Frugal Fashion: Eliza Doolittle gets colorful at London Fashion Week

You may be bracing yourself for fall with coats, stockings and, perhaps, rain boots, but just because the weather may turn a little cool and cloudy doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to follow suit. Fall weather tends to bring with it a sea of gray and other muted colors, but there’ s no law that says Southern Californians have to follow suit. (Some of us find the rain to be more bearable in a hot pink raincoat.)

British singer Eliza Doolittle faced the dreary London weather during London Fashion Week with some powerful color blocking. She chose a handful of bright colors to pair with one of her signature looks: a pair of short shorts. Doolittle attended the Christopher Kane spring 2012 runway show in cutoff shorts (this time in hot pink), a multi-hued striped T-shirt, pale orange denim jacket and blue lace-up pumps.

The look was dynamic and confident, even if it was a little reminiscent of an exploding rainbow.  Doolittle made it work by accentuating a soft orange and pink, creating what we’d like to call a cool California color palette. For a similarly colorful T-shirt, try the blue, pink, and green American Eagle Outfitters striped crop T for $19.50 from

A faded denim jacket would work with this look, but for more color, try the Moto western denim crop jacket in royal blue from for $84.   For a pair of funky hot pants, in a pink similar to Doolittle’s, try the Taylor denim color short in hot pink from …

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