Knitwear

Real vs. Steal – Alexander Wang Knit Vest

by Irina on January 24, 2009

Alexander Wang is some sort of fashion genius. He’s young (25), but incredibly talented (Wang scored the CFDA 200k Fashion Fund last year) and I adore his talent to mix simple silhouettes with edgy details. This grey semi-sheer knit vest is one of his many amazing pieces which has a deep v-neck, black buttons, front pockets and twisted racerback. If you’re smitten with the vest as much as I am, you can get the real deal at 50% off.

Alexander Wang sleeveless grey knit vest with twisted back

Alexander Wang Knit Vest
($160, Nordstrom)

Kim Kardashian in Alexander Wang

Kim Kardashian seems to have jumped on the fashionista bandwagon. I think she really tries to get rid off her socialite status image. Which sounds good to me. Good luck with that! Below you can see Kim’s attempt at going the edgy chic route. She did quite well for the first time, but there’s still too much LA showing through her whole getup. Her look is too polished. When you go for Alexander Wang, it’s all about the “I barely care how I look because I’m way too cool for vanity“-attitude. That’s what makes his clothes so appealing.

Kim Kardashian wearing Alexander Wang Knit Vest at PETA Billboard Unveiling

Our Rating: ★★★☆☆

Who? Kim Kardashian
Where? Khloe Kardashian Unveils New Peta Billboard, LA
When? December 10th, 2008
What? Alexander Wang Knit Vest

Alexander Wang Knit Vest 4 Less

Spending $300 on a vest sounds like a lot of money to most of us and it certainly is. But fortunately there are a few good alternatives out there that will give you the same look without breaking the bank. I’d loooove to own the original Alexander Wang vest though, it’s so simple, but oh so chic! If only I had a few hundred dollars laying around here.

Forever 21 Chantelle Knit Cardigan

This grey knit vest from Forever 21 is probably one of the closest matches when you’re trying to get Alexander Wang 4 Less. The details setting designer fashion and copycats apart are lacking of course (black buttons and no twisted racerback), but the overall look and feel is quite the same, so if you want to make a deal, get this vest for only $24.80.

Forever 21 Grey Chantelle Knit Cardigan Vest

Forever 21 Chantelle Knit Cardigan
($24.80, Forever 21)

Splendid Sleeveless Buttoned Cardigan

Another great match is this sleeveless grey buttoned cardigan vest from Splendid. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the same plunge neckline as the Alexander Wang one and the buttons are too small and there are too many of them for my liking, but I do love the cute pockets, so I guess it’s a tie. As with the Forever 21 vest, this one doesn’t have the racerback as well which is too bad because it looks so sexy. The vest is a bit on the expensive side with $66 and comes also in black.

Splendid Sleeveless Grey Buttoned Cardigan Vest

Splendid Sleeveless Buttoned Cardiganls
($66, Bergdorf Goodman)

Free People Grey Sleeveless Slouchy Vest

This slouchy knit vest by Free People doesn’t have the black big buttons, but it does have a racerback like the Alexander Wang version. The vest originally retailed for $88, but has been reduced to affordable $29.95 and is also available in eggplant purple.

Free People Grey Sleeveless Slouchy Knit Vest

Free People Grey Sleeveless Slouchy Vest
($29.95, Free People)

Express Knit Cardigan Vest

This cardigan vest by Express is darker than the other alternatives, but it’s basically the same style (deep v-neck, pockets & big buttons) without the edgy details of the Alexander Wang version (no racerback, no black buttons). The vest comes also in black and is reasonably priced at $29.50. If you want a looser fit just like the Alexander Wang knit vest, buy the cardigan vest one or two sizes bigger than normal. This will have the same effect.

Express Gray Sleeveless Knit Cardigan Vest

Express Knit Cardigan Vest
($29.50, Express)

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