I’m quite excited about today’s Real vs. Steal feature. Maybe it’s because it’s not yet another shoe this time or maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for all things nautical and sparkling and Oscar de la Renta (who isn’t, right?). Maybe it’s a combination of all these things. Fact is: I’ve been hugely obsessed with this adorable striped sequin sweater by Oscar de la Renta from the very first moment I spotted it on Net-A-Porter. It was love at first sight! I mean, stripes and sequins, does it ever get better than these two? I highly doubt so. But even though I really, really loooove Oscar de la Renta, dropping almost 2k on a sweater is simply beyond my imagination.

Oscar de la Renta Sequined Knitted Striped Sweater in white and navy

Oscar de la Renta Sequined Knitted Striped Sweaterls
($1.990, Net-A-Porter)

Ann Taylor Sequin Striped Sweater

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I’ve almost buried my dream of ever coming across another such gorgeous sequin stripe sweater as the Oscar de la Renta one, but today I accidentally stumbled upon this lovely striped sweater style by Ann Taylor and I knew this was the perfect steal for the OdlR real deal above. The colors vary slightly, but the rest of the design is pretty much spot-on. And did I mention this sweater (which is also available in petite sizes by the way) is currently on sale for $39.88 (down from $89.50)? But the best part yet? Ann Taylor is currently having a promotion where customers get an extra 40% off sale items which means this Oscar de la Renta sweater dupe can be yours for a steal deal worthy $23.93! Let that price sink in for a moment. Now can we get a round of applause here, please?

Ann Taylor Sequin Striped Sweater in winter white and navy (Oscar de la Renta knockoff)

Ann Taylor Sequin Striped Sweater
($39.88, Ann Taylor)

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, Ann Taylor

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Copycat Math - Vintage Chanel + Stella McCartney Falabella = Inzi Quilted Chain Backpack

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Image source(s): Cris&Cros, Nordstrom, Lori’s

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on April 6, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

This “Octavia” Tri-Tone Sheath Dress by Stella McCartney has been very popular among the celebrity world. And who can blame them? Incorporating a subtle color-blocking design, the black panels along the side of the dress are slimming and extremely flattering for every body type. This dress was made to accentuate a woman’s curves and figure, and creates an enviable hourglass shape by creating a slimming silhouette effect. As this dress can be a miracle, the price tag definitely shows for that, too! However, we found an amazing alternative that’ll do the same trick for a whole lot less money!

Stella McCartney Octavia Tri-Tone Sheath Dress

Stella McCartney Octavia Tri-Tone Sheath Dressls
($1.234, Neiman Marcus)

Celebrities Love Stella McCartney

Kate Winslet, Nicole Scherzinger, Leslie Bibb and Nicola Peltz wearing a cream Stella McCartney Octavia Tri-Tone Sheath Dress

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Ann Taylor Colorblock Ponte Sheath Dress

UPDATE (04/06/2015): Stumbled upon this Ann Taylor sheath dress today and it instantly reminded me of the Stella McCartney Octavia dress above.

Ann Taylor Colorblock Ponte Sheath Dress (Stella McCartney Octavia knockoff)

Ann Taylor Colorblock Ponte Sheath Dress
($139, Ann Taylor)

rsvp “Jiana” Colorblock Dress

UPDATE (08/03/2013): Just stumbled upon another wonderful and budget-friendly Stella McCartney alternative. Check out this colorblock sheath dress by rsvp! Currently on sale for $51.99 and also available in blue and turquoise.

rsvp "Jiana" Colorblock Dress in white, beige and black (Stella McCartney Octavia knockoff)

rsvp “Jiana” Colorblock Dress
($51.99, Zappos)

Ronni Nicole Colorblock Sheath Dress

UPDATE (02/03/2013): And here’s yet another wonderful Stella McCartney dress alternative by Ronni Nicole for a great price!

Ronni Nicole Colorblock Sheath Dress in white, camel and black (Stella McCartney Octavia knockoff)

Ronni Nicole Colorblock Sheath Dressls
($33, Kohl’s)

Chaya Colorblock Mixed-Media Sheath Dress

UPDATE (02/03/2013): This colorblock dress by Chaya is also a great alternative to the beautiful Stella McCartney Octavia frock.

Chaya Colorblock Mixed-Media Sheath Dress in white, beige and black (Stella McCartney Octavia knockoff)

Chaya Colorblock Mixed-Media Sheath Dressls
($72, Kohl’s)

Missguided “Lois” Contrast Bodycon Midi Dress

UPDATE (02/03/2013): Stumbled upon yet another Stella McCartney Octavia look-a-like dress by Missguided. And it’s so affordable!

Missguided "Lois" Contrast Bodycon Midi Dress in white, beige and black (Stella McCartney Octavia knockoff)

Missguided “Lois” Contrast Bodycon Midi Dress
(£24.99, Missguided)

Express Color Block Sheath Dress

UPDATE (11/07/2012): Just found this lovely Stella McCartney inspired sheath dress by Express. And it happens to be on sale! Yay!

Express Color Block Sheath Dress in beige, taupe and black (Stella McCartney Octavia knockoff)

Express Color Block Sheath Dress
($68.60, Express)

Type Z “Astella” Colorblock Strapless Dress

UPDATE (08/13/2012): Here’s another Octavia dress look-a-like. This dress by Type Z has a few modifications (e.g. it’s shoerter and strapless), but the overall look is almost identical. And did I mention that the dress is currently on sale?

Type Z "Astella" Colorblock Strapless Dress in taupe, black and white (Stella McCartney Octavia knockoff)

Type Z “Astella” Colorblock Strapless Dress
($49.99, Zappos)

Lipsy x Amy Childs “Laura” Colour Block Dress

If this is not an almost identical look-a-like, then I am not sure what is. The Lipsy “Laura” Colour Block Dress is just as figure flattering as its designer counterpart, and with the same color-blocking effect creates an illusion of an extremely slim figure while still accentuating one’s curves in all the right places. And though I absolutely adore the tri-color version, this dress is also available in all black, which I can imagine to be beautiful but almost deceiving the purpose of the color-blocking effect. You can call this beauty yours for a mere price of £65 (approx. $100)!

Lipsy x Amy Childs "Laura" Colour Block Dress (Stella McCartney Octavia knockoff)

Lipsy x Amy Childs “Laura” Colour Block Dressls
(£65, Lipsy)

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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, Louis Vuitton)

Jessica Buurman “SHIPO” V Letter Shoulder Bag

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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, Jessica Buurman

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on March 31, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

When it comes to me obsessing over shoes it usually happens with high heels only. However, if it’s a shoe by Valentino I most likely will love it no matter whether it’s a sky-high stiletto or a flat gladiator sandal like this one. And I absolutely adore these studded summer sandals! Who wouldn’t anyway? They’re utterly chic without compromising on the comfort factor and the gold rockstuds really set these shoes off. I love how LeAnn Rimes wears her Valentinos with shorts and breezy tops. Too bad I don’t have her shoe shopping budget because at $945 these would have been quite the investment in terms of summer footwear.

Valentino Rockstud Ankle-Wrap Thong Gladiator Sandals in black and gold

Valentino Rockstud Ankle-Wrap Thong Gladiator Sandalsls
($945, Bergdorf Goodman)

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

Celebrities Love Valentino

LeAnn Rimes and Jennifer Lopez wearing Valentino Rockstud Gladiator Sandals

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Wild Diva Lounge Tanaya-219 Pyramid Stud Strappy Gladiator Sandals

UPDATE (03/31/2015): Great news! I found this cute little Valentino gladiator sandal dupe by Wild Diva Lounge today. So affordable and available in a variety of colors including black (pictured), red, blue, nude, yellow and orange. Total steal deal alert here!

Wild Diva Lounge Tanaya-219 Pyramid Stud Strappy Gladiator Sandals in black and gold (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Wild Diva Lounge Tanaya-219 Pyramid Stud Strappy Gladiator Sandalsamazon
($18.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at GoJane, Amazon #2amazon, Charlotte Russe & Necessary Clothing.

G-Small Studded Gladiator Sandals

UPDATE (03/12/2014): Accidentally discovered these pretty studded thong sandals by G-Small which sell for $49.99 and also come in lovely colors such as baby blue, apple green, pink and red. Totally love these!

G-Small Studded Gladiator Sandals in nude and gold (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

G-Small Studded Gladiator Sandalsamazon
($49.99, Amazon)

Enzo Angiolini “Trendon” Studded Thong Sandals

UPDATE (08/05/2013): Came across these studded flat thong sandals by Enzo Angiolini which is also a good alternative if you want the Valentino Rockstud look for less. Available in both black and white.

Enzo Angiolini "Trendon" Studded Thong Sandals in black patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Enzo Angiolini “Trendon” Studded Thong Sandalsamazon
($17.80, Amazon)

Report Signature “Leyla” Studded Gladiator Thong Sandals

UPDATE (06/10/2013): Just stumbled upon these Valentino look-a-likes by Report Signature! Available in black or nude faux patent leather.

Report Signature "Leyla" Studded Gladiator Thong Sandals in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Report Signature “Leyla” Studded Gladiator Thong Sandalsamazon
($60, Amazon)

Alloy “Myla” Gladiator Sandals

UPDATE (03/09/2013): Found another great Valentino sandal look-a-like. How do you like these spiked gold gladiator flats by Alloy? Only $19.90!

Alloy "Myla" Gladiator Sandals in gold (Valentino Rockstud look-a-likes)

Alloy “Myla” Gladiator Sandalsls
($19.90, Alloy)

bebe “Petra” Studded Flat Sandals

I was so happy to have stumbled upon these amazingly similar bebe gladiator sandals. They do miss one horizontal strap, but otherwise they’re a fabulous Valentino look-a-like. And did I mention they’re currently on sale for $39.99 (were $59.99)? What a great deal, right? But hurry up, some sizes are already out of stock as these summer sandals are figuratively flying off the shelves.

bebe "Petra" Studded Flat Sandals (Valentino knockoffs)

bebe “Petra” Studded Flat Sandals
($39.99, bebe)

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