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Oh dear Self-Portrait, how can you make even the most of demure dresses still make look so unbelievably feminine and sensual? Case in point: the collared “Felicia” two-tone dress pictured below. The basic design of this frock is actually pretty prudish, but the short length and Self-Portrait’s signature delicate lace save this dress from being plain boring and forgettable. Now if you have the shopping budget to afford this lovely lace dress and shell out the needed $371 (we’re already talking sale price here!), by all means, go for it and get the real deal. However, if you’d rather have a look at the available budget-friendly alternatives, just keep on reading…

Self-Portrait Felicia Collared Guipure Lace Mini Dress in black and white

Self-Portrait Felicia Collared Guipure Lace Mini Dressls
($371, Net-A-Porter)

Also available at Neiman Marcusls, Shopbopls & ASOS.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Self-Portrait

Celebs such as Paris Hilton and Rachel McAdams and personal style bloggers like Suma Gowda (Suma’s Lookbook) have been spotted wearing a Self-Portrait Felicia Collared Lace Mini Dress.

Paris Hilton, Rachel McAdams and Suma Gowda wearing a Self-Portrait Felicia Collared Lace Mini Dress

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Aqua Color Block Lace Dress

Enter Aqua. They ditched the Peter Pan collar, but kept most of the other key details in place and hence offer a great Self-Portrait alternative for less than $50 (sale price!). Steal deal alert!

Aqua Color Block Lace Dress in white and black (Self-Portrait Felicia look-alike)

Aqua Color Block Lace Dress
($44.10, Bloomingdale’s)

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Update: This post has been updated on October 20, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

If you think of Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, the first one to spring to mind is probably the iconic “Varacj” pump – a one-inch heeled patent ballet-style bow-adorned shoe. This shoe was first introduced in 1978 by Fiamma Ferragamo, the daughter of Salvatore, and has gained a lot of recognition among celebrities like Princess Diana for example. “Varina” is a spin-off of Vara, a more casual and modern designed ballerina flat with a lovely grosgrain bow on the vamp, which has been around since 2007. I’m usually not a fan of ballet flats, but these are so gorgeous and the quality looks absolutely superb, don’t you agree? I’d so love to own these ($550 isn’t that expensive for a pair of made in Italy designer shoes nowadays). If only I had that kind of shopping budget.

Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Classic Bow Flats in red patent leather

Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Classic Bow Flatsls
($550, Shopbop)

Also available at Zapposcj, Nordstromls, Saks Fifth Avenuels, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Bloomingdale’s, Farfetchls, MyTheresa, Breuninger, Monnier Frères, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Celebrities Love Salvatore Ferragamo

Celebs and style bloggers such as Emma Roberts, Alexa Chung, Susie Lau (Style Bubble) and AnnaSophia Robb have all been spotted wearing Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Classic Bow Flats.

Emma Roberts, Alexa Chung, AnnaSophia Robb and Susie Lau (Style Bubble) wearing Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Classic Bow Flats

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Kaitlyn Pan Soft Leather Patent Ballet Flats w/ Bow

Update (10/21/2016): Just discovered that Kaitlyn Pan are also offering an awesome set of Salvatore Ferragamo Varina ballet flat dupes for under $90.

Kaitlyn Pan Soft Leather Patent Ballet Flats w/ Bow in black, nude and red (Salvatore Ferragamo dupes)

Kaitlyn Pan Soft Leather Patent Ballet Flats w/ Bow
(84.99, Etsy)

Journee Collection “Kim” Glossy Ballet Flats

Update (04/16/2016): Spotted these super cute Salvatore Ferragamo Varina look-alikes by Journee Collection today. They’re available in red, black, nude and grey faux patent leather for $39.99.

Journee Collection "Kim" Glossy Ballet Flats in red, black and nude faux patent (Salvatore Ferragamo Varina knockoffs)

Journee Collection “Kim” Glossy Ballet Flats
(39.99, JCPenney)

Also available at Kohl’sls & Overstock.

Aldo “Juricek” Ballerina Bow Flats

If you can’t afford Italian luxury, but still want Italian style, here’s a fantastic alternative I found at Aldo which looks so similar to Ferragamo’s “Varina” flats. Price point: $70 and the “Juricek” flats come also in bone and black leather.

Aldo "Juricek" Ballerina Bow Flats in red (Salvatore Ferragamo Varina knockoffs)

Aldo “Juricek” Ballerina Bow Flatsamazon
($70, Amazon)

Also available at Aldo (US)ls & Aldo (Canada)ls.

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Update: This post has been updated on October 17, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

It seems like Aquazzura is currently the blogger brand of the moment. With their lace-up shoe designs they managed to gain quite some momentum among the fashion blogosphere as you can see by how many fabulous personal style bloggers haven been flaunting Aquazzura in the picture below. The “Christy” flats seem to be especially popular (right along the just as coveted “Belgravials” flats which we’ll be featuring in a Real vs. Steal post soon as well). I think it’s the elegant pointed-toe and the delicate lace-up detailing that makes these flats so feminine and lustworthy to so many ladies. And which woman doesn’t long for a break from high heels from time to time? Luckily, we were able to come up with a few fantastic and budget-friendly alternatives, so you don’t have to spend a fortune if you don’t feel like it to achieve the Aquazzura designer look.

Aquazzura Christy Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats in black and gold

Aquazzura Christy Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flatsls
($675, Saks Fifth Avenue)

Also available at Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Shopbopls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Barneysls, Net-A-Porterls, Moda Operandils, Lane Crawford, Selfridges, Luisaviaroma, Harrodsls, Farfetchls, MyTheresa & Matches Fashionls.

Style Bloggers Love Aquazzura

Personal style bloggers such as Julie from Sincerely Jules, Emily from The Glam Files, Lucy from Fashion Me Now and Lisa from Mind Body Swag have all been spotted wearing Aquazzura Christy Lace-Up Flats.

Personal Style Bloggers wearing Aquazzura Christy Lace-Up Flats

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Old Navy Pointy Lace-Up Flats

Update (10/17/2016): Spotted these cute pointy lace-up flats at Old Navy today and they instantly reminded me of Aquazzura’s Christy Flats. Did I mention they’re $29.94 only? Steal deal alert! A super cute faux suede version in various lovely Spring colors is available here.

Old Navy Pointy Lace-Up Flats in black (Aquazzura Christy dupes)

Old Navy Pointy Lace-Up Flats
($29.94, Old Navy)

GuiltySoles “Max” Lace-Up Flats

Update (07/18/2016): Just stumbled upon these spot-on and super budget-friendly Christy look-alike flats at GuiltySoles which is a membership site for shoes. The flats come in 4 colors: black, nude, brown and grey faux leather and cost either $29.95 or $69.95 based on whether you’re a GuiltySoles member or not (there’s a free membership model available where you get your first item for $39.95 + $9.95 shipping or you choose the VIP package and get all shoes for $29.95 including free shipping for an annual fee of $49.95).

GuiltySoles "Max" Lace-Up Flats in black faux leather (Aquazzura Christy dupe)

GuiltySoles “Max” Lace-Up Flatspjx
($39.95, GuiltySoles)

Massimo Matteo Lace-Up Flats

Update (03/07/2016): So these Massimo Matteo lace-up flats are hands down THE BEST Aquazzura Christy look-alikes EVERRRRR! I mean, just look at them! Genuine leather, made in Italy (!) and absolutely spot-on to the real deal! And all that goodness can be yours for just $59.99 (sale price, compared to $675 for the Aquazzura version)! AHHH-mazing! Also, did I mention these come in 4 colors? Black, red, nude and navy leather and I’m obsessed with every one of them. Better get these quick, ladies, because these babies will be gone in no time!

Massimo Matteo Lace-Up Flats in black and red gold (Aquazzura Christy dupes)

Massimo Matteo Lace-Up Flatsamazon
($59.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at 6pm.

Saks Fifth Avenue “Estyn” Lace-Up Leather Point Toe Flats

Update (03/07/2016): Favorite steal deal alert, everyone! Check out these super fabulous lace-up flats by Saks Fifth Avenue which are a great Aquazzura Christy alternative. These beauties come in either black or nude leather and the best thing? They’re currently 75% off and cost less than $30. For genuine leather, this is a top notch price and I am certain these won’t take long to sell out.

Saks Fifth Avenue "Estyn" Lace-Up Leather Point Toe Flats in black and nude (Aquazzura Christy dupes)

Saks Fifth Avenue “Estyn” Lace-Up Leather Point Toe Flats
($29.99, Saks Off 5th)

Chelsea + Zoe “Alpha” Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats

Update (03/06/2016): Spotted another fab Aquazzura Christy dupe! This one’s by Chelsea + Zoe and it’s vailable in black, nude and red faux leather for 69.99.

Chelsea + Zoe "Alpha" Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats in black (Aquazzura Christy dupes)

Chelsea + Zoe “Alpha” Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats
(69.99, Kohl’s)

GC Shoes “It Girl” Lace-Up Skimmer Flats

Update (03/06/2016): Also discovered these cute and budget-friendly lace-up flats by GC Shoes which cost less than $10 (clearance price!) and come in either black, nude or python print.

GC Shoes "It Girl" Lace-Up Skimmer Flats in black (Aquazzura Christy dupes)

GC Shoes “It Girl” Lace-Up Skimmer Flats
($9.99, JCPenney)

Aldo “Alize” Lace-Up Pointed-Toe Flats

Update (02/19/2016): Aldo has come up with another Aquazzura inspired pointy lace-up flat that looks just gorgeous. Love both colors!

Aldo "Alize" Lace-Up Pointed-Toe Flats in black and nude (Aquazzura Christy dupes)

Aldo “Alize” Lace-Up Pointed-Toe Flatsls
($24.49, Aldo)

Also available at Aldo (Canada)ls, Sarenza & The Iconic.

Spurr “Blakely” Lace-Up Pointy Toe Flats

Update (02/19/2016): Also discovered these spot-on Aquazzura Christy dupes by Spurr and the black version is currently on sale for under $20 AUD. Steal deal alert!

Spurr "Blakely" Lace-Up Pointy Toe Flats in black and nude (Aquazzura Christy dupes)

Spurr “Blakely” Lace-Up Pointy Toe Flats
($19.98 AUD, The Iconic)

Steve Madden “Lecrew” Lace-Up Pointy-Toe Flats

Update (01/20/2016): Steve Madden has recently released the “Lecrew” flat in various new colors and uppers including these lovely black and nude versions below. Love! Price: $69.95.

Steve Madden "Lecrew" Lace-Up Pointy-Toe Flats in black and nude (Aquazzura Christy dupes)

Steve Madden “Lecrew” Lace-Up Pointy-Toe Flatsls
($69.95, Steve Madden)

Also available at Steve Madden (Canada)ls.

M. Gemi “Brezza” Pointed-Toe Lace-up Flats

Update (12/18/2015): OMG! Just spotted these almost spot-on, handcrafted “Made in Italy” Aquazzura look-alikes by M. Gemi which are an amazing alternative to the pricey real deal above. “Brezza” is available with either a leather or suede upper (black, nude, luggage, raspberry pink and blue) for $248 $128. So in love with these beauties!

M. Gemi "Brezza" Pointed-Toe Lace-up Flats (Aquazzura Christy dupes)

M. Gemi “Brezza” Pointed-Toe Lace-up Flatsls
($128, M. Gemi)

Halogen “Owen” Pointy Toe Ghillie Flats

Update (12/18/2015): Another recent discoverey of mine are these fab and budget-friendly lace-up flats by Halogen. They strongly remind me of Aquazzura’s Christy, but are on sale for less than $70. Available in black, nude and bone snakeprint leather.

Halogen "Owen" Pointy Toe Ghillie Flats in black and nude (Aquazzura Christy dupes)

Halogen “Owen” Pointy Toe Ghillie Flatsls
($69.90, Nordstrom)

Steve Madden “Eleanorr” Lace-Up Pointed Ballet Flats

Update (12/18/2015): Steve Madden has also brought out a second Aquazzura inspired lace-up pointy ballet flat. This one’s available in black, taupe or dusty blue leather.

Steve Madden "Eleanorr" Lace-Up Pointed Ballet Flats in black suede (Aquazzura Christy dupes)

Steve Madden “Eleanorr” Lace-Up Pointed Ballet Flatsamazon
($64.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at 6pm, Shoebuyls, Lord & Taylorls & Zalando.

Belle by Sigerson Morrison “Viata” Pointy Lace-up Flats

Update (11/19/2015): Spotted these high quality Aquazzura inspired flats by Belle by Sigerson Morrison. Not a steal at $90 (sale price!), but the craftmanship looks amazing, no?

Belle by Sigerson Morrison "Viata" Pointy Lace-up Flats in black (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Belle by Sigerson Morrison “Viata” Pointy Lace-up Flats
($90, Jildor)

P.S.: Also available at Revolve, Footnotescj, Amazonamazon & 6pm.

Ivanka Trump “Tropica” Pointy-Toe Lace-Up Ghillie Flats

Update (11/19/2015): These lace-up flats by Ivanka Trump aren’t an identical match when compared Aquazzura’s “Christy” shoes, but they’re still one of my favorite lace-up flats at the moment and you can definitely see some Aquazzura influence going on here. Be fast, these flats are selling very quickly! Available in nude, black, blue and pink suede.

Ivanka Trump "Tropica" Pointy-Toe Lace-Up Ghillie Flats in nude and black suede (Stuart Weitzman Gilligan knockoffs)

Ivanka Trump “Tropica” Pointy-Toe Lace-Up Ghillie Flatsamazon
($140, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Bloomingdale’s, Zappos, 6pm, Lord & Taylorls, Macy’s, Bluefly & ShoeMetrocj.

Top End “Connex” Pointed Lace-Up Flats

Update (11/19/2015): Also discovered another Christy dupe for all of our Australian fashionistas! Check out these lovely lace-up flats by Top End. They’re only missing the gold accents, otherwise they’d be a perfect Aquazzura dupe.

Top End "Connex" Pointed Lace-Up Flats in nude and black (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Top End “Connex” Pointed Lace-Up Flats
($84.98 AUD, StyleTread)

Warehouse Leather Lace Up Ballet Pumps

Update (07/29/2015): Look what I discovered today! Beautiful real leather Aquazzura Christy look-alike flats by Warehouse. Aren’t they just lovely? And quite affordable, too.

Warehouse Leather Lace Up Ballet Pumps in black (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Warehouse Leather Lace Up Ballet Pumps
($73, ASOS)

Therapy “Ezard” Lace-Up Pointed-Toe Flats

Update (06/27/2015): Also spotted these lovely Aquazzura Christy look-alikes by Therapy today. Love the design and love the price!

Therapy "Ezard" Lace-Up Pointed-Toe Flats in nude and black faux suede (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Therapy “Ezard” Lace-Up Pointed-Toe Flats
($17.99 AUD, The Iconic)

Human Premium “Rasp” Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats

Update (06/27/2015): Another spot-on dupe are these lace-up flats by Human Premium. Available in either black or nude leather for $54.98 AUD.

Human Premium "Rasp" Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats in black and nude (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Human Premium “Rasp” Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats
($54.98 AUD, StyleTread)

Mango “Douse” Faux Suede Lace-Up Flats

Update (06/27/2015): An Aquazzura inspired version is also available at Mango.

Mango "Douse" Faux Suede Lace-Up Flats in black (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Mango “Douse” Faux Suede Lace-Up Flats
($49.99, Mango)

Aldo “Colyn” Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats

Update (06/12/2015): Just happened to stumble upon these lovely Aquazzura Christy inspired flats at Aldo. Aren’t they absolutely gorgeous? Better be fast if you like them because they’re selling like hot cakes right now and first sizes are already sold out.

Aldo "Colyn" Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats in black and bone (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Aldo “Colyn” Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flatsamazon
($70, Amazon)

Oxitaly “Susy” Ballet Pumps

Update (06/12/2015): Also discovered this spot-on Aquazzura Christy dupe by Oxitaly. Available in black, pink and snakeskin effect.

Oxitaly "Susy" Ballet Pumps in black (Aquazzura Christy knockoff)

Oxitaly “Susy” Ballet Pumps
(£115, Zalando)

Jessica Buurman “Lauren” Lace Up Flats

Deal: Free worldwide shipping on all orders! Sign up to the Jessica Buurman newsletter and get a 10% off coupon!

If you’re looking for a spot-on Aquazzura Christy dupe head over to Jessica Buurman and get yourself a pair of their “Lauren” flats which are vailable in either black or ivory leather for $152.

Jessica Buurman "Lauren" Lace Up Flats in black (Aquazzura knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “Lauren” Lace Up Flats
($152, Jessica Buurman)

Topshop “Kingdom” Ghillie Pointed Flats

Dear Topshop, I think I’m in love with you! Just how gorgeous are these “Kingdom” ghillie pointed-toe flats? They have a couple differences compared to Aquazzura’s Christy flats, but the inspiration behind these is quite obvious I think. Obsessed!

Topshop "Kingdom" Ghillie Pointed Flats in black, red, snake-effect (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Topshop “Kingdom” Ghillie Pointed Flats
($95, Topshop)

Office “Low Down” Ghillie Lace Up Flats

While these suede lace-up flats by Office are not an identical match and are more of the inspired-by kind, I think they make a beautiful alternative if you’re going for the Aquazzura look. Not a spot-on dupe, but definitely beautiful in their own way.

Office "Low Down" Ghillie Suede Lace Up Flats in black and red (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Office “Low Down” Ghillie Lace Up Flats
(£23, Office)

Parfois Lace Up Ballerinas

Our reader Edem suggested another fabulous and super budget-friendly Aquazzura Christy look-alike (thank you, Edem!). It’s by Parfois and their cute lace-up flats come in either black or coral faux leather and sell for a steal-worthy £14.99! Yay!

Parfois Lace Up Ballerinas in black (Aquazzura Christy knockoffs)

Parfois Lace Up Ballerinasamazon
(£14.99, Amazon.co.uk)

Image source(s): Forward by Elyse Walker, Sincerely Jules, The Glam Files, Fashion Me Now, Mind Body Swag, Old Navy, GuiltySoles, Zappos, Saks Off 5th, Kohl’s, M. Gemi, Nordstrom, Zalando, Aldo, Steve Madden, Mango, Wanted Shoes, The Iconic, StyleTread, Topshop, Jessica Buurman, Office, Parfois

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Real vs. Steal – Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch

by Juliana on September 18, 2016

Update: This post has been updated on September 18, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Fashion magazines are consistently talking about the day clutch. While carrying all your essentials in a bag the size of a large envelope isn’t exactly feasible, how can you make a clutch work during the day? It’s easy, you just toss it in your larger work tote and then pull it out for lunch, a quick run to Starbucks, or keep it handy for an impromptu dinner after work. This particular style by Valentino is perfect. It has great proportion, construction and just enough edginess to make it less “boardroom” and more “downtown chic”. But although this particular clutch would get a lot of use, it may not be quite enough to justify the price. As always, we present you more accessible options. Check it out below!

Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch in black

Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch
($1.395, Forward by Elyse Walker)

P.S.: Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Nordstromls & Farfetchls.

Celebrities Love Valentino

Zoe Saldana, Alexa Chung, Jessica Biel, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba and Clémence Poésy carrying a Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch

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Express Studded Border Clutch

Update (09/18/2016): Found another great Valentino Rockstud inspired clutch bag today! It’s available at Express, comes in black and costs $39.90.

Express Studded Border Clutch in black (Valentino Rockstud dupe)

Express Studded Border Clutch
($39.90, Express)

Forever 21 Studded Clutch w/ Wristlet Strap

Update (09/09/2016): Just spotted this lovely Valentino Rockstud dupe clutch at Forever 21 in white which is on final sale for $10. Super steal deal alert!

Forever 21 Studded Clutch w/ Wristlet Strap in white (Valentino Rockstud dupe)

Forever 21 Studded Clutch w/ Wristlet Strap
($10, Forever 21)

Carlos by Carlos Santana “Sarita” Studded Zip Top Wristlet Clutch

Update (06/17/2015): Discovered these fabulous Valentino Rockstud pouch dupes by Carlos by Carlos Santana today. They’re available in either black, white or turqoise faux leather and are currently on sale for a steal price of $29.97 (down from $69!).

Carlos by Carlos Santana "Sarita" Studded Zip Top Wristlet Clutch in black and turquoise (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Carlos by Carlos Santana “Sarita” Studded Zip Top Wristlet Clutch
($29.97, Nordstrom Rack)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large “Selma” Stud-Trim Saffiano Clutch

Update (08/15/2013): Whoa, look at this fab Valentino dupe by MICHAEL Michael Kors! Totally looks like the high-end designer clutch, but actually costs only $108! I also love the Saffiano leather which is usually mainly used for and most known because of Prada’s famous Saffiano bags. Available in a lot of different colors like tan, taupe, turquoise, red and purple!

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large "Selma" Stud-Trim Saffiano Clutch in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large “Selma” Stud-Trim Saffiano Clutchls
(108, Neiman Marcus)

Stylistpick “Alessia” Multi Stud Clutch

Update (02/10/2013): And here we have another Valentino Rockstud Clutch look-a-like by Stylistpick. Available in black or beige faux leather for £20!

Stylistpick "Alessia" Multi Stud Clutch in black and nude (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

Stylistpick “Alessia” Multi Stud Clutchamazon
(£20, Amazon.co.uk)

GoJane Pyramid Stud Trim Clutch

Just as lovely, this version by GoJane is exactly the type of clutch you need for everyday and costs way less than the original designer inspiration. Place all your essentials inside and then place it in your larger tote to make it easier to pull out when you’re on the go. It will also keep everything organized and easier to spot inside your larger bag as well! Wear this clutch with everything; from your pencil skirt and blouse to your jeans on the weekend for brunch. The detachable strap is fantastic; and I’m sure you’ll find a dozen ways to wear your new bag! Want to add a little glam twist to your look? You can also get this style in peach or gold metallic faux leather.

GoJane Pyramid Stud Trim Clutch in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

GoJane Pyramid Stud Trim Clutch
($11.95, GoJane)

Buffalo Stud Clutch Bag

Another great steal and also made of completely vegan leather is this cute look-a-like clutch by Buffalo. These are a bit more expensive than the previous style, but the hardware is very similar to the original. The wristlet detail is just fabulous because it helps keep your hands free when you need them most (perhaps you’re going out for cocktails or meeting friends at an after work networking event). I really like that you have the option of the taupe color as well because it’s perfect if you wear a lot of brown or prefer a lighter palette for your key wardrobe pieces.

Buffalo Stud Clutch Bag in black and taupe (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

Buffalo Stud Clutch Bag
(€49.90, Buffalo)

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Update: This post has been updated on September 9, 2016. Scroll down to see the new adds.

If you haven’t heard of Mansur Gavriel by now, I suggest you stop whatever you’re doing and go read up on the NYC-based female designer duo now because fashion insiders all over the world have gone absolutely cuckoo over their minimalistic luxe leather bags! Mansur Gavriel’s bucket bag has been especially popular within the fashion world and is constantly sold out due to the high demand and despite the not so budget-friendly price tag of $495 (now: $595) for the “mini” version and $625 (now: $695) for the “large” one. I think the minimalistic design contrasted against the popping interior lining is one of the main reasons why this bag has been so extremely successful. If you can’t afford the beauty of a real Mansur Gavriel bag or just can’t stand being wait-listed, read on to find many great alternatives less than $100.

Mansur Gavriel Drawstring Leather Bucket Bag in black, red and blue

Mansur Gavriel Drawstring Leather Bucket Bagls
($595, Net-A-Porter)

Also available at Barneysls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Kirna Zabêtels, Forward by Elyse Walker, Moda Operandi, Vestiaire Collective, The RealReal & Boutique1ls.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Mansur Gavriel

Celebs such as Kirsten Dunst, Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr and personal style bloggers such as Ann Kim from Andyheart, Adriana from Fake Leather and Shea Marie from Peace Love Shea have all been spotted carrying a Mansur Gavriel Leather Bucket Bag.

Kirsten Dunst, Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr, Ann Kim (Andyheart), Adriana (Fake Leather) and Shea Marie (Peace Love Shea) carrying a Mansur Gavriel Leather Bucket Bag

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Gabriella Rocha “Elissa” Bucket Purse with Wristlet

Update (09/09/2016): Look at these amazing Mansur Gavriel bucket bag dupes by Gabriella Rocha which are currently 50% off and come in either black, red, blue or tan faux leather. Super steal alert!

Gabriella Rocha "Elissa" Bucket Purse with Wristlet in black, red, blue and tan (Mansur Gavriel dupes)

Gabriella Rocha “Elissa” Bucket Purse with Wristletamazon
($32.99, Amazon)

Sole Society “Blackwood” Vegan Bucket Bag

Update (09/09/2016): Also stumbled upon these Mansur Gavriel inspired bucket bags at Sole Society which retail for $59.95 and come in black, oxblood and navy.

Sole Society "Blackwood" Vegan Bucket Bag in oxblood, black and navy (Mansur Gavriel dupe)

Sole Society “Blackwood” Vegan Bucket Bagls
($59.95, Nordstrom)

Also available at Sole Society.

LUXchic “Verso” Genuine Leather Bucket Bag

Update (04/22/2016): Discovered another amazing designer bag dupe by LUXchic! Their genuine leather bags are always spot-on compared to the original real deals, the pictures promise a great product quality and most reviews seem to be very positive, too, so it might be worth the splurge. What do you think?

LUXchic "Verso" Genuine Leather Bucket Bag in black and tan (Mansur Gavriel knockoffs)

LUXchic “Verso” Genuine Leather Bucket Bagamazon
($126.90, Amazon)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Bucket Bag

Update (12/04/2015): Look what I just spotted while browsing Forever 21‘s new arrivals: amazing Mansur Gavriel bucket bag dupes for under $30! I’m totally buying both of these for my own little designer dupes collection. If you love F21’s bucket bag dupes just as much, I suggest you don’t wait too long with your purchase because I’m super sure these babies will sell out fast.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Bucket Bag in black and nude (Mansur Gavriel dupes)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Bucket Bag
($29.90, Forever 21)

Also available at Forever 21 (Canada)ls, Forever 21 (UK), Forever 21 (EU).

Lancaster Paris “Pur” Saffiano Bucket Bag

Update (11/16/2015): Discovered another great Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag alternative today! This one’s by Lancaster Paris and it’s admittedly a little expensive at $250 now $131.77, but doesn’t the saffiano leather look absolutely gorgeous? Plus, it looks so much like the real deal, too, doesn’t it? Available two sizes (the big version is available here for $223.99) and an array of lovely colors (including pink!). Love!

Lancaster Paris "Pur" Saffiano Bucket Bag in black and red (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

Lancaster Paris “Pur” Saffiano Bucket Bag
($131.77, Amazon)

Also available at eBags, Amazon.co.ukamazon, Amazon.deamazon & Amazon.framazon.

Jessica Buurman “Aldous” Drawstring Bucket Bag

Update (08/26/2015): Just spotted this Mansur Gavriel look for less alternative at Jessica Buurman. $109 and it is yours, ladies! Use promo code “XOXOJESS” to get 10% off your order at Jessica Buurman!

Jessica Buurman "Aldous" Drawstring Bucket Bag in black and red (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

Jessica Buurman “Aldous” Drawstring Bucket Bag
($109, Jessica Buurman)

Orsay Bucket Bag

Update (08/26/2015): Also stumbled upon this lovely Mansur Gavriel bucket bag look-alike at this German online shop Orsay. So close to the real deal and not too expensive at €20!

Orsay Bucket Bag in black and red (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

Orsay Bucket Bag
(€20, Orsay)

Mango Minimal Shopper Bag

Update (08/06/2015): Found this amazing Mansur Gavriel bucket bag dupe at Mango today. It’s almost spot-on and so affordable at $59.99! Loved it so much, I ordered straight away. There’s also a Mansur Gavriel backpack dupe available at Mango herecj. Update #2: Both the bag and the backpack have been in my possession for over a week now and I’m madly in love with both. Definitely recommended, looks very much like the real deal!

Mango Minimal Shopper Bag in black and red (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

Mango Minimal Shopper Bag
($59.99, Mango)

Also available at Mango (UK)ls & Mango (EU).

Parfois Trend Bucket Handbag

Update (06/02/2015): Found these Mansur Gavriel inspired bucket bags by Parfois today. Aren’t they super pretty? And quite affordable, too.

Parfois Trend Bucket Handbag in baby blue, tan and white (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

Parfois Trend Bucket Handbagamazon
(£24.99, Amazon.co.uk)

Shiraleah “Anya” Drawstring Bucket Bag

Update (05/05/2015): Spotted these lovely Mansur Gavriel bucket bag look-alikes by Shiraleah today. Available in black, camel, blush and baby blue faux leather and currently on sale for a budget-friendly price of $29.99! Steal deal alert!

Shiraleah "Anya" Drawstring Bucket Bag (Mansur Gavriel knockoffs)

Shiraleah “Anya” Drawstring Bucket Bagamazon
($29.99, Amazon)

Also available at Nordstrom Rack.

BagInc “Joanna” Calf Leather Drawstring Bucket Bag

Update (05/05/2015): If you’re looking for a genuine leather Mansur Gavriel bucket bag dupe, then BagInc‘s “Joanna” bag might be for you. Made of calf leather and available in either black, red, camel, silver metallic, pale pink, olive green, navy and grey for $109! Make sure to use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% off your order.

BagInc "Joanna" Drawstring Bucket Bag in black and red (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

BagInc “Joanna” Calf Leather Drawstring Bucket Bag
($109, BagInc)

A similar version is also available at Amazonamazon.

Vince Camuto “Leila” Drawstring Bucket Bag

Update (05/02/2015): Well, hello there! Now isn’t Vince Camuto‘s “Leila” a great substitute if you can’t afford the real deal? Available in various colors, too.

Vince Camuto Leila Drawstring Bucket Bag in black and tan (Mansur Gavriel knockoffs)

Vince Camuto “Leila” Drawstring Bucket Bagamazon
($186.97, Amazon)

Dooney & Bourke “Serena” Drawstring Leather Bucket Bag

Update (05/02/2015): Another high-quality Mansur Gavriel inspired alternative is available by Dooney & Bourke. Looove the colored linings here!

Dooney & Bourke "Serena" Drawstring Leather Bucket Bag in black and tan (Mansur Gavriel knockoffs)

Dooney & Bourke “Serena” Drawstring Leather Bucket Bagls
($298, Nordstrom)

JustFab “Alden” Drawstring Bucket Bag

Update (05/02/2015): Another lovely Mansur Gavriel steal find is available at JustFab. I absolutely adore the bag in the popping blue color! Sooo pretty!

JustFab "Alden" Drawstring Bucket Bag in tan and blue (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

JustFab “Alden” Drawstring Bucket Bag
($31.96, JustFab)

Sole Society “Nevin” Faux Leather Drawstring Bucket Bag

Update (04/12/2015): Stumbled upon these Mansur Gavriel inspired faux leather bucket bags by Sole Society and wanted to share them with you.

Sole Society "Nevin" Faux Leather Drawstring Bucket Bag in black and tan (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

Sole Society “Nevin” Faux Leather Drawstring Bucket Bag
($51.96, Sole Society)

Steve Madden “BGEMMAA” Drawstring Bucket Bag

Et voilà, Steve Madden to the rescue! Their “BGEMMAA” drawstring bucket bag isn’t a total knock-off, but the similarities are distinct enough to give you the same coveted Mansur Gavriel look. I absolutely adore the red lining here. So luxe-looking, right? Available in various color combinations including black/red, burgundy/blue, tan/blue and neon yellow/blue for an affordable $88 (less if you use the promo code above)! Steal deal alert!

Steve Madden "BGEMMAA" Drawstring Bucket Bag in black and red (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

Steve Madden “BGEMMAA” Drawstring Bucket Bagls
($88, Steve Madden)

Lush Leather Smooth Bucket Bag

If you’re willing to invest more, you might want to take a look at these Mansur Gavriel dupes by Lush Bags. Certainly not a steal at almost $160, but the quality looks pretty decent, don’t you think?

Lush Leather Smooth Bucket Bag (Mansur Gavriel knockoffs)

Lush Leather Smooth Bucket Bagamazon
($159.99, Amazon)

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