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Update: This post has been updated on July 2, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

InStyle’s July issue features some of the best shorts of the season, but they must not have seen this patriotic pair by Current/Elliott! The classic wash and length makes them incredibly versatile, not to mention how cute the subtle sandblasted star pattern is when paired with a simple t-shirt and flat sandals. But if wearing denim shorts all summer long isn’t the most practical for your lifestyle, perhaps you could invest in a less expensive pair to wear during all your 4th of July festivities. Scroll down to see our best find yet!

Current Elliott The Boyfriend Star-Print Denim Shorts

Current/Elliott The Boyfriend Star-Print Denim Shortsls
($185, Net-A-Porter)

bebe Star Print Denim Shorts

Update (07/02/2016): Three years after the last steal find, I happened to find another great Current/Elliott star-print denim short alternative at bebe for $54.

bebe Star Print Denim Shorts in blue (Current Elliott inspired)

bebe Star Print Denim Shorts
($54, bebe)

Forever 21 Starstruck Denim Cut Offs

Update (06/24/2013): Just in time for your July 4th outfit: a budget-friendly star-print short from Forever 21! Yay!

Forever 21 Starstruck Denim Cut Offs (Current Elliott Star knockoffs)

Forever 21 Starstruck Denim Cut Offs
($9.90, Forever 21)

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

Rock & Republic “Lolita” Star Denim Shorts

Update (04/25/2013): Rock & Republic have also a great star-print denim shorts in a dark hue which look a lot like the Current/Elliott version. Love the price, too!

Rock & Republic "Lolita" Star Denim Shorts (Current Elliott look-a-like)

Rock & Republic “Lolita” Star Denim Shortsls
($17.40, Kohl’s)

Dollhouse Star Print Short

Update (01/04/2013): This denim short by Dollhouse might not be an identical match, but it’s quite clear where they got the inspiration from.

Dollhouse Star Print Denim Short (Current Elliott They Boyfriend knockoff)

Dollhouse Star Print Shortls
($14.99, Alloy)

Lucky Brand “Riley” Star-Print Frayed Shorts

Now that you’ve seen this pair by Lucky Brand, and have stars in your eyes, what will the rest of your outfit look like? You’ve got so many great options! I’d suggest starting with a knit top or blouse in a personally flattering shade of red, dark blue or gray and add accessories in your favorite metallic shade. Maybe it’s an armful of silver bangles or perhaps some thin gold hoops? Either way, it’s best to select more understated pieces to keep the look elegant and not costumey. Lastly, finish the outfit with some nautical-inspired wedges, boat shoes or your favorite causal footwear… and most importantly, relax and have fun!

Lucky Brand "Riley" Star-Print Frayed Shorts (Current Elliott knockoff)

Lucky Brand “Riley” Star-Print Frayed Shortsamazon
($34.08, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Zappos & Nordstromls.

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Summer has officially started, so let’s talk summer dresses for a moment. Thanks to Self-Portrait, delicate guipure lace dresses have officially taken over this season’s must-have dress trends. And while the Azaelea dress by Self-Portrait is by far the most popular style from the brand, there are so many more beautiful dresses worth taking a look at. Take this lilac mini dress for example, it’s the perfect combination of feminine and sexy. Plus, how gorgeous is the pastel lavender color? Such a sweet summer dress. Unfortunately, it’s also very expensive. And sold out. Bummer!

Self-Portrait Guipure Lace Peplum Mini Dress in pale powder blue

Self-Portrait Guipure Lace Mini Dress
($495, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Net-A-Porterls, ASOS & Forward by Elyse Walker.

Style Bloggers Love Self-Portrait

Personal style bloggers such as Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad) and Mayo Wo (Mellow Mayo) have been spotted wearing Self-Portrait Guipure Lace Mini Dress.

Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad) and Mayo Wo (Mellow Mayo) wearing a pale powder blue Self-Portrait Guipure Lace Peplum Mini Dress

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Aqua Lace Illusion Mini Dress

Luckily, we’ve come across this just as lovely lace mini dress by Aqua which serves as a great look for less Self-Portrait alternative. The design is spot-on, but the Aqua dress costs about 1/5 of the real deal. Available in black or lilac blue.

Aqua Lace Illusion Mini Dress in light blue (Self-Portrait Guipure knockoff)

Aqua Lace Illusion Mini Dress
($102.40, Bloomingdale’s)

SheIn Side Cut-Out Lace Dress

Don’t feel like spending more than $100 on a dress? Gotcha! Then how about this Self-Portrait look-alike dress by SheIn which will give you the same coveted designer look but costs less than $40? Sounds convincing? Yeah, we thought so, too.

SheIn Side Cut-Out Lace Dress in lavende blue (Self-Portrait Guipure knockoff)

SheIn Side Cut-Out Lace Dress
($39.99, SheIn)

P.S.: Also available at Romwe.

bebe Lace Bandeau Dress

And lastly, if you don’t care for the pastel lavender color, here’s another great Self-Portrait dress dupe which we’ve found at bebe. Similar design, but very different price tags.

bebe Lace Bandeau Dress in black (Self-Portrait Guipure knockoff)

bebe Lace Bandeau Dress
($149, bebe)

Image source(s): Forward by Elyse Walker, The Blonde Salad, Mellow Mayo, Bloomingdale’s, SheIn, bebe

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Update: This post has been updated on May 31, 2016. Scroll down to see the new adds.

Copycat Math - Dolce & Gabbana + Dolce & Gabbana = Paper Dolls

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Fashion Union Floral Print Skater Dress & Playsuit

Update (05/31/2016): Discovered these Dolce & Gabbana inspired rose print pieces by Fashion Union and wanted to sharem them with you. What do you think? Yay or nay?

Fashion Union Floral Print Cut Out Skater Dress & Playsuit (Dolce & Gabbana inspired)

Fashion Union Floral Print Cut Out Skater Dressls & Playsuitls
(£28, Lipsy)

P.S.: Also available at ASOS & Next.

Image source(s): Barneys, The Corner, ASOS, Lipsy

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I don’t actively follow swimwear fashion, so for me to take notice of a swimwear trend, it really takes a lot of hype and medial exposure (yes, I have seen you, Triangl bikinis!) or a very, very beautiful bikini/swimsuit. Marysia‘s scalloped “Antibes” swimwear is easily both: beautiful and dearly loved by celebs and online influencers worldwide. The scalloped swimsuits and bikinis regularly get a fair share of social media exposure and are universally flattering for women of all shapes and sizes. Now if only they weren’t so darn expensive, the “Antibes” bikini set will set you back $272.

Marysia Antibes Scalloped Bandeau Bikini in teal blue, black and white

Marysia Antibes Scalloped Bandeau Bikinils
($136 + $136, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Shopbop, Net-A-Porterls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Zappos, Amazon, Ron Herman, Forward by Elyse Walker, Intermix, Revolve, Everything But Water, Farfetchls, Kirna Zabêtels, Saint Bernard, Club Monaco, J.Crew, Lane Crawfordls, Matches Fashionls, Avenue 32, Oxygen Boutiquels, MyTheresa & Stylebop.

Style Bloggers Love Marysia

Personal style bloggers such as Jessica Stein (Tuula Vintage), Nicole Warne (Gary Pepper Girl), Megan Runion (All Things Lovely), Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad) have all been spotted wearing a Marysia Antibes Scalloped Bandeau Bikini.

Jessica Stein (Tuula Vintage), Nicole Warne (Gary Pepper Girl), Megan Runion (All Things Lovely), Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad) wearing a Marysia Antibes Scalloped Bandeau Bikini

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Old Navy Scalloped Jacquard Bandeau Bikini

But look what we’ve discovered at Old Navy: a spot-on dupe of Marysia’s Antibes scallop bandeau bikini for a fraction of the real deal’s price, available in either turquoise or black. And the best part? The whole bikini set will cost you less than $50 compared to $272. Steal deal alert!

Old Navy Scalloped Jacquard Bandeau Bikini in teal blue and black (Marysia Swim Antibes knockoff)

Old Navy Scalloped Jacquard Bandeau Bikini
($24.94 + $22.94, Old Navy)

BP. Scallop Bandeau Bikini

Another beautiful and budget-friendly Marysia alternative are these lovely scalloped bikinis by BP. which are available in either white or black/white rose print and come with an optional halter strap. The whole set will cost you $60.

BP. Scallop Bandeau Bikini in white and black/white floral print (Marysia Antibes knockoffs)

BP. Scallop Bandeau Bikinils
($28 + $32, Nordstrom)

H&M Scalloped Bandeau Bikini

Cute bikini alert! I also came across this lovely white scalloped bandeau bikini by H&M which is obviously an awesome dupe for the Marysia Antibes bikini, but H&M’s version costs less than $35 (set price!) in comparison. Total no brainer here.

H&M Scalloped Bandeau Bikini in white (Marysia Antibes knockoff)

H&M Scalloped Bandeau Bikini Top
($19.99 + $14.99, H&M)

Accessorize “Sasha” Scalloped Bandeau Bikini

Last but not least, I also stumbled upon the “Sasha” bikini collection by Accessorize which, too, has some visible Marysia Antibes inspiration going on. The scalloped bikinis have an extra bow knot added on the bustier, they come in either white, navy or coral and a set costs less than $60. Super cute and super affordable, I love this steal!

Accessorize "Sasha" Scalloped Bandeau Bikini in white and navy (Marysia Antibes knockoffs)

Accessorize “Sasha” Scalloped Bandeau Bikinils
($29 + $27, Accessorize)

P.S.: Also available at Accessorize (UK)ls & Accessorize (DE + FR).

Image source(s): Neiman Marcus, Tuula Vintage, Gary Pepper Girl, For All Things Lovely, The Blonde Salad, Old Navy, Nordstrom, H&M, Accessorize

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Blair from Atlantic-Pacific is hands down one of my absolute favorite personal style bloggers and I think she has such an impeccable sense of style. Whenever I visit her blog, I always find an abundance of outfit inspiration and rarely see a look that I do not love. While browsing for some new outfit ideas yesterday, I happened to discover this beautiful summer outfit where Blair wore a striped off-the-shoulder top with white short overalls by Madewell, tan Chloé espadrille wedges, a cute straw boater and cool Ray-Ban Clubmaster shades. I was so in love with Blair’s French Chic summer ensemble that I decided to recreate her look on a more budget-friendly level. What do you think of my alternative picks? Close enough? Let me know.

Blair’s Striped Top & White Overalls Look 4 Less

Style Blogger Look 4 Less - City Stripes @ Atlantic-Pacific

Outfit Picture via @blaireadiebee

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Image source(s): @blaireadiebee Instagram, Nordstrom, Sole Society, Target H&M, Lori’s

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