Real vs. Steal – Cartier Love Bracelet

by Irina on September 14, 2016

Update: This post has been updated on September 14, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

If you have an Instagram account, follow fashion bloggers or just love jewelry in general, then I’m sure you’re well aware of Cartier‘s famous “Love” bracelet. Designed by Aldo Cipullo in 1969, the bracelet quickly became popular for its intentional resemblance in function to medieval chastity belts because of its extraordinary locking mechanism. Unlike traditional bracelets, the “Love” bracelet is designed to be opened only by using a special screwdriver that is supplied with every bracelet. The screwdriver is also available in the form of a necklace, allowing the bracelet to be “locked” onto one person, while the “key” is kept around the neck of another, as a symbol for their commitment to their relationship. Luckily, the “Love” bracelet can be opened with any standard slotted screwdriver (just in case things don’t work out with your better half, I guess ūüėČ). Although slightly confining, I think it’s a romantic gesture and a very beautiful sign of love, but most of all is it a very expensive one at $6.600 for the 18K yellow gold version. There’s definitely a lot of commitment neccessary for such a splurge purchase.

Cartier Love Bracelet in gold and silver

Cartier Love Bracelet
($6.600, Cartier)

P.S.: Also available at Vestiaire Collective, The RealReal & Fashionphile.

Style Bloggers Love Cartier

Celebs such as Aimee from Song of Style and Annabelle from VivaLuxury have been spotted wearing a Cartier Love Bracelet.

Aimee Song (Song of Style) and Annabelle (VivaLuxury) wearing a Cartier Love Bracelet

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Minusey Love Screw Motif Bracelet

Update (09/14/2016): Just discovered this online shop Minusey and found a ton of awesome designer dupe items including this set of gold-plated Cartier Love bracelet dupes made of titanium. They sure are not a cheap steal at $89, but they are 18k gold-plated and made of titanium, so you’ll probably have a very durable and high-quality Cartier dupe by opting for one of these bracelets. Make sure to use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% off purchase at Minusey!

Minusey Love Screw Motif Bracelet in yellow gold, rosegold and silver (Cartier dupes)

Minusey Love Screw Motif Bracelet
($89, Minusey)

P.S.: A similar version is also available at Accessory Concierge.

Armitage Avenue Cuff Bracelet

All you commitment phobics with tight budgets rejoice! Because Armitage Avenue are bringing you the beauty of Cartier’s “Love” bracelet without the price or screwdriver. Now you can get the coveted Cartier look for a budget-friendly $24.95 (in either gold- or silvertone) and open it easily with a built-in clasp. No screwdrivers or credit card debt neccessary! Score!

Armitage Avenue Cuff Bracelet in gold and silver (Cartier Love knockoffs)

Armitage Avenue Cuff Braceletamazon
($24.95, Amazon)

Image source(s): Cartier, Song of Style, VivaLuxury, Minusey, Lori’s Shoes

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Update: This post has been updated on September 11, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

So I know this blog is mostly about shoes, but let’s talk bags for a minute. And I mean this lovely Gucci Jackie hobo bag in particular. Now I’m usually not a big fan of hobo bags, but this one somehow caught my attention. Maybe it’s something about the shape, the minimalistic design, the luxurious leather or the statement orange color (my personal fave!). Maybe it’s a combination of all of these things that makes this bag so lustworthy and desirable. Anyway, as much as I love this Gucci bag, 3k for a bag just isn’t my type of bag shopping budget. So what’s a girl to do?

Gucci Jackie Soft Leather Hobo Bag in brown, black and neon orange

Gucci Jackie Soft Leather Hobo Bag
($2.990, Gucci)

P.S.: Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Gucci (UK)ls, Neiman Marcusls & Vestiaire Collective.

H&M Hobo Bag with Suede Details

Update (09/11/2016): While browsing H&M‘s new arrivals section, I discovered these fall-ready suede hobo bags and they reminded me of Gucci’s Jackie bag. Price: $59.99. I especially love the wine red version!

H&M Hobo Bag with Suede Details in wine red and black (Gucci Jackie inspired)

H&M Hobo Bag with Suede Details
($59.99, H&M)

Tosca B2523 Bit Bag Hobo

Luckily, we’ve stumbled upon these Gucci Jackie dupe bags by Tosca which will give you the coveted Gucci hobo bag look for a mere 1% of the real deal’s price. Can’t argue with that price, right?

Tosca B2523 Bit Bag Hobo in taupe, black and grey (Gucci Jackie knockoffs)

Tosca B2523 Bit Bag Hoboamazon
($29.95, Amazon)

Image source(s): Gucci, H&M, Lori’s

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Update: This post has been updated on September 9, 2016. Scroll down to see the new adds.

If you haven’t heard of Mansur Gavriel by now, I suggest you stop whatever you’re doing and go read up on the NYC-based female designer duo now because fashion insiders all over the world have gone absolutely cuckoo over their minimalistic luxe leather bags! Mansur Gavriel’s bucket bag has been especially popular within the fashion world and is constantly sold out due to the high demand and despite the not so budget-friendly price tag of $495 (now: $595) for the “mini” version and $625 (now: $695) for the “large” one. I think the minimalistic design contrasted against the popping interior lining is one of the main reasons why this bag has been so extremely successful. If you can’t afford the beauty of a real Mansur Gavriel bag or just can’t stand being wait-listed, read on to find many great alternatives less than $100.

Mansur Gavriel Drawstring Leather Bucket Bag in black, red and blue

Mansur Gavriel Drawstring Leather Bucket Bagls
($595, Net-A-Porter)

Also available at Barneysls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Kirna Zabêtels, Forward by Elyse Walker, Moda Operandi, Vestiaire Collective, The RealReal & Boutique1ls.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Mansur Gavriel

Celebs such as Kirsten Dunst, Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr and personal style bloggers such as Ann Kim from Andyheart, Adriana from Fake Leather and Shea Marie from Peace Love Shea have all been spotted carrying a Mansur Gavriel Leather Bucket Bag.

Kirsten Dunst, Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr, Ann Kim (Andyheart), Adriana (Fake Leather) and Shea Marie (Peace Love Shea) carrying a Mansur Gavriel Leather Bucket Bag

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Gabriella Rocha “Elissa” Bucket Purse with Wristlet

Update (09/09/2016): Look at these amazing Mansur Gavriel bucket bag dupes by Gabriella Rocha which are currently 50% off and come in either black, red, blue or tan faux leather. Super steal alert!

Gabriella Rocha "Elissa" Bucket Purse with Wristlet in black, red, blue and tan (Mansur Gavriel dupes)

Gabriella Rocha “Elissa” Bucket Purse with Wristletamazon
($32.99, Amazon)

Sole Society “Blackwood” Vegan Bucket Bag

Update (09/09/2016): Also stumbled upon these Mansur Gavriel inspired bucket bags at Sole Society which retail for $59.95 and come in black, oxblood and navy.

Sole Society "Blackwood" Vegan Bucket Bag in oxblood, black and navy (Mansur Gavriel dupe)

Sole Society “Blackwood” Vegan Bucket Bagls
($59.95, Nordstrom)

Also available at Sole Society.

LUXchic “Verso” Genuine Leather Bucket Bag

Update (04/22/2016): Discovered another amazing designer bag dupe by LUXchic! Their genuine leather bags are always spot-on compared to the original real deals, the pictures promise a great product quality and most reviews seem to be very positive, too, so it might be worth the splurge. What do you think?

LUXchic "Verso" Genuine Leather Bucket Bag in black and tan (Mansur Gavriel knockoffs)

LUXchic “Verso” Genuine Leather Bucket Bagamazon
($126.90, Amazon)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Bucket Bag

Update (12/04/2015): Look what I just spotted while browsing Forever 21‘s new arrivals: amazing Mansur Gavriel bucket bag dupes for under $30! I’m totally buying both of these for my own little designer dupes collection. If you love F21’s bucket bag dupes just as much, I suggest you don’t wait too long with your purchase because I’m super sure these babies will sell out fast.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Bucket Bag in black and nude (Mansur Gavriel dupes)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Bucket Bag
($29.90, Forever 21)

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

Lancaster Paris “Pur” Saffiano Bucket Bag

Update (11/16/2015): Discovered another great Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag alternative today! This one’s by Lancaster Paris and it’s admittedly a little expensive at $250 now $131.77, but doesn’t the saffiano leather look absolutely gorgeous? Plus, it looks so much like the real deal, too, doesn’t it? Available two sizes (the big version is available here for $223.99) and an array of lovely colors (including pink!). Love!

Lancaster Paris "Pur" Saffiano Bucket Bag in black and red (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

Lancaster Paris “Pur” Saffiano Bucket Bag
($131.77, Amazon)

Also available at eBags, Amazon.co.ukamazon, Amazon.deamazon & Amazon.framazon.

Jessica Buurman “Aldous” Drawstring Bucket Bag

Update (08/26/2015): Just spotted this Mansur Gavriel look for less alternative at Jessica Buurman. $109 and it is yours, ladies! Use promo code “XOXOJESS” to get 10% off your order at Jessica Buurman!

Jessica Buurman "Aldous" Drawstring Bucket Bag in black and red (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

Jessica Buurman “Aldous” Drawstring Bucket Bag
($109, Jessica Buurman)

Orsay Bucket Bag

Update (08/26/2015): Also stumbled upon this lovely Mansur Gavriel bucket bag look-alike at this German online shop Orsay. So close to the real deal and not too expensive at ‚ā¨20!

Orsay Bucket Bag in black and red (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

Orsay Bucket Bag
(‚ā¨20, Orsay)

Mango Minimal Shopper Bag

Update (08/06/2015): Found this amazing Mansur Gavriel bucket bag dupe at Mango today. It’s almost spot-on and so affordable at $59.99! Loved it so much, I ordered straight away. There’s also a Mansur Gavriel backpack dupe available at Mango herecj. Update #2: Both the bag and the backpack have been in my possession for over a week now and I’m madly in love with both. Definitely recommended, looks very much like the real deal!

Mango Minimal Shopper Bag in black and red (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

Mango Minimal Shopper Bag
($59.99, Mango)

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

Parfois Trend Bucket Handbag

Update (06/02/2015): Found these Mansur Gavriel inspired bucket bags by Parfois today. Aren’t they super pretty? And quite affordable, too.

Parfois Trend Bucket Handbag in baby blue, tan and white (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

Parfois Trend Bucket Handbagamazon
(£24.99, Amazon.co.uk)

Shiraleah “Anya” Drawstring Bucket Bag

Update (05/05/2015): Spotted these lovely Mansur Gavriel bucket bag look-alikes by Shiraleah today. Available in black, camel, blush and baby blue faux leather and currently on sale for a budget-friendly price of $29.99! Steal deal alert!

Shiraleah "Anya" Drawstring Bucket Bag (Mansur Gavriel knockoffs)

Shiraleah “Anya” Drawstring Bucket Bagamazon
($29.99, Amazon)

Also available at Nordstrom Rack.

BagInc “Joanna” Calf Leather Drawstring Bucket Bag

Update (05/05/2015): If you’re looking for a genuine leather Mansur Gavriel bucket bag dupe, then BagInc‘s “Joanna” bag might be for you. Made of calf leather and available in either black, red, camel, silver metallic, pale pink, olive green, navy and grey for $109! Make sure to use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% off your order.

BagInc "Joanna" Drawstring Bucket Bag in black and red (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

BagInc “Joanna” Calf Leather Drawstring Bucket Bag
($109, BagInc)

A similar version is also available at Amazonamazon.

Vince Camuto “Leila” Drawstring Bucket Bag

Update (05/02/2015): Well, hello there! Now isn’t Vince Camuto‘s “Leila” a great substitute if you can’t afford the real deal? Available in various colors, too.

Vince Camuto Leila Drawstring Bucket Bag in black and tan (Mansur Gavriel knockoffs)

Vince Camuto “Leila” Drawstring Bucket Bagamazon
($186.97, Amazon)

Dooney & Bourke “Serena” Drawstring Leather Bucket Bag

Update (05/02/2015): Another high-quality Mansur Gavriel inspired alternative is available by Dooney & Bourke. Looove the colored linings here!

Dooney & Bourke "Serena" Drawstring Leather Bucket Bag in black and tan (Mansur Gavriel knockoffs)

Dooney & Bourke “Serena” Drawstring Leather Bucket Bagls
($298, Nordstrom)

JustFab “Alden” Drawstring Bucket Bag

Update (05/02/2015): Another lovely Mansur Gavriel steal find is available at JustFab. I absolutely adore the bag in the popping blue color! Sooo pretty!

JustFab "Alden" Drawstring Bucket Bag in tan and blue (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

JustFab “Alden” Drawstring Bucket Bag
($31.96, JustFab)

Sole Society “Nevin” Faux Leather Drawstring Bucket Bag

Update (04/12/2015): Stumbled upon these Mansur Gavriel inspired faux leather bucket bags by Sole Society and wanted to share them with you.

Sole Society "Nevin" Faux Leather Drawstring Bucket Bag in black and tan (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

Sole Society “Nevin” Faux Leather Drawstring Bucket Bag
($51.96, Sole Society)

Steve Madden “BGEMMAA” Drawstring Bucket Bag

Et voil√†, Steve Madden to the rescue! Their “BGEMMAA” drawstring bucket bag isn’t a total knock-off, but the similarities are distinct enough to give you the same coveted Mansur Gavriel look. I absolutely adore the red lining here. So luxe-looking, right? Available in various color combinations including black/red, burgundy/blue, tan/blue and neon yellow/blue for an affordable $88 (less if you use the promo code above)! Steal deal alert!

Steve Madden "BGEMMAA" Drawstring Bucket Bag in black and red (Mansur Gavriel knockoff)

Steve Madden “BGEMMAA” Drawstring Bucket Bagls
($88, Steve Madden)

Lush Leather Smooth Bucket Bag

If you’re willing to invest more, you might want to take a look at these Mansur Gavriel dupes by Lush Bags. Certainly not a steal at almost $160, but the quality looks pretty decent, don’t you think?

Lush Leather Smooth Bucket Bag (Mansur Gavriel knockoffs)

Lush Leather Smooth Bucket Bagamazon
($159.99, Amazon)

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Copycat Math - Gucci Jordaan + Gucci Princetown = River Island Satin Loafer Mules

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Image source(s): Gucci, River Island

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

Are you familiar with these futuristic-looking sunglasses by Dior? The “So Real” shades have admittedly stolen the thunder from Dior’s “Technologic” sunglasses last year because both models were released around the same time, but now that I actually had the chance to try the “So Real” sunnies on myself, I’m kind of over them because they didn’t suit my face as much as I hoped they would. I did like the architectural concept of the “So Real” however and that’s where the “Technologic” sunglasses come in because they’re like the grown-up and sophisticated sister of the “So Real”, a modern and updated spin on the classic aviator silhouette. But “Made in Italy” or not, there’s no way I’d spend more than $500 on a pair of sunglasses. Sorry, Dior!

Dior Technologic Brow Bar Aviator Sunglasses

Dior Technologic Brow Bar Aviator Sunglassesls
($560, Saks Fifth Avenue)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Barneysls, Solstice Sunglasses, Amazonamazon, Harvey Nichols, John Lewis, Farfetchls & Vestiaire Collective.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Dior

Celebs such as Kendall and Kylie Jenner and personal style bloggers like Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad) and Aimee Song (Song of Style) have been spotted wearing Dior Technologic Sunglasses.

Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad), Aimee Song (Song of Style) wearing Dior Technologic Sunglasses

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Express Jackie Brow Bar Aviator Sunglasses

Update (08/28/2016): Express came out with a second variation of their Dior Technologic sunglass dupe which now comes with a rosegold frame and sapphire blue lenses. Price: $29.90! I looooove these!

Express Jackie Brow Bar Aviator Sunglasses in rosegold and blue (Dior Technologic look-alike)

Express Jackie Brow Bar Aviator Sunglasses
($29.90, Express)

Nasty Gal Set the Bar High Shades

Update (08/28/2016): And if you’re a fan of warm-toned lenses, check out these shades I discovered at Nasty Gal which look spot-on Dior but will cost you only $20.

Nasty Gal Set the Bar High Shades in rosegold (Dior Technologic dupe)

Nasty Gal Set the Bar High Shadesls
($20, Nasty Gal)

Free People “Top Down” Aviator Sunglasses

Update (03/10/2016): Here’s another great and budget-friendly alternative to Dior’s pricey Technologic sunnies which I have discovered at Free People for $25. A rounded lens version is available here.

Free People "Top Down" Aviator Sunglasses in blue and grey (Dior Technologic dupes)

Free People “Top Down” Aviator Sunglasses
($25, Free People)

Aldo “McCooey” Aviator Sunglasses

Update (02/29/2016): Spotted another Dior inspired pair of fab aviator sunglasses at Aldo and they’re $16 only, yay!

Aldo "McCooey" Aviator Sunglasses in blue (Dior Technologic dupes)

Aldo “McCooey” Aviator Sunglassesls
($16, Aldo)

P.S.: Also available at Aldo (Canada)ls & Aldo (UK).

GMAT Retro Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

Luckily, there’s no need to spend half a grand to get the coveted Dior look because you can get a spot-on dupe for less than $20. These sunglasses by GMAT are probably the closest you can get to the real deal for such a steal price at the moment.

GMAT Retro Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses (Dior Technologic dupes)

GMAT Retro Mirrored Aviator Sunglassesamazon
($18.90, Amazon)

P.S.: Similar versions are also available at Romwe, SheIn, Amazon #2amazon & Oasap.

Forever 21 Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

If you’re looking for something cheaper, you might want to check out these silver/grey shades I discovered at Forever 21. Total Dior dupe for less than $10! Steal deal alert!

Forever 21 Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses in silver grey (Dior Technologic dupe)

Forever 21 Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses
($9.90, Forever 21)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (US) (similar), Forever 21 (Canada)ls, Forever 21 (UK) & Forever 21 (EU).

BP. Geo Bar Aviator Sunglasses

These BP. sunglasses are missing a couple details to be considered a spot-on knockoff, but the front is almost identical to the Dior “Technologic” shades. $12 only. Plus, I love the blue mirrored lenses on these!

BP. Geo Bar Aviator Sunglasses in blue mirrored (Dior Technologic dupes)

BP. Geo Bar Aviator Sunglassesls
($12, Nordstrom)

GoJane In Shades Flat Brow Bridge Sunglasses

Another great steal alternative for under $10 are these sunnies from GoJane.

GoJane In Shades Flat Brow Bridge Sunglasses in grey (Dior Technologic dupe)

GoJane In Shades Flat Brow Bridge Sunglasses
($8.50, GoJane)

P.S.: A similar version is also available at MakeMeChic & Windsorpjx.

ZooShoo Fine Line Sunglasses

ZooShoo has also a few fabulous and spot-on Dior dupes for a little over $20. I’m totally digging the gold mirrored pair!

ZooShoo Fine Line Sunglasses (Dior Technologic dupes)

ZooShoo Fine Line Sunglassespjx
($22, ZooShoo)

Express Brow Bar Aviator Sunglasses

Last but not least, I had to include these gorgeous shades from Express. At $29.90, they’re the most expensive “Technologic” dupe in this list, but I simply looooove their rose-tinted lenses.

Express Brow Bar Aviator Sunglasses in pink rosegold (Dior Technologic dupe)

Express Brow Bar Aviator Sunglasses
($29.90, Express)

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