We learned later that while Soltis loved her Betsey Johnson getup, singer Katy Perry also wore the same dress in a recent photo shoot.
Soltis graciously agreed to take on the task of finding a new budget-friendly outfit for her next gig, incorporating both her signature style and splashy elements that would play well on stage. We offered to find her a stylist, but this smarty-pants (she’s currently earning a master’s degree in government from Johns Hopkins) insisted she could do it herself.
Says Soltis: “My dream onstage style is—nerd alert—Six from Battlestar Galactica meets Gwen Stefani and Monique Powell from that ’90s ska group Save Ferris (you may remember them playing in Ten Things I Hate About You): a hot red dress with a little punk-rock flair. The guys in my band always wear ironic or funny T-shirts with jeans when we play, so as the only girl in the band, I try to be a bold contrast with them and always wear a red dress.”
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Because Soltis is really searching for her main piece, we asked her to pick several red options for less than $100 as well as a standout accessory or two she could pair with all of the pieces.
Here’s what she chose:
One-shoulder dress by Young Fabulous & Broke, $53, StandardStyle.com.
Naughty Monkey Jay Rocks pump, $19.99 to $71.99 (yes, the price varies that much; we found them at Street Moda, but only one pair was left at $19.99)
“They’re an expensive item, but as soon as I saw them, they were the one piece I knew I had to have,” says Soltis. “The chains and studs are a little bit cliché punk, but it’s not overdone. The heel is high, but it looks sturdy enough to handle a lot of jumping around onstage. It also never hurts to have steel-toed shoes on when you’re onstage.”
Elastic leaf buckle belt, $7.80, Forever21.com.
Both the tiered dress and Fred Flare strapless pick could use some oomph, so we added this buckle belt from Forever 21. “The belt breaks up the solid red of the dress and highlights the waist, which is a real plus,” says Soltis. “I love this belt trend because it creates curves. Viva Joan Holloway from Mad Men!”
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