13 Luxurious Winter It Items, and the More Affordable Ones I'm Shopping Instead

Allyson Payer
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We're barely into November but Instagram is already flooded with luxurious winter items to covet, from those instantly famous Chanel tights to the new Gucci It bag I can't stop thinking about. I've come across lots of cozy, winter-friendly items that are strong contenders to be It items in the near future, but especially with gift-giving season quickly approaching, dropping a lot of cash on designer goods may not be all that feasible.

So, I did what any fashion-loving girl would do and found some more affordable alternatives that are just as cool but much less costly. Winter dressing will undoubtedly be a little different this year, and I, for one, plan on shopping smartly (i.e. for fewer items that I'll wear a lot). I kept that in mind when choosing these items, so I hope you find them as useful as I do. Keep scrolling to shop the 13 winter It items I'm coveting, along with the alternatives I'd actually buy.

Totême Quilted Annecy Coat

Totême outerwear is as good as it gets, in my opinion. I have the wool-cashmere camel version of this coat and it's a dream. Now, I have my sights set on this quilted iteration, which is far better for inclement weather.

Shop the It item:

Totême Black Quilted Annecy Coat ($750)

Shop the more affordable alternative:

& Other Stories Belted Quilted Coat ($179)

Khaite Cashmere Sweater Set

By now we all know and love this iconic Khaite sweater set that Katie Holmes made so very famous. It remains an It item and the price tag remains high. This Reformation set gives a similar effect for a fraction of the price.

Shop the It item:

Khaite Scarlett Cashmere Cardigan ($1540)

Shop the matching Eda Cashmere Knit Bralette Top ($520).

Shop the more affordable alternative:

Reformation Tille Tank and Cardi Set ($198)

Marine Serre Logo Jeans

Marine Serre's signature moon print has been one of the most highly coveted designer logos of 2020. Even Beyoncé is a fan. The jeans don't come cheap, but truth be told, I love the Alexander Wang ones just as much.

Shop the It item:

Marine Serre Logo-Print Recycled-Cotton Straight-Leg Jeans ($1125)

Shop the more affordable alternative:

Alexander Wang Blue Mid-Rise Skater Jeans ($395)

The Attico Cropped Cardigan

I think we could all use a little color to cheer us up right about now. This The Attico cardigan is gorgeous (and would look great with jeans) but if you want to get a similar look for far less, I found an excellent alternative at Anthropologie.

Shop the It item:

The Attico Cropped Mohair-Blend Cardigan ($515)

Shop the more affordable alternative:

Maeve Sunny Cropped Cardigan ($98)

Bottega Veneta Tire Boots

Hands down, these Bottega Veneta lug-sole Chelsea boots are the #1 It boots of winter 2020. That said, there are lots and lots of similar styles on the market, so take your pick. I'm particularly fond of this Vagabond pair I found on Urban Outfitters.

Shop the It item:

Bottega Veneta The Tire Boots ($1150)

Shop the more affordable alternative:

Vagabond Shoemakers Kenova Tall Chelsea Boots ($175)

Gucci Jackie 1961 Small Hobo Bag

If I could buy one designer bag this season, this would be it. It looks vintage in all the right ways and is the perfect size. But another It bag I love is BY FAR's Amber bag, which is around $500.

Shop the It item:

Gucci Jackie 1961 Small Hobo Bag ($1980)

Shop the more affordable alternative:

BY FAR Baby Amber Croc-Embossed Leather Shoulder Bag ($470)

Chanel Logo Tights

These Chanel tights that everyone lost it over when they came down the runway are such a hot item, you can't even order them (although a few of the resale sites have them). Luckily, Zara has a lovely alternative for a mere $18.

Shop the more affordable alternative:

Zara 20 Den Swiss Dot Tights ($18)

Ganni Whipstitched Leather Trousers

I'm not a fan of leather skinny pants but when I saw this straight leg Ganni pair, I did a double-take. They're so good. And coincidentally, Agolde just came out with a recycled leather version of its popular Pinch Waist '90s jeans.

Shop the It item:

Ganni High-Rise Whipstitched-Leather Trousers ($675)

Shop the more affordable alternative:

Agolde Recycled Leather Fitted 90's Pants ($298)

Amina Muaddi Holli Slingback Pumps

Every pair of Amina Muaddi shoes have been an It item since she hit the scene, for obvious reasons—but I also can't get over how good this Tory Burch pair with the chain detail on the heel is.

Shop the It item:

Amina Muaddi Holli Slingback Pumps ($855)

Shop the more affordable alternative:

Tory Burch Ruby Snake Embossed Slingback Block Heel Sandals ($348)

Prada Logo Tote Bag

Prada is my favorite designer brand right now (along with many other people), so of course I want this bag. It's the perfect size and shape and will never go out of style, mark my words.

Shop the It item:

Prada Logo-Lettering Tote Bag ($2350)

Shop the more affordable alternative:

Hereu Espiga Bag ($455)

Loulou Studio Cableknit Sweater

I have a Loulou Studio sweater obsession right now, and this cable-knit one is fueling it. This exact cozy sweater is sold out (don't worry I found a similar one), but I also found an incredible H&M one that could pass as a far more expensive sweater.

Shop a similar It item:

Loulou Studio Cable Popcorn Oversize Wool & Cashmere Sweater ($385)

Shop the more affordable alternative:

H&M Cable-Knit Sweater ($35)

Roger Vivier Viv Rangers Loafers

Chunky loafers is winter's biggest flat-shoe trend, and Roger Vivier made one of the most luxurious versions on the market. But if you don't have over-$1k to spend on this pilgrim-esque pair, Sam Edelman makes a chic alternative for just $140.

Shop the It item:

Roger Vivier Viv Rangers Buckle Leather Loafers ($1050)

Shop the more affordable alternative:

Sam Edelman Tully Slip On Loafer Flats ($140)

Chanel Pearl-Strap Bag

People go crazy over pearl-adorned Chanel items, and the brand's latest use of them is on bag straps. But if you love the detail but have more of Zara budget, you're in luck. I found a beautiful substitute that will set you back just $50.

Shop a similar It item:

Chanel Calfskin, Crystal Pearls & Gold-Tone Metal Bag ($4300)

Shop the more affordable alternative:

Zara Pearl Strap Clasped Mini Crossbody Bag ($50)

Next up, 19 It brands and the best item to buy from each this season.

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