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Do Maximalism Without Maxing Out Your Budget

When Lagerfeld debuts something on a runway, it goes without saying that it’ll be a certified hit. Pastel hues — we did those. Platform creepers — we went there. Even Bollywood-chic — well, our nose piercings speak for themselves.
Fall ’12 saw models storming down the runway channeling maximalist-regal style, and it was in that very moment that our hearts dropped and less-than-royal budgets weeped. A look that’s created from bling, sparkle, and opulent embellishments usually has dollar signs written all over it. However, we’ve found a sneaky way around those ever-present money worries.
Scouring the web, we’ve styled up some in-your-face ensembles for tight wallets and teeny bank balances. From velvet to sequins to brocade, now we can all work runway chic on a runaway’s budget.
Baroque — Think about mixing up ornate patterns, deep colors, and heavy-metal details. It's Baroque without going totally broke.
Miss Selfridge Paisley Peplum Blazer, $65, available at Miss Selfridge; Express Status Link Bracelet, $24.90, available at Express; Topshop Baroque Embroidered Body, $70, available at Topshop; Miss Selfridge Black and Gold Beaded Collar, $26, available at Miss Selfridge; Old Navy Sueded Ankle-Strap Flats, $29.94, available at Old Navy; H&M Trousers, $34.95, available at H&M.
Neon & Metallics — Not for the timid, this high-shine/high-pigmented look piles on the best of the boldest pieces available now.
V London Black Boucle Asymmetric Zip Jacket, $48.06, available at New Look; ASOS Active Wedge Sneakers, $45, available at ASOS; Romwe Montage Chiffon Silver-tone T-shirt, $27.54, available at Romwe; Forever 21 Duo Toned Pom Pom Beanie, $6.80 available at Forever 21; Motel Spangle Shorts, $50, available at Motel; Forever 21 60 Denier Opaque Tights, $6.80, available at Forever 21.
Pearls & Prints — Pearls tend to get a rep for being a little too precious or a little too "yes, I did borrow this from my great, great aunt." But, when mixed with animal print, bright knits, and a fun fur add-on, we're seeing these strands in a whole new light.
Romwe Knitted Fabric Splicing White Vest, $72.99, available at Romwe; Forever 21 Leopard Chelsea Boot, $32,80, available at Forever 21; Uniqlo Extra Fine Merino Turtle Neck Sweater, $29.90, available at Uniqlo; bebe Pearl & Crystal Short Statement Necklace, $39, available at bebe; H&M Skirt, $29.95, available at H&M.
Velvet & Plush — Create the ultimate fashion contradiction with a look that's ultra-soft to the touch and edgy, to boot.
Forever 21 Metallic Trim Booties, $32.80, available at Forever 21; H&M Jacket, $79.95, available at H&M; Topshop Lace Collar Top, $32, available at Topshop; Mango Peplum Velvet Skirt, $39.99, available at Mango; Glint Velvet Pouchette, $68, available at Nordstrom.