Real vs. Steal

Update: This post has been updated on May 26, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Self-Portrait. How could we have possibly missed out on covering this new and super coveted brand for so long? Sorry about that, folks. But before we head into showing you our best Self-Portrait steal finds, here are a few facts about the contemporary fashion label: it was founded in 2013 by Han Chong (also former creative director of Three Floor) and quickly gained red carpet and social media buzz shortly after, landing dress gigs with celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon and Miranda Kerr as well as personal style bloggers like Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad) and Kristina Bazan (Kayture). The signature aesthetic of the London-based brand are feminine, romantic dresses and separates with lots of lace, embroidery and sheer overlays which have a surprisingly appealing price point: Dresses typically fall in the $500-$600 price range. And while I honestly applaud Han Chong for wanting to create a mid-priced fashion label with lots of attention to detail, $480 is still a lot of money for a lot of people (even though I’ll admit the “Azaelea” dress pictured below looks like it’s worth every penny of it). Keep on reading to find various stylish Self-Portrait dress alternatives for much less.

Self-Portrait Azaelea Midi Lace Dress in blue, white and red

Self-Portrait Azaelea Midi Lace Dressls
($480, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Hampden Clothingpjx (only $435 here!), Forward by Elyse Walker, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Net-A-Porterls, ASOS, Shopbop, Amazonamazon, Selfridges, Matches Fashionls, Luisaviaroma & Stylebop.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Self-Portrait

Celebs such as Bella Thorne, Miranda Kerr, Maisie Williams and personal style bloggers like Blair Eadie (Atlantic-Pacific), Yana (La Vie du Papillon), Julia Engel (Gal Meets Glam) and Aimee Song (Song of Style) have all been spotted wearing a Self-Portrait Azaelea Midi Lace Dress.

Blair Eadie (Atlantic-Pacific), Yana (La Vie Du Papillon), Julia Engel (Gal Meets Glam), Bella Thorne and Aimee Song (Song of Style) wearing a Self-Portrait Azaelea Midi Lace Dress

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Charlotte Russe Strappy Crochet A-Line Dress

Update (05/12/2016): OMG STEAL DEAL ALERT! Look what I just discovered at Charlotte Russe: the perfect little white Self-Portrait Azaelea look-alike dress for a super steal price of just $54.99! Don’t wait, buy now, this dress will sell out once the word is out. By the way, while browsing I also spotted a lovely shortened Azaelea dress dupe at Charlotte Russe for $39.99 which comes in 4 colors and is also available in plus sizes!

Charlotte Russe Strappy Crochet A-Line Dress in white (Self-Portrait Azaelea knockoff)

Charlotte Russe Strappy Crochet A-Line Dress
($54.99, Charlotte Russe)

Warehouse Lace Halter Dress

Update (05/12/2016): Came across another Azaelea dupe today at Warehouse. The neckline is different, but the rest of the design is pretty much identical.

Warehouse Lace Halter Dress in black and red (Self-Portrait Azaelea knockoffs)

Warehouse Lace Halter Dressls
(£165, Warehouse)

P.S.: Also available at Warehouse (US)ls, Warehouse (AU)ls & Warehouse (EU).

Club Monaco “Bolari” Midi Lace Dress

Update (05/08/2016): Spotted another great Self-Portrait Azaelea look-alike today! It’s by Club Monaco, comes in either black or forest green and costs approx. half as much as the real deal ($219). Love the green version for redheads! What do you think? Btw, you can currently get 30% off all sale and clearance items at Club Monaco by entering promo code “WARMER” at checkout (offer valid through May 30, 2016 at 11:59pm PST).

Club Monaco "Bolari" Midi Lace Dress in black and green (Self-Portrait Azaelea knockoff)

Club Monaco “Bolari” Midi Lace Dress
($219, Club Monaco)

Aqua Lace Cami Midi Dress

Update (04/29/2016): I think I just stumbled upon the best Self-Portrait Azaelea steal find yet! Check out this lovely $148 lace midi dress by Aqua which is available in either black or light blue and is $332 cheaper than the real deal. Shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone, but Aqua has also various other great Self-Portrait look-alikes available here (e.g. this dress or this one or this one).

Aqua Lace Cami Midi Dress in black and light blue (Self-Portrait Azaelea knockoffs)

Aqua Lace Cami Midi Dress
($148, Bloomingdale’s)

bebe Cotton Eyelet Dress

Update (04/28/2016): Just spotted this Self-Portrait inspired summer dress at bebe. It has obviously some major differences (e.g. different pattern and length), but the bodice clearly gives away where the inspiration for this dress came from.

bebe Cotton Eyelet Dress in white (Self-Portrait Azaelea inspired)

bebe Cotton Eyelet Dress
($159, bebe)

LuLu*s Pinnacle of Prestige Lace Midi Dress

If you can’t afford spending half a grand on a flirty summer dress, here’s our best steal find (yet!) which I discovered at LuLu*s some time ago. And I would’ve showed you this lovely $64 lace midi dress some time ago already, but it kept selling out so fast – restock after restock – that I didn’t even have enough time to finish up this blog post before this dress was completely sold out again, so I patiently waited until it got restocked for what feels like the tenth time now and for the first time it didn’t sell out in the first 60 minutes. Yay! However, this dress is obviously still wildly popular, so I wouldn’t wait too long with buying. Who knows if it’ll be restocked for an eleventh time?

LuLu*s Pinnacle of Prestige Lace Midi Dress in ivory white (Self-Portrait Azaelea knockoff)

LuLu*s Pinnacle of Prestige Lace Midi Dress
($64, LuLu*s)

H&M Lace Dress

Another gorgeous Self-Portrait Azaelea alternative is this lace midi dress by H&M. It’s currently only available in yellow (also comes in white now), but it does look lovely and so similar to the real deal, right? I know $129 seems oddly expensive for an H&M dress, but be rest assured, I actually ordered this dress myself and it is worth its money, the fit is flattering and the quality is good. So if you’re a fan of yellow summer dresses, this one is a great buy!

H&M Lace Dress in yellow and white (Self-Portrait Azaelea knockoffs)

H&M Lace Dress
($129, H&M)

Jessica Buurman “Adice” Flower Embellished Cami Dress

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And of course, where there’s a trend Jessica Buurman can’t be too far away. The design of their “Adice” dress is very close to the real deal (including the colors), but I can’t tell for sure whether it’s worth paying over $100 for, especially since I found various other dresses from similar Asian merchants for much less (see links below).

Jessica Buurman "Adice" Flower Embellished Cami Dress in white and red (Self-Portrait Azaelea knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “Adice” Flower Embellished Cami Dress
($119-$130, Jessica Buurman)

P.S.: Similar dress options are available by Choies and Persunamazon (both via Amazon).

Free People South Of The Equator Midi Dress

OK, now this Self-Portrait steal find kind of irritates me. Don’t get me wrong: I love Free People and I looooove designer dupes. But what I don’t understand is how you can blatantly copy a $480 dress and then sell your own copied version for a whopping $300, thus making both dresses compete in the same price range? Now that’s a little shameless, isn’t it? Even for blatant copycats. Anyway, I still wanted to include this dress option because it does look a lot like the real deal and it is in fact still $180 cheaper than the original, so if you’re OK with paying that much money for a copycat design, feel free to do so.

Free People South Of The Equator Midi Dress in white, black and red (Self-Portrait Azaelea knockoffs)

Free People South Of The Equator Midi Dress
($300, Free People)

Image source(s): Selfridges, Atlantic-Pacific, La Vie Du Papillon, @bellathorne Instagram, Gal Meets Glam, Song of Style, Charlotte Russe, Warehouse, Club Monaco, Bloomingdale’s, bebe, LuLu*s, H&M, Jessica Buurman, Free People

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Can we talk about this summer’s hottest footwear trend for a minute? Colorful, charm-embellished Pom Pom lace-up sandals. You’ve probably seen them all over Instagram already and now that summer is approaching, the trend is slowly emerging on the streets as well. It first started with Aquazzura and Dolce & Gabbana I think; both houses came out with colorful Pom Pom shoes recently. Shortly after the “Penny Lane” lace-up gladiators by Elina Linardaki became a huge success and have started popping up on everyone’s fashion feed. And why wouldn’t they? Each pair is handmade in Greece and contrary to the likes of Aquazzura and Dolce & Gabbana, you don’t have to spend an arm or a leg to flaunt this summer’s hottest “It“-shoe.

Elina Linardaki Penny Lane Pompom Gladiator Sandals

Elina Linardaki Penny Lane Pompom Gladiator Sandals
($189, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, Revolve, Forward by Elyse Walker, Etsy, Matches Fashionls, Avenue 32, Boutique1ls & Moda Operandi.

Style Bloggers & IGers Love Elina Linardaki

Personal style bloggers and various IGers have been spotted flaunting their Elina Linardaki Penny Lane Pom Pom Gladiator Sandals.

Personal Style Bloggers & IGers wearing Elina Linardaki Penny Lane Pom Pom Gladiator Sandals

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Chinese Laundry “Posh” Embellished Lace-Up Sandals

If spending $200 on the Pom Pom trend seems unreasonable to you and if you’re too lazy to DIY your own version, here’s a lovely and budget-friendly alternative by Chinese Laundry which will give you the same playful vacation look for less than $80. You better hurry though because these sandals are selling by the minute.

Chinese Laundry "Posh" Embellished Lace-Up Sandals (Elina Linardaki Penny Lane knockoffs)

Chinese Laundry “Posh” Embellished Lace-Up Sandalsls
($79.95, Nordstrom)

P.S.: Also available at ShoeMallls, South Moon Under, Amazonamazon, Dillard’sls, Chinese Laundry & LuLu*s.

Steve Madden “Cailin” Embellished Lace-Up Flat Sandals

These embellished lace-up sandals by Steve Madden are another great, but more toned down alternative of the Pom Pom lace-up sandal. If you like the basic design concept of these, but really want those Pom Poms poppin’ on your sandals, consider adding a couple of craft store-bought Pom Pomsamazon (cost: less than $10).

Steve Madden "Cailin" Embellished Lace-Up Flat Sandals in natural tan (Elina Linardaki Penny Lane inspired)

Steve Madden “Cailin” Embellished Lace-Up Flat Sandalsls
($89.95, Steve Madden)

P.S.: Also available at Footnotescj, Dillard’sls, Nordstromls, Jildor & Steve Madden (Canada)ls.

Mabu by Maria BK Embellished Leather Sandals

Now these Pom Pom lace-up sandals by Mabu by Maria BK won’t give you any price advantage compared to the Elina Linardaki version, but they are just as beautiful and I wanted to include these in case the Penny Lane sandals sell out and a suitable quality alternative will be needed.

Mabu by Maria BK Embellished Leather Sandals in tan (Elina Linardaki Penny Lane dupe)

Mabu by Maria BK Embellished Leather Sandalsls
($200, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Etsy.

Schutz “Patricia” Embellished Lace-Up Flat Gladiator Sandals

Last but not least are these super cute and playful lace-up flat sandals by Schutz. They’re missing the dangling Pom Poms, but as I wrote above, you can easily add them yourself, so if you prefer the conceptual design of these not so steal-worthy $190 Schutz shoes, consider opting for these instead.

Schutz "Patricia" Embellished Lace-Up Flat Gladiator Sandals in tan (Elina Linardaki Penny Lane inspired)

Schutz “Patricia” Embellished Lace-Up Flat Gladiator Sandals
($190, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Zappos, Jildor, Footnotescj, Revolve & Nasty Galls.

Image source(s): Revolve, The Sweetest Thing, @heartofchic/@seldacar/@mignonnegavigan/@muzungusisters Instagram, Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter, Shopbop

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Update: This post has been updated on May 24, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Gianvito Rossi is slowly but surely taking my heart by storm with his shoe collections! I can’t remember anyone of his shoe styles lately that I wasn’t fond of. This woven multi-strap sandal, for instance, I like it a lot. It’s a couple of seasons old already, so I couldn’t find many details on it, but I’m pretty sure it would’ve been out of my price range anyway.

Gianvito Rossi Woven Multi-Strap Sandals in bronze metallic

Gianvito Rossi Woven Multi-Strap Sandalsls
(Price Unknown, Bergdorf Goodman)

LuLu*s Stillness is the Move Faux Suede Caged Heels

Update (05/24/2016): Spotted these budget-friendly Gianvito Rossi look-alikes at LuLu*s today. They come in either fuchsia, nude or black faux suede and cost $36.

LuLu*s Stillness is the Move Faux Suede Caged Heels in fuchsia hot pink and nude beige (Gianvito Rossi knockoffs)

LuLu*s Stillness is the Move Faux Suede Caged Heels
($36, LuLu*s)

Forever 21 Braided Faux Suede Sandals

Apparently Forever 21 liked Rossi’s woven sandal concept, so they came up with a neat dupe version of their own. F21 ditched the bronzey metallic color and instead opted for more wearable colors, as well as a much nicer price tag, of course.

Forever 21 Braided Faux Suede Sandals in black and taupe (Gianvito Rossi knockoffs)

Forever 21 Braided Faux Suede Sandals
($32.80, Forever 21)

Image source(s): R-A-W Shoes Blog, LuLu*s, Forever 21

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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 Saks Fifth Avenuels, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Net-A-Porterls, Barneysls, S|Sense, Stylebop, Luisaviaroma, Selfridges, 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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Banana Republic Nautical-Style Basketweave Blazer

Deal: Use promo code “BRTAKE40” at checkout to get 40% off your purchase at Banana Republic! Restrictions apply. Offer ends 5/30.

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 40% off promotion which is currently running at Banana Republic because it cuts down the price of this blazer down from $178 to $106.80 (that’s a saving of $2.278,20 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
($178, Banana Republic)

P.S.: Also available at Banana Republic (Canada) & Banana Republic (EU).

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, Veronica Beard)

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 $411 (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
($411, 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
(€47.95, Zalando)

P.S.: Also available at About You, Vero Moda & Otto.

J.Crew Double-Breasted Blazer

Deal: 25% off with code “SUMMER” or 30% off with code “CARDSONLY” & your J.Crew Card!

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 (not double-breasted) here ($178 -25% off promo) or this one which I found at J.Crew Factory for $110.50 (sale price!).

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

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

P.S.: Also available at J.Crew (UK)ls.

Missguided Military Style Blazer

Deal: 30% 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 $64.60 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
($64.60, Missguided)

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

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, Zimbio, Style Pantry, Pinterest, Peony Lim, Harper & Harley, @yasmin_dxb Instagram, Banana Republic, Forward by Elyse Walker, Vero Moda, J.Crew, Missguided

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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, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Zappos, Amazon, Madison Los Angelespjx, Ron Herman, Forward by Elyse Walker, Intermix, Everything But Water, Revolve, 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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