes to print mixing. Forget everything you’ve learned about treating stripes like a neutral and sticking to one color palette. It may feel oh so wrong, but trust me it is just so right.

ASOS $61 // Banana Republic $98 // Bea & Dot $70 // Topshop $75

Check out some of my favorite looks from the show below.

show images via Vogue UK