What to Wear | Get the Alexander Wang S'12 Runway Look for Less, in 3 Steps

Yep, I said three steps.  What to wear? Easy. This sporty-spice look from the Spring 2012 runway collection, courtesy of fashion phenom Alexander Wang, was the inspiration behind this, get-the-look-for-less, virtual shopping trip.

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Since these 'Get the Look for Less,' posts are all about just that, here's how to pull it off a few months later and on a significantly lower budget:

1.  ALEXANDER WANG Engineered Intarsia Silk T-Shirt (shop online: www.ssense.com)  2. Tory Burch Laura Wide Leg Trousers (shop online: www.mytheresa.com)  3. Dolce Vita Camila T-Strap Sandal (shop online: www.amazon.com)

The top is the statement piece here, and I love how, even though it leans towards a sportier look on the runway, it can also work it's way into a more sophisticated look seamlessly. I paired it up with a wide leg navy pant this time around, opting out on the white leggings because, let's be honest, when has the concept of white leggings ever sounded like a good idea in the real world? Outside of the eighties. Right, so, there you have it, navy pants.

And of course, I had to throw in a finishing accessory to bring it to life, again opting out of a bright-white shoe for this coral/orange T-strap sandal from Dolce Vita. The color will peek out of the wide leg pant just enough to show some fashion-savvy without diving head first into that scary land of all things Matchy Matchy.

So, a little patience can pay off when it comes to fashion right? I saw this look hit the runway months ago, and since I have a habit of utilizing runway images as a catalog, I held tight, waiting for the markdowns to come. It's a tricky business, but ten years in retail can teach you a few things on timing. Still, these picks sell, and fast, once they're marked down. That is something I have no control over, unless of course, I'm buying.

There's plenty more runway looks that I have held onto and am watching so I can get the look for less, but that's not all. See more on what to wear right now, how to wear it, and what I think about my favorite shopping picks (product reviews) all here.