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So I think this is the first time, after more than 3 years of writing this blog, that I feature a sneaker here on In Their Closet. Of course, it couldn’t be just any ordinary sneaker for this occasion, no, it had to be a “fashion sneaker” naturally, the most popular one being the “Bekett” / “Bekket” velcro sneaker by Madame Isabel Marant at this time. Personally, I both like and hate them; I’ve never been too fond of sporty looking shoes, but these exude that cool kid vibe and how clever is the hidden built-in wedge? Genius.

Isabel Marant Bekett High-Top Sneakers in navy blue and white

Isabel Marant Bekett High-Top Sneakers
($655, Luisaviaroma)

Also available at Forward by Elyse Walker, Farfetchls, S|Sense, MyTheresa, Net-A-Porterls, Italistls, Selfridges, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Celebrities Love Isabel Marant

Gisele Bundchen, Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio, Beyoncé Knowles, Ashlee Simpson and Anne Hathaway wearing Isabel Marant Bekket High-Top Sneakers

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Shiekh Ella-02 Velcro Hidden Wedge Sneakers

Update (05/01/2017): Just happened to discover another Isabel Marant Bekett dupe after such a long, long time! Check out Shiekh‘s Ella-02 which comes in either black faux suede or blue denim and costs only $44.99. Steal deal alert!

Shiekh Ella-02 Velcro Hidden Wedge Sneakers in black faux suede and denim (Isabel Marant Etoile Bekett dupes)

Shiekh Ella-02 Velcro Hidden Wedge Sneakers
($44.99, Shiekh)

Rosegal Faux Leather Velcro Hidden Wedge Sneakers

Update (02/24/2015): After a very long time I managed to come across this Isabel Marant Bekett dupe at Rosegal today. Super budget-friendly at under $40, too!

Rosegal Faux Leather Velcro Hidden Wedge Sneakers in black faux suede (Isabel Marant Bekett knockoffs)

Rosegal Faux Leather Velcro Hidden Wedge Sneakers
($36.37, Rosegal)

Candie’s Wedge Sneakers

Update (07/15/2013): Also found these hidden wedge sneakers by Candie’s which are a great Marant Bekett alternative for under $25!

Candie's Hidden Wedge Sneakers in black (Isabel Marant Bekett knockoffs)

Candie’s Wedge Sneakersls
($23.99, Kohl’s)

Heart Soul “Iona” Wedge Sneakers

Update (07/15/2013): Just discovered another great Isabel Marant wedge doppelgänger! Check out this hidden wedge sneaker by Heart Soul. Also available in other color combos.

Heart Soul "Iona" Hidden Wedge Sneakers in black faux suede (Isabel Marant Bekett knockoffs)

Heart Soul “Iona” Wedge Sneakers
($16.99, DSW)

Aldo “Numata” Velcro Wedge Sneakers

Update (02/11/2013): Found yet another Bekket alternative. Check out this velcro wedge sneaker by Aldo!

Aldo "Numata" Velcro Wedge Sneakers in black faux suede (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Aldo “Numata” Velcro Wedge Sneakersls
($39.98, Aldo)

Xti 25619 Velcro Strap Wedge Trainers

Update (01/13/2013): Xti has also a very Isabel Marant Bekket inspired wedge sneaker version in an array of colors such as black, silver, gold, brown/white, taupe/white, etc. And these are currently on sale!

Xti 25619 Velcro Strap Wedge Trainers in black (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Xti 25619 Velcro Strap Wedge Trainersamazon
(£45, Amazon.co.uk)

JustFab “Keena” Wedge Sneakers

Update (11/05/2012): Just stumbled upon this budget-friendly Isabel Marant Bekket look-a-like in black by JustFab. Only $54.99!

JustFab "Keena" Wedge Sneakers in black (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

JustFab “Keena” Wedge Sneakers
($54.99, JustFab)

Skechers SKCH Plus 3 “Raise Your Glass” Wedge Sneakers

Update (09/24/2012): Found a new very Isabel Marant inspired wedge sneaker at Skechers. $49.74 (sale price!) and also available in various other colors and color combinations including an all black version.

Skechers SKCH Plus 3 "Raise Your Glass" Wedge Sneakers in black and white (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Skechers SKCH Plus 3 “Raise Your Glass” Wedge Sneakersamazon
($49.74, Amazon)

Xhilaration “Kahsha” Wedge Sneakers

Update (08/24/2012): And here’s another fab and super affordable Isabel Marant Bekket look-a-like by Xhilaration that looks a lot like the Steve Madden version, only this one is made of faux leather.

Xhilaration "Kahsha" Wedge Sneakers (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Xhilaration “Kahsha” Wedge Sneakers
($17.48, Target)

Steve Madden “HILIGHT” High-Top Sneakers

Update (06/24/2012): The king of designer inspired footwear, Mr. Steve Madden, has now a very close Isabel Marant alternative available called “HILIGHT”. As you can see from below it comes in a variety of colors.

Steve Madden "HILIGHT" High-Top Sneakers (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Steve Madden “HILIGHT” High-Top Sneakersamazon
($79.99, Amazon)

Also available at Nordstrom Rack, Shoes.comls, Nordstromls & Steve Maddenls.

Schutz “Hanna” Fashion Sneakers

Update (07/29/2012): These wedge sneakers by Schutz lack the high-top, but otherwise they’re very similar to Isabel Marant’s Bekket kicks. Wish they were cheaper though!

Schutz "Hanna" Fashion Sneakers in blue and cream suede (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Schutz “Hanna” Fashion Sneakersamazon
($215, Amazon)

Nine West Lana 200 High-Top Sneakers

Update (03/10/2012): Just stumbled upon another great Bekket alternative. These high-top sneakers by Nine West retail for $79.99 (sale price!) and are also available in baby blue.

Nine West Lana 200 High-Top Sneakers in black and white (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Nine West Lana 200 High-Top Sneakers
($79.99, Zappos)

Jean Stone Faux-Suede High-Top Sneakers

Update (01/28/2012): Found more exact though faux suede Isabel Maranat Bekket look-a-likes by Jean Stone.

Jean Stone Faux-Suede High-Top Sneakers (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Jean Stone Faux-Suede High-Top Sneakers
($124.20, YesStyle)

Ash “Cool” Suede Lace Up Wedge Sneakers

If you’re looking for Bekket coolness but for a budget price, try these suede sneakers by Ash. They do have a few differences, but overall share the same look and the hidden wedge. Available in black & white, taupe & white and pink & white.

Ash "Cool" Suede Lace Up Wedge Sneakers in black and taupe (Isabel Marant Bekket knockoffs)

Ash “Cool” Suede Lace Up Wedge Sneakersls
($225, Shopbop)

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I think we can all agree that a black leather jacket is an absolute wardrobe staple and should be owned by every man and woman. I also think we can all agree on the fact that Acne Studios happens to make some of the best leather jackets everrrrrrr! (Velocite aviator jacket, anyone?) – Unfortunately, Acne leather jackets (also leather jackets in general) come at a price; in this particular case at $1.650 which is obviously a lot of money, even for a really cool leather jacket. But fret not, my dear fashionistas on a budget! Just keep on scrolling to discover how to get the uber-cool Acne moto look for a whole lot less.

Acne Studios Mock Leather Moto Jacket in black

Acne Studios Mock Leather Moto Jacket
($1.650, Forward by Elyse Walker)

Also available at Nordstromls, Shopbopls, Net-A-Porterls, Barneysls, Need Supply Co., Acne Studios, S|Sense, La Garçonne, Matches Fashionls, MyTheresa & Ottepjx.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Acne Studios

Celebs such as Kendall Jenner and fashion bloggers like Carolyn (Hey Pretty Thing) and Jane Song (FitFabFun Mom) have been spotted wearing an Acne Studios Mock Leather Moto Jacket.

Kendall Jenner & Fashion Bloggers wearing Acne Studios Mock Leather Moto Jacket

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Mango “Solange” Leather Biker Jacket

Update (04/28/2017): Just discovered another Acne Mock jacket alternative, again by Mango, which is spot-on to the real deal and made of genuine leather (hence the steep price tag of $249.99). A similar but slightly longer option can be found here (also available at Zalando, €159.99).

Mango "Solange" Leather Biker Jacket in black (Acne Studios Mock dupe)

Mango “Solange” Leather Biker Jacket
($249.99, Mango)

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

Mango Carla2 Zipped Biker Jacket

While browsing through Mango‘s new arrivals recently, I happened to stumble upon this Acne Mock inspired moto leather jacket which retails for under $100 and comes in either black or white. It’s also made of faux PU leather, so this jacket is both budget- and animal-friendly! Love! If you’re really after a genuine leather Acne jacket dupe however, check out this option for $199.99 (available in black, red and brown).

Mango Carla2 Zipped Biker Jacket in black and off-white (Acne Studios Mock dupes)

Mango Carla2 Zipped Biker Jacket
($99.99, Mango)

Also available at Amazonamazon, Mango (UK)ls, Mango (EU) & Zalando.

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, Pinterest, Hey Pretty Thing, FitFabFun Mom, Mango

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While Self-Portrait certainly had its breakthrough with the Azaelea dress, my personal SP favorite was another dress: Ivy, a gorgeous lace-trim tiered midi dress with a Swiss Dot texture and an open lace-up back. I could probably gush about this dress for the next hour or just simply say that it is *the* perfect summer dress! Playful, feminine, delicate, breezy – what more could you possibly ask for in a summer dress? The only bummer is the price of $625 (now $437.50) which seems reasonable when you consider all the details that this dress has to offer, but still, $437.50 is a lot of money for a lot of people.

Self-Portrait Ivy Lace-Trim Open-Back Midi Dress in white and black

Self-Portrait Ivy Lace-Trim Open-Back Midi Dressls
($437.50, Shopbop)

Also available at Hampden Clothingpjx, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Revolve, Kirna Zabêtels, Selfridges, Stylebop & Farfetchls.

Style Bloggers Love Self-Portrait

Personal style bloggers such as Louise Roe (Front Roe by Louise Roe) or Nina (Fashiioncarpet) have been spotted wearing a Self-Portrait Ivy Lace-Trim Open-Back Midi Dress.

Louise Roe (Front Roe by Louise Roe) and Nina Schwichtenberg (Fashiioncarpet) wearing a white Self-Portrait Ivy Lace-Trim Open-Back Midi Dress

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Bardot “Sophia” Peplum Dress

Update (04/24/2017): Discovered this lovely Self-Portrait inspired, shortened peplum dress by Bardot which instantly reminded me of the “Ivy” dress above. May isn’t too far away, so this frock might become your go-to dress for the remainder of Spring and Summer. “Sophia” is available in white or orange and retails for $119.

Bardot "Sophia" Peplum Dress in white (Self-Portrait Ivy inspired)

Bardot “Sophia” Peplum Dressls
($119, Nordstrom)

Charlotte Russe Embroidered Crochet-Trim Halter Dress

Update (04/24/2017): And if you don’t want to spend that much money, check out this budget-friendly Self-Portrait inspired dress at Charlotte Russe which can be yours for $39.99. Steal deal!

Charlotte Russe Embroidered Crochet-Trim Halter Dress in white (Self-Portrait Ivy inspired)

Charlotte Russe Embroidered Crochet-Trim Halter Dress
($39.99>, Charlotte Russe)

Jessica Buurman “Mavis” Tiered Lace Midi Dress

Update (07/06/2016): Stumbled upon these spot-on Self-Portrait Ivy dress dupes at Jessica Buurman today. Price: $139. Worth it or not, what do you think?

Jessica Buurman "Mavis" Tiered Lace Midi Dress in white and black (Self-Portrait Ivy knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “Mavis” Tiered Lace Midi Dress
($139, Jessica Buurman)

Warehouse Lace Tiered Dress

When I first saw this lace tiered midi dress at Warehouse, it instantly reminded me of the Ivy dress even though it clearly has some obvious differences. I wouldn’t call it a dupe, but the whole concept of the dress, which is available in either black, white or rust by the way, is definitely at least inspired by Self-Portrait’s whimsical aesthetic. Unfortunately, this Ivy look-alike dress ain’t cheap either ($176!), but at least it’s still almost $450 cheaper than the real deal.

Warehouse Lace Tiered Dress in black, white and rust red (Self-Portrait Ivy inspired)

Warehouse Lace Tiered Dressls
($176, Warehouse)

Image source(s): Neiman Marcus, Front Roe by Louise Roe, Fashiioncarpet, Bardot, Charlotte Russe, Warehouse

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I am usually not too fond of Louis Vuitton bags. I especially dislike their monogrammed range because I just don’t see the appeal of having a brand’s logos plastered all over my bag looking like a tacky advertisement. However, Sofia Coppola designed a bag for Louis Vuitton that got me obsessed! The SC bag is pure and simple elegance; I absolutely adore the minimalistic design and the no-fuss attitude it exudes. It’s such a beautiful bag in such a beautiful color! But, oh boy, is this bag expensive! $4.650? Like seriously, Louis Vuitton?

Louis Vuitton SC Satchel Bag in burgundy

Louis Vuitton SC Satchel Bag
($4.650, Vestiaire Collective)

P.S.: Also available at The RealReal.

Celebrities Love Louis Vuitton

Kate Moss, Miranda Kerr, Alexa Chung, Kirsten Dunst, Reese Witherspoon and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley carrying a Louis Vuitton SC Satchel Bag

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Urban Expressions Vegan Leather Satchel

Update (04/11/2017): Discovered these fabulous and spot-on Louis Vuitton SC dupes by Urban Expressions today which come in various colors made of faux leather and are currently on sale for less than $45. Super steal deal alert!

Urban Expressions Vegan Leather Satchel in black and red (Louis Vuitton SC dupes)

Urban Expressions Vegan Leather Satchel
($44.97, Nordstrom Rack)

A.L.C. Small Lucas Duffel Bag

Update (05/09/2015): If you’re looking for a really high-quality Louis Vuitton SC alternative then A.L.C.‘s “Lucas” duffel satchel might be a good fit. The design is very similar to LV’s SC bag and I bet the craftmanship is superb, too, but you’d have to spend $895 on this beauty. Which, however, is still only about 1/5 of the LV SC bag’s price, so it’s a great deal overall.

A.L.C. Small Lucas Duffel Satchel Bag in black and off-white (Louis Vuitton SC knockoffs)

A.L.C. Small Lucas Duffel Bagls
($895, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Revolve.

Mango “Carin” Leather Tote Bag

Update (03/31/2015): OH-EM-GEE! Now look at this perfect looking Louis Vuitton SC bag dupe by Mango! So gorgeous, right? I love that this one’s made of real leather. Makes it look so much more luxurious, don’t you agree?

Mango "Carin" Leather Tote Bag in black (Louis Vuitton SC knockoff)

Mango “Carin” Leather Tote Bag
($169.99, Mango)

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

Mango Zip Tote Bag

Update (12/29/2014): Discovered another fab Louis Vuitton SC look-a-like bag at Mango today. Currently on sale for $69.99!

Mango Elisa Zip Tote Bag in black (Louis Vuitton SC knockoff)

Mango Zip Tote Bagcj
($69.99, Mango)

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

Fineplus Boston Tote Bag

Update (01/25/2014): Accidentally happened to stumble upon this lovely LV SC bag dupe by Fineplus today! I loooove the steal price of $79.35 considering how luxe this bag looks (plus, it’s real leather)!

Fineplus Boston Tote Bag in wine red (Louis Vuitton SC knockoff)

Fineplus Boston Tote Bagamazon
($79.35, Amazon)

Charles Jourdan “Sierra” Satchel Bag

Update (07/09/2013): Although not available in the burgundy color, this satchel bag by Charles Jourdan would still make a great Louis Vuitton SC alternative because the shape and overall design is very reminiscent of LV’s SC bag.

Charles Jourdan "Sierra" Satchel Bag in tan (Louis Vuitton SC knockoff)

Charles Jourdan “Sierra” Satchel Baglsn
($245, Last Call by Neiman Marcus)

BagInc “Eleonora” Leather Satchel Bag

Update (01/10/2013): Stumbled upon a real leather LV SC bag look-a-like at BagInc for under $80! Available in red, black and white cowhide leather. Use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% off your order!

BagInc "Eleonora" Leather Satchel Bag in burgundy red (Louis Vuitton SC knockoff)

BagInc “Eleonora” Leather Satchel Bag
($79, BagInc)

Handbag Heaven Britta Barrel Satchel

If you’re looking for a simple but beautiful bag in the style of LV’s SC bag, then this bag by Handbag Heaven might be for you. The “Britta” satchel is a lovely and budget-friendly alternative to the Lous Vuitton Sofia Coppola bag for under $50. The color is a bit lighter and brighter, but otherwise it’s practically identical. Other available color options include brown and black.

Handbag Heaven Britta Barrel Satchel in wine red (Louis Vuitton SC Sofia Coppola bag knockoff)

Handbag Heaven Britta Barrel Satchel
($49.26, Nordstrom Rack)

Alloy “Alyse” Duffel Bag

Alloy also has a great Louis Vuitton SC bag look-a-like for a very affordable $44.90. The only available color is camel though.

Alloy "Alyse" Duffel Bag in cognac (Louis Vuitton SC bag knockoff)

Alloy “Alyse” Duffel Bagamazon
($44.90, Amazon)

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A crossbody bag in a handy size and neutral color is one of the best fashion investments you can make. Speaking from personal experience I can say that I get the most use out of my black crossbody bags because they’re so absolutely practical for running daily errands. Valentino‘s “Rock Lock” is a paramount example for such a versatile and stylish bag and I’d love to own it since I’m a big fan of Valentino’s stud adorned bags, but spending two grands on such a small bag? My budget can’t really take that kind of a dent I’m afraid.

Valentino Rock Lock Cross Body Bag in black

Valentino Glam Lock Small Leather Shoulder Bagls
($2.145, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Neiman Marcusls, Barneysls & MyTheresa.

Cameron Diaz Loves Valentino

Cameron Diaz carrying a black Valentino Rock Lock Cross Body Bag

Giulia Massari “Cindy” Studded Leather Crossbody

Update (04/11/2017): Just spotted these fabulous and budget-friendly, Valentino inspired crossbody bags by Giulia Massari which come in various colors and cost $64.97.

Giulia Massari "Cindy" Studded Leather Crossbody Bag in pink, black, turquoise (Valentino Rock Lock dupes)

Giulia Massari Studded Leather Crossbody
($64.97, Nordstrom Rack)

Youshine Studded Push Lock Crossbody Bag

Update (06/03/2016): Just spotted these spot-on and super budget-friendly Valentino Rock Lock bag dupes by Youshine which come in either black, blue or silver faux leather and cost under $30. Steal deal alert!

Youshine Studded Push Lock Crossbody Bag in black and silver (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Youshine Studded Push Lock Crossbody Bag
($25.90, YesStyle)

Jessica Buurman “OCVRAN” Studded Details Bag

Update (01/06/2014): Discovered these yummy colored Valentino bag dupes at Jessica Buurman today. So in love with the yellow version!

Jessica Buurman "OCVRAN" Studded Details Bag in pink and yellow (Valentino Rock Lock knockoff)

Jessica Buurman “OCVRAN” Studded Details Bag
($89, Jessica Buurman)

Boohoo “Luisa” Stud Panel Shoulder Bag

Update (01/06/2014): Here’s another set of Valentino inspired baggies which you can buy from Boohoo. Available in red, yellow and orange.

Boohoo "Luisa" Stud Panel Shoulder Bag in red and yellow (Valentino Rock Lock knockoff)

Boohoo “Luisa” Stud Panel Shoulder Bag
($24, Boohoo)

P.S.: Also available at Boohoo (EU + International).

JustFab “Narrative” Studded Front Flap Satchel

Update (01/04/2014): Stumbled upon this gorgeous and budget-friendly Valentino bag look-a-like at JustFab today and had to share it with you! Available in either black or blush faux leather. FYI: You have to be registered (it’s free!) to browse the JustFab shop.

JustFab "Narrative" Studded Front Flap Satchel in black (Valentino Glam Lock knockoff)

JustFab “Narrative” Studded Front Flap Satchelcj
($39.95-$49, JustFab)

Forever 21 Studded Crossbody Bag

Luckily, you don’t have to be a big spender to get the enviable Valentino look thanks to Forever 21 and their pretty much identical budget version of the “Rock Lock” bag which is refreshingly light on the wallet with its $27.80 price tag! Now that’s an awesome find, right? Get yours before it sells out.

Forever 21 Studded Crossbody Bag in black (Valentino Rock Lock knockoff)

Forever 21 Studded Crossbody Bag
($27.80, Forever 21)

Forever 21 Studded Chain Strap Crossbody Bag

And because we’re speaking about Forever 21, here’s another Valentino Rock Lock look-a-like for a little bit less than the first one. Also available in white faux leather.

Forever 21 Studded Chain Strap Crossbody Bag in black (Valentino Rock Lock knockoff)

Forever 21 Studded Chain Strap Crossbody Bag
($24.80, Forever 21)

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