Runway Looks for Less: 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2012 RTW

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3-1 Phillip Lim Spring 2012 RTW

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2012 RTW | ELLE

A few weeks ago, we wrote about this season's trend of stylish sportswear-inspired pieces, which was popularized by designers like Phillip Lim. For his Spring 2012 collection, Lim created chic, streamlined and updated versions of classic athletic wear (like track pants, racerback tanks and sweatshirts), which he then expertly mixed with spring-appropriate pastels and crisp white pieces.

If you like Phillip Lim's Spring 2012 collection, but aren't a fan of the sky-high designer price tags, you've come to the right place. Just scroll on down to check out three budget-friendly interpretations of looks from 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2012:

1. Shades of Sherbet

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2012 Look 1

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All things pastel are hot for spring and this ensemble from Phillip Lim is a great example of how to wear multiple pastel pieces in one outfit. The peach, lilac and turquoise shades all blend together perfectly to created a stylish color-blocked look that makes a bold yet mellow statement.

Get the Look:

3-1 Phillip Lim Spring 2012 Inspired Outfit 1

Product Info: Top- J. Crew, Bracelet- ASOS, Blazer- Forever 21, Shoes- BCBG Max Azria, Jeans- Alloy, Bag- Romwe

Infuse some pastel color-blocking into your wardrobe by pairing a flowy lilac tank top with peach-colored skinny jeans. A gorgeous white blazer dresses the look up, while turquoise ankle strap flats add another lovely pop of color. Accessorize with a sleek onyx backpack and matching bracelets for a trendy and spring-appropriate outfit.

2. Sheer Genius

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2012 Look 2

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The sporty vibe is especially important to this look, which features a utility vest worn over a trendy sheer blouse. To keep the outfit from looking too drab, Lim styled the vest and blouse with a pair of crisp white trousers and accessorized with a yellow handbag.

Get the Look:

3-1 Phillip Lim Spring 2012 Inspired Outfit 2

Product Info: Belt- ASOS, Top- Forever 21, Bag- H&M, Pants- Mango, Vest- J. Jill, Earrings- Macy's, Shoes- DSW

For a similar look, pair a sheer black blouse with white trousers, then add a sporty khaki-colored vest. A white belt adds interest while a bright yellow bag injects a pop of bold color. Add a pair of neutral t-strap wedges to keep the outfit looking chic and polished. For the finishing touch, accessorize with a pair of feather-shaped earrings, which tie together all of the colors found throughout the outfit.

3. Simple & Sporty

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2012 Look 3

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This no-frills ensemble from Phillip Lim features a silver-colored racerback tank paired with pastel blue Bermuda-style shorts. This clean and airy look gives off a stylish, yet easygoing vibe with a distinct nod to classic sportswear.

Get the Look:

3-1 Phillip Lim Spring 2012 Inspired Outfit 3

Product Info: Top- Delia's, Shorts- Lord & Taylor, Bag- Dorothy Perkins, Earrings- Kate Spade, Shoes- ASOS

For this look, start by pairing a basic light gray racerback tank with some baby blue seersucker shorts for a casual yet polished vibe. A white envelope clutch continues that minimalist look, while embellished sandals add a touch of glamour. Simply accessorize with some geometric stud earrings and you'll have a  stylish warm-weather outfit that's perfect for day or night.

Your thoughts?

What do you think of this collection? Are you a fan of Phillip Lim? 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!

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