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Steal the look: Nicole Richie

Erica Mayyasi is a Red Sox fan in Manhattan. After stints at various magazines she now works full-time in public relations, though she continues to write for a number of sites including her blog etsymay.blogspot.com.

Bohemian chic

Nicole Richie is the undisputed queen of the bohemian chic look and she really exemplifies it with her ensemble here. This may be a one-of-a-kind look, but we've got the scoop on how to make it your own.

Dress

Nicole wears a show-stopping ensemble centered on an extraordinarily novel dress that is just her speed. It has a lot going for it: a one shoulder sleeve, a jagged uneven bottom, a gorgeous intricate yet sprawling print and a lovely purple, deep orange and light blue color scheme. A dress just like this one is next to impossible to find, especially on a budget, however we've scoured the web to find you an alternative that is both recession-friendly and stylish.

The Carolina Chiffon Dress from delia*s has a similar color scheme, bohemian style print and fabric type to Nicole's dress. The self-tie can be removed to give it a straight line like hers as well. Unlike Nicole's dress, this dress has gathered sleeves on both sides that hit around the elbows, however for the more crafty fashion mavens, the length and style of the sleeves can certainly be altered. The dress rings up at only $44.50.

Clutch

Nicole has never been afraid to mix prints and this outfit is certainly no exception. She picks it up a notch with the unexpected choice of an oversized snakeskin clutch. For one that is not too hard on the wallet, try Nine and Co.'s Faux Snakeskin Convertible Clutch (originally $42, on sale for $27.99 at Kohls.com). The clutch comes in three colors: red/orange, blue, and gray (pictured).


With a piece like this, quality really shows so if you can afford a total splurge, it's worth it. For a real gorgeous investment piece look no further than Stuart Weitzman's Term Clutch. The breathtaking printed leather carryall will cost you a pretty penny and then some: $675 at Nordstrom.com.

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