Tops

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

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

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We do see a whole lot of lace-up bodysuits or tops in stores nowadays, but back in 2015 Givenchy were among the first designers to rediscover this super sexy trend in their badass Fall/Winter collection 2015. Shortly after the collection debut, mega socialite Kim Kardashian wore the runway look head-to-toe, going braless in this deep plunging v-neck bodysuit and – if I might add – absolutely killing it while doing so! Sure, the outfit was risqué, revealing and overtly sexual, but Kim had the poise and attitude to pull it off. The lace-up bodysuit then continued to garner further fame and attraction as more celebrities and fashion insiders have been seen wearing this super sexy, bondage-inspired $2.600 Givenchy number. Yes, you read that right: this bodysuit costs $2.600!

Givenchy V-Seamed Lace-Up Bodysuit in black

Givenchy V-Seamed Lace-Up Bodysuitls
($2.600, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Givenchy

Celebs such as Miranda Kerr and Kim Kardashian as well as style blogger Negin Mirsalehi have been spotted wearing a Givenchy V-Seamed Lace-Up Bodysuit.

Miranda Kerr, Kim Kardashian and Negin Mirsalehi wearing a black Givenchy V-Seamed Lace-Up Bodysuit

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Nasty Gal Bad to the Bone Lace-Up Bodysuit

If you want to try the lace-up bodysuit trend without having to go bankrupt, I suggest you take a long good look at this Givenchy inspired number by Nasty Gal. It’s super close to the real deal, but costs a fraction of the designer price: $78 instead of $2.600! This one’s my personal dupe favorite!

Nasty Gal Bad to the Bone Lace-Up Bodysuit in black (Givenchy dupe)

Nasty Gal Bad to the Bone Lace-Up Bodysuitls
($78, Nasty Gal)

Charlotte Russe Ribbed Lattice Lace-Up Bodysuit

Not ready to go that low with the plunging neckline yet? Or you’re simply looking for a cheaper alternative? No problem, Charlotte Russe has got you covered. Their ribbed lattice lace-up bodysuit has all the important key details of the Givenchy real deal without the neckline plunging down to the belly button aaaaaand it’s super budget-friendly, too, because it’s only $21.99! Major steal deal alert!

Charlotte Russe Ribbed Lattice Lace-Up Bodysuit in black (Givenchy inspired)

Charlotte Russe Ribbed Lattice Lace-Up Bodysuit
($21.99, Charlotte Russe)

Bardot “Tavia” Lace-up Bodysuit

Another fab steal deal option is this lace-up bodysuit by Bardot. Like the Nasty Gal version, this one, too, is very similar to the pricey Givenchy bodysuit. It’s currently on sale for $51, but you have to hurry as it’s pretty much sold out everywhere.

Bardot Tavia Lace-up Bodysuit in black (Givenchy dupe)

Bardot “Tavia” Lace-up Bodysuit
($51, ASOS)

P.S.: Also available at Lord & Taylorls, Bloomingdale’s & Revolve.

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Mary Seng from Happily Grey is one of my absolute favorite personal style bloggers at the moment. I love scrolling through her Instagram feed; she has such a great taste in clothes and I adore her sense of style which is modern yet feminine and elegant yet also bold and fearless. To me it feels like Mary isn’t afraid of playing with fashion and taking risks while at the same time still maintaining her unique style and genuineness. One of her recent looks particularly caught my attention; Mary wore a white oversized chunky knit sweater with a beautiful forest green wool skirt which she then paired with a timeless black quilted Chanel bag. I loved this outfit so much that I just had to recreate it on a more accessible level with budget-friendly options. Let me know what you think of my white and green blogger winter look for less.

Get Happily Grey’s White & Green Winter Look

Get The Look - Happily Grey's White Chunky Knit & Green Wool Skirt

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Image source(s): @happilygrey/Instagram, Dillard’s, Amazon, Public Desire, Revolve

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Christmas is right around the corner and today I was in such a festive mood that I decided to create a wintery budget look to honor the coldest of seasons. But it wasn’t until I was finished and very proud of my creation that I noticed this black-white-blush winter outfit might not be exactly weatherproof for colder climates (hello, backless loafers and sheer mesh body!). So instead of ditching the whole look and starting all over again, I simply decided to rename the outfit theme from “Winter Wonderland” to “Californian Winter Wonderland”. Pure genius, I know. But anyways: Happy Holidays, everyone! I hope you will be able to enjoy a relaxed and joyful Christmas with all your loved ones! And now step away from your computer and treat yourself to a Christmas cookie or two.

Budget Look - Californian Winter Wonderland in black, white and rose pink

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Image source(s): Mango, Topshop, Amazon, Minusey, Humble Chic, BagInc, BaubleBar

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There has been a downright flood of sexy tops in the blogosphere lately and while I admittedly love the concept of super deep v-neck lace-up shirts or really tiny lace-trimmed bustiers, I don’t see many of those tops working out in the real world. Especially not during daytime. This crochet lace crop top by Asilio however has what I call sophisticated sexiness and it’s a perfect example for the symbiosis of style and sexiness. The “White Walls” top is sexy without being flashy and it shows and hides skin in just the right amount . I’m also absolutely in love with the intricate crochet pattern. So pretty, right? Too bad this beauty of a top costs $165 (now $116)!

Asilio White Walls Lace Crop Top in white and black

Asilio White Walls Lace Crop Top
($116, Revolve)

P.S.: Also available at Nasty Galls.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Asilio

Celebs such as Kourtney Kardashian and style bloggers like Sheryl Luke (Walk in Wonderland), Hallie Swanson (HallieDaily) and Annette Tang (The Versastyle) have all been spotted wearing an Asilio White Walls Lace Crop Top.

Kourtney Kardashian, Sheryl Luke (Walk in Wonderland), Hallie Swanson (HallieDaily) and  Annette Tang (The Versastyle) wearing a  white Asilio White Walls Lace Crop Top

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Charlotte Russe Medallion Crochet Top

Update (08/01/2016): Here’s yet another Asilio White Walls top alternative! Found this budget-friendly steal find at Charlotte Russe for less than $15.

Charlotte Russe Medallion Crochet Top in white (Asilio White Walls inspired)

Charlotte Russe Medallion Crochet Top
($12.99, Charlotte Russe)

Stylekeepers Deep Shadow Laced Blouse

Update (08/01/2016): Also stumbled upon this Asilio inspired teal crochet top by Aussie brand Stylekeepers which is currently on sale for under $70 AUD.

Stylekeepers Deep Shadow Laced Blouse in teal green (Asilio White Walls knockoff)

Stylekeepers Deep Shadow Laced Blouse
($69 AUD, The Iconic)

Akira Long Sleeve Crochet Top

Update (06/02/2016): Found these spot-on and budget-friendly Asilio White Walls dupes at Akira today. The longsleeved crochet crop top is available in either ivory white or rose pink and costs $34.90!

Akira Long Sleeve Crochet Crop Top in white and rose pink (Asilio White Walls dupes)

Akira Long Sleeve Crochet Topls
($34.90, ShopAkira)

Fashion Union Crochet Mini Dress

Update (06/02/2016): Also spotted this Asilio inspired white crochet mini dress by Fashion Union which retails for £32. So cute and summery, right?

Fashion Union Crochet Mini Dress in white (Asilio White Walls inspired)

Fashion Union Crochet Mini Dressls
(£32, Lipsy)

Glamorous Crochet High Neck Crop Top

Update (04/26/2016): And here’s another great Asilio White Walls alternative! This one’s by Glamorous and it costs £26. The matching skirt is available here.

Glamorous Crochet High Neck Crop Top in white (Asilio White Walls knockoff)

Glamorous Crochet High Neck Crop Top
(£26, Glamorous)

SheIn White Long Sleeve Hollow Lace Blouse

Update (11/29/2015): While browsing SheIn, I came across this Asilio dupe top and wanted to share it with you.

SheIn White Long Sleeve Hollow Lace Blouse in white (Asilio White Walls dupe)

SheIn White Long Sleeve Hollow Lace Blouse
($17.59, SheIn)

Living Doll “Frida” Lace Top

Update (11/29/2015): Spotted these Asilio White Walls look-alik tops by Living Doll as well. This top is currently on sale for less than $15 AUD and comes in either ivory, black or light pink.

Living Doll "Frida" Lace Top in ivory and black (Asilio White Walls dupes)

Living Doll “Frida” Lace Top
($14.99 AUD, The Iconic)

P.S.: A longsleeve version of this top is available here.

Rise of Dawn “Jovan” Lace Top

Update (11/02/2015): Discovered a short-sleeved crewneck Asilio dupe today! By Rise of Dawn. Price: $78. How do you like this one?

Rise of Dawn "Jovan" Lace Top in white (Asilio White Walls knockoff)

Rise of Dawn “Jovan” Lace Topls
($78, Nasty Gal)

Forever 21 Ornate Crochet Boxy Top

Luckily, there’s no need to break the bank on this one, because Forever 21 has a just as gorgeous Asilio look for less dupe available right at your fingertips! The pattern of the F21 version is offset by a few inches as you can see, but that really doesn’t take away from the beauty of this lovely top. And did I mention it costs only $29.90 instead of $165? Steal deal alert! But you better hurry, I’m sure these Asilio dupes will be sold out in no time!

Forever 21 Ornate Crochet Boxy Top in white and black (Asilio White Walls knockoffs)

Forever 21 Ornate Crochet Boxy Top
($29.90, Forever 21)

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