She may have lost the two things that originally made her famous (bezzie mate Paris Hilton and her curves) but there's no denying Nicole Ritchie knows how to put an outfit together. Or should I say her stylist Rachel Zoe knows how to put an outfit together! Whether she's shopping on Melrose in Roland Mouret and Balenciaga or hitting the red carpet in Marc Jacobs or Moschino, she's got slouchy, high-end California cool down to a tee. So how does a girl get her look for less?

Nicole's been spotted out in this exact printed cotton top from Taka ($85 at Intuition). She wore it loose but you can also wrap it around like the picture. Wear it over a plain white top like the classic boy beater tank for £12 from American Apparel.

Bags are a big part of Nicole's wardrobe. She has Balenciaga motorcycle bags in all manner of colours and sizes, and also totes the best-selling Chloe Silverado on many occassions. If you can't spare hundreds for the real things, try ASOS's £20 bargain version of the motorcycle bag in silver or gold, or splash out on Lush Fashions' almost identical leather Silverado-inspired number for $169.99.

Heading out? Party dressing, Nicole style, calls for a simple, block-coloured dress in jersey or chiffon dress like these from River Island (£29.99), ASOS (£15) and French Connection £110.

Finally, Nicole admits a huge passion for shorts and cropped trousers. 'City shorts', as the smarter, more tailored ones are now known, are probably the most difficult item of clothing to wear, but if you have great legs and slinky hips, can look very stylish. Our picks are from Topshop (£35), Oasis (£35) and Warehouse (£35). Wear them with boots and thick tights if you dare, or smart wedges for evening.