I’ve definitely developed a serious addiction to The Real Housewives series on Bravo. It started out innocently enough – I didn’t even watch the first OC season when it originally aired, but started catching up on re-runs and subsequent seasons, then started watching the Atlanta, New York and New Jersey seasons – and now it’s full-blown, can’t miss TV complete with in-between-season withdrawal. Sure, there are plenty of situations on the show designed for maximum drama – like those frequent get-togethers with the cast, even those that don’t get along, just to see what happens (wig-pulling, table-toppling, that kind of thing) – and the ladies certainly play things up for the camera, but you get the sense that they are being pretty real and they definitely entertain. Plus, they all love their fashion. That’s why it was fun to see a recent In Touch article called In Their Closets, which gives a peek into the personal wardrobes of Teresa from New Jersey, Gretchen from Orange County and Kim from Atlanta. They each have their own unique sense of style, so who do you identify the most with fashion-wise?
I think I’d have to say Gretchen Rossi, whose bubbly, effusive personality has really grown on me this season (lay off already Tamra!). She describes her look to In Touch as “very girlie-girl, very bedazzled, very glamorous” and she proves her point by wearing a super-sparkly sequined mini dress in magenta, which she calls “fantabulous”. She wisely pairs it with nude Christian Louboutin heels that are super-sexy, but allow the dress to shine. They look similar to this pair:
Christian Louboutin Lady Claude in nude for $745 at Saks Fifth Avenue
Here are some lower-priced nude heels:
Nine West Bonfire pump for $88.95 with free overnight shipping at Endless
BCBGirls Ariel for up to $89.95 depending on size selected at Amazon.
Gretchen also holds two of her shoes in the mag and I definitely recognized one of them right away. It’s this pretty pair:
The Bebe Bella Lace Sandal, which is $149 at Bebe.com. Buy 1 full-priced item, get 50% off a second item using coupon code GET50OFF until 12/20/09. Or, get 15% off $100 or more with code 15OFF100 until 12/24/09.
The other pair is a black satin heel with a decorative rhinestone ornament on top. I’m not sure of the exact pair, but these shoes have a similar look:
Badgley Mischka Elia for $200 with free overnight shipping at Endless.com.
Nine West Fancywork for $89 at Ninewest.com. Get $20 off $75 with coupon code NWHOLD9 (exp. unknown) and shipping is free.
This pair looks like the shoe version of Gretchen’s sequin dress:
Betsey Johnson Kanata on sale for $152 (reduced from $200) at Zappos with free shipping.
Update: See the pair that looks like Gretchen’s ALDO boots from Watch What Happens Live.
Let’s move on to Teresa Giudice, who shows off a wide array of shoes in her closet. Teresa has a sophisticated style, but she likes to keep up with the very latest in fashion. She tells In Touch, “Lots of people buy classic items, and they keep them forever. But I’m more trendy, so my stuff sometimes goes out of style.” She also likes to keep things spicy – we see plenty of zebra, leopard and other animal prints in her wardrobe, along with plenty of bold colors and prints. Here are a few shoes seen in Teresa’s closet:
Christian Louboutin Lace Bootie for $1,785 at Neiman Marcus. I couldn’t see the back of the shoe, so it could be the leopard Christian Louboutin Bridget for $1,795 at Barney’s (only 1 size 10 left right now). This is definitely the “it” shoe of the moment. Update: Check out the Christian Louboutin Bridget lookalike shoe that I found for much less.
Pelle Moda Vino for $180 with $5 shipping at Jildor.
Miss Sixty Callista for $75.60 at 6pm.
Here are some shoes inspired by Teresa’s style:
Sergio Zelcer Covos Peek Toe Pump for $182.95 at Endless
Naughty Monkey Chiller in zebra for $74.90 with free overnight shipping at Endless.
Wet Seal Metallic Pink Heel for $24.50 at Wet Seal.
Two Lips Gypsy Lace Platform Bootie for $69.95 at DSW. Members use code SNOWMAN at checkout for free shipping on $35.
Last, but certainly not least, is Kim Zolciak, who always goes all out with fashion and prefers a luxe look with plenty of bling and sex appeal. She tells In Touch that she owns a whopping 1,000 pairs of shoes and that her favorite brand is, not surprisingly, Christian Louboutin. She says, “They are so uncomfortable, but they’re so hot, so I love them.” She likes to mix it up with other high-end names too – I spotted the same Louis Vuitton heel that Leighton Meister wore to the Met Ball, another Louis Vuitton tribal-look heel that may be this shoe from Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear, her red and gold feather shoes (I think these are Louboutin, but not sure), the Louboutin glitter heels, and the YSL Tribute Platform Mary Jane, which is not available for sale online, but you can see a pic over at FabSugar. Clearly, these are amazing shoes, but not readily available at prices most people can afford, so here’s a few “inspired-by” pairs:
Miss Sixty Jessica for $99 with free shipping at Zappos.
Martinez Valero Brit for $148.95 with free overnight shipping at Endless.
Stuart Weitzman Avalon silver glitter heel for $355 at Zappos.
Pleaser Dolly for $39 at Amazon.
I’m looking forward to tonight’s episode, are you?
Show photos from Bravotv.com