Update: This post has been updated on April 11, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

I feel like I’ve been waiting ages to finally be able to feature this gorgeous leopard calf hair clutch by Clare V. which has been on my “Real vs. Steal“-radar for the longest of times. Even though this zippered clutch has been quite the hit among personal style bloggers, fashion insiders and IGers all over the world, no one seemed to bother coming up with a decent dupe for this coveted animal print clutch which, by the way, retails for $245. When it comes to statement bags I, as a deeply loyal shoes girl, will almost always opt for the cheaper, look-for-less route because I am way too lazy to switch up my bag game on a day-to-day basis. That’s why the handful of bags that I do own hardly ever get as much exposure as they deserve and mostly live in the shadow stashed away in a dark corner of my closet. And even though I’m really loving this particular statement clutch (never ever getting tired of leopard print) and don’t think $245 is an astronomically high price for this wild-looking beauty of a bag, I think I’d prefer not to spend hundreds of dollars on a clutch that might not get me a satisfying cost-per-wear ratio eventually.

Clare V. Leopard Flat Haircalf Clutch

Clare V. Leopard Flat Haircalf Clutchls
($245, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Clare V., Amazonamazon & Revolve.

Style Bloggers Love Clare V.

Personal style bloggers such as Kat Tanita (With Love from Kat), Jessica Sturdy (Bows & Sequins), Amy Jackson (Fashion Jackson) and Lauren Slade (Style Elixir) have all been spotted wearing a Clare V. Leopard Flat Haircalf Clutch.

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Banana Republic x August Handbags “Portofino” Cheetah Print Clutch

Update (04/11/2017): Spotted another animal print clutch alternative today! You can buy it for $198 at Banana Republic which is admittedly only slightly cheaper than the real deal, but you might prefer the pattern on this one or just wait until this clutch goes to sale later on in the season. By the way, a smaller version for $78 is available here.

Banana Republic x August Handbags "Portofino" Cheetah Print Clutch (Clare V. inspired)

Banana Republic x August Handbags “Portofino” Cheetah Print Clutch
($198, Banana Republic)

BP. Leopard Print Genuine Calf Hair Pouch

And now we’re talking again! The fashion gods seem to have heard my (our?) prayers and so BP. came up with a fabulous leopard print clutch that’s super close to the Clare V. version. Same design, same animal print and same size! What I also really love about this bag – apart from its obvious dupe potential, of course – is that it is made of genuine calf hair just like the real deal, but it’s only $45 instead of $245. Major steal deal alert! Yes, the leopard print calf hair portion is restricted to the front side of the bag only, but that’s totally fine with me. So what are you waiting for? Your next budget-friendly statement clutch buy is ready to ship!

BP. Leopard Print Genuine Calf Hair Pouch (Clare V. Flat Clutch dupe)

BP. Leopard Print Genuine Calf Hair Pouchls
($45, Nordstrom)

Image source(s): Shopbop, With Love from Kat, Bows & Sequins, Fashion Jackson, Style Elixir, Banana Republic, Nordstrom

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Update: This post has been updated on April 3, 2017. Scroll down to see the new adds.

Now that Christmas is only 2 days away I know you’re probably super busy shopping for last minute gifts (guilty as charged!), wrapping presents and finalizing your Christmas menu, but there’s always some time to appreciate a beautiful shoe, right? This red suede fringed block-heel beauty by Aquazzura might look familiar as we’ve featured its 4″ stiletto heel sibling in a previous Real vs. Steal post. But as much as we love a sky-high stiletto high-heel shoe, even the comfiest of them still isn’t comfy. Wearing high heels is painful, often exhausting, sometimes even downright dangerous (hello, cobblestone pavement!), so I’m super happy to see mid-heeled block-heels taking the wheel in the footwear trend scene right now. Because happy feet = happy me! And these Aquazzura sandals are a prime example that show that block-heeled shoes can look just as sexy and beautiful as their high-heeled counterparts. Too bad these beauties cost a whopping $785 though! Luckily, we’ve found a few budget-friendly alternatives that will give you the designer look for a fraction of the price.

Aquazzura Wild Thing Fringe Block-Heel City Sandals in red suede

Aquazzura Wild Thing Fringe Block-Heel City Sandalsls
($785, Neiman Marcus)

Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, Shopbopls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Barneysls, Matches Fashionls, Farfetchls, MyTheresa, Selfridges, Luisaviaroma & Lane Crawfordls.

Sole Society “Sera” Fringe Strap Heeled Sandals

Update (04/03/2017): Spotted these amazingly similar fringe block heel sandals at Sole Society which look just like the real deal, but cost only a fraction of the price. Available for $89.95 in red, taupe or blue suede.

Sole Society "Sera" Fringe Strap Heeled Suede Sandals (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

Sole Society “Sera” Fringe Strap Heeled Sandalsls
($89.95, Nordstrom)

Also available at Sole Society & QVCcjcj.

JustFab “Jean” Fringe Block Heeled Sandals

Update (04/03/2017): Also discovered these budget-friendly Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes at JustFab. They come in 4 colors (taupe, red, black and yellow) and can be yours for as low as $9.99 (first item purchase for JustFab members). Stea deal alert!

JustFab "Jean" Fringe Block Heeled Sandals in red and yellow faux suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

JustFab “Jean” Fringe Block Heeled Sandals
($9.99, JustFab)

BP. “Karla” Block Heel Ankle Wrap Sandals

Update (04/03/2017): Another great Aquazzura alternative are these block heel sandals by BP. which are made of genuine leather and retail for $59.95. They miss the fringe detail on the front strap, but the overall design is still quite similar to the designer version above. Available in blush, blue and black suede.

BP. "Karla" Block Heel Ankle Wrap Sandals in blush and blue (Aquazzura Wild Thing City inspired)

BP. “Karla” Block Heel Ankle Wrap Sandalsls
($59.95, Nordstrom)

Spurr “Aisha” Fringe Block Heels

Update (01/28/2017): Stumbled upon another lovely Aquazzura Wild Thing City alternative today! “Aisha” by Spurr looks a lot like the real deal, comes in 3 colors (coral, black and pink blush microsuede) and costs $41.97 AUD!

Spurr "Aisha" Fringe Block Heels in coral and blush pink micro suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

Spurr “Aisha” Fringe Block Heels
($41.97 AUD, The Iconic)

Athena Alexander “Saige” Fringed Ankle Wrap Sandals

May I introduce you to “Saige” by Athena Alexander? A gorgeous and spot-on Aquazurra Wild Thing City dupe available in either red, grey or black faux suede for $97.95. No need to spend $800 if you can have the exact same designer look for under $100, right?

Athena Alexander "Saige" Fringed Ankle Wrap Sandals in red faux suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

Athena Alexander “Saige” Fringed Ankle Wrap Sandalsamazon
($97.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Zappos, 6pm & DSW.

Kaitlyn Pan Fringed Suede Lace-Up Tassel Block Heel Sandals

My favorite Aquazzura Wild Thing alternative however is this one by Kaitlyn Pan. Why? Well, first off: it’s just as spot-on as the Athena Alexander version, but it is made of genuine suede and also costs $13 less ($84.99). Plus, the available colors (red, blue = my fave, tan and black) are absolutely gorgeous, too.

Kaitlyn Pan Fringed Suede Lace-Up Tassel Block Heel Sandals in red (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

Kaitlyn Pan Fringed Suede Lace-Up Tassel Block Heel Sandalsamazon
($84.99, Amazon)

Image source(s): Neiman Marcus, Sole Society, JustFab, Nordstrom, The Iconic, Amazon

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Real vs. Steal – Céline Classic Box Bag

by Irina on April 1, 2017

Update: This post has been updated on April 1, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

I swear Céline makes the most lustworthy bags on the planet. And this Classic Box Bag rocketed to being no. 1 on my personal wish list. For the last 2 years, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect medium sized satchel bag in a classic shape and as soon as I laid my eyes on this particular Céline bag I knew it was “The One“. Then I cried out in utter desperation; $3,400 for this small boxy bag? With all due respect to Phoebe Philo and her incredible talent to create the most coveted bags worlwide, this price is absolutely outrageous and unjustifiable! When did designer fashion get so overly expensive anyway? It’s a worrying development in fashion I noticed over the last few years. But I digress…

Céline Medium Classic Box Bag in brown

Céline Classic Box Bag
($3.400, Vestiaire Collective)

Also available at The RealReal & Overstock.

Fashion Insiders & Celebrities Love Céline

Fashion Insiders carrying a Céline Classic Box Bag

Alessandra Ambrosio, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Walsh and Michelle Williams carrying a Céline Classic Box Bag

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Be My Bags “Dalliance” Flap Box Bag

Update (04/01/2017): Discovered another fabulous Céline Box look-alike at Be My Bags which is available in either red, beige, burgundy, tan and black leather for $113 (or $150 CAD). Use our exclusive promo code “IN_THEIR_CLOSET” to receive 5% off your order at Be My Bags!

Be My Bags "Dalliance" Flap Box Bag (Céline Box dupes)

Be My Bags “Dalliance” Flap Box Bag
($113, Be My Bags)

LUXchic Classic Box Bag

Update (03/22/2016): Another Céline Box alternative! Check out these fabulous genuine leather bags by LUXchic. They cost $129.80 and come in 23 (!) colors. So lovely!

LUXchic Classic Box Bag in brown and black (Céline Box dupes)

LUXchic Classic Box Bagamazon
($129.80, Amazon)

BagInc “Martha” Medium Classic Leather Bag

Update (03/22/2016): Spotted another Céline Box Bag dupe today! This time at BagInc. They have 16 variations of their “Martha” bag in various colors and uppers with prices ranging from $105 to $109. Don’t forget to use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% off your purchase (free shipping on orders $99+).

BagInc "Martha" Medium Classic Leather Bag (Céline Box knockoffs)

BagInc “Martha” Medium Classic Leather Bag
($109, BagInc)

Forever 21 Structured Faux Leather Crossbody Bag

Update (08/26/2015): May I present you: Forever 21‘s third attempt at recreating Céline’s Box Bag, this time a more spot-on version.

Forever 21 Structured Faux Leather Crossbody Bag in black (Céline Box knockoff)

Forever 21 Structured Faux Leather Crossbody Bag
($22.90, Forever 21)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Chain-Strapped Crossbody Bag

Update (06/11/2015): And here’s another Céline Box inspired bag by Forever 21.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Chain-Strapped Crossbody Bag (Céline Box knockoff)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Chain-Strapped Crossbody Bag
($22.90, Forever 21)

Also available at Forever 21 (Canada)ls, Forever 21 (UK) & Forever 21 (EU).

Choies Lock Across Body Box Bag

Update (05/05/2015): Spotted these spot-on Céline Box bag dupes at Choies today. They’re available in either black, white, cobalt blue, burgundy, camel and grey faux leather for a steal price of $39.99!

Choies Lock Across Box Bag (Céline knockoffs)

Choies Lock Across Body Box Bag
($39.99, Choies)

Lush Leather Boxy Shoulder Bag

Update (04/16/2015): Discovered the most spot-on Céline Box bag dupe today! Check out this genuine leather box bag by Lush which is currently on sale for $99.99.

Lush Leather Boxy Shoulder Bag in black (Céline Box knockoff)

Lush Leather Boxy Shoulder Bagamazon
($99.99, Amazon)

Mango “Sasha” Flap Cross-Body Bag

Update (02/16/2015): Discovered this little Céline inspired box bag at Mango today.

Mango "Sasha" Flap Cross-Body Bag in navy (Céline Box knockoff)

Mango “Sasha” Flap Cross-Body Bag
($59.99, Mango)

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

Forever 21 Faux Leather Crossbody Box Bag

Update (08/21/2014): Check out these cute Céline inspired box bags which I have just discovered at Forever 21. So lovely, aren’t they? I’m especially loving the pink one.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Crossbody Box Bag in pink, cognac and black (Céline knockoff)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Crossbody Box Bag
($14.99, Forever 21)

Jessica Buurman “SOAN” Push Lock Bag

Update (05/31/2013): Found another great Céline Box Bag alternative in this lovely bag from Jessica Buurman. Made of genuine leather and also available in 12 (!) other beautiful colors. Love! Use promo code “XOXOJESS” to get 10% off your order at Jessica Buurman.

Jessica Buurman "SOAN" Push Lock Bag in navy blue (Céline Box look-a-like)

Jessica Buurman “SOAN” Push Lock Bag
($119, Jessica Buurman)

Romwe Retro Single Shoulder Bag

Update (04/03/2013): Just stumbled upon this lovely Céline look-a-like bag by Romwe. Only $60.99 and made of real leather.

Romwe Retro Single Shoulder Bag in tan (Céline Classic Box look-a-like)

Romwe Retro Single Shoulder Bag
($60.99, Romwe)

Urban Expressions “Catherine” Crossbody Bag

Update (09/10/2012): Found a super fabulous Céline bag look-a-like by Urban Expressions today. $29.95 only and available in fuchsia (love!), black and beige.

Urban Expressions "Catherine" Crossbody Bag in fuchsia, black and beige (Céline Classic Box bag knockoff)

Urban Expressions “Catherine” Crossbody Bag
($29.95, Nordstrom Rack)

GoJane Buckle Strap Satchel

In terms of quality and longevity these Céline bag look-a-likes by GoJane are nowhere near a close match, but they’ll give you the same coveted look of simplified elegance and, most importantly, these satchels are actually attainable for the masses by costing less than 1% (imagine that!) of the original. Now if that ain’t something to think about. Looking at the stated bag dimensions on the website I assume the GoJane bags come in the mini size rather than the medium size, but at $30 a pop I’ll take one in every color anyway.

GoJane Buckle Strap Satchel (Céline Classic Box Bag knockoff)

GoJane Buckle Strap Satchel
($37.10, GoJane)

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Budget Look – Spring, Sporty Florals

by Irina on March 31, 2017

Finally! Spring has officially arrived and I’ve been loving all the sunshine, the blooming flora and the soothing mild temperatures lately! The new season not only lightened up my mood but also my wardrobe; I’m super into pastel colors these days and couldn’t care less for body-con clothes and uncomfortable high heels at the moment. That’s why for this month’s budget look edition, I’ve tried to combine all of my current Spring trend obsessions into one outfit: soft pastel colors, relaxed fits and feminine florals. Let me know if you like my delicate yet sporty Spring look.

Budget Look - Spring, Sporty Florals

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Image source(s): Shopbop, Nordstrom, Aldo, BaubleBar, Amazon

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Update: This post has been updated on March 30, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

We’ve discussed the fabulousness of Céline bags various times on this blog already, but did you know that the French design house makes some pretty great eyewear, too? Take their “Audrey” sunglasses for example. I love the simple yet chic design of these super black oversized sunnies, but the price tag of more than $270 (and we’re talking sale price here) is unfortunately a little to steep for my budget. Boohoo!

Céline Audrey Oversized Sunglasses in black

Céline Audrey Sunglassesamazon
($279.59, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Bluefly, Sunglass Hut, SmartBuyGlasses, Harrodsls, Sunglasses Shop, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Style Bloggers Love Céline

Style bloggers such as Carolina Engman from Fashion Squad and Chiara Ferragni from The Blonde Salad have all been spotted wearing Céline Audrey Sunglasses.

Fashion Squad and The Blonde Salad wearing black Céline Audrey Oversized Sunglasses

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AQS Sunglasses “Ava” Fashion Sunglasses

Update (03/30/2017): Just came across these amazing Céline inspired sunglasses by AQS Sunglasses! They miss the three little dots on the temple, but the overall design is still pretty spot-on. Price: $49.97.

AQS Sunglasses "Ava" Fashion Sunglasses in black (Céline Audrey dupes)

AQS Sunglasses “Ava” Fashion Sunglasses
($49.97, Nordstrom Rack)

Forever 21 Oversized Round Sunglasses

Update (07/19/2016): Spotted these awesome and steal-worthy Céline Audrey look-alike sunglasses at Forever 21 the other day and had to share them with you. Too bad these aren’t available in black though.

Forever 21 Oversized Round Sunglasses in mauve brown and blush (Céline Audrey dupes)

Forever 21 Oversized Round Sunglasses
($5.90, Forever 21)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (EU).

Forever 21 Gradient Square Sunglasses

Update (07/19/2016): And here’s yet another set of lovely Céline Audrey dupes by Forever 21, available in black or taupe which come with a lens gradient and are very affordable at just £4.50. These shades look just like the real deal except for that one missing dot at the side.

Forever 21 Gradient Square Sunglasses in black and taupe (Céline Audrey look-alikes)

Forever 21 Gradient Square Sunglasses
(£4.50, Forever 21)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (CA)ls & Forever 21 (EU).

BP. Oversized Round Sunglasses

Update (03/20/2016): Stumbled upon another great Céline Audrey alternative today! By BP. and available either in black or tortoise brown for $12. Yay!

BP. Oversized Round Sunglasses in black (Céline Audrey knockoffs)

BP. Oversized Round Sunglassesls
($12, Nordstrom)

Target Large Round Sunglasses

Update (08/05/2015): Now look at this awesome Céline Audrey sunglass dupe which I have just discovered at Target. Isn’t it amazing? So spot-on to the real deal and so budget-friendly at $16.99. Love!

Target Large Round Sunglasses in black (Céline Audrey knockoffs)

Target Large Round Sunglasses
($16.99, Target)

Urban Outfitters “Jezebel” Chunky Sunglasses

Update (05/22/2015): Spotted yet another Céline Audrey sunglass dupe! This time a navy one at Urban Outfitters for $16.

Urban Outfitters "Jezebel" Chunky Sunglasses in navy (Céline Audrey knockoffs)

Urban Outfitters “Jezebel” Chunky Sunglasses
($16, Urban Outfitters)

Forever 21 Oversized D-Frame Sunglasses

Update (05/22/2015): How cool are these oversized Forever 21 shades à la Céline Audrey? Love ’em! Plus, they’re only $5.90!

Forever 21 Oversized D-Frame Sunglasses in black and tortoise (Céline Audrey knockoffs)

Forever 21 Oversized D-Frame Sunglasses
($5.90, Forever 21)

Vince Camuto VC598 Oversized Oval Sunglasses

Update (05/02/2015): Discovered these fabulous Céline Audrey inspired sunnies by Vince Camuto which are currently on sale for under $20 (down from $75!) at Nordstrom Rack and come in either black, tortoise, nude or grey.

Vince Camuto VC598 Oversized Oval Sunglasses in black (Céline Audrey knockoffs)

Vince Camuto VC598 Oversized Oval Sunglasses
($18.97, Nordstrom Rack)

Spektre “She Loves You” Sunglasses

Update (05/02/2015): I also stumbled upon these sunglasses by Spektre which are obviously an hommage to Céline’s Audrey. They’re not a steal at $175, but they might be a good alternative should the real deal ever become unavailable. Available in an array of colors and lenses.

Spektre "She Loves You" Sunglasses in black (Céline Audrey knockoffs)

Spektre “She Loves You” Sunglassesls
($175, Lane Crawford)

Mango “Maria” Oversized Sunglasses

Update (04/20/2015): Discovered these fabulous and budget-friendly Céline “Audrey” look-alike sunglasses at Mango. Also available in tortoise.

Mango "Maria" Oversized Sunglasses in black (Céline Audrey knockoffs)

Mango “Maria” Oversized Sunglasses
($8.99, Mango)

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

Express Squared Cat Eye Sunglasses

Update (01/22/2015): Stumbled upon these fabulous cat eye sunnies at Express today and thought they’d make a great Céline Audrey alternative. Also available in an ombré tortoise version.

Express Squared Cat Eye Sunglasses in black (Céline Audrey knockoffs)

Express Squared Cat Eye Sunglasses
($29.90, Express)

BP. “Langham” 49mm Sunglasses

Update (08/15/2014): BP.‘s “Langham” sunglasses certainly remind me of the Céline sunnies above. Only $12 and available in either black or tortoise.

BP. "Langham" 49mm Sunglasses in black (Céline Audrey knockoffs)

BP. “Langham” 49mm Sunglassesls
($12, Nordstrom)

Minkpink “Ott” Oversized Sunglasses

Update (02/17/2014): Stumbled upon another almost identical Céline Audrey look-a-like! Check out these oversized sunnies by Minkpink. A little more expensive, but still way cheaper than the real deal.

MINKPINK "Ott" Oversized Sunglasses in black (Céline Audrey knockoffs)

Minkpink “Ott” Oversized Sunglasses
($35.96 AUD, SurfStitch)

zeroUV Oversized Fashion Sunglasses

If you can’t afford or aren’t willing to shell out hundreds of dollars for a pair of sunglasses, then feel free to take a look at these just as fabulous Céline look-a-like sunnies by zeroUV which are an almost spot-on dupe for the pricey Audrey sunglasses that cost only $10 which is approx. 5% of the designer originals’ sale price. Yay! Also available in burgundy, cream and tortoise.

Triple Optic Oversized Fashion Sunglasses in black (Céline Audrey knockoffs)

Triple Optic Oversized Fashion Sunglassesamazon
($9.99, Amazon)

FE NY Oversized Sunglasses

Another great alternative are these lovely oversized sunnies by FY NE. They are very similar to the Céline Audrey shades without being a blunt knock-off.

FE NY Oversized Sunglasses in black (Céline Audrey knockoffs)

FE NY Oversized Sunglassesls
($22, Nordstrom)

Image source(s): Google Images, Fashion Squad, The Blonde Salad, Nordstrom Rack, Target, Amazon, Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, Express, Forever 21, Vince Camuto, Lane Crawford, Mango, The Iconic

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