Runway Looks for Less: Christian Siriano Spring 2012 RTW

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Christian Siriano Spring 2012 RTW | ELLE

I've been a fan of Christian Siriano ever since his days on Project Runway, so I've loved seeing him evolve into an accomplished designer with a distinct flair for the dramatic. Case in point: Christian's Spring 2012 collection. He played with bright colors and chic separates to create über trendy, yet totally wearable looks for spring.

But how can you get that runway-ready look on a college student budget? Never fear, I've come up with three lower-priced interpretations of looks from Christian Siriano's spring collection. Just scroll on down to check 'em out:

1. Neon Accents

Christian Siriano Spring 2012 RTW Look 1


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Christian Siriano really made a crisp and clean Little White Dress pop by accessorizing it with a bright neon yellow belt and matching shoes to create a trendy and spring-appropriate look.

Get the Look:

Christian Siriano Spring 2012 RTW Inspired Outfit 1


Product Info: Belt- Miso, Earrings- Topshop, Dress- Delia's, Bag- Oasis, Sandals- Qupid

For this look, start with a no-frills LWD with an A-Line shape and define the waist with a bold citron yellowbelt. Add some matching wedges with those same neon accents, then accessorize with some earrings and a structured bag. Voilà, you've amped up a basic LWD with a major dose of color.

2. Prints Charming

Christian Siriano Spring 2012 RTW Look 2


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Christian mellowed out all those bright hues by showcasing some work-ready separates that were anything but boring. For example, this look mixed two different prints to create a chic and fashion-forward vibe.

Get the Look:

Christian Siriano Spring 2012 RTW Inspired Outfit 2


Product Info: Blouse- Zara, Sunglasses- ASOS, Ring- Forever 21, Pumps- Target, Pants- Gap, Earrings- Marc by Marc Jacobs, Clutch- Forever 21

Wow everyone at your job or internship with this outfit inspired by the runway. Start by pairing a printed blouse with some cropped trousers, then add a pair of snake print heels. Next, add a sleek suede bag and some retro-inspired shades. For the finishing touch, accessorize with a pair of stud earrings and an oversized cocktail ring.

3. Maxed Out

Christian Siriano Spring 2012 RTW Look 3


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A maxi skirt is definitely a statement-making piece and I love how Christian paired this citrus-colored skirt with a simple tee, which created a dressed down, yet bold look.

Get the Look:

Christian Siriano Spring 2012 RTW Inspired Outfit 3


Product Info: Skirt- Piperlime, Top- Forever 21, Tote- Quiksilver, Sandals- ASOS, Bracelet- Frye, Watch- Nasty Gal

Mimic this look by pairing a yellow pleated maxi skirt with a soft peach-colored tee. A pair of flats sandals keep the outfit low-key, while this printed tote is the perfect size for carrying all of your essentials. Accessorize with a leather wrap bracelet and gold watch for an outfit that's perfect for everything from lunch with the girls to your Wednesday morning economics class.

Your thoughts?

What do you think of this collection? Are you a fan of Christian Siriano? Which look is your favorite? Would you wear any of these outfits? Which designers would you like to see featured here next? Remember to leave a comment below and let me know what you think!