Coats & Jackets

Update: This post has been updated on April 26, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

I think we can all agree that a black leather jacket is an absolute wardrobe staple and should be owned by every man and woman. I also think we can all agree on the fact that Acne Studios happens to make some of the best leather jackets everrrrrrr! (Velocite aviator jacket, anyone?) – Unfortunately, Acne leather jackets (also leather jackets in general) come at a price; in this particular case at $1.650 which is obviously a lot of money, even for a really cool leather jacket. But fret not, my dear fashionistas on a budget! Just keep on scrolling to discover how to get the uber-cool Acne moto look for a whole lot less.

Acne Studios Mock Leather Moto Jacket in black

Acne Studios Mock Leather Moto Jacket
($1.650, Forward by Elyse Walker)

Also available at Nordstromls, Shopbopls, Net-A-Porterls, Barneysls, Need Supply Co., Acne Studios, S|Sense, La Garçonne, Matches Fashionls, MyTheresa & Ottepjx.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Acne Studios

Celebs such as Kendall Jenner and fashion bloggers like Carolyn (Hey Pretty Thing) and Jane Song (FitFabFun Mom) have been spotted wearing an Acne Studios Mock Leather Moto Jacket.

Kendall Jenner & Fashion Bloggers wearing Acne Studios Mock Leather Moto Jacket

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Mango “Solange” Leather Biker Jacket

Update (04/28/2017): Just discovered another Acne Mock jacket alternative, again by Mango, which is spot-on to the real deal and made of genuine leather (hence the steep price tag of $249.99). A similar but slightly longer option can be found here (also available at Zalando, €159.99).

Mango "Solange" Leather Biker Jacket in black (Acne Studios Mock dupe)

Mango “Solange” Leather Biker Jacket
($249.99, Mango)

Also available at Mango (UK)ls, Mango (EU) & Zalando.

Mango Carla2 Zipped Biker Jacket

While browsing through Mango‘s new arrivals recently, I happened to stumble upon this Acne Mock inspired moto leather jacket which retails for under $100 and comes in either black or white. It’s also made of faux PU leather, so this jacket is both budget- and animal-friendly! Love! If you’re really after a genuine leather Acne jacket dupe however, check out this option for $199.99 (available in black, red and brown).

Mango Carla2 Zipped Biker Jacket in black and off-white (Acne Studios Mock dupes)

Mango Carla2 Zipped Biker Jacket
($99.99, Mango)

Also available at Amazonamazon, Mango (UK)ls, Mango (EU) & Zalando.

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, Pinterest, Hey Pretty Thing, FitFabFun Mom, Mango

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Update: This post has been updated on March 7, 2017. Scroll down to see the new adds.

Can we please have a moment of OMG!-silence for this AH!-mazing Balmain blazer? Consider me obsessed big time. If there ever existed something such as the perfect blazer, this gold-buttoned double-breasted navy wool-twill blazer which comes with Balmain’s signature razor-sharp silhouette would definitely be one of them. Just take a look at how gorgeous and effortlessly elegant all the beautiful ladies below look in their Balmain-adorned outfit ensembles. Perfection! I’d even be willing to splurge on a classic fashion staple such as this blazer, but its price of $2.385 is just beyond any common sense. My credit card does not approve.

Balmain Double-Breasted Wool-Twill Blazer in navy

Balmain Double-Breasted Wool-Twill Blazerls
($2.385, Neiman Marcus)

Also available at Net-A-Porterls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Barneysls, Saks Fifth Avenuels, S|Sense, Luisaviaroma, Selfridges, Stylebop, Harrodsicon, Farfetchls & MyTheresa.

Celebrities, Fashion Insiders & Style Bloggers Love Balmain

Celebs, fashion insiders, IGers, personal style bloggers; they all have been spotted wearing a Balmain Double-Breasted Wool-Twill Blazer.

Celebrities, IGers and Personal Style Bloggers wearing Balmain Double-Breasted Wool-Twill Blazer

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New Look Military Blazer

Update (03/07/2017): Spotted this super fab navy Balmain blazer look-alike at New Look today. Not too shabby for £34.99, don’t you agree?

New Look Military Blazer in navy (Balmain dupe)

New Look Military Blazer
(£34.99, New Look)

Also available at New Look (EU) & New Look (AU).

Miss Selfridge Military Blazer

Update (03/07/2017): And here’s another set of Balmain inspired military-style blazers! These ones were found at Miss Selfridge. Available in either black or orange for £39.

Miss Selfridge Double-Breasted Military Blazer in black and orange (Balmain dupes)

Miss Selfridge Military Blazer
(£39, Miss Selfridge)

Also available at Miss Selfridge (US)ls, Miss Selfridge (EU + AU), Zalando, John Lewis & Debenhams.

Bardot Tailored Blazer

Update (02/23/2017): Discovered yet another lovely Balmain inspired tailored blazer today! It’s by Bardot and retails for $139.99 AUD.

Bardot Tailored Blazer in black (Balmain dupe)

Bardot Tailored Blazer
($139.99 AUD, The Iconic)

Hunkydory “Cora” Double Breasted Blazer

Update (01/24/2017): Stumbled upon this admittedly pretty pricey, but pretty awesome Balmain dupe by Swedish brand Hunkydory. You like this one?

Hunkydory "Cora" Double Breasted Blazer in navy (Balmain dupe)

Hunkydory “Cora” Double Breasted Blazer
(€439.95, Zalando)

Tahari ASL Double-Breasted Ponte Knit Jacket

Update (01/24/2017): This double-breasted blazer by Tahari ASL is also a great budget-friendly alternative to the expensive Balmain jacket. It’s currently on sale for $63.95 and comes in an array of beautiful colors including navy, black, white, wine red and rose pink. Absolutely looooove this budget find! Another very similar option in navy is available herels ($139).

Tahari ASL Double-Breasted Ponte Knit Jacket (Balmain dupes)

Tahari ASL Double-Breasted Ponte Knit Jacketls
($63.95, Tahari ASL)

Also available at Dillard’s & Macy’s.

Loft Double Breasted Blazer

Update (01/24/2017): Also found this navy double breasted blazer at Loft and it instantly reminded me of the Balmain one. It misses a few buttons to qualify as a designer dupe, but if you’re fine with a Balmain “inspired” design, this $128 blazer would be probably a good buy.

Loft Double Breasted Blazer in navy (Balmain inspired)

Loft Double Breasted Blazer
($128, Loft)

Mango “Boton” Double-Breasted Blazer

Update (12/06/2016): OK, so I spotted this beautiful Balmain dupe at Mango and just had to share this gorgeous nautical inspired navy blazer with you! Actually, I liked this one so much I ordered it for myself a couple days ago and I’m so happy I did because it’s the best Balmain dupe I’ve found and owned yet! Definitely worth the $79.99 price tag (sale price)! If you like this blazer, you better don’t wait too long as I’m pretty sure this beauty of a blazer will sell out in no time!

Mango "Boton" Double-Breasted Blazer in navy with gold buttons (Balmain dupe)

Mango “Boton” Double-Breasted Blazer
($79.99, Mango)

Also available at Mango (UK)ls, Mango (EU) & Zalando.

White House Black Market “Trophy” Double-Breasted Blazer Jacket

Update (12/06/2016): At White House Black Market you can also find a pretty neat Balmain inspired blazer aptly called the “Trophy Jacket”. The double-breasted blazer comes in petite sizing and various colors (including white and blush) and costs between $81.99-$150.

White House Black Market "Trophy" Double-Breasted Blazer Jacket in navy and blush pink (Balmain dupes)

White House Black Market “Trophy” Double-Breasted Blazer Jacket
($81.99-$150, White House Black Market)

Missguided Double-Breasted Military Style Blazer

Update (12/06/2016): I’ve also stumbled upon a third set of Balmain inspired military-style blazers at Missguided which look so much like the real deal but cost only $63 and come in various lovely colors such as nude, white and blush. Love these affordable blazers! Pssssst, US students get a 30% (!) student discount (offer may end soon though)!

Missguided Double-Breasted Military Style Blazer in nude, white, black and blush (Balmain dupes)

Missguided Double-Breasted Military Style Blazer
($63, Missguided)

Also available at Missguided (UK) & Missguided (EU + International).

Stylekeepers “You Set Me Free” Double-Breasted Blazer

Update (08/01/2016): Just discovered this spot-on Balmain dupe by Stylekeepers in a beautiful khaki green for $145 AUD. If you prefer a more classic color, check out the “Sweet Success” blazer which looks similar to this one and comes in black.

Stylekeepers "You Set Me Free" Double-Breasted Blazer in khaki green (Balmain dupe)

Stylekeepers “You Set Me Free” Double-Breasted Blazer
($145 AUD, The Iconic)

Banana Republic Nautical-Style Basketweave Blazer

My personal favorite Balmain look for less alternative is this nautical basketweave blazer I discovered at Banana Republic recently. All the important Balmain details are there: a fitted silhouette, double-breasted front, gold buttons and a beautiful deep navy color. BR’s version has a couple differences such as a different material, but they’re rather minor and overall it’s still a gorgeous and budget-friendly alternative for the pricey Balmain blazer. Especially so if you take advantage of the 50% off sale promotion which is currently running at Banana Republic because it cuts down the price of this blazer down from $169.99 to $84.99 (that’s a saving of $2.300,01 compared to the real deal). Super steal deal alert!

Banana Republic Nautical-Style Basketweave Blazer in navy and gold buttons (Balmain knockoff)

Banana Republic Nautical-Style Basketweave Blazer
($84.99, Banana Republic)

Veronica Beard Seaside Double Breasted Blazer

Now this nautical blazer by Veronica Beard is probably the closest match to the real deal Balmain in terms of overall design, but it does cost almost $600, so it ranks as my current second favorite Balmain dupe. You would save a whopping $1.790 by opting for the Veronica Beard version though, so I still consider this blazer to be a pretty good bargain nonetheless!

Veronica Beard Seaside Double Breasted Blazer in navy w/ gold buttons (Balmain dupe)

Veronica Beard Seaside Double Breasted Blazer
($595, Forward by Elyse Walker)

A similar version is also available at Veronica Beard.

Brooks Brothers Wool Double-Breasted Blazer

Another gorgeous blazer and pretty awsome Balmain alternative is this lovely navy blazer by Brooks Brothers. The key details are spot-on Balmain, Brooks Brothers is known for their high-quality tailoring and did I mention this beauty of a blazer is currently on sale for $274 (was $548). Sure, it’s not a steal at that price, but it might be worth the investment because a navy blazer is so versatile.

Brooks Brothers Wool Double-Breasted Blazer in navy with gold buttons (Balmain inspired)

Brooks Brothers Wool Double-Breasted Blazer
($274, Brooks Brothers)

Vero Moda Military Blazer

And here’s a little little something for all you European Balmain lovers out there! These military-inspired double-breasted blazers by Vero Moda are a pretty spot-on Balmain dupe for less than €50 (sale price!). You’re welcome.

Vero Moda Military Blazer in navy blue and black (Balmain knockoffs)

Vero Moda Military Blazer
(€44.95, Zalando)

Also available at Otto & About You.

J.Crew Double-Breasted Blazer

Not available in navy, but these blazers by J.Crew also reminded me of the Balmain one above because the design and silhouette are so similar. If you’re all about the navy color, check out this other J.Crew blazer which I found at J.Crew Factory for $79 (sale price!).

J.Crew Double-Breasted Blazer in white and light blue (Balmain knockoffs)

J.Crew Double-Breasted Blazer
($198, J.Crew)

Missguided Military Style Blazer

Deal: 40% student discount for US students! Excludes sale items. Offer ends soon!

If you really want to snatch a steal deal here, these Balmain inspired blazers by Missguided which cost $56 might be a considerable look for less option. It’s just too bad these don’t come in navy.

Missguided Military Style Blazer in khaki and black (Balmain knockoffs)

Missguided Military Style Blazer
($56, Missguided)

Also available at Missguided (UK) & Missguided (EU + International).

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, Zimbio, Style Pantry, Pinterest, Peony Lim, Harper & Harley, @yasmin_dxb Instagram, New Look, Miss Selfridge, Zalando, Tahari ASL, Loft, Mango, White House Black Market, The Iconic, Banana Republic, Forward by Elyse Walker, Vero Moda, J.Crew, Missguided

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Spring is officially around the corner and I can’t wait to ditch all of my winter clothes and finally pull out airy dresses and open-toed sandals from their winter hiatus. But since Spring isn’t in full bloom yet, we can’t probably do without a warm coat or jacket, but we can definitely welcome the new season by lightening up our wardrobe with pastel colors for example which is what I tried to do in this week’s budget look edition. Let me know if you like it!

Budget Look - Welcoming Spring in Pastel Pink

Go Shopping:

Image source(s): H&M, Mango, Nordstrom, Amazon, Aldo, Rad., Bloomingdale’s, BagInc

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Update: This post has been updated on January 30, 2017. Scroll down to see the new adds.

I almost get the sensation that I’m looking at a Magic Eye poster when I look at this Givenchy Ottoman Stitch Stripe Jacket. It’s definitely different and very appealing to the eye. I love how Keri Hilson sports it with a pair of black skinnies and a peep-toe boot. Such elegance when it’s worn so simplified. I’m very curious to see how this jacket would look with a pair of jeans as opposed to the all-black ensemble. So, if you want to get the look and not be on the waiting list and spend $1557 on this striking jacket, here are a few more choices!

Givenchy Ottoman Stitch Stripe Jacket

Givenchy Ottoman Stitch Stripe Jacketls
($1.557, Net-A-Porter)

Celebrities Love Givenchy

Keri Hilson, Liv Tyler & Courtney Love wearing a black and white Givenchy Ottoman Stitch Stripe Jacket

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White House Black Market Striped Ponte Blazer

Update (01/30/2017): Didn’t really expect to find any more dupes of this striped Givenchy jacket after four years, but White House Black Market onbviously beg to differ.

White House Black Market Striped Ponte Blazer in black and white (Givenchy dupe)

White House Black Market Striped Ponte Blazer
($140, White House Black Market)

Old Navy Single-Button Jersey-Knit Striped Blazer

Update (01/30/2017): Also came across this super budget-friendly striped blazer at Old Navy which would be a great designer real deal alternative for under $40.

Old Navy Single-Button Jersey-Knit Striped Blazer in navy and white (Givenchy inspired)

Old Navy Single-Button Jersey-Knit Striped Blazer
($39.94, Old Navy)

Wallis Black Stripe Jacket

Update (05/18/2013): Just discovered this striped blazer at Wallis which would be a great alternative to the pricey Givenchy jacket. On sale for $70!

Wallis Black Stripe Jacket in black and white (Givenchy Ottoman look-a-like)

Wallis Black Stripe Jacket
($70, Wallis)

Anthropologie Striped Spinnaker Blazer

Update (07/25/2012): Found another lovely striped blazer option over at Anthropologie for under $100.

Anthropologie Striped Spinnaker Blazer in black and white (Givenchy knockoff)

Anthropologie Striped Spinnaker Blazer
($98, Anthropologie)

Smythe Piped One Button Blazer

Update (02/25/2012): If you’re looking for a high quality alternative, look no further because this striped Smythe blazer is a great Givenchy look-a-like. It does retail for a very hefty $486.50, but it’s still less than 50% of the original’s price.

Smythe Piped One Button Blazer in black and white (Givenchy knockoff)

Smythe Piped One Button Blazercj
($486.50, Shopbop)

Mango Cotton Sailor Blazer

Update (02/25/2012): And here’s another great inspired-by option by MANGO.

Mango Cotton Sailor Blazer in navy and white (Givenchy knockoff)

Mango Cotton Sailor Blazer
($79.99, Mango)

Canna Striped Blazer

Update (07/15/2011): Just came across another fabulous and budget-friendly Givenchy alternative by Canna.

Canna Striped Blazer in black and white (Givenchy knockoff)

Canna Striped Blazerls
($99, Nordstrom)

Alice + Olivia “Sage” Striped Blazer

I love this Alice + Olivia “Sage” Striped Blazer! I love the shoulders and the pockets! Very similar to the Givenchy and you won’t be out $1557 either. Priced at $368 this jacket is definitely a steal. But, if it still doesn’t fit your budget we have some more for ya!

Alice + Olivia Sage Striped Peak Lapel Blazer in navy and white (Givenchy Ottoman knockoff)

Alice + Olivia “Sage” Striped Blazercj
($368, Shopbop)

Aryn K. Stripe Blazer

This Aryn K. blazer has slightly bigger stripes than the Givenchy and the Alice + Olivia, but I’m really enjoying the collar detail around the neckline on this one. And priced at $94, I’d say it’s pretty budget-friendly!

Aryn K. Stripe Blazer in black and white (Givenchy Ottoman knockoff)

Aryn K. Stripe Blazer
($94, 6pm)

Tart “Camryn” Jacket

Now this Tart jacket looks the most like the Givenchy with the striping. However, it looks more of “going to the office” than a jacket that you can wear more casually. Nonetheless, if you like the look and you’re really loving the stripes of the Givenchy and want something a little more affordable, I’d go for this one!

Tart "Camryn" Jacket in black and white (Givenchy Ottoman knockoff)

Tart “Camryn” Jacket
($69.99, Last Call)

525 America Striped Blazer

OK, so I’m not sure how I feel about this jacket by 525 America. I like the buttons, but I feel like it should’ve been a full-length sleeve rather than a 3/4 sleeve. Especially since you have the button style of a pea-coat! It does look cute with jeans and priced at $95.99, it might suit your taste for the warmer weather that’s soon ahead.

525 America Striped Blazer in navy and white (Givenchy Ottoman knockoff)

525 America Striped Blazer
(95.99, Macy’s)

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Update: This post has been updated on January 25, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

Oh Balmain, how I love your sharp-tailored blazers! And apparently Kim Kardashian does just the same as she’s been spotted wearing this gorgeous military-inspired double-breasted leather blazer on at least 12 different outings. And if you follow Kim K.’s style, you’ll know how rare it is to see her wear something as bold as this blazer more than once, so she must be really in love with this particular piece. I so wish I could afford me some Balmain real deal goodness, but at $3.710 this isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

Balmain Double-Breasted Leather Blazer in black and gold

Balmain Double-Breasted Leather Blazerls
($3.710, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Neiman Marcusls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Matches Fashionls, S|Sense, MyTheresa, Stylebop & Vestiaire Collective.

Kim Kardashian Loves Balmain

Balmain’s no. 1 fangirl, Kim Kardashian, has been spotted wearing Balmain Double-Breasted Leather Blazer at least a dozen times.

Kim Kardashian wearing a black Balmain Double-Breasted Leather Blazer

Missguided Faux Leather Military Blazer

Update (01/25/2017): Just spotted this lovely Balmain faux leather blazer dupe at Missguided which has a cool weathered look to it. Price: $81. Bonus: US students get a generous 30% student discount on their orders at Missguided!

Missguided Faux Leather Military Blazer in black (Balmain dupe)

Missguided Faux Leather Military Blazer
($81, Missguided)

P.S.: Also available at Missguided (UK) & Missguided (EU + International).

Vakko for INC International Concepts Faux-Leather Blazer

While randomly browsing the big ol’ Internet today, I stumbled upon this chic faux leather blazer by INC International Concepts and it stopped me right in my tracks. Everything about it looked so familiar – the design, the colors, the silhouette – and after about five seconds it dawned on me: Balmain on a budget for sure! The original price for this piece used to be $169.50 which I find to be quite heavy for a *faux* leather blazer, but luckily it got marked down to a little over $100 as of now. So if you’re a passionate Balmain lover and are willing to invest a bit to get the coveted designer look, this is a great alternative.

Vakko for INC International Concepts Faux-Leather Blazer in black and gold (Balmain dupe)

Vakko for INC International Concepts Faux-Leather Blazer
($105.99, Macy’s)

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