Looking Expensive on a Budget

As a student, it isn’t always easy to get your hands on the latest cult designer piece (and by “isn’t always” I mean never). However, as a result, you become particularly skilled at hunting down high street ‘dupes’ of designer items.

One such event happened recently when I stumbled upon my dream Topshop jumper and the reason it caught my eye was its resemblance to GANNI’s amazing neon green knit that has taken influencers and instagram by storm this season.

Following this realisation, I decided to take a look in my own wardrobe, as well as online, to find high street alternatives for the cult designer pieces of the season, so you don’t have to. 

GANNI JUMPER (£210)   /   TOPSHOP JUMPER (£39)

The two that started the whole discussion. I know these aren’t an exact match but that’s what I love about it, it’s not a total designer rip off. Don’t let the photos fool you, the Topshop one has the same puff sleeves as the GANNI style, and the same mélange knit throughout, just a slightly more colourful version.

PROENZA SCHOULER TIE DYE TOP (£290)   /   NEON ROSE TIE DYE TOP (£28)

These Proenza Schouler tops are something I’ve lusted over for months after seeing them on influencer and stylist Monikh. However, as they are just a touch outside my budget, I’ve managed to hunt down a roll neck alternative on Neon Rose, for almost a tenth of the price.

ISABEL MARANT TRACK PANTS (£285)   /   ADIDAS NAVY BLUE STRIPED LEGGINGS (£24.95)

Yet another style inspired by Monikh, whose Isabel Marant track pants I’ve been dying to splurge on. Obviously my alternative is slightly more casual as I’m swapping out roomier track pants in place of leggings, but the Adidas 3-Stripes leggings in navy blue can easily achieve the same ‘sportswear turned chic’ look when paired with the right top and shoes.

IRO FRINGED JACKET (£1400)   /   ZARA FRINGED OVERSHIRT (£49.99)

As seen in my previous blog post, this Zara jacket is to die for. Obviously this season a number of designers have created their own fringed jeackets, such as this IRO one. While the Zara version has a slouchier, shirt silhouette, it seriously does the trick at creating the same vintage inspired look, and at £50 who can complain.

ROTATE BIRGER CHRISTENSEN DRESS (£300)   /   &OTHER STORIES DRESS (£95)

Again, both of these dresses were featured in my last post, but I just can’t get over how much this & Other Stories dress mirrors the ROTATE Birger Christensen, for a third of the price. Like every one of these pieces, it’s not an exact dupe but features the same floral jacquard fabric and puff sleeves, which give the dress such an expensive look.

PROENZA SCHOULER DRESS (£1,175)   /   WEEKDAY DRESS (£35)

Another Proenza Schouler style I’ve managed to find an alternative for, as I just can’t stay away from her designs, is this amazing velvet tie-dye dress. Not only is this on the pricier side, but it also may be a bit too high fashion for everyday streetwear, however, this Weekday style in a more toned down silhouette is not only more wearable, but also creates the same look for less.

LOEWE BAG (£1,350)   /   ZARA ONE (£25.99)

I actually had to do a double take when I first saw that this bag was from Zara as it looks so premium, with the iconic Loewe shape.  Obviously a designer bag is an investment that will more than make up for its high price tag, especially with a timeless style like this Loewe one. However, if you can’t justify splurging this much on a bag, then this Zara number gives you the same out together look for £1300 less.

 

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