We aspire to purchase designer items for a reason – their high quality and limited quantities give us a sense of achievement and a little reward for working hard. However, sometimes it’s just not realistic to drop the equivalent of your mortgage on a handbag.
Luckily, not everything in your closet needs to be high fashion off the runway designer. And you don’t need to keep up with The Kardashians by investing in fakes. The days of buying bags on Canal Street looking over your shoulder to avoid a trip to the police station are over!
We scoured the internet high and low so that you can have designer-look-alike styles for a fraction of the price! Check out our top 8 designer dupes. After all, not everything needs to be a splurge piece. And of course we made it simple to shop for ALL pieces here.
1. Bottega Veneta Cassette Shoulder Bag, $5,000 vs. Kurt Geiger Kensington Quilted Bag, $285
First up we have the iconic Bottega quilted bag. Now, there are plenty of extremely inexpensive dupes that look identical to the Cassette bag on Amazon, however, we absolutely adore the Kurt Keiger brand. This dupe is similar enough but also unique on its own! The $200-$300 price point is perfect. And check out all his other bags, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed. The bright, fun colors are a no-brainer for fall that will never leave you with buyer’s remorse.
2. Versace Medusa Pumps, $1,575 vs. Steve Madden, $140
Left: Saks Fifth Avenue, Right:Revolve
We’re 99.9999% sure every housewife on the Real Housewives owns a pair of Versace’s latest pumps…in more than one color! The platform and chunky heel make these shoes surprisingly comfortable. The neon pink is very on trend. The designer version features the quintessential Medusa emblem on the ankle which is the only visual difference between the Lux and Less.
If you’re fine losing the ankle swag, pop into your nearest Steve Madden and you’ll score these super fun pumps for a quarter of the price.
3. Chanel Boy Bag, $5,900 vs. Rebecca Minkoff Love Crossbody, $195
Left: Chanel, Right: Rebecca Minkoff
Next up is the INFAMOUS Chanel Boy Bag. Now, Chanel is always a good idea and an incredible investment. But if splurging 5k on a bag isn’t your thing, the Rebecca Minkoff dupe is your closest option. Plus, she is extremely well-known for high quality pieces. You can’t go wrong!
4. Golden Goose Superstar Sneaker, $545, vs. Vintage Havana, $69.99
Left: Revolve, Right: Saks Off Fifth
Golden Goose sneaks have really blown up in recent years! And if you don’t mind spending gold to get them we highly recommend it. Made with premium Italian materials and craftsmanship, they will last. If you’re still on the fence, go for these Vintage Havana dupes. Both brands come in a wide assortment of colors and styles.
5. Hermès Oran Sandal, $660 vs. Sam Edelman Bay Slide Sandal, $100
Left: Hermès, Right: Sam Edelman
Finally! We have evolved from the Tori Burch craze and moved onto this year’s most coveted sandals: the Orans. Great for every day and available in so many colors these are super versatile. The price however, not so much. Sam Edelman’s Bay Slides also come in a few colors with some even on sale right now. Run, don’t walk!
6. Balmain Tweed Jacket, $2,850, vs. Generation Love, $385
Left: Saks Fifth Avenue, Right: Revolve
Tweed for fall? Terrific! These jackets definitely have a vintage Chanel vibe that we are loving. Both Balmain and Generation Love feature adorable gold hardware and a fitted style. Great for the office and can easily be transformed for a night out with a bodysuit or cami underneath.
If the almost $3,000 price tag doesn’t hurt your budget, you can snag this piece at Saks Fifth Avenue. Otherwise, Generation Love’s dupe is available at Revolve in addition to a few other styles.
7. Gucci Princetown Apron Toe Mules, $1,050 vs. Sam Edelman, $140
Left: Bloomingdales, Right: Sam Edelman
Gucci is very hot right now! Whether you want to embrace your inner Lady Gaga – cue Patrizia Reggiani on a shopping spree in House of Gucci — or look cute in colder weather, these fur accent mules are a must. Now, we did find some super inexpensive dupes with the faux fur however the Sam Edelman version are much better quality.
8. Manolo Blahnik Lurum 90 Crystal-Embellished Satin Mules, $1,395, vs. Kurt Geiger, $175
Left: Saks Fifth Avenue, Right: Bloomingdales
Last up are these gorgeous mules with crystal embellishments! Perfect for a special occasion, the splurge would be a great staple shoe to have in your closet. Date night? Wedding? Birthday party? These pair perfectly with virtually any dress. Although the Kurt Geiger dupe doesn’t have an identical crystal design, it gets the job done and for under $200 you can’t beat the price tag.