Update: This post has been updated on October 4, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

I’m currently trying to build/extend my jewelry collection which is a rather tough task since I just can’t get my mind used to spending hundreds of dollars on costume jewelry. For example, I really adore this pavé link bracelet by J.Crew, but $125 seems like a lot for a bit of shiny base metal, don’t you agree? That’s why I’ve been on the hunt for something more budget-friendly with a similar design…

J.Crew Classic Pavé Link Bracelet in gold

J.Crew Classic Pavé Link Braceletls
($125, J.Crew)

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

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Fornash “Ritz” Pavé Chain Link Bracelet

Update (10/04/2016): Spotted this sparkly chain link bracelet by Fornash today and thought it might be a great J.Crew bracelet alternative. It’s a little pricey at $82, but you can save 20% by using promo code “SAVE20” at checkout which will lower the price down to $65.60 for this pretty dupe.

Fornash "Ritz" Pavé Chain Link Bracelet in gold (J.Crew dupe)

Fornash “Ritz” Pavé Chain Link Bracelet
($82, Eve’s Addiction)

Bling Jewelry Chain Gang Bracelet

Update (01/12/2016): Found a really lovely silver alternative to the J.Crew bracelet at Bling Jewelry which is currently 80% off. Use promo code “BLINGCOM” at checkout to get an extra 10% off which will cut the price of this beauty down to a super steal-worthy $18.89. Free shipping on all purchases of $20+.

Bling Jewelry Chain Gang Bracelet in silver (J.Crew Pavé dupe)

Bling Jewelry Chain Gang Braceletpjx
($20.99, Bling Jewelry)

Jules Smith Textured Nautical Chain Bracelet

Update (08/06/2015): Found another suitable and budget-friendly alternative to J.Crew! Check out this chain link bracelet by Jules Smith! It doesn’t have the rhinestones but rather a textured surface, but it’s still so similar to the real deal, isn’t it? Plus, it’s currently on sale for $27!

Jules Smith Textured Nautical Chain Bracelet in gold (J.Crew Pavé knockoff)

Jules Smith Textured Nautical Chain Bracelet
($27, Shopbop)

bebe Chainlink Crystal Bracelet

Update (02/24/2015): Stumbled upon these great and budget-friendly J.Crew dupes at bebe. Available in gold- and silvertone for only $10! Steal deal alert!

bebe Chainlink Crystal Bracelet in gold or silver (J.Crew Pavé knockoff)

bebe Chainlink Crystal Bracelet
($10, bebe)

GoJane So Oval It Jeweled Chain Bracelet

Update (02/24/2015): Also found this J.Crew inspired chain bracelet at GoJane.

GoJane So Oval It Jeweled Chain Bracelet in gold (J.Crew Pavé Link knockoff)

GoJane So Oval It Jeweled Chain Bracelet
($25, GoJane)

Nordstrom Pavé Link Bracelet

Update (02/18/2014): Discovered yet another pavé link bracelet at Nordstrom. Available for $68 in either gold, rose gold, hematite or silver.

Nordstrom Pavé Link Bracelet in gold (J.Crew knockoff)

Nordstrom Pavé Link Braceletls
($68, Nordstrom)

Blu Bijoux Crystal Link Chain Bracelet

Update (01/11/2014): Came across another pavé link bracelet! Check out this lovely J.Crew inspired version by Blu Bijoux! Only $39!

Blu Bijoux Crystal Link Chain Bracelet in gold (J.Crew Pavé knockoff)

Blu Bijoux Crystal Link Chain Bracelet
($39, Nordstrom Rack)

DailyLook Sparkling Pavé Link Bracelet

Update (12/27/2013): Accidentally stumbled upon this J.Crew bracelet dupe at DailyLook today! So close to the original, right? Not a total steal at almost $70, but still ~50% less than the original.

DailyLook Sparkling Pavé Link Bracelet in gold (J.Crew knockoff)

DailyLook Sparkling Pavé Link BraceletAmazon
($69.99, Amazon)

Target Pave Stone Link Bracelet

Update (12/14/2013): Thanks to our reader MissDevourer, we can now add yet another J.Crew bracelet dupe to the list. Available at Target for $15.99!

Target Pave Stone Link Bracelet in gold (J.Crew knockoff)

Target Pave Stone Link Bracelet
($15.99, Target)

Ann Taylor Estate Shimmer Bracelet

Update (12/05/2013): Found another very lovely pavé chain link bracelet alternative at Ann Taylor today. It’s only halfe the price of the J.Crew original!.

Ann Taylor Estate Shimmer Bracelet in gold (J.Crew knockoff)

Ann Taylor Estate Shimmer Bracelet
($69.50, Ann Taylor)

Armitage Avenue Pave Chain Bracelet

Update (12/05/2013): While this Armitage Avenue pavé chain bracelet is admittedly not a steal because it’s only slightly cheaper than the original, it might become a sensible alternative once it goes on sale.

Armitage Avenue Pave Chain Bracelet in gold (J.Crew knockoff)

Armitage Avenue Pave Chain Bracelet
($112.95, JCPenney)

Sole Society Crystal Link Bracelet

Update (06/29/2013): For all of you who’ve always wanted an affordable pavé link bracelet in silver, Sole Society has got a pretty neat one in stock for $34.95!

Sole Society Crystal Link Bracelet in silver (J.Crew Pavé knockoff)

Sole Society Crystal Link Bracelet
($34.95, Sole Society)

Love Rocks Pave Link Chain Bracelet

Update (06/14/2013): Here’s another great link chain bracelet by Love Rocks which looks very similar to the J.Crew version.

Love Rocks Pave Link Chain Bracelet in gold (J.Crew knockoff)

Love Rocks Pave Link Chain Bracelet
($59.40, ASOS)

Stella & Dot “Christina” Pave Crystal & Gold Link Bracelet

Update (02/10/2013): Stumbled upon this lovely pavé link bracelet by Stella & Dot which would be a great alternative if you’re looking for a subtle look.

Stella & Dot "Christina" Pave Crystal & Gold Link Bracelet (J.Crew knockoff)

Stella & Dot “Christina” Pave Crystal & Gold Link Bracelet
($49, Stella & Dot)

Miao Miao Pave Link Rhinestone Bracelet

Update (01/25/2013): Found another great J.Crew bracelet alternative by Miao Miao for a little under $60! It looks a lot like the BaubleBar version but costs almost $20 less. You can buy this bracelet at Amazon and shipping is free, too!

Miao Miao Pave Link Rhinestone Bracelet in gold (J.Crew knockoff)

Miao Miao Pave Link Rhinestone Braceletamazon
($59.15, Amazon)

BaubleBar Pavé Links Bracelet

Update (01/19/2013): So how amazing is this almost identical J.Crew bracelet look-a-like by BaubleBar? Absolutely love this one! It is a bit pricey at $58, but you can take 15% off your first order at BaubleBar and shipping is free as well which makes a total saving of $77 in comparison to the real deal!

BaubleBar Pave Links Bracelet in gold (J.Crew knockoff)

BaubleBar Pavé Links Bracelet
($58, BaubleBar)

Forever 21 Sparkling Link Bracelet

Update (10/20/2012): Here’s another great and affordable J.Crew braclet alternative which you can buy at Forever 21. The gold tone is different, but the overall design is pretty much the same.

Forever 21 Sparkling Link Bracelet in gold (J.Crew Pavé knockoff)

Forever 21 Sparkling Link Bracelet
($19.80, Forever 21)

Jennifer Lopez Simulated Crystal Oval Link Bracelet

Update (10/20/2012): Also found a gunmetal grey chain bracelet version by Jennifer Lopez for Kohl’s which has partial pavé detailing. Really like this one!

Jennifer Lopez Simulated Crystal Oval Link Bracelet in gunmetal grey (J.Crew Pavé knockoff)

Jennifer Lopez Simulated Crystal Oval Link Braceletls
($26.60, Kohl’s)

bebe Chainlink & Crystal Bracelet

… And I made a great find at bebe. Their Chainlink & Crystal Bracelet isn’t a 100% match because it has only a few pavé’d links but for a 1/4 of the J.Crew price you’ll get the same look without breaking the bank.

bebe Chainlink & Crystal Bracelet in gold (J.Crew Pavé Chain knockoff)

bebe Chainlink & Crystal Bracelet
($34, bebe)

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Update: This post has been updated on September 19, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

So I’ve already gushed in detail about the gorgeousness that is Dolce & Gabbana‘s S/S 2015 collection, but what I haven’t gushed about yet is this gorgeous floral embroidered body-con dress by House of CB which I discovered about an hour ago. I immediately had to drop everything, so I could write this blog post and share my beautiful (and budget-friendly) find with you, that’s just how excited I was about having come across this dress. House of CB has done quite the heavy copycat math on this one; somehow they managed to turn a $14.500 dress and a $7.500 skirt into a smokin’ hot $214 dress. Now that’s what I call a serious steal deal! Get this beauty of a dress before it sells out (and if you dare to wear such a racy look). Rock this frock with a bold red lip, sleek ponytail and dramatic eyeliner (hi there, Kendall!) and you’ll be the perfect Dolce & Gabbana femme fatale on a budget!

Copycat Math - Dolce & Gabbana Sacred Heart Floral Embroidered Net Dress + Dolce & Gabbana Mesh Midi Skirt = House of CB Carmen Mesh Dress with Rose Appliqué

Go Shopping:

River Island Rose-Embroidered Mesh Dress & Top

Update (09/19/2016): Spotted these floral embroidered mesh dress and crop top at River Island today and both pieces instantly reminded me of Dolce & Gabbana’s S/S 2015 collection.

River Island Rose-Embroidered Mesh Dress & Top in black and red (Dolce & Gabbana S/S 2015 dupes)

Go Shopping:

Image source(s): Moda Operandi, @kyliejenner Instagram, InStyle, Net-A-Porter, River Island, House of CB

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Update: This post has been updated on September 18, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

After a quick summer hiatus, we are reporting back with another Real vs. Steal post! And this one’s featuring the very famous Love Knot Bangle by Tiffany & Co.. Personally, I absolutely adore the minimalistic design of this bangle and its symbolic meaning. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this piece of jewelry is a particularly popular wedding gift. And while I couldn’t find an exact price for this online sold-out item, I would bet, even though this is “only” sterling silver, it still is everything but a cheap buy.

Tiffany & Co. Love Knot Bangle in silver and gold

Tiffany & Co. Love Knot Bangle
(Price Unknown, Vestiaire Collective)

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

BP. Love Knot Textured Cuff

Update (09/18/2016): Stumbled upon this textured cuff by BP. and it instantly reminded me of the Tiffany Love Knot bangle above. Available in gold- or silvertone for a budget-friendly $12!

BP. Love Knot Textured Cuff in gold and silver (Tiffany inspired)

BP. Love Knot Textured Cuffls
($12, Nordstrom)

LuLu*s Let’s Tie the Knot Bracelet

Update (04/05/2016): Just discovered this cute Tiffany bracelet look-alike at LuLu*s which is available in gold, rosegold or silver for a budget-friendly price of $14.

LuLu*s Let's Tie the Knot Bracelet in goldtone (Tiffany & Co. Love Knot knockoff)

LuLu*s Let’s Tie the Knot Bracelet
($14, LuLu*s)

Armitage Avenue Knot Bangle

Update (11/15/2015): Another lovely knot bangle which would be a great Tiffany look for less alternative comes from Armitage Avenue and it’s available in gold for $14.95.

Armitage Avenue Knot Bangle in gold (Céline and Tiffany inspired)

Armitage Avenue Knot Bangle
($14.95, Nordstrom Rack)

Amazon Collection Sterling Silver Open Knot Bangle Bracelet

Luckily, you don’t need to put an *expensive* price tag on love because these knot bracelets by Amazon Collection will give you the coveted Tiffany’s lovebird look for a total steal price of $36.10. Yay!

Amazon Collection Sterling Silver Open Knot Bangle Bracelet in gold and silver (Tiffany & Co. Love Knot knockoffs)

Amazon Collection Sterling Silver Open Knot Bangle Braceletamazon
($36.10, Amazon)

P.S.: A similar version is also available hereamazon.

Brinley Co Handmade Sterling Silver Love Knot Bangle Bracelet

I also spotted these Tiffany’s inspired knotted bangles by Brinley Co and thought they’d make a great alternative if you’re searching for a Tiffany’s look for less.

Brinley Co Handmade Sterling Silver Love Knot Bangle Bracelet in silver and gold (Tiffany & Co. knockoffs)

Brinley Co Handmade Sterling Silver Love Knot Bangle Braceletamazon
($36.99, Amazon)

Eve’s Addiction Sterling Silver Love Knot Bangle Bracelet

The most spot-on Tiffany & Co. dupe comes from Eve’s Addiction. Unfortunately, it’s also the most expensive one at $68 (now on sale for $34). But then again, this one’s also made of Sterling Silver just like the real deal, so at least it shouldn’t be a downgrade quality-wise. Make sure to use promo code “SAVE20” to get another 20% off!

Eve's Addiction Sterling Silver Love Knot Bangle Bracelet in silver and gold (Tiffany & Co. knockoff)

Eve’s Addiction Sterling Silver Love Knot Bangle Bracelet
($34, Eve’s Addiction)

P.S.: A similar version is also available hereamazon & herepjx.

Image source(s): Tiffany & Co., Nordstrom, LuLu*s, Lori’s, Amazon, Eve’s Addiction

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Update: This post has been updated on September 18, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Fashion magazines are consistently talking about the day clutch. While carrying all your essentials in a bag the size of a large envelope isn’t exactly feasible, how can you make a clutch work during the day? It’s easy, you just toss it in your larger work tote and then pull it out for lunch, a quick run to Starbucks, or keep it handy for an impromptu dinner after work. This particular style by Valentino is perfect. It has great proportion, construction and just enough edginess to make it less “boardroom” and more “downtown chic”. But although this particular clutch would get a lot of use, it may not be quite enough to justify the price. As always, we present you more accessible options. Check it out below!

Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch in black

Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch
($1.395, Forward by Elyse Walker)

P.S.: Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Nordstromls & Farfetchls.

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Express Studded Border Clutch

Update (09/18/2016): Found another great Valentino Rockstud inspired clutch bag today! It’s available at Express, comes in black and costs $39.90.

Express Studded Border Clutch in black (Valentino Rockstud dupe)

Express Studded Border Clutch
($39.90, Express)

Forever 21 Studded Clutch w/ Wristlet Strap

Update (09/09/2016): Just spotted this lovely Valentino Rockstud dupe clutch at Forever 21 in white which is on final sale for $10. Super steal deal alert!

Forever 21 Studded Clutch w/ Wristlet Strap in white (Valentino Rockstud dupe)

Forever 21 Studded Clutch w/ Wristlet Strap
($10, Forever 21)

Carlos by Carlos Santana “Sarita” Studded Zip Top Wristlet Clutch

Update (06/17/2015): Discovered these fabulous Valentino Rockstud pouch dupes by Carlos by Carlos Santana today. They’re available in either black, white or turqoise faux leather and are currently on sale for a steal price of $29.97 (down from $69!).

Carlos by Carlos Santana "Sarita" Studded Zip Top Wristlet Clutch in black and turquoise (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Carlos by Carlos Santana “Sarita” Studded Zip Top Wristlet Clutch
($29.97, Nordstrom Rack)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large “Selma” Stud-Trim Saffiano Clutch

Update (08/15/2013): Whoa, look at this fab Valentino dupe by MICHAEL Michael Kors! Totally looks like the high-end designer clutch, but actually costs only $108! I also love the Saffiano leather which is usually mainly used for and most known because of Prada’s famous Saffiano bags. Available in a lot of different colors like tan, taupe, turquoise, red and purple!

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large "Selma" Stud-Trim Saffiano Clutch in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large “Selma” Stud-Trim Saffiano Clutchls
(108, Neiman Marcus)

Stylistpick “Alessia” Multi Stud Clutch

Update (02/10/2013): And here we have another Valentino Rockstud Clutch look-a-like by Stylistpick. Available in black or beige faux leather for £20!

Stylistpick "Alessia" Multi Stud Clutch in black and nude (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

Stylistpick “Alessia” Multi Stud Clutchamazon
(£20, Amazon.co.uk)

GoJane Pyramid Stud Trim Clutch

Just as lovely, this version by GoJane is exactly the type of clutch you need for everyday and costs way less than the original designer inspiration. Place all your essentials inside and then place it in your larger tote to make it easier to pull out when you’re on the go. It will also keep everything organized and easier to spot inside your larger bag as well! Wear this clutch with everything; from your pencil skirt and blouse to your jeans on the weekend for brunch. The detachable strap is fantastic; and I’m sure you’ll find a dozen ways to wear your new bag! Want to add a little glam twist to your look? You can also get this style in peach or gold metallic faux leather.

GoJane Pyramid Stud Trim Clutch in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

GoJane Pyramid Stud Trim Clutch
($11.95, GoJane)

Buffalo Stud Clutch Bag

Another great steal and also made of completely vegan leather is this cute look-a-like clutch by Buffalo. These are a bit more expensive than the previous style, but the hardware is very similar to the original. The wristlet detail is just fabulous because it helps keep your hands free when you need them most (perhaps you’re going out for cocktails or meeting friends at an after work networking event). I really like that you have the option of the taupe color as well because it’s perfect if you wear a lot of brown or prefer a lighter palette for your key wardrobe pieces.

Buffalo Stud Clutch Bag in black and taupe (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

Buffalo Stud Clutch Bag
(€49.90, Buffalo)

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Real vs. Steal – Vita Fede Titan Bracelet

by Irina on September 18, 2016

Update: This post has been updated on September 18, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

If you’re on Instagram and are only remotely interested in fashion, chances are you’re well aware of the Vita Fede jewelry craze that has been going on over the last year. Just take a look around there: no arm party is really complete without one of Vita Fede’s creations dangling from the photographer’s arm. But while I really, really love the spikey Titan bracelets that have become so uber-popular lately and would be over the moon to own one myself, they’re simply not in my price range. Especially since we’re talking $300 for costume jewelry here. Thanks, but I’ll pass, I think.

Vita Fede Titan Bracelet in gold

Vita Fede Titan Bracelet
($290, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Vita Fede, Saks Fifth Avenue & Revolve.

Instagrammers Love Vita Fede

Vita Fede Titan Bracelet on Instagram

Pictures via carpus_diem, chiweih, keepingupwithang.

Eye Candy Los Angeles Titanium Spike Cuff Bangle

Update (09/18/2016): This spikey goldtone cuff bangle by Eye Candy Los Angeles is yet another fab Vita Fede Titan inspired piece of jewelry. Currently on sale for $24.97.

Eye Candy Los Angeles Titanium Spike Cuff Bangle in gold (Vita Fede Titan dupe)

Eye Candy Los Angeles Titanium Spike Cuff Bangle
($24.97, Nordstrom Rack)

Jules Smith Bullet Hinge Cuff Bracelet

Update (08/06/2015): Just discovered these lovely and spot-on Vita Fede Titan dupe bracelets by Jules Smith. They’re available in gold or silver and are currently on sale for just $11.30! Yay for affordable arm parties!

Jules Smith Bullet Hinge Cuff Bracelet in gold and silver (Vita Fede Titan knockoffs)

Jules Smith Bullet Hinge Cuff Braceletamazon
($11.30, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstrom Rack & Neiman Marcusls.

Passiana Arrowhead Bangle

Update (08/06/2015): Also spotted these Vita Fede Titan look-alikes by Passiana which are also currently on sale for $27.19 (down from $79) and come in either gold or rosegold.

Passiana Arrowhead Bangle in gold and rosegold (Vita Fede Titan knockoffs)

Passiana Arrowhead Bangle
($27.19, Overstock)

BaubleBar Gold Cone Cuff

Update (05/07/2015): Found another cute Vita Fede Titan alternative option at BaubleBar for roughly 10% of the real deal’s price!

BaubleBar Gold Cone Cuff (Vita Fede Titan knockoff)

BaubleBar Gold Cone Cuff
($32, BaubleBar)

ASOS Open Pyramid Cuff Bracelet

Update (02/08/2015): Stumbled upon this cute Vita Fede Titan inspired cuff braclet at ASOS today.

ASOS Open Pyramid Cuff Bracelet in gold (Vita Fede Titan knockoff)

ASOS Open Pyramid Cuff Bracelet
($14.95, ASOS)

GoJane Spiked Ends Hinged Cuff

Update (05/14/2014): Discovered another Vita Fede Titan bracelet dupe at GoJane.

GoJane Spiked Ends Hinged Cuff in gold (Vita Fede Titan knockoff)

GoJane Spiked Ends Hinged Cuff
($12.40, GoJane)

Forever 21 Secret Rebel Hinge Cuff

Good thing is you don’t have to rob a bank to take your arm party to the next level because Forever 21 are now offering a fabulous Vita Fede Titan bracelet dupe for under $10! Same look but a major price difference of $266.20! Ka-ching! Of course, you can’t expect the same quality here, but for one or two seasons this is a good and wallet-friendly alternative if you can’t afford the real deal.

Forever 21 Secret Rebel Hinge Cuff in gold (Vita Fede Titan knockoff)

Forever 21 Secret Rebel Hinge Cuff
($8.80, Forever 21)

Image source(s): Shopbop, Instagram, Nordstrom Rack, Amazon, BaubleBar, ASOS, GoJane, Forever 21

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