Budget Look – Vacay Mode

by Irina on April 29, 2016

It’s almost May which means it’s time to start thinking summer wardrobe. The weather here has been so depressing lately that I needed some sort of fashionable pick-me-up to lighten my mood, so I started dreaming about a summer vacation in Greece or Italy and all the stylish summer outfits I could wear there. And just like that a new budget look was born! This outfit has a strong focus on fringes and ruffles, a cute and casual summer look. Do you approve?

Budget Look - Vacay Mode

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Image source(s): Express, Lori’s, Steve Madden, Ulta, Shopbop, Sole Society

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Update: This post has been updated on April 29, 2016. Scroll down to see the new adds.

A simple summertime wedge is sometimes all a girl needs to be happy. Now what’s shocking is that this simple wedge is by Christian Louboutin – the Liberace of shoemakers! No crazy 7 inch wedge. No crazy accouterments. Just a nice pinkish/mauve patent leather shoe. If only one could “simply” find $595 to pay for this much simplicity. But oh well, how do the French say – c’est la vie!

Christian Louboutin Une Plume Sling Cork Wedges in nude patent

Christian Louboutin Une Plume Sling Cork Wedgesls
($595, Neiman Marcus)

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Minka Kelly, Elizabeth Hurley & Coleen Rooney wearing patent Christian Louboutin Une Plume Sling Cork Wedges

Who wore Christian Louboutin best?

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Jessica Simpson “Jeniri” Platform Slingback Peep-Toe Wedge Sandals

Update (04/29/2016): Spotted this beautiful patent slingback wedge sandal by Jessica Simpson and thought it would be a great alternative if you’re looking for the pricey CL Une Plumes above. “Jeniri” is available in either nude, black or red patent and costs $79.

Jessica Simpson "Jeniri" Platform Slingback Peep-Toe Wedge Sandals in nude patent (Christian Louboutin Une Plume knockoffs)

Jessica Simpson “Jeniri” Platform Slingback Peep-Toe Wedge Sandals
($79, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Nordstromls, Shoebuyls & Macy’s.

Chinese Laundry “Madlin” Slingback Cork Wedge Sandals

Update (04/01/2012): Also stumbled upon this budget-friendly nude patent slingback wedge by Chinese Laundry which reminded me of the Louboutins above as well.

Chinese Laundry "Madlin" Slingback Cork Wedge Sandals in nude patent (Christian Louboutin Une Plume knockoffs)

Chinese Laundry “Madlin” Slingback Cork Wedge Sandalsls
($58, Francesca’s)

Gianni Bini “Heather” Slingback Platform Wedges

Update (04/01/2012): And here’s another Une Plume look-a-like just in time for summer: “Heather” by Gianni Bini. Not only available in nude, black and neon pink but also turquoise and white patent.

Gianni Bini "Heather" Slingback Platform Wedges in black, nude and neon pink patent (Christian Louboutin Une Plume knockoffs)

Gianni Bini “Heather” Slingback Platform Wedgesls
($69.99, Dillard’s)

New Look Patent Platform Cork Wedges

Update (01/28/2012): Found yet another CL Une Plume alernative. This one’s coming from UK-based retailer New Look and it is available in either nude or black faux patent.

New Look Patent Platform Cork Wedges in nude and black (Christian Louboutin Une Plume knockoffs)

New Look Patent Platform Cork Wedges
(£24.99, New Look)

Nine West “Leggy” Slingback Cork Wedges

Update (12/16/2011): Just came across another great Louboutin alternative by Nine West. Available in an array of different colors, these here will give you the coveted Louboutin look 4 less!

Nine West "Leggy" Slingback Cork Wedges in nude (Christian Louboutin Une Plume knockoffs)

Nine West “Leggy” Slingback Cork Wedges
($24.99, Nine West)

Aldo “Demarse” Slingback Wedge Sandals

Update (07/13/2011): Found another great Louboutin alternative for under $60 by Aldo. These cork wedges come in either black, red or nude patent.

Aldo "Demarse" Slingback Wedge Sandals in black, nude and red patent (Christian Louboutin Une Plume knockoffs)

Aldo “Demarse” Slingback Wedge Sandalsls
($54.98, Aldo)

Steve Madden “WISSPER” Slingback Wedge Sandals

Now let me introduce you to the Robin Hood of the shoe world, Mr. Steve Madden. Bringing (and copying) designer heels for less and giving them to the poor (yet oh-so-fab) people! Once again, he doesn’t disappoint with his “WISSPER” slingback wedge. The only truly detectable difference is the thicker slingback strap and buckle. Other than that, for $68.07 (sale price!) this is a great steal. Available in black, teal, fuchsia and white patent as well as black suede, natural linen, navy fabric and leopard.

Steve Madden "WISSPER" Slingback Wedge Sandals in blush patent (Christian Louboutin Une Plume Sling knockoffs)

Steve Madden “WISSPER” Slingback Wedge Sandalsamazon
($68.07, Amazon)

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Update: This post has been updated on April 29, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

While I was still majorly crushing for the “Pistol” boots, somehow Acne‘s “Jensen” chelsea boot has managed to gain quite some popularity in the fashion world, especially among fashion bloggers. You really have to leave it to Acne to only have to tweak a few minimal details on a simple boot design here and there and – BOOM! – bestseller! I love all the pointy details of the Jensen boot, just not its price of $560!

Acne Studios Jensen Ankle Boots in black and beige

Acne Studios Jensen Ankle Bootsls
($560, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Nordstromls, Acne Studios, Solestruck, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Foward by Elyse Walker, Shopbop, Barneysls, La Garçonne, Steven Alan, S|Sense, MyTheresa, Harvey Nichols, Monnier Frères & Matches Fashionls.

Style Bloggers Love Acne Studios

Personal style bloggers such as Helena (Brooklyn Blonde), Lee (FIGTNY), Melanie (The Tia Fox) and Julia (Gal meets Glam) have all been spotted wearing Acne Studios Jensen Ankle Boots.

Helena (Brooklyn Blonde), Lee (FIGTNY), Melanie (The Tia Fox) and Julia (Gal meets Glam) wearing Acne Studios Jensen Ankle Boots

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Human Premium “Dena” Pointed-Toe Ankle Boots

Update (04/29/2016): And here’s another stylish Acne Studios Jensen boot look-alike! By Human Premium, price: $159.95 AUD, available in black leather or tan suede.

Human Premium "Dena" Pointed-Toe Ankle Boots in black and tan suede (Acne Studios Jensen knockoffs)

Human Premium “Dena” Pointed-Toe Ankle Boots
($159.95 AUD, StyleTread)

Alias Mae “Dexter” Pointed-Toe Ankle Boots

Update (03/16/2016): Stumbled upon another great Acne Studios Jensen dupe today! These pointy ankle boots by Alias Mae retail for $219.95 AUD and come in various colors and uppers.

Alias Mae "Dexter" Pointed-Toe Ankle Boots (Acne Studios Jensen dupes)

Alias Mae “Dexter” Pointed-Toe Ankle Boots
($219.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Marc Fisher LTD “Yale” Pointy Toe Chelsea Booties

Luckily, I’ve pretty much found the perfect Acne Jensen dupe in these chelsea boots by Marc Fisher LTD which retail for less than one third of the real deal’s price and are available in an array of colors and uppers. Score!

Marc Fisher LTD "Yale" Pointy Toe Chelsea Booties (Acne Studios Jensen dupes)

Marc Fisher LTD “Yale” Pointy Toe Chelsea Booties
($179, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Lord & Taylorls, Nordstromls, Marc Fisherls & Bloomingdale’s.

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, S|Sense, Brooklyn Blonde, FIGTNY, The Tia Fox, Gal meets Glam, StyleTread, Alias Mae, Marc Fisher

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Update: This post has been updated on April 28, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

For the red sole collectors with an urban sense of style, these kicks by Christian Louboutin screamed “Take me home tonight,” (before they were completely sold out)! Stars are being spotted out and about wearing more high tops than ever, and leading the pack is the beautiful, trendsetting Rihanna. If this is your favorite kind of footwear, or you just love to live in the limelight, wear them with shorts or skinny jeans to really show them off. For the red sole admirers, there is another set of shiny silver spikes waiting for you… so scroll down to see what we found!

Christian Louboutin Louis Studded Hi-Top Sneakers in black, red and white

Christian Louboutin Louis Studded Hi-Top Sneakersls
($785, Neiman Marcus)

Rihanna Loves Christian Louboutin

Rihannna wearing white Christian Louboutin Louis Studded Hi-Top Sneakers

Steve Madden “Levels” Spike-Studded Lace-Up High-Top Sneakers

Update (04/28/2016): So apparently Steve Madden decided to come up with a new, updated Christian Louboutin Louis look-alike recently. This dupe is much more spot-on than the first one which I love! Available in black, red and silver for $129.95.

Steve Madden "Levels" Spike-Studded Lace-Up High-Top Sneakers in black, red and silver (Christian Louboutin Louis knockoffs)

Steve Madden “Levels” Spike-Studded Lace-Up High-Top Sneakersls
($129.95, Steve Madden)

Xhilaration “Khalil” Low Top with Studs

Update (02/17/2013): Found this super affordable low top shoe by Xhilaration which looks a lot like Louboutin’s spiked Louis sneakers. Available in black, taupe and silver.

hilaration "Khalil" Low Top Sneaker with Studs in black (Christian Louboutin Louis look-a-like)

Xhilaration “Khalil” Low Top with Studs
($17.49, Target)

N.Y.L.A. “Catelin” Spiked Sneakers

Update (02/06/2013): Now look at these lovely Louboutin look-a-likes by N.Y.L.A.! So in love with these spikey stud sneakers! Available in black, ivory and silver.

N.Y.L.A. "Catelin" Spiked Sneakers in black (Christian Louboutin Louis knockoffs)

N.Y.L.A. “Catelin” Spiked Sneakersls
($64.99, Kohl’s)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls.

Blink “Akivaa” Studded Hi-Tops

Update (08/02/2012): Just came across another lovely and super similar Louboutin alternative by Blink. Love these studded kicks! Available in black, white and tan.

Blink Studded Hi-Tops in black patent and white (Christian Louboutin Louis knockoffs)

Blink “Akivaa” Studded Hi-Topsamazon
(£69.99, Amazon.co.uk)

Jeffrey Campbell “Alva” Studded High Top Sneakers

Update (07/14/2012): And here we go with another fantastic Louboutin alternative. Now that doesn’t happen too often, but I think in this case I kind of prefer Jeffrey Campbell‘s take on the spiked sneaker shoe. What do you think?

Jeffrey Campbell "Alva" Studded High Top Sneakers in black (Christian Louboutin Louis knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Alva” Studded High Top Sneakers
($149.95, Solestruck)

Steve Madden “TWYNKLE” Spiked Sneakers

If comfortable shoes are your thing, and trendsetting is your mission… don’t miss a beat and snag this pair by Steve Madden so you can begin channeling your inner Rock-‘n-Roll goddess. Especially because even at $785, the real deal is already sold out everywhere. While at $64.99 (sale price!), the pair below isn’t exactly a bargain, but they are still a steal considering the material, craftsmanship and apparent attention to detail. Not sure about how the grey pair will look for summer? They are also available in black suede, white, mint and gold!

Steve Madden "TWYNKLE" Spiked Sneakers in taupe suede and white leather (Christian Louboutin Louis knockoffs)

Steve Madden “TWYNKLE” Spiked Sneakerscj
($64.99, Heels.com)

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

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

Summer is in full swing and breezy summer dresses are the way to dress in this heat. And just how breezy is this lovely, delicate little white dress by Chloé? Sure, you’d have to tape it to your breasts if you want to avoid “wardrobe malfunctions”, but once everything is safely kept in its place, I think this dress would look fantastic on vacations, beach days and summer garden parties. Just look at how gorgeous Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looks wearing this beautiful dress (OK, Rosie would look good in anything, but still). Too bad it costs almost $2.800 which makes it absolutely unattainable for most of us fashion lovers!

Chloé Peacock-Embroidered Open-Front Shift Dress in ivory milk white

Chloé Peacock-Embroidered Open-Front Shift Dressls
($2.796, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Loves Chloé

The adorable Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has been spotted wearing her Chloé Peacock-Embroidered Open-Front Shift Dress during Coachella 2015.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wearing an ivory white Chloé Peacock-Embroidered Open-Front Shift Dress

Glamorous Cami Sundress with Lace Trim

Update (04/26/2016): One of our fabulous readers, Lieke, gave us a heads-up on this fab and super budget-friendly Chloé dress look-alike by Glamorous (thank you!). Isn’t it gorgeous? I love it and am so tempted to buy this cute summer dress myself! By the way, it’s also available in petite sizing and and in a maxi dress version.

Glamorous Cami Sundress with Lace Trim in white (Chloé Peacock knockoff)

Glamorous Cami Sundress with Lace Trim
($46, ASOS)

P.S.: Also available at Glamorous for £29 (students get 25% off!)

ONE by Honey Punch Lace Mini Dress

Update (09/04/2015): FINALLY RESTOCKED AT SHOPBOP! YAY! Awesome steal deal alert, everyone! Just spotted this lovely, almost spot-on Chloé Peacock dress dupe by ONE by Honey Punch which is only $88 compared to $2.796 for the real deal. Sizes are starting to sell out, so you better be fast if you’re in love with this dress and want the Chloé look for less.

ONE by Honey Punch Lace Mini Dress in white (Chloé Peacock knockoff)

ONE by Honey Punch Lace Mini Dress
($88, Shopbop)

Le Salty Label x REVOLVE Mini Dress

Luckily, there’s a fantastic look for less alternative available by Le Salty Label for a much lower price of $128. Their LWD (which is also available in black) is shorter and has slightly less intricate detailing than the Chloé original, but the resemblance between both dresses is still very visible. And just in case you’re not a fan of the short length, this dress also comes in a lovely maxi dress version. Make sure to check out Le Salty Label’s whole collection, because it’s absolutely fabulous and just perfect for summer!

Le Salty Label x REVOLVE Mini Dress in white and black (Chloé knockoffs)

Le Salty Label x REVOLVE Mini Dress
($128, Revolve)

Image source(s): Neiman Marcus, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Instagram Profile, Glamorous, Shopbop, Revolve

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