Mixing high and low fashion on the red carpet

What I wore to the 2012 Latin Billboards By Mercedes Sanchez

I'm a fan of minimalist fashion and feel comfortable with or without earrings, sporting a day dress with Converse sneakers, rocking a sleek ponytail and going a day without lipstick. And I'm not shy about taking some of that minimal style to the red carpet. See pictures towards end of the post.

How I mixed high and low fashion on the red carpet

The Dress

Because I didn't have enough time to contact designers and borrow a dress and jewelry like I did for the Alma Awards, I gave myself a budget of $300 for the dress. The BF and I first went to Bloomingdale's in SoHo where I thought I decided on a one-shoulder hi-low hem royal blue  gown. Then we took the 6 train to the 59th Street department store and decided on this BCBGMAXAZRIA Sophia Halter gown. I loved the coral color, the fabric, the slit and most of all, the fit!

It's no secret that I have a small bust which sometimes makes shopping difficult. Not like I actually need a bra, but I'd normally go for a padded strapless bra. However, since the gown is semi-backless, I went with no bra and bought a pack of Reusable Petal Tops to be safe.

Accessories

I often encourage my readers to stick to their personal style-- and budget-- when shopping. So after spending $325.00 (went $25 over budget), I decided to stay frugal with my accessories and went to a local Forever 21 store where I purchased a pair of Threaded Rhinestone Earrings for $6.80, Stretchy Teardrop Ring, $5.80 and a Beaded Pattern Cuff in Mint/Gold for $7.80!

Clutch I wore a metallic leather clutch c/o designer Mariela Zapata. Her Egyptian Gold Clutch is hand stitched and is covered in shimmer and medieval ornaments. Retails at $445.00

Shoes

Gold or bronze shoes would have been a great match with my clutch, but I wanted to add a contrasting color to my coral dress. I quickly stopped by DSW hoping to find inexpensive teal heels, and I did! In less than a minute, I spotted these Audrey Brooke Bracelet Pantent Pumps and bought them at $59.95.

Arriving at the red carpet at the 2012 Latin Billboards

Egyptian Gold Clutch by Mariela Zapata

"Over the shoulder!"

Just for fun, here's the dress I almost purchased (shot with my Blackberry):

Gown: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Clutch c/o Mariela Zapta | Accessories: Forever 21 | Shoes: DSW/Audrey Brooke Bracelet Pantent Pumps

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