We all wish we had the widest of purse strings to buy every designer piece we loved. But, sadly that's not always possible. We can, however, look for alternatives and honestly for this season you will be in awe of how many designer dupes are out there.
I love using the words "inspired by" when it comes to re-creating designer outfits of a more affordable variety; it looks the part but you haven't had to fork out for it. I have been trawling the internet to find the best high street alternatives to some key pieces from the current collections to help you build a tribute to a designer wardrobe. Let the battle commence.
- Miu Miu v H&M
At London Fashion Week in September I saw this blouse being worn quite a bit. It's an homage to the Victorian ages with its high neck (a trend that's a biggie for this year) and oversize ruffle. The Miu Miu Poplin Blouse is having its moment but with a price tag of just under €1,000, it's not top of my priority list. What is though is the H&M version for just €39.99. Winning.
- Alexander McQueen V. River Island
A white jacket is a summer must have, but as much as I would love the real McCoy from McQueen, I'm actually opting for the very well tailored River Island version. The chain detail at the side give nice waist definition, and the low and long lapels will look great over a v-neckline on your holidays. And please, note that price difference.
- Chloe V. Penneys
We can't leave accessories out. The "Drew" bag from Chloe is a celebrity favourite and if you want to get your mitts on it, it is available at Brown Thomas. During the week I styled up a few looks from the current Spring Summer range from Penneys on Xposé and found this treasure of a saddle bag for under €10. It has all the features of the Chloe bag and I do like that it's black which will match everything.
Have you spotted any great pieces on the high street that are "inspired by" some of the big designers? Or have you found some treasure in the past that you still have?