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Luxe for Less: The Best Designer Looks for Less

There is nothing more I enjoy than a good shopping trip. You might see me in a designer piece every once in a while, but it has become a rare event these days. In fact, I like the hunt of finding something similar at a fraction of the cost. In fact, my friend and family know that I love to brag about a great deal, a sale, or a rare designer find for almost nothing. I’m frugal. And I am proud of it! I’d rather spend my money on vacations with my family, or eating a nice dinner!

So when I fall in love with a designer piece that costs over $1,000, I rush to find an alternative that’s under $200 or less. Just yesterday, I did a television segment on designer looks for less, which of course inspired me to find even more deals.

Here are a few of my current favorites:

  • From Runway to Realway 1 of 11
    Chanel

    Fashion can be expensive, but style doesn't have to be. Learn how to score amazing designer looks for a fraction of the cost. 

  • Leather Cuff 2 of 11
    Hermes

    This Collier De Chien cuff bracelet from Hermes, coveted by editors during NYFW, runs anywhere from $1,500 to $7,000 depending on the type of leather or metal, but this very similar piece from Forever21 is only $7.80. Total steal!

  • Cut Out Booties 3 of 11
    booties

    Sure these Gianvito Rossi booties are stunning, but with a price tag of $750, I could buy 7 pairs of these by Halogen at Nordstrom

  • Box Clutch 4 of 11
    Mcqueen

    It will cost you $2,295 for an Alexander McQueen clutch which, as stunning as it may be, sounds ludicrous! Especially when you see this $40 option from Call It Spring

  • Faux Leather Skirt 5 of 11
    leather flare

    This stunning faux leather flare skirt by Halston Heritage may be on sale for $227 right now, but its original price tag was $325 price. I'd rather pay full price ... for the Piperlime skirt at a mere $59. 

  • Leopard Sneakers 6 of 11
    leopard

    I'm not a trendy person per say, but these leopard high tops seem so awesome that I might cave to purchase them. But these Giuseppe Zanotti wedge high tops were out of the question. I don't have a spare $995 lying around! However, this great alternative is available at Daily Look for $45.

  • Boxer Bag 7 of 11
    handbag

    Once the creative director of Coach, Reed Krakoff's handbags have been pulling on my heart strings since they launched the line. But the $1290 cost sooner break my heart shortly after. Luckily, I can keep it sated with a similar box shoulder bag from Call It Spring for $40. 

  • Riding Boots 8 of 11
    boots

    I love the look of riding boots and Tory Burch is obviously a popular choice, at least here in Chicago. I still cannot justify spending anything over $200 for a pair of boots, so this Vince Camuto style, at only $160, works instead. 

  • Quilted Bag 9 of 11
    Chanel

    I think it is every girl's dream to own a Chanel bag and for as long as I can remember, I've warned my husband that this splurge will come one day. Until then, this Asos bag, at only $30, will prevent him from having a heart attack. 

  • Animal Print Blazer 10 of 11
    blazer

    I love animal print, and yes I sound like a broken record because I say it so many times, but I do. This Rebecca Taylor blazer is amazing, but the$495 price? Not so much. While the Joie print is leopard as opposed to tiger, I'd take it anyway for just $104. 

  • Patent Leather Pumps 11 of 11
    pumps

    While Jimmy Choo is a symbol of luxury, to be honest? I can never walk in them! And for that price, the shoe better walk itself. This $55 option from Aldo is a better choice for me and they still look expensive

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