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Budget Look – Blue Crush by Halogen

by Irina on April 28, 2015

Alright, I’ll admit it: I will officially love cobalt blue and stripes until the day I die! There’s just no way I could ever let go of these two personal faves of mine. When I recently browsed through Nordstrom’s newest arrivals the cobalt blue hobo bag and pants by Halogen instantly caught my eye and before I knew it I was already imagining an outfit around those items with stripes being a major part of this look, of course. Well, you know what they say: “If you can’t beat them, join them.” – which is exactly what I did. What do you think of my blue crush outfit?

Budget Look - Blue Crush by Halogen

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Image source(s): Nordstrom

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I’m quite excited about today’s Real vs. Steal feature. Maybe it’s because it’s not yet another shoe this time or maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for all things nautical and sparkling and Oscar de la Renta (who isn’t, right?). Maybe it’s a combination of all these things. Fact is: I’ve been hugely obsessed with this adorable striped sequin sweater by Oscar de la Renta from the very first moment I spotted it on Net-A-Porter. It was love at first sight! I mean, stripes and sequins, does it ever get better than these two? I highly doubt so. But even though I really, really loooove Oscar de la Renta, dropping almost 2k on a sweater is simply beyond my imagination.

Oscar de la Renta Sequined Knitted Striped Sweater in white and navy

Oscar de la Renta Sequined Knitted Striped Sweaterls
($1.990, Net-A-Porter)

Ann Taylor Sequin Striped Sweater

HOT DEAL: Limited time offer! Extra 40% off sale styles at Ann Taylor! No promotional code needed, discount will be applied automatically at checkout. Exclusions may apply.

I’ve almost buried my dream of ever coming across another such gorgeous sequin stripe sweater as the Oscar de la Renta one, but today I accidentally stumbled upon this lovely striped sweater style by Ann Taylor and I knew this was the perfect steal for the OdlR real deal above. The colors vary slightly, but the rest of the design is pretty much spot-on. And did I mention this sweater (which is also available in petite sizes by the way) is currently on sale for $39.88 (down from $89.50)? But the best part yet? Ann Taylor is currently having a promotion where customers get an extra 40% off sale items which means this Oscar de la Renta sweater dupe can be yours for a steal deal worthy $23.93! Let that price sink in for a moment. Now can we get a round of applause here, please?

Ann Taylor Sequin Striped Sweater in winter white and navy (Oscar de la Renta knockoff)

Ann Taylor Sequin Striped Sweater
($39.88, Ann Taylor)

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, Ann Taylor

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Update: This post has been updated on April 6, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

This “Octavia” Tri-Tone Sheath Dress by Stella McCartney has been very popular among the celebrity world. And who can blame them? Incorporating a subtle color-blocking design, the black panels along the side of the dress are slimming and extremely flattering for every body type. This dress was made to accentuate a woman’s curves and figure, and creates an enviable hourglass shape by creating a slimming silhouette effect. As this dress can be a miracle, the price tag definitely shows for that, too! However, we found an amazing alternative that’ll do the same trick for a whole lot less money!

Stella McCartney Octavia Tri-Tone Sheath Dress

Stella McCartney Octavia Tri-Tone Sheath Dressls
($1.234, Neiman Marcus)

Celebrities Love Stella McCartney

Kate Winslet, Nicole Scherzinger, Leslie Bibb and Nicola Peltz wearing a cream Stella McCartney Octavia Tri-Tone Sheath Dress

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Ann Taylor Colorblock Ponte Sheath Dress

Update (04/06/2015): Stumbled upon this Ann Taylor sheath dress today and it instantly reminded me of the Stella McCartney Octavia dress above.

Ann Taylor Colorblock Ponte Sheath Dress (Stella McCartney Octavia knockoff)

Ann Taylor Colorblock Ponte Sheath Dress
($139, Ann Taylor)

rsvp “Jiana” Colorblock Dress

Update (08/03/2013): Just stumbled upon another wonderful and budget-friendly Stella McCartney alternative. Check out this colorblock sheath dress by rsvp! Currently on sale for $51.99 and also available in blue and turquoise.

rsvp "Jiana" Colorblock Dress in white, beige and black (Stella McCartney Octavia knockoff)

rsvp “Jiana” Colorblock Dress
($51.99, Zappos)

Ronni Nicole Colorblock Sheath Dress

Update (02/03/2013): And here’s yet another wonderful Stella McCartney dress alternative by Ronni Nicole for a great price!

Ronni Nicole Colorblock Sheath Dress in white, camel and black (Stella McCartney Octavia knockoff)

Ronni Nicole Colorblock Sheath Dressls
($33, Kohl’s)

Chaya Colorblock Mixed-Media Sheath Dress

Update (02/03/2013): This colorblock dress by Chaya is also a great alternative to the beautiful Stella McCartney Octavia frock.

Chaya Colorblock Mixed-Media Sheath Dress in white, beige and black (Stella McCartney Octavia knockoff)

Chaya Colorblock Mixed-Media Sheath Dressls
($72, Kohl’s)

Missguided “Lois” Contrast Bodycon Midi Dress

Update (02/03/2013): Stumbled upon yet another Stella McCartney Octavia look-a-like dress by Missguided. And it’s so affordable!

Missguided "Lois" Contrast Bodycon Midi Dress in white, beige and black (Stella McCartney Octavia knockoff)

Missguided “Lois” Contrast Bodycon Midi Dress
($24.99, Missguided)

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

Express Color Block Sheath Dress

Update (11/07/2012): Just found this lovely Stella McCartney inspired sheath dress by Express. And it happens to be on sale! Yay!

Express Color Block Sheath Dress in beige, taupe and black (Stella McCartney Octavia knockoff)

Express Color Block Sheath Dress
($68.60, Express)

Type Z “Astella” Colorblock Strapless Dress

Update (08/13/2012): Here’s another Octavia dress look-a-like. This dress by Type Z has a few modifications (e.g. it’s shoerter and strapless), but the overall look is almost identical. And did I mention that the dress is currently on sale?

Type Z "Astella" Colorblock Strapless Dress in taupe, black and white (Stella McCartney Octavia knockoff)

Type Z “Astella” Colorblock Strapless Dress
($49.99, Zappos)

Lipsy x Amy Childs “Laura” Colour Block Dress

If this is not an almost identical look-a-like, then I am not sure what is. The Lipsy “Laura” Colour Block Dress is just as figure flattering as its designer counterpart, and with the same color-blocking effect creates an illusion of an extremely slim figure while still accentuating one’s curves in all the right places. And though I absolutely adore the tri-color version, this dress is also available in all black, which I can imagine to be beautiful but almost deceiving the purpose of the color-blocking effect. You can call this beauty yours for a mere price of £65 (approx. $100)!

Lipsy x Amy Childs "Laura" Colour Block Dress (Stella McCartney Octavia knockoff)

Lipsy x Amy Childs “Laura” Colour Block Dressls
(£65, Lipsy)

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May I present to you the Sexiest Dress of 2015: The “Antigua” Mini Dress courtesy of For Love & Lemons. OH-EM-GEE! Just look at this Holy Grail of sexiness! Obsessed²! Sure, it’s a risqué dress and you must have a toned body to properly make this hot frock work, but if you got the guts and body for such a dress, then please go for it. That is, if you have the neccessary $146 (sale price!, retail: $224) to make this sexy mini dress yours, of course.

For Love & Lemons Antigua Lace & Sheer Mini Dress in blue, black and white

For Love & Lemons Antigua Lace & Sheer Mini Dress
($146, RevolveClothing)

P.S.: Also available at The Trend Boutiquepjx, DailyLook, Free People, Nasty Gal, Shopbop, Zappos & Planet Blue.

Celebrities Love For Love & Lemons

Celebs such as Rita Volk, Paris Hilton, Rosie Fortescue and Rumer Willis have all been spotted wearing a For Love & Lemons Antigua Lace & Sheer Mini Dress.

Rita Volk, Paris Hilton, Rosie Fortescue and Rumer Willis wearing a For Love & Lemons Antigua Lace & Sheer Mini Dress

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LuLu*s Beautiful Mesh Lace Dress

Luckily, there’s no need to spend a little fortune because LuLu*s have an awesomely similar lace sheer dress that will cost you 75% less than the original For Love & Lemons Antigua Dress. Same amount of sexy, but for much cheaper! You’re welcome. But you better be fast as I’m sure this dress is going to sell quickly.

LuLu*s Beautiful Mesh Lace Dress in red. black and white (For Love & Lemons Antigua knockoff)

LuLu*s Beautiful Mesh Lace Dress
($56, LuLu*s)

P.S.: Similar dresses are also available at ZooShoopjx, Jessica Buurman, SheInside & Choies.

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You can love or hate Kim Kardashian all you want, but there’s no denying that some of her outfits are absolutely superb! I’m not quite sure if this is mainly due to Kim having a really good stylist, but whatever it is, it works, so please don’t stop, Kimmy! Case in point: Kim’s body-con getup at Teyana Taylor’s VII Listening Party which consisted of a creamy white high-waist pencil skirt, a matching tight turtleneck sweater, taupe heels, soft waves and understated makeup. Doesn’t she look just perfect here? The sex appeal of this outfit lies within the curvaceous silhouette while the high-necked top and midi-length skirt bring some much needed elegance and class to Kim’s look. The minute I spotted this gorgeous outfit of Kim, I knew I would have to do a look 4 less of it. Soooo, what do you think? Is my budget-friendly take on Kim’s look on point or not so much?

Kim Kardashian’s Body-Con White High Waist Pencil Skirt Look 4 Less

Kim Kardashian's Body-Con White High Waist Pencil Skirt Look 4 Less

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Our Rating: ★★★★★

Who?Kim Kardashian
Where?Teyana Taylor’s VII Listening Party in Hollywood, California
When?October 20, 2014
What?N/A

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