Spring 2013 Couture Looks We Would Actually Wear

Most people assume that haute couture—that ultra-exclusive, made-to-order sector of designer fashion—is both prohibitively expensive and unwearably ridiculous. But you know what? Only one of those things is true. In fact, over the course of the past week's couture presentations in Paris (which we admired on our computer screens from across the Atlantic), we spied a decent number of looks we'd happily wear to a cocktail party or Fashion Week shindig. Moreover, the collections provided some savvy styling tips we're fully committed to incorporating into our day-to-day wardrobes.

Click through to peep a handful of Spring 2013 Haute Couture looks we loved—plus some shoppable alternatives to help you get the look at a decidedly non-couture cost.

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Chanel Haute Couture

Black sequins and florals: two brilliant, if unlikely, bedfellows.

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Christian Dior Haute Couture

OK, it's settled. We need a citron-hued, architecturally-detailed strapless dress in our life, stat.

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Ulyana Sergeenko Haute Couture

The paper bag waist can be intimidating—but we love this easy, fuss-free silhouette.

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Maison Martin Margiela Haute Couture

Done in simple twill or silk, the shirtdress is a workday staple—but slicked in a metallic finish, it looks mighty fancy. Uh, decorative face mask optional.

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Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

You know how those thin, simple silver and gold collars have been huge these past few seasons? Now, it's all about chunky floral versions.

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Valentino Haute Couture

Hate choosing between long-sleeved and one-shouldered dresses? With an illusion-sleeved number, you get the best of both worlds. Hannah Montana would approve.

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Christian Dior Haute Couture

Love this longer-hemmed take on the peplum? DIY it with a little easy styling! Simply layer a short (mid-thigh-length) dress over a knee-grazing pencil skirt in the same color. Bonus: this is a great way to get more mileage out of party dresses that are a bit on the too-short side (you know you've got at least one of those).

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Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture

Are holographic clothes the new holographic accessories? We sure hope so.

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