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Real vs. Steal – Dior So Real Sunglasses

by Irina on February 1, 2017

Update: This post has been updated on February 1, 2017. Scroll down to see the new adds.

When it comes to setting fashion trends, Dior seems to be on quite a roll at the moment. First, we had the Mise En Dior craze and now we have everybody lusting after their uber-cool “So Real” sunglasses. Karen Walker and Céline, move over! If we could crown one pair of shades the official sunglasses of 2015, it would definitely be Dior’s “So Real” frames. And even though these sunglasses are everything but affordable at $595, virtually every fashion influencer – from bloggers to fashion editors to supermodels to celebs (and let’s not forget about all the countless Instagram sightings) – has been spotted wearing these sunnies. They come in a wide range of great styles, but if I had to pick a “So Real” favorite it would probably be the crystal (clear)/silver version with the blue mirrored lenses (last one pictured below). But no matter how much hype is still to follow on these lovely shades, there’s no way I would lay down almost $600 on a pair of trendy sunglasses that’ll probably be so passé 6 months from now.

Dior So Real Sunglasses

Dior So Real Brow Bar Sunglassesls
($545-$595, Saks Fifth Avenue)

P.S.: Also available at Neiman Marcusls, Nordstromls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Barneysls, Harvey Nichols, Bloomingdale’s, Amazonamazon, Solstice Sunglasses, Sunglasses Shop, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Dior

Celebs such as Rihanna and Olivia Palermo as well as personal style bloggers like Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad) and Kristina Bazan (Kayture) have all been spotted wearing Dior So Real Sunglasses.

Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad), Rihanna, Olivia Palermo and Kristina Bazan (Kayture) wearing Dior So Real Sunglasses

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Forever 21 Mirrored Clear Sunglasses

Update (02/01/2017): Came across these cute and almost spot-on Dior So Real dupes at Forever 21 today and they cost only $7.90! Total steal deal alert!

Forever 21 Mirrored Clear Sunglasses in clear and blue (Dior So Real dupes)

Forever 21 Mirrored Clear Sunglasses
($7.90, Forever 21)

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

Mango “Sarah” Tortoise Arm Sunglasses

Update (02/01/2017): Also spotted this Dior inspired black/tortoise version at Mango which costs $29.99. So pretty, isn’t it?

Mango "Sarah" Tortoise Arm Sunglasses in black (Dior So Real dupes)

Mango “Sarah” Tortoise Arm Sunglasses
($29.99, Mango)

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

Steve Madden SM875101 Brow Bar Sunglasses

Update (06/21/2016): And the Dior So Real dupe list grows bigger once again! Check out these Dior inspired sunglasses I discovered at Steve Madden, currently on sale for $26.98. Another great Dior So Real dupe are Steve Madden’s SM465123ls sunnies which come in gold and all-black and cost $28.98.

Steve Madden SM875101 Brow Bar Sunglasses in black and tortoise (Dior So Real dupes)

Steve Madden SM875101 Brow Bar Sunglassesls
($26.98, Steve Madden)

Target Round Sunglasses with Raised Bar

Update (06/21/2016): Also stumbled upon this lovely and spot-on Dior So Real sunglass dupe at Target. Price: $16.99. More colors and variations available in Target stores.

Target Round Sunglasses with Raised Bar in black (Dior So Real dupe)

Target Round Sunglasses with Raised Bar
($16.99, Target)

P.S.: Also available at Target in silver/black or black/grey.

Free People “Mystic River” Metal Frame Sunglasses

Update (03/10/2016): Here are more Dior So Real look-alikes which I have discovered at Free People for $25 a pop. Really like these!

Free People "Mystic River" Metal Frame Sunglasses (Dior So Real dupes)

Free People “Mystic River” Metal Frame Sunglasses
($25, Free People)

Aldo “Bonadomane” Brow Bar Sunglasses

Update (03/10/2016): Also stumbled upon these lovely Dior inspired brow bar sunnies by Aldo which are available in either transparent or black and are on sale for $7.98.

Aldo "Bonadomane" Brow Bar Sunglasses in clear transparent and gold black (Dior So Real dupes)

Aldo “Bonadomane” Brow Bar Sunglassesls
($7.98, Aldo)

P.S.: Also available at Aldo (Canada)ls, Aldo (UK)ls & Sunglass Warehouse (similar).

GoJane Style Blogger Vintage Sunglasses

Update (10/12/2015): Spotted these fantastic Dior So Real dupes at GoJane which are currently on sale for less than $10! Available in various colors and lens finishes.

GoJane Cool Kid Reflection Sunglasses (Dior So Real knockoffs)

GoJane Style Blogger Vintage Sunglasses
($7.50, GoJane)

P.S.: A similar version is also available at Sunglass Warehouse & MakeMeChic.

Missguided Metal Frame Sunglasses

Update (10/12/2015): And here’s a great Dior So Real alternative for all of our European readers which we’ve discovered at Missguided. Only $13.60!

Missguided Metal Frame Sunglasses (Dior So Real knockoffs)

Missguided Metal Frame Sunglasses
($13.60, Missguided)

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

ZooShoo Retro Vision Sunglasses

Update (09/27/2015): Spotted another dupe-worthy Dior So Real sunglass look for less option! This time at ZooShoo. Price point: 22.

ZooShoo Retro Vision Sunglasses in black and gold (Dior So Real knockoffs)

ZooShoo Retro Vision Sunglassespjx
($22, ZooShoo)

Gant Brow Bar Sunglasses

Luckily, there are quite a few great Dior So Real dupe options available like this one by Gant, so you don’t have to break the bank to try the trend. Like the real deal, these sunnies also come in a broad range of styles (I counted 17!), so there’s a huge selection to choose from. And at $11.90 per pair, why not pick two?

Gant Brow Bar Sunglasses (Dior So Real knockoffs)

Gant Brow Bar Sunglassesamazon
($11.90, Amazon)

P.S.: Similar versions are also available at Amazon #2amazon, Romwe & SheIn.

Choies High Bar Retro Sunglasses

I also discovered these lovely Dior So Real dupes at Choies which I just had to include in this post because I’m absolutely obsessed with the rosegold version. They’re currently on sale for a little under $8, so I suggest to stock up on them while they’re still available.

Choies High Bar Retro Sunglasses (Dior So Real knockoffs)

Choies High Bar Retro Sunglasses
($7.90, Choies)

Express Mirrored Retro Brow Bar Sunglasses

If you’re a fan of the tortoise Dior So Reals, then check out this fab steal version by Express which looks just like the real, but costs only $29.90 instead of $595.

Express Mirrored Retro Brow Bar Sunglasses in tortoise (Dior So Real knockoffs)

Express Mirrored Retro Brow Bar Sunglasses
($29.90, Express)

Image source(s): Barneys, The Blonde Salad, Pinterest, Olivia Palermo, Forever 21, Mango, Steve Madden, Target, Free People, Aldo, GoJane, Missguided, ZooShoo, Choies, Amazon, Express

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Update: This post has been updated on January 30, 2017. Scroll down to see the new adds.

I almost get the sensation that I’m looking at a Magic Eye poster when I look at this Givenchy Ottoman Stitch Stripe Jacket. It’s definitely different and very appealing to the eye. I love how Keri Hilson sports it with a pair of black skinnies and a peep-toe boot. Such elegance when it’s worn so simplified. I’m very curious to see how this jacket would look with a pair of jeans as opposed to the all-black ensemble. So, if you want to get the look and not be on the waiting list and spend $1557 on this striking jacket, here are a few more choices!

Givenchy Ottoman Stitch Stripe Jacket

Givenchy Ottoman Stitch Stripe Jacketls
($1.557, Net-A-Porter)

Celebrities Love Givenchy

Keri Hilson, Liv Tyler & Courtney Love wearing a black and white Givenchy Ottoman Stitch Stripe Jacket

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White House Black Market Striped Ponte Blazer

Update (01/30/2017): Didn’t really expect to find any more dupes of this striped Givenchy jacket after four years, but White House Black Market onbviously beg to differ.

White House Black Market Striped Ponte Blazer in black and white (Givenchy dupe)

White House Black Market Striped Ponte Blazer
($140, White House Black Market)

Old Navy Single-Button Jersey-Knit Striped Blazer

Update (01/30/2017): Also came across this super budget-friendly striped blazer at Old Navy which would be a great designer real deal alternative for under $40.

Old Navy Single-Button Jersey-Knit Striped Blazer in navy and white (Givenchy inspired)

Old Navy Single-Button Jersey-Knit Striped Blazer
($39.94, Old Navy)

Wallis Black Stripe Jacket

Update (05/18/2013): Just discovered this striped blazer at Wallis which would be a great alternative to the pricey Givenchy jacket. On sale for $70!

Wallis Black Stripe Jacket in black and white (Givenchy Ottoman look-a-like)

Wallis Black Stripe Jacket
($70, Wallis)

Anthropologie Striped Spinnaker Blazer

Update (07/25/2012): Found another lovely striped blazer option over at Anthropologie for under $100.

Anthropologie Striped Spinnaker Blazer in black and white (Givenchy knockoff)

Anthropologie Striped Spinnaker Blazer
($98, Anthropologie)

Smythe Piped One Button Blazer

Update (02/25/2012): If you’re looking for a high quality alternative, look no further because this striped Smythe blazer is a great Givenchy look-a-like. It does retail for a very hefty $486.50, but it’s still less than 50% of the original’s price.

Smythe Piped One Button Blazer in black and white (Givenchy knockoff)

Smythe Piped One Button Blazercj
($486.50, Shopbop)

Mango Cotton Sailor Blazer

Update (02/25/2012): And here’s another great inspired-by option by MANGO.

Mango Cotton Sailor Blazer in navy and white (Givenchy knockoff)

Mango Cotton Sailor Blazer
($79.99, Mango)

Canna Striped Blazer

Update (07/15/2011): Just came across another fabulous and budget-friendly Givenchy alternative by Canna.

Canna Striped Blazer in black and white (Givenchy knockoff)

Canna Striped Blazerls
($99, Nordstrom)

Alice + Olivia “Sage” Striped Blazer

I love this Alice + Olivia “Sage” Striped Blazer! I love the shoulders and the pockets! Very similar to the Givenchy and you won’t be out $1557 either. Priced at $368 this jacket is definitely a steal. But, if it still doesn’t fit your budget we have some more for ya!

Alice + Olivia Sage Striped Peak Lapel Blazer in navy and white (Givenchy Ottoman knockoff)

Alice + Olivia “Sage” Striped Blazercj
($368, Shopbop)

Aryn K. Stripe Blazer

This Aryn K. blazer has slightly bigger stripes than the Givenchy and the Alice + Olivia, but I’m really enjoying the collar detail around the neckline on this one. And priced at $94, I’d say it’s pretty budget-friendly!

Aryn K. Stripe Blazer in black and white (Givenchy Ottoman knockoff)

Aryn K. Stripe Blazer
($94, 6pm)

Tart “Camryn” Jacket

Now this Tart jacket looks the most like the Givenchy with the striping. However, it looks more of “going to the office” than a jacket that you can wear more casually. Nonetheless, if you like the look and you’re really loving the stripes of the Givenchy and want something a little more affordable, I’d go for this one!

Tart "Camryn" Jacket in black and white (Givenchy Ottoman knockoff)

Tart “Camryn” Jacket
($69.99, Last Call)

525 America Striped Blazer

OK, so I’m not sure how I feel about this jacket by 525 America. I like the buttons, but I feel like it should’ve been a full-length sleeve rather than a 3/4 sleeve. Especially since you have the button style of a pea-coat! It does look cute with jeans and priced at $95.99, it might suit your taste for the warmer weather that’s soon ahead.

525 America Striped Blazer in navy and white (Givenchy Ottoman knockoff)

525 America Striped Blazer
(95.99, Macy’s)

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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.

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

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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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