Coats & Jackets

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)

P.S.: Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Net-A-Porterls, Barneysls, S|Sense, Stylebop, Luisaviaroma, Selfridges, 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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Banana Republic Nautical-Style Basketweave Blazer

Deal: Use promo code “BRTAKE40” at checkout to get 40% off your purchase at Banana Republic! Restrictions apply. Offer ends 5/30.

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 40% off promotion which is currently running at Banana Republic because it cuts down the price of this blazer down from $178 to $106.80 (that’s a saving of $2.278,20 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
($178, Banana Republic)

P.S.: Also available at Banana Republic (Canada) & Banana Republic (EU).

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, Veronica Beard)

P.S.: 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 $411 (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
($411, 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
(€47.95, Zalando)

P.S.: Also available at About You, Vero Moda & Otto.

J.Crew Double-Breasted Blazer

Deal: 25% off with code “SUMMER” or 30% off with code “CARDSONLY” & your J.Crew Card!

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 (not double-breasted) here ($178 -25% off promo) or this one which I found at J.Crew Factory for $110.50 (sale price!).

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

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

P.S.: Also available at J.Crew (UK)ls.

Missguided Military Style Blazer

Deal: 30% 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 $64.60 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
($64.60, Missguided)

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

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, Zimbio, Style Pantry, Pinterest, Peony Lim, Harper & Harley, @yasmin_dxb Instagram, Banana Republic, Forward by Elyse Walker, Vero Moda, J.Crew, Missguided

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Budget Look – Cookie Monster Blue

by Irina on March 22, 2016

I’m usually not a big fan of faux fur jackets, but when I saw this cookie-monster blue concoction by n:PHILANTHROPYls (make sure to check out the rest of the collection, it’s amazing!), I was for some reason totally smitten and instantly had a thousand outfit ideas that revolved around this fluffy royal blue beauty of a jacket. One of these ideas was to pair it with a light knit pencil skirt, nude ankle boots and a matching funky handbag, so that’s what this “budget” look is all about. What do you think? Is this outfit a hit or miss?

Budget Look - Cookie Monster Blue

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Image source(s): Nordstrom, ASOS, Steve Madden, Public Desire, BaubleBar

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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 $4.080 this isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

Balmain Double-Breasted Leather Blazer in black and gold

Balmain Double-Breasted Leather Blazerls
($4.080, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at 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

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. A lovely grey faux suede version can be found here, btw.

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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Update: This post has been updated on January 5, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Fall has officially arrived now and I am slowly starting to build my winter wardrobe. Acne Studios‘ “Velocite” shearling jacket has been an obsession of mine for several years. I just love the luxe-looking, plush shearling lining, the straps and buckles, the oversized moto look. It’s the perfect winter jacket and just look how fab and cozy all the style bloggers look in their Acne Velocite below. The only thing holding me back to get my own Acne Velocite? The price tag, of course. $2.800 is a pretty steep price.

Acne Studios Velocite Oversized Shearling Biker Jacket in black and camel tan suede

Acne Studios Velocite Oversized Shearling Biker Jacket
($2.800, Forward by Elyse Walker)

P.S.: Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, La Garçonne, Net-A-Porterls, Shopbop, Barneysls, Acne Studios, Nordstromls, Steven Alan & Lane Crawfordls.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Acne Studios

Celebs such as Rihanna, Blake Lively and Rachel Weisz as well as personal style bloggers like Gala Gonzalez (Amlul Fashion Blogger) and Betty Autier (Le Blog de Betty) have all been spotted wearing an Acne Studios Velocite Oversized Shearling Biker Jacket.

Gala Gonzalez (Amlul Fashion Blogger), Betty Autier (Le Blog de Betty), Janni Delér & MVB by Marie von Behrens in Acne Studios Velocite Oversized Shearling Biker Jacket

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Muubaa “Darma” Shearling Biker Jacket

Update (01/05/2016): OMG! I just stumbled upon this insanely beautiful Acne Velocite look-alike in ivory by Muubaa. And the best part? This beauty is currently 50% off (even though I have to admit £562.50 is still quite a heavy price tag)!

Muubaa "Darma" Shearling Biker Jacket in ivory (Acne Velocite dupe)

Muubaa “Darma” Shearling Biker Jacket
(£562.50, Muubaa)

Missguided Faux Shearling Pilot Jacket

Update (11/09/2015): Spotted another Acne Velocite dupe today! Check out these faux shearling pilot jackets available at Missguided for $110.50 in either black or beige faux leather. What do you think of this one? Good one or not?

Missguided Faux Shearling Pilot Jacket in black and beige (Acne Velocite knockoffs)

Missguided Faux Shearling Pilot Jacket
($110.50, Missguided)

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

Forever 21 Faux Fur-Lined Jacket

Luckily, you can get a very similar look with this cozy faux fur-lined jacket by Forever 21. It’s not exactly a Velocite dupe, but the Acne inspiration is still very visible here I think. Get this beauty for as little as $62.90!

Forever 21 Faux Fur-Lined Jacket in black (Acne Velocite knockoff)

Forever 21 Faux Fur-Lined Jacket
($62.90, Forever 21)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (Canada)ls, Forever 21 (UK)ls & Forever 21 (EU).

Stradivarius Oversize Jacket

I also spotted this fab-looking, budget-friendly Velocite alternative at Stradivarius for all of my European readers. It’s pretty close to the real deal, huh?

Stradivarius Oversize Jacket in black faux suede (Acne Velocite knockoff)

Stradivarius Oversize Jacket
(£55.99, Stradivarius)

P.S.: Also available at Stradivarius (DE) & Stradivarius (FR).

Choies Suedette Lapel Zipper Front Coat

Another set of Velocite dupes can be found at Choies. Not sure about the quality here, but I love that these look almost identical to the real deal and who wouldn’t love the price? A second (faux suede) version can be found here ($65.90).

Choies Suedette Lapel Zipper Front Coat in black and tan (Acne Velocite knockoffs)

Choies Suedette Lapel Zipper Front Coat
($77.99, Choies)

Jessica Buurman “Swode” Buckled Shearling Jacket

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Of course, Jessica Buurman has an Acne Velocite dupe in stock as well. At $145, this “steal” is a bit of an investment, but I do love the black version, it looks so sturdy and warm. Also available in camel, taupe and brown.

Jessica Buurman "Swode" Buckled Shearling Jacket in black and tan (Acne Velocite knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “Swode” Buckled Shearling Jacket
($145, Jessica Buurman)

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, MyTheresa, Amlul Fashion Blogger, Le Blog de Betty, Janni Delér, MVB by Marie von Behrens, Muubaa, Missguided, Forever 21, Stradivarius, Choies, Jessica Buurman

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Update: This post has been updated on January 5, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

An original Rick Owens classic leather jacket is one of the few designer items I would gladly splurge on if I had 2,5k to spare. I especially love this sleek biker jacket below with its elegantly draped collar and ribbed wool sleeves; the shape is timeless and flattering and the leather looks incredibly soft, doesn’t it? A cool and edgy leather jacket like this one is a closet staple and should be hanging in every woman’s wardrobe.

Rick Owens Leather Biker Jacket in black

Rick Owens Blister Leather Biker Jacketls
($2.620, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Forward by Elyse Walker, Barneysls, LuisaViaRoma & Vestiaire Collective.

Celebrities Love Rick Owens

Celebs such as Ashley Olsen, Taylor Swift, Rachel Bilson, Lindsay Lohan, Halle Berry and Rihanna have all been spotted wearing a Rick Owens Leather Biker Jacket.

Ashley Olsen, Taylor Swift and Rachel Bilson wearing a black Rick Owens Leather Biker Jacket

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H&M Biker Jacket

Update (01/05/2016): Spotted this super fab and spot-on Rick Owens biker jacket dupe for under $60 at H&M. Doesn’t it look amazing?

H&M Biker Jacket (Rick Owens Blister dupe)

H&M Biker Jacket
($59.99, H&M)

Trouvé Leather Moto Jacket

Update (08/26/2014): Came across this lovely moto jacket by Trouvé today which instantly reminded me of the Rick Owens biker jacket above. Not exactly a steal at $298, but still a whole lot cheaper than the real deal.

Trouvé Leather Moto Jacket in black (Rick Owens Blister knockoff)

Trouvé Leather Moto Jacketls
($298, Nordstrom)

CUSP by Neiman Marcus Faux-Leather Shawl-Collar Jacket

Update (01/31/2014): Found these Rick Owens inspired CUSP by Neiman Marcus moto jackets for under $100 today!

CUSP by Neiman Marcus Faux-Leather Shawl-Collar Jacket in grey and black (Rick Owens Blister knockoff)

CUSP by Neiman Marcus Faux-Leather Shawl-Collar Jacketls
($98, Neiman Marcus)

6 Shore Road “Chloe” Leather Moto Jacket

Update (01/31/2014): Not exactly budget-friendly, but this biker jacket by 6 Shore Road is also a good alternative to the Rick Owens designer original above.

6 Shore Road "Chloe" Leather Moto Jacket in black (Rick Owens Blister knockoff)

6 Shore Road “Chloe” Leather Moto Jacketcj
($428, Shopbop)

Veda “Max” Moto Jacket

Update (01/31/2014): This Veda moto jacket isn’t a steal either, but it’s a great Rick Owens dupe, the quality looks great and the jacket is currently on sale, too! Yay!

Veda "Max" Moto Jacket in black (Rick Owens Blister knockoff)

Veda “Max” Moto Jacket
($515, RevolveClothing)

SW3 Bespoke “Queensway” Biker Jacket

Update (01/31/2014): Also discovered this leather jacket by SW3 Bespoke and it instantly reminded me of a Rick Owens.

SW3 Bespoke "Queensway" Biker Jacket in black (Rick Owens Blister knockoff)

SW3 Bespoke “Queensway” Biker Jacket
($175, Shopbop)

Mango Maxi Flap Leather Jacket

Update (01/31/2014): So how fab is this leather jacket by Mango? It’s such a close dupe to the Rick Owens version and is also surprisingly affordable at $289.99 (we’re talking real leather here!). Really thinking about getting this beauty of a leather jacket myself.

Mango Maxi Flap Leather Jacket in black (Rick Owens Blister knockoff)

Mango Maxi Flap Leather Jacketcj
($289.99, Mango)

P.S.: Also available at Mango (UK)ls.

BB Dakota “Grant” Leather Jacket

Update (11/02/2013): This leather jacket by BB Dakota also reminded me of the Rick Owens biker jacket above. It’s not exactly budget-friendly at $227.50, but definitely a steal compared to the originals’ price!

BB Dakota "Grant" Leather Jacket in black (Rick Owens Blister knockoff)

BB Dakota “Grant” Leather Jacket
($227.50, Zappos)

Muubaa “Agena” Leather Jacket

Update (06/20/2013): Just discovered that these leather jackets by Muubaa would be great buys if you’re looking for a more affordable Rick Owens alternative. They’re not exactly a steal at £279-£349, but from what I have read about the brand worth the mini investment. And oooh, did I mention they offer free worldwide shipping?

Muubaa "Agena" Leather Jacket in black and sandstone (Rick Owens Blister knock-offs)

Muubaa “Agena” Leather Jacketcj
(£279-£349, Muubaa)

Jennifer Lopez Faux-Leather Motorcycle Jacket

This faux leather jacket by Jennifer Lopez surely can’t compete with an original Rick Owens jacket, but if you’re looking for a good-looking and affordable leather jacket, this one has obviously quite a few Rick Owens inspired elements and the price of $50.40 ain’t too bad as well! Also available in white and plus sizes.

Jennifer Lopez Faux-Leather Motorcycle Jacket in black (Rick Owens look-a-like)

Jennifer Lopez Faux-Leather Motorcycle Jacketls
($50.40, Kohl’s)

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