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10 Designer Hacks: Get the Look for Less

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There are some style items that I’m happy to splurge on. For example, a quality handbag, a nice pair of designer jeans (on sale, of course), and a suit for job interviews. But when it comes to trendy items, I think saving money reigns supreme. Here are 10 budget-friendly designer hacks and the pricey items that inspired them.

  • The Look For Less 1 of 11
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    Click through to shop 10 inexpensive items and the designer styles that inspired them!

  • Military Jacket Hack 2 of 11
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    Splurge on this Burberry Brit jacket from Nordstrom for $750.

    Or save with this (even cuter, in my opinion!) jacket from Express for $178.

  • Studded Flats Hack 3 of 11
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    Splurge on a gorgeous pair of Valentino studded flats from Farfetch for $804.22.

    Or save with a pair of patent leather look-alikes by Sole Society for $49.95.

  • Bodycon Dress Hack 4 of 11
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    Splurge on this Temperley London dress from Shopbop for $970.

    Or save with this equally cute number from Forever 21 for $34.80. (That's a savings of more than $900!)

  • Plaid Pants Hack 5 of 11
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    Splurge on a pair of Theory plaid pants from Saks for $275.

    Or save with this LOFT look-alike for $79.50.

  • Studded Boots Hack 6 of 11
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    Splurge on a pair of Chloe boots from Net-a-Porter for $1,345.

    Or save a thousand bucks and with this Forever 21 version for $42.80.

  • Leather Trench Hack 7 of 11
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    Splurge on a Rag & Bone leather trench from Stylebop for $794 on sale.

    Or save with this vegan leather version from Express for $128.

  • Graphic Tee Hack 8 of 11
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    Splurge on this graphic tee from J.Crew for $45.

    Or save with the Forever 21 version for $10.80, a quarter of the cost.

  • Cap Toe Pump Hack 9 of 11
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    Splurge on a pair of pointed cap toe pumps by Saint Laurent from Neiman Marcus for $745.

    Or save a chunk of change with a similar pair from Express for $79.

  • Varsity Jacket Hack 10 of 11
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    Splurge on a varsity jacket by True Religion from Shopbop for $497.

    Or save at Aeropostale with this jacket on sale for $26.85.

  • Striped Jeans Hack 11 of 11
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    Splurge on a pair of vertical striped jeans by Paige from Net-a-Porter for $255.

    Or save with the cheaper Forever 21 version for $24.80.

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