I’m the sort of girl who frequently tortures herself with the ‘what’s new’ page on Net-a-Porter’s site, sometimes I even add all the items I’m lusting over into a my bag and watch as it tallies up to my yearly salary and then I begrudgingly click the ‘X’ only to do it again the following month. I follow the catwalks, I read all of the fashion mags and constantly dream about the stylish wardrobe I’d love to own. However, like many girls in their 20’s I am not yet (and possibly never will be) in the position to be splashing the cash on fancy clothes that’ll be out of style the following season. So, if like me you love following trends and lust over a pricier closet check out my 5 high street dupes that you’ll need to add to basket asap…
Everyone and their dog seems to own a Self Portrait dress, and although I never have formal occasions to attend, I want one too! Their beautifully feminine combinations of lace and frill always have my heart a fluttering, but I simply cannot justify the cost.However, I think I’ve found a pretty impressive dupe for the York Frill guipure-lace mini dress (£280), from Y.A.S at Asos (£80) – this beautiful white number will save you £200 and looks almost identical with its lace details, tiered frills and high neckline.
Gucci has had my heart for the past 2 seasons now, and I just can’t get enough of their over-the-top embroidery, stylish loafers and that iconic red, green and blue striping. So when I was in Primark this weekend and saw this bag I thought how much it reminded me of Gucci. Although this isn’t an exact dupe it looks to me as if Primark have taken inspiration from both the Gucci Sylvie mini (£1,290) and the Dionysus GG Supreme (£ 2,170) to create a cool cross body bag for just £7!
Last season Stella McCartney released her dog print putting it on dresses, trousers and this white shirt (£495) – I love a white shirt and think adding a quirky print is a great way to make it a little less formal and a little more cool. The Mango dog print shirt (£35.99), features far smaller and lighter dogs than the statement version from Stella McCartney but the principle of a simple white shirt with dogs printed across are exactly the same but with a huge price difference.
I absolutely love Soludos espadrilles, they always have the coolest, quirky motifs that are perfect for summer. When I saw these denim hot dog shoes (£59.78) I let out an audible squeal of excitement! I mean hot dogs on a shoe… what’s not to love? But, I only wear espadrilles on the hottest of days and living in the UK they’re pretty rare, so for me to spend almost £60 is not going to get me my cost per wear. When one evening I was scrolling through the depths of New Look shoes and stumbled across these cool cactus espadrilles (£14.99) in an almost identical style, I added to cart right away!
Big aviator glasses are the style of spectacle we all once mocked teachers for wearing. But this season they’ve become the hottest accessory to own, with just about every big fashion blogger taking selfies in their oversized eyeware. With them being quite a tough style to pull off I would test out a budget pair before investing in something like the Chloe’s Aviator glasses (£227) . All of the big high street stores have a pair of glasses similar such as Zara, Asos and H&M, but I picked this oval Topshop pair (£12), which are slightly different to the Chloé ones but still give that 80’s / geek-chic vibe to an outfit!