Runway Looks for Less: Karen Walker Spring 2012 RTW

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Karen Walker Spring 2012 RTW

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Between the bold vertical stripes, gorgeous florals and delicate check prints, Karen Walker Spring 2012 RTW was a pattern-lover's dream collection. Walker expertly mixed those prints and patterns with vintage-inspired shapes and styles for a modern take on stylish classics. And for the finishing touch, many of the models sported some very Rosie the Riveter head wraps, which created an effortlessly cool vibe.

Want to get that runway-ready look on a college student's budget? You've come to the right place. Just scroll on down and take a peek at three budget-friendly interpretations of looks from Karen Walker Spring 2012:

1. Little Green Dress


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Karen Walker Spring 2012 was filled with beautiful vintage-inspired frocks, like the little green number pictured above, which featured a gorgeous floral print as well as some ultra-trendy peplum. To accessorize this look, Walker added a skinny belt to accentuate that hourglass shape the peplum creates, while the tan oxfords continued that vintage vibe.

Get the Look:

Karen Walker Spring 2012 Inspired Outfit 1

Product Info: Dress- ModCloth, Belt- Zara, Head Wrap- Nicole Miller, Shoes- DSW

For a similar look, take a green printed sundress (this one from ModCloth is adorned with cute little owls!) and add a skinny tan belt around the waistline to create an hourglass figure. Get an authentic Karen Walker-inspired look by accessorizing with a pretty pink head wrap. Add a pair of vintage-looking heeled oxfords and you'll have a flirty, fun and warm weather-appropriate look for summer.

2. Cool Girl Chic


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The aforementioned effortlessly cool vibe was exemplified in this look, which paired a chic vertical striped top with a pair of high-waisted cropped trousers. Masculine boat shoes kept the look casual, while orange-tinted shades and a jaunty green scarf added fun pops of color.

Get the Look:

Karen Walker Spring 2012 Inspired Outfit 2

Product Info: Scarf- American Apparel, Top- Forever 21, Pants- American Apparel, Sunglasses- Gap, Shoes- Dorothy Perkins

Add some classic-meets-modern style to your wardrobe by pairing a sleeveless black and white vertical striped blouse with a pair of chambray ankle cuff trousers. Tie a bright green scarf around your neck in lieu of a necklace, then add a pair of bold orange aviator sunglasses. Finally, accessorize with a pair of navy boat shoes, which add a nautical vibe.

3. Girl Meets Boy


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Many of the looks from Karen Walker's spring collection, including the one featured above, played with mixing masculine and feminine pieces. In this look, Walker paired a masculine oversized blazer and sturdy oxfords with a delicate sheer blouse and printed shorts for a look that was perfectly balanced and perfectly stylish.

Get the Look:

Karen Walker Spring 2012 Inspired Outfit 3

Product Info: Blazer- Nasty Gal, Top- Warehouse, Socks- Topshop, Turban- Free People, Shorts- Lord & Taylor, Shoes- Endless

For this look, pair a sheer navy blue collared blouse with a pair of light blue checked shorts. A tan boyfriend-style blazer adds a masculine vibe while a blue paisley print turban adds interest. Complete this look by wearing some fun navy blue polka-dotted socks which help to modernize these classic menswear-inspired oxfords.

Your thoughts?

What do you think of this collection? Are you a fan of Karen Walker? 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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