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Designer looks for less | Save vs Splurge

I think we can all agree that designer items are a nice to have, but not necessarily in the budget, read - super expensive! The summer sunnies for less post was pretty well received so I thought I'd do another round with some shoes & purses (my favorite)! If it's a pair of jeans or a closet staple then I certainly don't mind paying a little more to have it for a long time, but when it comes to trendier pieces where I like the design, but don't want to spend a fortune for something that might not be "in style" in a year! 

I can't even get over how similar some of these pieces are! When I was putting the collage together I had a hard time figuring out which one was which at first glance!

  • I've really gotten into loafers and I love how clean it looks with a pair of skinny jeans. Gucci loafers come in at $650 vs a save option for $24! Of course it is slightly different with a pointed toe vs. rounded and the save option isn't real leather, but it's pretty close at first glance! I also really like these pink ones for $26 - actually ordered them so I hope they fit! 
  • If there was a shoe that I was seriously considering splurging on it would be these Gucci mules but at $795 I think I'll pass and opt for these metallic ones for $37!  I really hope they get restocked in my size in black because I know I'd get a ton of wear out of them! 
  • I had the hardest time telling the difference between these wedge espadrilles - if it wasn't in the correct column I don't think you'd be able to tell either! Biggest difference - price! One is $37 and one is $160
  • Scrolled through Instagram lately?! If so then you've probably seen the Cult Gaia bag because to be honest the price point isn't as high as other designer bags at $228, but this is definitely a trendier item and I'm not 100% sure how things don't fall out, but I found a dupe on Amazon for $63!
  • The Chole "Faye" handbag has been around for a couple of years now, but the price is STEEP and I'm not sure it's a forever bag for me so when I saw this almost identical dupe in a pretty grey I was pretty excited. I read the reviews and it says that the suede catches color pretty easily - so it would be smart to safe guard it like you would with suede shoes. 

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If you see me sporting any of the above, then you know it's the "save" option😂! What do you normally opt to splurge on vs. save? 

59 comments

  1. I can't get over how much alike all these items look! You definitely nailed it with those save options!

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  2. I always love a good save/splurge. Those silver slides are so fun and pretty!! Fun finds sweet lady!

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  3. You have such a knack for finding great dupes! I'm all about saving where I can- especially in trend pieces :)

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  4. So true! I can't justify spending hundreds of dollars when there's a dupe out there that looks the same. Love the wedges and the dainty purse! Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

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  5. Those wedges are a good one! I love my Cult Gaia bag, definitely one of my favorite purchases from last year!

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  6. I love those wedges, and you did a great job finding exact lookalikes! So fun!

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  7. These are all such great dupes! I can't tell the difference between the Marc Fisher wedges and the dupes and can we talk about how gorgeous that dupe for the Cult Gaia bag is?! Love it! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  8. It's crazy how the saves can look just as good! I usually save on bags and tops. I like to splurge on jeans and shoes because I know I'll wear them out, plus I pick classic styles.
    xo
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

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  9. Wow!! You did an incredible job at finding dupes for all these designer pieces! I, too, would have hard time determining which is which! I love the Gucci silver mule dupes the most, GORGEOUS! Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have the best day!

    Xo,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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  10. I like all the save items better than the splurge items! Love that bottom bag the most!

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  11. ah these are so great! i almost got those gucci loafer slides but you're right - the price is crazy! i don't get the gala bag as it's all too trendy for this girl but i love love the chloe bag! that's an amazing dupe i think i need to snag!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  12. The Gucci loafers are top of my wish list, but I also love those save option! Can't get over the Chloe look a like. It's a spitting image!

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  13. Wow all of those really look so identical! Sometimes it's nice to splurge to buy quality that would last a long time, but other times you don't need to! Love this post!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  14. What a great roundup! I love those little Gucci slides but the dupes look pretty good too!

    xo, Kristina

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  15. The wedges really look so similar! I love the chloe dupe too!

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  16. These dupes are amazing! And that was the first time I had a hard time telling the difference between those wedge espadrilles too. There are a lot of great dupes out there, but that wins all the prizes <3
    Green Fashionista

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  17. Love these kinds of posts! All the shoes are super cute!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

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  18. Definitely saving this - I love that last bag so much, and you'd never know it wasn't the real thing!

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  19. Nothing I love more than these posts! They are legit the best! I love all of your picks! Especially those shoes!
    xoxo,Victoria
    www.coffeeandablonfe.blogspot.com

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  20. I'll take one of each please! I have those espadrille wedges and they are seriously one of my most worn shoes!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  21. I always love posts like this because the items really do look so similar! Love those loafers - that price is incredible!

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  22. That Amazon Cult Gaia bag dupe is INCREDIBLE!! Amazing find, girl!
    xx Tess | Sequins are the New Black

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  23. Wow those dupes look so similar! Amazing finds babe!

    Briana
    http://beyoutifulbrunette.blogspot.com/

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  24. These are some SERIOUSLY amazing dupes! I can't believe how good they all are! Amazon is my go-to place for dupes, always!

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  25. I always love a good splurge vs. save! I can't get over how similar these are! I love all the Gucci dupes. Especially the metallic ones! Great round-up, Biana!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  26. I am ALL FOR cheaper versions of high end brands! Thanks for sharing these.

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  27. Yeah I love you... Not only do I love splurge vs. save - bring it on, but I've COVETED that Gaia bag from very far afar... THANK YOU.
    Can't wait for the next one.. jewelry perhaps??? And if you see how I make one of those tassels (but with the harder feel vs. soft floss - I'd love it!!!)
    K of TAF

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  28. I cannot even believe how EXACT those wedges are!!!! I think every fashion blogger in the entire universe has those and I have been wanting some but refuse to pay that much for them. The ones from Shein are PERFECT and SO much cheaper! Dang girl, you did a good job finding some lookalikes.

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  29. This types of posts are always so helpful ! Your Whole Handbag is gorgeous however that identical dupe in grey is gorgeous too !

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  30. Umm these are incredible! Such close dupes!

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  31. You're so right, I can't tell a difference between the wedges! And I can't even imagine spending $200 on a pair of shoes, but I would totally spend $60!

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  32. I mean the wedges are spot on - really dupes!! So helpful. Thanks B!

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  33. These steals are so good!! They look spot on!

    Brooke
    Pumps and Push-Ups

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  34. You nailed it girl! I actually prefer a lot of the save options best.
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

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  35. Those Gucci mules I have been dying over thank you for that dupe! Definitely keeping my eye on those!

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  36. I love it, all of them are such great dupes! Thank you for this post!

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  37. Cute finds.. love finding a great steal!

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  38. What an incredible post Bina! I want all of these steals! Pinned:)

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

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  39. That's crazy how similar they look!! I'm totally a fan of finding a good deal but I do like a nice piece of clothing or a nice bag every now and then!

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  40. All of these dupes are so good! I'm swooning over those metallic mules!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  41. My Chloe dupe is definitely one of my favorites and I really need those silver Gucci dupes! Gorgeous!

    <3 Shannon 
    Upbeat Soles

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  42. All of these are so good! I can honestly hardly tell a difference! I do love those Cult Gaia bags!

    Zelle | Southern Style

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  43. I love the splurge options.
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  44. Wow, those are almost identical, it's crazy!!

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  45. Wow! Awesome finds, they're almost identical :D

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

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  46. I mean these items are completely identical! You really found some great steals. I think I need those wedges.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  47. that last bag is so cute!! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  48. So many great steals!! Those wedges look exactly the same and I don't think anyone would know the difference. I cannot get over how much those designer wedges are, so over priced. Love that bag but I'm afraid I would break it after one use.

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  49. I'm all about a good hack. Especially when it saves a lot of money - you can save it & do one good splurge! :)

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  50. Such a great round up Biana! I love being able to get a higher end look for less. I'm loving those Gucci loafers for Fall!

    Annessa
    www.seekingsunshine.com

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  51. I love your splurge and save lists! I can't tell the difference with most of these! Thanks!

    xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  52. Loving these, lady- gotta love a good dupe! I am so down for mules lately- give me all of 'em!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  53. I love a save/splurge post even when I'm not in the market for anything on the list.

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  54. These are all so close!!!!! I love a good dupe post. Those pink slippers??? OMG I need those!

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  55. Amazing dupe finds! I can't deny that I like investing on designer pieces that I know would last for years. But these are gorgeous picks too!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  56. Oh wow you did an excellent job with this. Truly the dupes really look like the real thing. Those Gucci kicks are killer though.

    Allie of
    www.allienyc.com

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