I don’t think I’m alone in envious tendencies toward the wealthy fashionistas of this world. If I could afford Hermès or Cartier, I’d have four crocodile Birken bags ala Mary-Kate and Ashley or 10 gold love bracelets (call me Kylie Jenner) but instead I’m stuck in a fantasy land paid by the hourly wages of taking cautious care of four screaming babies. Like many teens fending for themselves, my paychecks are limiting to a few stores at Northpark mall and the sale racks at Nordstrom.
Although it would be incredible to inherit the riches of my older siblings, “caught-on-camera” love affair, not every high school student can pick up Prada as easily as groceries.
And while I wish someone had cast me and my non-existent twin sister for the roles of Michelle Tanner, I didn’t grow up with the knowledge that my future would be filled with fame and fortune.
Idealistic and iconic indeed; these women are fabulous, rich and important. But what’s more important is I’m not famous, get paid by the hour, have college to worry about and still need to afford clothes that make me feel almost as effortlessly suave as MK & A.
While many are opposed to the idea of buying knock-off handbags, shoes and jewelry because it is technically illegal and counterfeit, there are other alternatives that are very legal, very stylish and very similar with a much cheaper price tag.
“Inspired by” is a very popular term for “almost but not quite” which to me translates as “good as it gets for the time being.” Ripping off designers is not the greatest route taken in saving money on big brands, but you can buy the same item, not as high quality of course, minus the fake logo and the disrespect of the designer that made it.
My favorite dupes for the fall this far are the giant black leather bags made to closely resemble Céline or Givenchy. The inspired by Birkenstocks are a major favorite, especially for the fall season with socks to keep your toes from falling off. And good quality gold jewelry that doesn’t make you think twice before swiping your debit card. Save the investment pieces for your Christmas wish-list, and splurge on things that could save you money for not so fun things like college textbooks or gasoline.
So, there is in fact a way to stay stylish without spending a fortune. There is a way to pay compliments to a beautiful design without supporting an illegal cause. Inspired by fashions are just as forward. And another plus, no need for the embarrassing response to the most frequently asked question “Is that real?”
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