Runway Looks for Less: Lela Rose Fall 2011

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Lela Rose Fall 2011 - Blue and black patterned dress, camel coat, boots

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Lela Rose Fall 2011 - Patterned pants, teal top, vest
Lela Rose Fall 2011 - Yellow and black patterned dress

Knee-high socks used to be known for their school-girl vibe and as staples of a young Britney Spears. But back in February, designer Lela Rose took knee-highs out of the schoolyard and made them must-have Fall 2011 pieces for any daring fashionista.

Lela Rose is known for her embellished fabrics and designs with "a nod to the era of glamour". According to, the Fall 2011 collection was based around the idea of creating classic silhouettes with a whimsical twist. Rose accomplished this vision in her Fall 2011 collection by adding whimsical patterns to timeless pieces.

Wanna get the Lela Rose Fall 2011 look for less? Check out our 3 budget-friendly versions of Lela's whimsical creations:

Look #1: Blue Water Print Skirt

Lela Rose Fall Blue Sweater with Blue Pattern Skirt

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This look is all about balance - the blue, white and navy pattern on the skirt has a whimsical, water-like feel, and truly pops when paired with neutral, structured pieces like this simple top. This look also incorporates knee socks in a chic way, ultimately creating a look that would be ideal for fall.

Getting the Look

Outfit inspired by Lela Rose Fall 2011 - Blue patterned skirt, black top, heels

{Sweater, Skirt, Bag, Heels, Socks}

To recreate the Lela Rose look, I started off with a blue skirt that has a water-like pattern. To get the skirt to pop, Rose kept the rest of the outfit basic. To get a similar look, I paired the skirt with a navy sweater and a grey chain bag. To complete the look, I added grey knee-high socks and grey mary-janes. This outfit would be perfect for a brisk fall Saturday spent shopping with friends.

Look #2: Yellow and Feathered

Lela Rose Fall Yellow Jacket with Feathered Dress

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This Lela Rose Fall 2011 look turns knee-highs into a must-have accessory for a night on the town or a dressy fall day. The socks add a preppy, polished tone to the sultry feathered skirt yet also add their own touch of sex appeal. The mustard-yellow jacket is the perfect addition to an already bold and sexy ensemble.

Getting the Look

Outfit inspired by Lela Rose Fall 2011 - Yellow jacket, textured skirt, plaid shirt

{Coat, Top, Socks, Shoes, Skirt}

Due to their unique patterns and cuts, Lela Rose's actual skirt and top were difficult to recreate exactly, however I was able to create a similar look for much less. Our version can easily be dressed down to be classroom-friendly or dressed up for a sexy night on the town. I started with this feathered-looking grey Topshop skirt and paired it with a black and white checkered button down. For the pop of color, I added a yellow peacoat. Finish off the look with knee-highs and grey cut-out booties.

Look #3: Statement-Making Floral

Cream Jacket

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The best thing about knee-highs is that they give you the coverage you need while also showing off a sexy peek of skin. Lela Rose made a statement with this whimsical floral dress by pairing it with a bold necklace, a grey and cream moto jacket and her staple knee-highs.

Getting the Look

Outfit inspired by Lela Rose Fall 2011 - Patterned dress, grey jacket, blue heels

{Dress, Jacket, Socks, Shoes, Necklace, Lipstick}

I started this look with a black and blue floral dress - the style and pattern on this one channels Rose's signature whimsical feel. I then paired it with a light grey jacket and a bold stone statement necklace. Next, I added grey knee-highs and bow strap heels. To finish off the look, try a burgundy lip. This ensemble would be perfect for a night out or a nice dinner date.

Your thoughts?

What's your opinion on knee-highs? What's your favorite look from Lela Rose's fall collection? Which designers would you like to see featured next? Make sure to leave a comment and let me know!

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