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

I’m usually not big on Louis Vuitton, but their newest handbag family, the “Capucines”, has got me really excited! The Capucines bags, which come in 3 different sizes with BB being the smallest, are made of full-grain Taurillon leather and finished with shiny palladium accents. The design is very classic and minimalistic. The “Capucines” has one single flap which is accented with a single flower button, reminiscent of Louis Vuitton’s icon in one of its signature monograms. The flap can either be hidden inside the bag, so it will show the LV initials embossed on the leather or the flap can be clasped on the front and display the LV monogram flower button. The name “Capucines” pays homage to the earliest Louis Vuitton Maison, which was located on rue Neuve-des-Capucines in 1854. The bag collection has been launched in June 2013 with Michelle Williams as its face. Likewise, celebs such as Angelina Jolie and supermodel Miranda Kerr have been spotted lugging around their Capucines handbags. Fashion insiders say the “Capucines” bag family was designed to help LVMH regain some of its lost sparke in the elite luxury market as more and more people grew tired of seeing (and buying) LV’s classic monogram bags.

Louis Vuitton Capucines BB Bag

Louis Vuitton Capucines BB Bag
($4.400, Vestiaire Collective)

P.S.: Also available at The RealReal & Fashionphile.

Nicole&Doris V Letter Satchel Bag

Update (08/26/2016): Just spotted this set of Louis Vuitton inspired bags by Nicole&Doris. On sale for under $35 and available in 9 different colors!

Nicole&Doris V Letter Satchel Bag (Louis Vuitton Capucines BB dupes)

Nicole&Doris V Letter Satchel Bagamazon
($33.99, Amazon)

Jessica Buurman “SHIPO” V Letter Shoulder Bag

Alright, these V-Letter bags I found on Jessica Buurman are certainly no match in terms of design or quality compared to the real LV Capucines, but they will give you a similar look for a fraction of the real deal’s price. My personal favorite would have to be the yellow one! I just love the vibrant color which will make any outfit instantly stand out.

Jessica Buurman "SHIPO" V Letter Shoulder Bag (Louis Vuitton Capucines BB knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “SHIPO” V Letter Shoulder Bag
($82, Jessica Buurman)

Image source(s): Louis Vuitton, Amazon, Jessica Buurman

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Update: This post has been updated on August 25, 2016. Scroll down to see the new adds.

So I’m sure a lot of you will absolutely hate Stella McCartney‘s “Britt” flatforms. Not only because of their polarizing design, but also because Stella McCartney doesn’t use animal originated materials for her line yet still charges a whopping $995 for these faux leather brogues. However, I’m also quite positively sure that just as many will loooove Stella McCartney for the very same reasons. While I personally can’t picture myself rocking these babies, I do somehow see its androgynous appeal to others – viewed through the man repelling lens, of course. But the price though? Still a total turn-off!

Stella McCartney Britt Faux Glossed-Leather Platform Brogues in black, tan and white

Stella McCartney Elyse Platform Oxfordsls
($995, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Forward by Elyse Walker, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Barneysls, Nordstromls, Stella McCartney, S|Sense, Farfetchls, Matches Fashionls, Lane Crawfordls, Net-A-Porterls & MyTheresa.

Style Bloggers & Fashion Insiders Love Stella McCartney

Various style bloggers and fashion insiders (including Stella McCartney herself) have been spotted wearing Stella McCartney Britt Faux Glossed-Leather Platform Brogues.

Style Bloggers and Fashion Insiders wearing black Stella McCartney Britt Faux Glossed-Leather Platform Brogues

Beltrami “Sienna” Lace-Up Oxford Flatforms

Update (08/25/2016): Spotted yet another Stella McCartney dupe today! Check out this lace-up flatform by Beltrami. Yay or nay?

Beltrami "Sienna" Lace-Up Oxford Flatforms in black (Stella McCartney Elyse / Britt dupes)

Beltrami “Sienna” Lace-Up Oxford Flatforms
($199.95 AUD, StyleTread)

Schutz Shiny Platforms

Update (08/25/2016): Another Stella McCartney inspired option are these platform shoes by Schutz which come in either shiny black or silver metallic for $219.95 AUD. You like?

Schutz Shiny Platforms in silver and black (Stella McCartney Britt / Elyse inspired)

Schutz Shiny Platforms
($219.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Sol Sana “Megan” Lace-Up Wedge Platform Oxfords

Update (07/14/2016): Please check out these absolutely spot-on Stella McCartney dupes by Sol Sana! Aren’t they just gorgeous? I’ve been a little obsessed with these and feel really tempted to buy them, but their price tag of €209.95 is kind of killing my budget. Boohoo!

Sol Sana "Megan" Lace-Up Wedge Platform Oxfords in silver and black patent (Stella McCartney Elyse / Britt dupes)

Sol Sana “Megan” Lace-Up Wedge Platform Oxfords
(€209.95, Zalando)

Chase & Chloe Tylor-1 Lace-Up Platform Oxfords

Update (03/24/2016): OMGALERT! Look what I just discovered! Spot-on Stella McCartney Britt/Elyse dupes by Chase & Chloe for under $50! AH-mazing! Available in black or nude faux patent leather. You better get these ASAP as I’m sure these babies will sell out in no time!

Chase & Chloe Tylor-1 Lace-Up Platform Oxfords in black and nude faux patent (Stella McCartney Britt / Elyse knockoffs)

Chase & Chloe Tylor-1 Lace-Up Platform Oxfords
($49.99, Shiekh)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon & Overstock.

Steve Madden “Korrie” Lace-Up Platform Shoes

Update (03/30/2016): And here’s another Stella McCartney inspired alternative by Steve Madden. Available in black, nude and silver for $129.95.

Steve Madden "Korrie" Lace-Up Platform Shoes in nude and black (Stella McCartney Britte / Elyse inspired)

Steve Madden “Korrie” Lace-Up Platform Shoes
($129.95, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Amazonamazon, Revolve, ShoeMallls, Dillard’s, Lord & Taylorls, Shoebuyls & Steve Maddenls.

Jeffrey Campbell “Kirby” Lace-Up Platform Oxford Shoes

Update (03/24/2016): Also spotted these fab Stella McCartney inspired oxford shoes by Jeffrey Campbell with a non-rigged platform sole.

Jeffrey Campbell "Kirby" Lace-Up Platform Oxford Shoes in black (Stella McCartney Britt / Elyse knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Kirby” Lace-Up Platform Oxford Shoes
($189.95, Ashbury Skies)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon & eBayeBay.

Mango “Kenji” Contrast Platform Shoes

Update (12/23/2015): While browsing Mango‘s new arrivals, I discovered these platform lace-up shoes which instantly reminded me of Stella McCartney’s Britts above.

Mango "Kenji" Contrast Platform Shoes in black (Stella McCartney Britt dupes)

Mango “Kenji” Contrast Platform Shoes
($64.99, Mango)

P.S.: Also available at Mango (UK)ls, Mango (FR) & Mango (DE)tradedoubler.

JY Shoes Genuine Leather Wedge Oxfords

Update (12/23/2015): I also spotted these amazing, spot-on genuine leather Stella McCartney Elyse/Britt dupes by JY Shoes a few days ago. They’re not exactly cheap at $198.90, but could be worth the investment if you really like the style and want a high-quality look-alike.

JY Shoes Genuine Leather Wedge Oxfords in black and nude (Stella McCartney Britt dupes)

JY Shoes Genuine Leather Wedge Oxfords
($198.90, YesStyle)

P.S.: Similar versions are also available by Glamkicks, SouthBay Shoes & Citta.

Choies Patent Lace Up Flatform Shoes

Update (04/17/2015): Discovered these shiny patent Stella McCartney Britt dupes at Choies. Also check out the non-patent faux leather version for under $50 here.

Choies Patent Lace Up Flatform Shoes in black patent (Stella McCartney knockoffs)

Choies Patent Lace Up Flatform Shoes
($127.99, Choies)

Jessica Buurman “WEMER” Lace Up Oxford Platform Sneakers

Update (02/16/2015): And here’s another Stella McCartney Britt dupe to add to the list! This one has been discovered at Jessica Buurman. Available in various colors and finishes for $135-$159.

Jessica Buurman "WEMER" Lace Up Oxford Platform Sneakers in black, white and tan (Stella McCartney Britt knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “WEMER” Lace Up Oxford Platform Sneakers
($135-$159, Jessica Buurman)

Tony Bianco “Peppa” Lace-Up Platform Oxfords

Update (01/29/2015): Australian Stella McCartney fans on a budget rejoice! Tony Bianco have come up with a pretty spot-on Britt look-a-like which you can buy for $80 AUD.

Tony Bianco "Peppa" Lace-Up Platform Oxfords in black, tan and white (Stella McCartney Britt knockoffs)

Tony Bianco “Peppa” Lace-Up Platform Oxfords
($80 AUD, Tony Bianco)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

Jeffrey Campbell “Berliner” Lace-Up Platform Oxfords

Enter Jeffrey Campbell. Crazy shoe designs have always been a part of the brand’s aesthetical vision, so I wasn’t the least surprised to find this Stella McCartney “Britt” dupe in JC’s repertoire. As usual, Jeffrey Campbell’s prices aren’t the easiest on a middle-class woman’s budget, but the design is spot-on and they’re still more than $800 cheaper than the pricey originals. Make sure to also check out JC’s “Zeppolels“; same design, but with a beautiful baby blue suede upper!

Jeffrey Campbell "Berliner" Lace-Up Platform Oxfords in black patent, tan and white (Stella McCartney Britt knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Berliner” Lace-Up Platform Oxfordsamazon
($174.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at , Nasty Galls, Ashbury Skies & Nordstromls.

Dabagirl Contrast Platform-Heel Oxfords

If you’re looking for something less expensive, you might wan to consider these oxford lace-up platforms by Dabagirl instead which are selling for $74.61 (sale price!). The design is very similar to Stella McCartney’s “Britt”, plus they’re also made of faux leather (if this is an important aspect for you). Available in black and nude.

Dabagirl Contrast Platform-Heel Oxfords in black, tan and white (Stella McCartney Britt knockoffs)

Dabagirl Contrast Platform-Heel Oxfords
($74.61, YesStyle)

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Update: This post has been updated on August 2, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

I’m usually not a big fan of fringed anything, but these fringe suede peep-toe booties by Giuseppe Zanotti are just too lovely too ignore. I wish there was a way I could afford them! Le sigh!

Giuseppe Zanotti E37036 Suede Fringe Peep-Toe Booties in black

Giuseppe Zanotti E37036 Suede Fringe Peep-Toe Bootiescj
($711.99, Shopbop)

Milanoo Peep-Toe Fringed Stiletto Heel Booties

Update (08/02/2016): Stumbled upon these spot-on Giuseppe Zanotti dupes at Milanoo for $86.99 today. What do you think, hot or not?

Milanoo Peep-Toe Fringed Stiletto Heel Booties in black faux suede (Giuseppe Zanotti E37036 dupes)

Milanoo Peep-Toe Fringed Stiletto Heel Bootiesls
($86.99, Milanoo)

Miranda by Miranda Lambert “Jenn” Fringe Booties

The next best thing I found is this fringe bootie by Miranda by Miranda Lambert. It’s not a Zanotti dupe per se, but it will give you a similar look for a whole lot less money.

Miranda by Miranda Lambert "Jenn" Fringe Booties in black (Giuseppe Zanotti E37036 knockoffs)

Miranda by Miranda Lambert “Jenn” Fringe Booties
($89.95, Zappos)

Image source(s): Giuseppe Zanotti, Milanoo, DSW

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Update: This post has been updated on August 1, 2016. Scroll down to see the new adds.

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

Asilio White Walls Lace Crop Top in white and black

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

P.S.: Also available at Nasty Galls.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Asilio

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

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

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Charlotte Russe Medallion Crochet Top

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

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

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

Stylekeepers Deep Shadow Laced Blouse

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

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

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

Akira Long Sleeve Crochet Top

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

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

Akira Long Sleeve Crochet Topls
($34.90, ShopAkira)

Fashion Union Crochet Mini Dress

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

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

Fashion Union Crochet Mini Dressls
(£32, Lipsy)

Glamorous Crochet High Neck Crop Top

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

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

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

SheIn White Long Sleeve Hollow Lace Blouse

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

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

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

Living Doll “Frida” Lace Top

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

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

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

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

Rise of Dawn “Jovan” Lace Top

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

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

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

Forever 21 Ornate Crochet Boxy Top

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

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

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

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Writing up a post about these “Ceinture” buckled booties by Balenciaga is a tough one for me. Why? Well, mainly because I don’t find myself very attracted to this type of masculine biker boots. Nor am I tall or skinny enough to pull off such a bulky boot. However, since these boots have been making the rounds on a number of style blogs and celebs lately, here you go with a couple of budget-friendly alternatives.

Balenciaga Ceinture Cutout Buckled Booties in black

Balenciaga Ceinture Double-Buckle-Strap Bootsls
($1.275, Nordstrom)

P.S.: Also available at Balenciaga, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Net-A-Porterls, Barneysls, Matches Fashion, MyTheresa, Browns Fashionls, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Celebrities Love Balenciaga

Miley Cyrus, Mary-Kate Olsen, Nicole Richie, Dakota Fanning, Rashida Jones and Nina Dobrev wearing black Balenciaga Cutout Buckled Booties

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River Island “Rudy” Patent Cut-Out Boots

Update (07/31/2016): 3 years after posting our last designer steal find, we finally came across a brand new Balenciaga Ceinture dupe: it’s by River Island and costs only $40 (sale price!). But hurry, only very few sizes left!

River Island Rudy Patent Cut-Out Boots in black (Balenciaga Ceinture dupes)

River Island “Rudy” Patent Cut-Out Boots
($40, River Island)

P.S.: Also available at River Island (UK)ls, River Island (EU + Rest of the World), ASOS, Zalando, Very.co.uk & Littlewoods.

XCC Double Buckle Cut-Out Moto Boots

Update (07/31/2016): We also happened to discover these fab and spot-on Balenciaga boot look-alikes by XCC at Amazon for under $90. What do you think?

XCC Double Buckle Cut-Out Moto Boots in black patent (Balenciaga Ceinture look-alikes)

XCC Double Buckle Cut-Out Moto Bootsamazon
($85.93, Amazon)

Bestowal Metal Buckle Cut Out Boots

Update (07/31/2016): Spotted these fab Balenciaga-like boots by Bestowal at Choies which are made of genuine leather and come in either black or black patent leather.

Bestowal Metal Buckle Cut Out Boots in black patent (Balenciaga Ceinture dupes)

Bestowal Metal Buckle Cut Out Boots
($96.90, Choies)

Wanted “Plaza” Buckled Cut-Out Booties

Update (09/16/2013): And I stumbled upon yet another budget-friendly Balenciaga dupe! Check out these faux leather buckle cut-out boots by Wanted. Only $19.94!

Wanted "Plaza" Buckled Cut-Out Booties in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Wanted “Plaza” Buckled Cut-Out Booties
($19.94, Zappos)

Chicnova Chunky Cut Out Buckled Boots

Update (08/16/2013): And here we go again with yet another Balenciaga Buckle Bootie alternative. This one comes from Chicnova and is made of PU leather.

Chicnova Retro PU Leather Boots in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Chicnova Chunky Cut Out Buckled Boots
($32.93, Chicnova)

Qupid Valiant-01 Buckle Cut Out Booties

Update (08/16/2013): If you need a more wallet-friendly Balenciaga fix, this cutout boot by Qupid is a great Balenciaga Ceinture look-alike for under $20! Yay!

Qupid Valiant-01 Buckle Cut Out Booties in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Qupid Valiant-01 Buckle Cut Out Bootiesamazon
($16.99, Amazon)

Wild Diva Credence-11 Buckle Flatform Creepers

Update (08/03/2013): Wild Diva have made a creeper version out of the highly coveted Balenciaga boots and called it Credence-11! Available in black or burgundy.

Wild Diva Credence-11 Buckle Flatform Creepers in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Wild Diva Credence-11 Buckle Flatform Creepersamazon
($32.90, Amazon)

Office Ultimate 2 Buckled Ankle Boots

Update (04/03/2013): Found yet another great Balenciaga inspired buckle boot! This one’s by Office, it costs £38 and there are only a few limited sizes left, so if you like these, you better hurry up to get these!

Office "Ultimate" Buckled Ankle Boots in black (Balenciaga look-a-likes)

Office Ultimate 2 Buckled Ankle Boots
(£38, Office)

Windsor Smith “Envy” Buckled Cutout Boots

Update (01/26/2013): Just came across another great Balenciaga boot look-a-like by Windsor Smith. If you prefer a patent version, check out the “Encore” boot, also by Windsor Smith.

Windsor Smith "Envy" Buckled Cutout Boots in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Windsor Smith “Envy” Buckled Cutout Boots
($179.95 AUD, StyleTread)

Soles “Magento” Buckled Cutout Boots

Update (01/26/2013): Also found a second Australian Balenciaga alternative by Soles.

Soles "Magento" Buckled Cutout Boots in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Soles “Magento” Buckled Cutout Boots
($159.95 AUD, StyleTread)

Steve Madden “AVE-A” Buckle Boots

As of now Steve Madden‘s “AVE-A” Buckle Boots are probably the closest and cheapest match to the Balenciaga boots.

Steve Madden "AVE-A" Buckle Boots in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Steve Madden “AVE-A” Buckle Bootsamazon
($99.99, Amazon)

Topshop “ARABEL” Cut Out Boots

Topshop comes in second in terms of the Balenciaga look with their $170 “ARABEL” boot that is also available in white and a black studded version.

Topshop "ARABEL" Cut Out Boots in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Topshop “ARABEL” Cut Out Boots
($170, Nordstrom)

Jeffrey Campbell “Roscoe” Cutout Boots

And of course, Jeffrey Campbell has come up with their own interpretation of Balenciaga’s bulky biker boot and named it “Roscoe”. It’s the most expensive of all look-4-less options ($248), but I like the shape of this boot the most and it’s the closest to the original.

Jeffrey Campbell "Roscoe" Cutout Boots in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Roscoe” Cutout Boots
($248, Nasty Gal)

Jeffrey Campbell “Coltrane” Buckled Cutout Boots

Our reader Devon has found another Balenciaga boot look-a-like by Jeffrey Campbell which is even more similar than the “Roscoe” boot. Check out the “Coltrane” which comes in an array of uppers and colors and retails for $185!

Jeffrey Campbell "Coltrane" Buckled Cutout Boots in black (Balenciaga knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Coltrane” Buckled Cutout Boots
($194.95, Nordstrom)

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