Who wants to pay a week's salary for a pair of designer pumps? After all, fashion doesn't have to cost a fortune, especially when high-end styles can be found at bargain-basement prices. Only you and your wallet will notice the difference between the runway "real deal" and its knock-off.
We tapped personal stylist Amy Salinger and founder of SassNStyle.com for the faux fashion skinny on some of the best designer and brand-name label knock-offs trending this season.
$175 versus $11
This classic hat has been around for more than a century, but it's been trending quite a bit lately, since it looks pretty cool on just about anyone, says Salinger.
At the high-end you can spend upwards of $200 on Fedora hats. For example, Rag & Bone is selling them for $175. But if you don't want to spend big bucks on what is, after all, a simple straw hat, you can find its near-identical twin at discount stores like Forever 21 for as little as $11.
Stores like Forever 21, H&M, Wet Seal, etc., are in the business of replication. They're closely following the runway shows and sometimes come out with designer knock-offs before latest high-end styles even make a public appearance.
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Hot Colored Wayfarer Shades
$120 versus $12
The must-have summer styles are bright-colored Rayban Wayfarers. They'll run you about $120, but Salinger found replicas for just $12 at ALDO's.
$295 versus $10
Printed silk scarves were all over the fashion runways recently, says Salinger. They're perfect for summer days with a tee or on cold nights around a leather jacket. The top-name designers all have their own collections. For example, a Versace silk patterned scarf goes for $295. But, lucky for us budgetistas, Salinger found knock-off versions for $10 at H&M.
Mini Leather Satchels or Messenger Bags
$980 versus $99
A retro chic style that's caught the attention of every lady on-the-go is the mini leather satchel. They're great for traveling or when you just want to you're your shoulders and arms a rest from carrying your big old tote around all week. Salinger says top designers like Fendi are making beautiful bright-colored ones this year for upwards of $1,000. A recent trip to DSW however uncovered a similar looking bag for $99. Keep in mind, inventory is constantly changing at off-price stores like DSW, TJ Maxx and Marshall's, so if you're in the mood for a treasure hunt, these retailers will suit your fancy.
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$350 versus $45
"This season is all about tribal," says Salinger. Chunky wooden pieces can you're add a strong statement to any outfit and everyone from designers to everyday retailers and even street vendors are getting in on the trend. Donna Karen, for examples, makes a beautiful chunky wooden bracelet for approximately $350. On the knock-off end, Salinger found its faux twin for $45 at Banana Republic.
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$800 versus $80
It's not for everyone's tastes, but, floral pumps are popping up everywhere, says Salinger. Top designers, including Altuzarra, are selling them for as much as $800 a pair, but take off a zero and find a similar looking pair at ALDO for just $80.
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