‘Sex and the City’ re-runs do it. So does Gossip Girl. Celebs and top fashion bloggers can be even worse. I’m talking about drooling over their out-of-reach head-to-toe designer outfits. Louboutin lust and moments of ‘high-end design envy‘ happens to women every day, especially fashionistas. It’s natural to desire designer bags, $900 heels, or a $2K party dress, but it’s also a bit unrealistic for most of us. Plus, money can buy a Celine, but it doesn’t really boost self-esteem. Or at least that’s what I tell myself. 🙂
If you’re into fashion; sometimes you just want a little ‘Insert Your Favorite Designer HERE‘ to make your wardrobe complete. While I’d never advocate freezing your charge cards to look hot for a night in a Dolce and Gabbana gown; there are a few tricks to score high-end gems for less I’ll show on my sister, Jody, below…
The Trick to Faking a Designer Look ~ Go with solids! They look clean, simple and classic compared to busy patterns. Look for quality and nothing too trendy. This fuschia pea-coat is 6-years-old but it’s doesn’t fade or gather lint. Plus, the fully lined, bright shade seems to cylce through the cold seasons year after year paired with black.
What to Buy When You’re Ready to Splurge? ~ If you saved up to buy a designer bag, consider a clutch or wallet. They’re less expensive and will likely last much longer through seasons. Also, try vintage high-end designs or find mega deals. Jennifer at Just Add Glam is a pro at this. Check out her newest post mixing F21, TopShop and a Valentino Aphrodite handbag 50% off at Neiman Marcus. Score!
Missoni for Target is still Missoni ~ Sure, the crowds get crazy at designer collaborations in H&M & Target. While the quality isn’t as high; knowing you found a signature piece by a fave designer for under $20 (like this beanie) is still a good feeling.
Exclusive Doesn’t Mean Expensive ~ This four leaf clover bracelet by Cruciani made in Italy is very popular throughout Europe. Fashionistas want every color and design ranging from $8-$15 on average. I saw them featured blogs from Italy I follow like Lilli of Candy & Style and The Blonde Salad. Start the trend in your city by wearing them to school or in your blog! Cruciani is expanding to the US soon….
So if you were Carrie Bradshaw for a day and could have any designer item you desired; who and what would you buy? Heels, a handbag or a dress?
Have a great weekend and if you’re a SATC superfan, the ‘Carrie Diaries’ debuts Monday on the CW. ~xoDale