Balmain

Update: This post has been updated on January 25, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

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 $3.710 this isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

Balmain Double-Breasted Leather Blazer in black and gold

Balmain Double-Breasted Leather Blazerls
($3.710, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Neiman Marcusls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Matches Fashionls, S|Sense, 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

Missguided Faux Leather Military Blazer

Update (01/25/2017): Just spotted this lovely Balmain faux leather blazer dupe at Missguided which has a cool weathered look to it. Price: $81. Bonus: US students get a generous 30% student discount on their orders at Missguided!

Missguided Faux Leather Military Blazer in black (Balmain dupe)

Missguided Faux Leather Military Blazer
($81, Missguided)

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

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.

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 24, 2017. Scroll down to see the new adds.

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 Net-A-Porterls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Barneysls, Saks Fifth Avenuels, S|Sense, Stylebop, Luisaviaroma, Harrodsicon, 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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Hunkydory “Cora” Double Breasted Blazer

Update (01/24/2017): Stumbled upon this admittedly pretty pricey, but pretty awesome Balmain dupe by Swedish brand Hunkydory. You like this one?

Hunkydory "Cora" Double Breasted Blazer in navy (Balmain dupe)

Hunkydory “Cora” Double Breasted Blazer
(€439.95, Zalando)

Tahari ASL Double-Breasted Ponte Knit Jacket

Update (01/24/2017): This double-breasted blazer by Tahari ASL is also a great budget-friendly alternative to the expensive Balmain jacket. It retails for $129 and comes in an array of beautiful colors including navy, black, white, wine red and rose pink. Absolutely looooove this budget find!

Tahari ASL Double-Breasted Ponte Knit Jacket (Balmain dupes)

Tahari ASL Double-Breasted Ponte Knit Jacket
($129, Tahari ASL)

P.S.: Also available at Dillard’s & Macy’s.

Loft Double Breasted Blazer

Update (01/24/2017): Also found this navy double breasted blazer at Loft and it instantly reminded me of the Balmain one. It misses a few buttons to qualify as a designer dupe, but if you’re fine with a Balmain “inspired” design, this $128 blazer would be probably a good buy.

Loft Double Breasted Blazer in navy (Balmain inspired)

Loft Double Breasted Blazer
($128, Loft)

Mango “Boton” Double-Breasted Blazer

Update (12/06/2016): OK, so I spotted this beautiful Balmain dupe at Mango and just had to share this gorgeous nautical inspired navy blazer with you! Actually, I liked this one so much I ordered it for myself a couple days ago and I’m so happy I did because it’s the best Balmain dupe I’ve found and owned yet! Definitely worth the $79.99 price tag (sale price)! If you like this blazer, you better don’t wait too long as I’m pretty sure this beauty of a blazer will sell out in no time!

Mango "Boton" Double-Breasted Blazer in navy with gold buttons (Balmain dupe)

Mango “Boton” Double-Breasted Blazer
($79.99, Mango)

P.S.: Also available at Mango (UK)ls, Mango (EU) & Zalando.

White House Black Market “Trophy” Double-Breasted Blazer Jacket

Update (12/06/2016): At White House Black Market you can also find a pretty neat Balmain inspired blazer aptly called the “Trophy Jacket”. The double-breasted blazer comes in petite sizing and various colors (including white and blush) and costs between $81.99-$150.

White House Black Market "Trophy" Double-Breasted Blazer Jacket in navy and blush pink (Balmain dupes)

White House Black Market “Trophy” Double-Breasted Blazer Jacket
($81.99-$150, White House Black Market)

Missguided Double-Breasted Military Style Blazer

Update (12/06/2016): I’ve also stumbled upon a third set of Balmain inspired military-style blazers at Missguided which look so much like the real deal but cost only $63 and come in various lovely colors such as nude, white and blush. Love these affordable blazers! Pssssst, US students get a 30% (!) student discount (offer may end soon though)!

Missguided Double-Breasted Military Style Blazer in nude, white, black and blush (Balmain dupes)

Missguided Double-Breasted Military Style Blazer
($63, Missguided)

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

Stylekeepers “You Set Me Free” Double-Breasted Blazer

Update (08/01/2016): Just discovered this spot-on Balmain dupe by Stylekeepers in a beautiful khaki green for $145 AUD. If you prefer a more classic color, check out the “Sweet Success” blazer which looks similar to this one and comes in black.

Stylekeepers "You Set Me Free" Double-Breasted Blazer in khaki green (Balmain dupe)

Stylekeepers “You Set Me Free” Double-Breasted Blazer
($145 AUD, The Iconic)

Banana Republic Nautical-Style Basketweave Blazer

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 50% off sale promotion which is currently running at Banana Republic because it cuts down the price of this blazer down from $169.99 to $84.99 (that’s a saving of $2.300,01 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
($84.99, Banana Republic)

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, Forward by Elyse Walker)

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 $274 (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
($274, 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
(€44.95, Zalando)

P.S.: Also available at Otto & About You.

J.Crew Double-Breasted Blazer

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 which I found at J.Crew Factory for $79 (sale price!).

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

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

Missguided Military Style Blazer

Deal: 40% 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 $56 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
($56, Missguided)

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

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, Zimbio, Style Pantry, Pinterest, Peony Lim, Harper & Harley, @yasmin_dxb Instagram, Zalando, Tahari ASL, Loft, Mango, White House Black Market, The Iconic, Banana Republic, Forward by Elyse Walker, Vero Moda, J.Crew, Missguided

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Update: This post has been updated on December 29, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

So how HUGE was Balmain x H&M, huh? The highly anticipated designer collaboration went live online on November 5th at 8 am EST and it was only a matter of an hour until almost every item of the collection was sold out; all despite the hefty price tags (with prices set around $500-$700 for key pieces, the most expensive item peaking at $699), thus making Balmain x H&M’s collection the company’s most successful designer collaboration yet. The website continued to crash over the visitor overload all morning while eager shoppers in Seoul queued up in front of H&M stores over a week before the official collection launch. The hype surrounding this collaboration has certainly caught on to the masses and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the collection is now selling for vastly inflated prices on eBay where some pieces are priced at twice their retail value. No word from H&M yet whether they are going to restock the highly successful collection. One of my favorite pieces from the Balmain x H&M collaboration is this gold and white embroidered black velvet mini dress. I love that it doesn’t look watered down and could easily be mistaken for a design from Balmain’s mainline collection. Now would I spend $549 on such a statement dress? Maybe. But due to the hype, I don’t even have to ask myself this question because just like all the other pieces, this beautiful frock is sold out.

Balmain x H&M Embroidered Mini Dress in black, gold and white

Balmain x H&M Embroidered Mini Dress
($549, H&M)

P.S.: Also available at Vestiaire Collective & eBayeBay.

Celebrities and Style Bloggers Love Balmain x H&M

Celeb sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner and style blogger Sandra Hagelstam (5 inch and up) have all been spotted wearing the black and gold Balmain x H&M Embroidered Mini Dress.

Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Sandra Hagelstam (5 inch and up) wearing a black Balmain x H&M Embroidered Mini Velvet Dress

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Missord Embellished Mini Dress

Update (12/29/2016): Stumbled upon another Balmain inspired embellished mini dress by Missord which can be yours for under $30. The customer reviews don’t look too bad either.

Missord Embellished Mini Dress in black (Balmain x H&M inspired)

Missord Embellished Mini Dressamazon
($29.33, Amazon)

bebe Bead & Sequin Crepe Dress

If you don’t want to pay the ridiculously inflated eBay prices and can’t wait a few more months for other fast fashion companies to catch on to this hype to come up with their own inspired Balmain x H&M; look-alikes (c’mon, Forever 21!), I suggest you take a look at this beautiful beaded mini dress by bebe. I know this isn’t a spot-on dupe for the dress above and it certainly isn’t a steal at $299, but the Balmain x H&M inspiration is clearly visible on this frock in my opinion. Plus, unlike the real deal, this dress is readily available for you to buy with all sizes still in stock and all. So you can either keep on stalking eBay waiting for a miracle to happen or you can snap up this dress instead and get your own kind of Balmain party going.

bebe Bead & Sequin Crepe Dress in black and white (Balmain x H&M knockoff)

bebe Bead & Sequin Crepe Dress
($299, bebe)

P.S.: Similar bebe dresses are also available here & here.

Image source(s): H&M, 5 inch and up, Amazon, bebe

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Update: This post has been updated on November 30, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

Balmain is all the rage right now. The label gets worn a lot these days. Balmain’s Spring 2009 collection was such a great success! One of the most wanted items from that collection were the studded embellished high heel sandals. Amazing, right? After hitting the shelves of Net-A-Porter and priced at a whopping $2.300, these heels completely sold out within just a day or two. If you can afford the real thing, I recommend to invest in them. If they are way out of your budget, no need to panic! We have found a bunch of affordable Balmain alternatives for you.

Balmain Spring 2009 crystal embellished studded sandals with rhinestones

Balmain Crystal Embellished Studded Sandalsls
($2.300, Net-A-Porter)

Celebrities Love Balmain

Molly Sims, Jennifer Connelly, Rihanna and Audrina Patridge wearing Balmain Spring 2009 crystal embellished studded sandals

As you can see, Hollywood is crazy for Balmain as well. Various celebrities have been wearing the sandals including Molly Sims, Jennifer Connelly (my personal favorite!), Rihanna and Audrina Patridge.

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Fabulicious Lip-158 Rhinestone Embellished Sandals

Update (11/30/2015): Three years after our last steal find, I happened to come across this rhinestone embellished high heel sandal by Fabulicious and thought it would be a good alternative to the Balmain heels above.

Fabulicious Lip-158 Rhinestone Embellished Sandals in black (Balmain inspired)

Fabulicious Lip-158 Rhinestone Embellished Sandalsamazon
($64.18, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Shoebuyicon, BananaShoes, Amazon.co.ukamazon, Amazon.deamazon & Amazon.framazon.

Unze High Heel Sandals

Update (11/20/2012): I didn’t really expect to find any more Balmain shoe look-a-likes from the Spring 2009 collection, but here we go. A very Balmain-ish looking embellished high heel sandals by Unze. You like?

Unze High Heel Sandals in black (Balmain knockoffs)

Unze High Heel Sandalsls
(£37.95, Unze)

ZiGiny “Vivienne” Sandals

Update (01/18/2010): And yet another Balmain knockoff by ZiGiny. Available in black and taupe.

ZiGiny "Vivienne" Sandals in black (Balmain knockoffs)

ZiGiny “Vivienne” Sandalsamazon
($129.95, Amazon)

Luichiny “Shock Me” Embellished Sandals

Update (01/18/2010): Take a look at these super cute embellished Balmain look-a-likes by Luichiny. They come in either black faux suede and pewter or bronzeamazon faux leather.

Luichiny "Shock Me" Embellished Sandals in black (Balmain knockoffs)

Luichiny “Shock Me” Embellished Sandalsamazon
($119.95, Amazon)

Rocawear “Imana” Sandals

Update (01/18/2010): Rocawear has also a pair of Balmain knockoffs.

Rocawear "Imana" Embellished Sandals in black (Balmain knockoffs)

Rocawear “Imana” Sandals
($75.99, Heels.com)

Wet Seal Jeweled Strappy Heels

Update (11/11/2009): Reader Crystal mailed us this super budget-friendly Wet Seal find. Don’t expect great quality for $15, but if you’re on the hunt for a cheap chic pair of shoes then why not go for these?

Wet Seal Jeweled Strappy Sandals (Balmain Spring 2009 knockoffs)

Wet Seal Jeweled Strappy Heelspjx
($15, Wet Seal)

Hypnotic “Persian” Studded Sandals

Update (08/30/2009): Just found yet another Balmain knockoff by Shiekh. If you’re still on the hunt for a pair of rhinestoned Balmain look-a-likes, but don’t have too much money to spend, try these knockoffs by Shiekh. They look very similar to the Bebe knockoffs and are a great Balmain alternative for under $50.

Hypnotic "Persian" Studded Sandals (Balmain Crystal knockoffs)

Hypnotic “Persian” Studded Sandalscj
($49.97, Shiekh Shoes)

Steve Madden “BRIGGHT” Studded Sandals

Of course it couldn’t take Steve Madden too long to come up with his own version of the Balmain heels. The “BRIGGHT” studded sandal is available for $90.75. You better be fast to order if you want to snap up a good Balmain knockoff for a steal price.

Steve Madden Brigght Studded Sandal (Balmain knockoff)

Steve Madden “BRIGGHT” Studded Sandalsamazon
($90.75, Amazon)

Jeffrey Campbell “Mel” Studded Sandals

Jeffrey Campbell also didn’t want to miss out on the Balmain craze and jumped on the bandwagon with his own knockoff called “Mel”. Available in black or beige leather for $164.95 at Solestruck. But you better hurry, there are only limited sizes left.

Jeffrey Campbell Mel Studded Sandal (Balmain Spring 2009 studded sandal knockoff)

Jeffrey Campbell “Mel” Studded Sandals
($164.95, Solestruck)

Zigi “Majestic” Studded Sandal

Zigi joined the Balmain copycat bandwagon! The “Majestic” sandal, available in either black or white, is an ode to the highly coveted Balmain studded stilettos. Best thing: they’re on sale (45% down)! Big YAY! You better be quick before they sell out like all the other Balmain knockoffs..

Zigi Majestic Studded Sandals (Balmain Studded Stiletto Knockoffs)

Zigi “Majestic” Studded Sandal
($59.99, 6pm)

bebe “Marianna” Studded Platform Sandals

It certainly didn’t take too long until bebe knocked off the Balmain sandals. The “Marianna” sandal is bebe’s inspired version of the studded heels and it comes in either black or white. Shell out $169 and these Balmain look-a-likes are yours!

bebe Marianna Studded Platform Sandals (Balmain Spring 2009 studded sandal knockoffs)

bebe “Marianna” Studded Platform Sandals
($169, bebe)

Blingstyle Shoes Studded Ankle Strap Sandals

More Balmain look-a-likes! Found yet another knockoff of the Balmain studded high heel sandal. These darlings here retail for $138 and are great look-a-likes, just as good as the sold out Bebe knockoffs, maybe even better. But you better be fast, there are only limited sizes left.

Blingstyle Shoes Studded Ankle Strap Sandals (Balmain knockoffs)

Blingstyle Shoes Studded Ankle Strap Sandals
($138, YesStyle)

Aldo “Smeal” Studded Sandals

Aldo was one of the early adopters of the Balmain shoe trend. Their knock-off version “Smeal” has been around for a few months now. It’s not my favorite among the Balmain knockoffs, but it’s certainly a good alternative to the real Balmains.

Aldo Smeal Studded Sandals (Balmain Spring 2009 Crystal Studded Sandals Knockoffs)

Aldo “Smeal” Studded Sandalsls
($64.98, Aldo)

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Update: This post has been updated on March 12, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

Stripes are this season’s biggest trend – can you imagine how happy I am about this since I’ve always loved all things striped? And even though I’m not the biggest fan of vertical stripes, I must say I really like these Balmain stripe skinnies. But – OMG! – $2.040? For a pair of jeans? To me this seems unjustifiable and downright overpriced. But fret not, we have found so many great stripe jeans alternatives, there’s one available for every kind of budget!

Balmain Striped Low-Rise Skinny Jeans in black and white

Balmain Striped Low-Rise Skinny Jeansls
($2.040, Net-A-Porter)

Dollhouse Black and White Striped Skinny Jeans

Update (03/12/2014): Stumbled upon these black and white striped skinnies by Dollhouse which are yet another wallet-friendly dupe of the Balmain jeans above.

Dollhouse Black and White Striped Skinny Jeans (Balmain knockoff)

Dollhouse Black and White Striped Skinny Jeanspjx
($38, Dollhouse)

7 For All Mankind Coated Striped Cigarette Jeans

If you’d like to try the striped jeans trend, but aren’t willing to spend a fortune on a seasonal trend, check out these amazingly similar cropped skinny jeans by 7 For All Mankind which will give you the same trendy look for a fraction of the Balmain price.

7 For All Mankind Coated Striped Cigarette Jeans in black and white (Balmain look-a-like)

7 For All Mankind Coated Striped Cigarette Jeanscj
($69.99, Boutique To You)

bebe Striped Multi Zip Skinny Jean

If you want to save some more bucks, bebe has another great option that will give you the designer look for less. Their striped skinny jeans retail for $129 and they even have the front zip pockets just like the Balmain original.

bebe Striped Multi Zip Skinny Jean in black and white (Balmain look-a-like)

bebe Striped Multi Zip Skinny Jean
($129, bebe)

Motel Skinny Jordan Jean

Next up is Motel and their “Jordan” Jean in black and white stripe as seen on Miley Cyrus. Price point? $24.99 (sale price!). Also available in other colors.

Motel Skinny Jordan Jean in black and white stripe (Balmain look-a-like)

Motel Skinny Jordan Jeancj
($24.99, Boutique To You)

Warehouse Bold Stripe Skinny Pant

And here’s yet another great Balmain look-a-like with smaller stripes by Warehouse. These also have the zip front pockets like the real deal.

Warehouse Bold Stripe Skinny Pant in black and white (Balmain look-a-like)

Warehouse Bold Stripe Skinny Pant
($81.38, ASOS)

Topshop MOTO Stripe Leigh Jeans

Of course Topshop couldn’t leave out such a huge trend. I really like their Balmain inspired skinny jean version. Just wish they also had the zip pockets. But for $80 these are a great and affordable alternative.

Topshop MOTO Stripe Leigh Jeans in black and white (Balmain look-a-like)

Topshop MOTO Stripe Leigh Jeans
($80, Topshop)

ASOS Elgin Skinny Jean in Mono Stripe

ASOS‘ striped skinny jeans also looks nice and it costs $20 less than the Topshop version above.

ASOS Elgin Skinny Jean in Mono Stripe (Balmain look-a-like)

ASOS Elgin Skinny Jean in Mono Stripe
($23.76, ASOS)

Romwe Black And White Stripe Pants

Another vertical striped pants alternative by Romwe. I especially like the wallet-friendly price of $37.99!

Romwe Black And White Stripe Pants (Balmain look-a-like)

Romwe Black And White Stripe Pants
($37.99, Romwe)

Forever 21 Vertical Stripe Skinny Jeans

And here’s a final Balmain alternative for all of you who want to save some serious cash here. These striped skinnies by Forever 21 are very similar to the designer original but cost only $16.99! Also available in mint and light blue.

Forever 21 Vertical Stripe Skinny Jeans in black and white (Balmain look-a-like)

Forever 21 Vertical Stripe Skinny Jeans
($16.99, Forever 21)

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, Shopbop, bebe, Boutique To You, ASOS, Topshop, Romwe, Forever 21

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