To this date Manolo Blahnik‘s “Hangisi” Cobalt Blue Satin Pumps are still one of the most requested shoes for a Real vs. Steal post on this blog. Our inbox is filled with emails from women who asked us to find a budget-friendly alternative to Carrie Bradshaw’s beautifully blue Manolos in the 2008 Sex and the City movie. And while there are quite a few wonderful Hangisi look-alikes out there, many of them run either on the rather expensive side or are simply not available anymore, so I was super happy when I came across these vivid blue satin heels by ASOS because they’re the perfect blank canvas for a DIY Manolo Blahnik Hangisi shoe project. All you need – besides the ASOS shoes, of course – is a pair of sparkly shoe clips and you’re good to go! I happened to find a really cute version by this brand called Absolutely Audrey for $22.95 which will give you a very similar look to the Manolo Blahniks. The total price for this super basic DIY amounts to a little over $90 which is less than 1/10 of the real deal’s price. Now that’s what I call a real steal deal!

DIY Idea - Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Satin Pumps

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Image source(s): Neiman Marcus, ASOS, Absolutely Audrey

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An original Rick Owens classic leather jacket is one of the few designer items I would gladly splurge on if I had 2,5k to spare. I especially love this sleek biker jacket below with its elegantly draped collar and ribbed wool sleeves; the shape is timeless and flattering and the leather looks incredibly soft, doesn’t it? A cool and edgy leather jacket like this one is a closet staple and should be hanging in every woman’s wardrobe.

Rick Owens Leather Biker Jacket in black

Rick Owens Blister Leather Biker Jacketls
($2.620, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Forward by Elyse Walker, Barneysls, LuisaViaRoma & Vestiaire Collective.

Celebrities Love Rick Owens

Celebs such as Ashley Olsen, Taylor Swift, Rachel Bilson, Lindsay Lohan, Halle Berry and Rihanna have all been spotted wearing a Rick Owens Leather Biker Jacket.

Ashley Olsen, Taylor Swift and Rachel Bilson wearing a black Rick Owens Leather Biker Jacket

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H&M Biker Jacket

Update (01/05/2016): Spotted this super fab and spot-on Rick Owens biker jacket dupe for under $60 at H&M. Doesn’t it look amazing?

H&M Biker Jacket (Rick Owens Blister dupe)

H&M Biker Jacket
($59.99, H&M)

Trouvé Leather Moto Jacket

Update (08/26/2014): Came across this lovely moto jacket by Trouvé today which instantly reminded me of the Rick Owens biker jacket above. Not exactly a steal at $298, but still a whole lot cheaper than the real deal.

Trouvé Leather Moto Jacket in black (Rick Owens Blister knockoff)

Trouvé Leather Moto Jacketls
($298, Nordstrom)

CUSP by Neiman Marcus Faux-Leather Shawl-Collar Jacket

Update (01/31/2014): Found these Rick Owens inspired CUSP by Neiman Marcus moto jackets for under $100 today!

CUSP by Neiman Marcus Faux-Leather Shawl-Collar Jacket in grey and black (Rick Owens Blister knockoff)

CUSP by Neiman Marcus Faux-Leather Shawl-Collar Jacketls
($98, Neiman Marcus)

6 Shore Road “Chloe” Leather Moto Jacket

Update (01/31/2014): Not exactly budget-friendly, but this biker jacket by 6 Shore Road is also a good alternative to the Rick Owens designer original above.

6 Shore Road "Chloe" Leather Moto Jacket in black (Rick Owens Blister knockoff)

6 Shore Road “Chloe” Leather Moto Jacketcj
($428, Shopbop)

Veda “Max” Moto Jacket

Update (01/31/2014): This Veda moto jacket isn’t a steal either, but it’s a great Rick Owens dupe, the quality looks great and the jacket is currently on sale, too! Yay!

Veda "Max" Moto Jacket in black (Rick Owens Blister knockoff)

Veda “Max” Moto Jacket
($515, RevolveClothing)

SW3 Bespoke “Queensway” Biker Jacket

Update (01/31/2014): Also discovered this leather jacket by SW3 Bespoke and it instantly reminded me of a Rick Owens.

SW3 Bespoke "Queensway" Biker Jacket in black (Rick Owens Blister knockoff)

SW3 Bespoke “Queensway” Biker Jacket
($175, Shopbop)

Mango Maxi Flap Leather Jacket

Update (01/31/2014): So how fab is this leather jacket by Mango? It’s such a close dupe to the Rick Owens version and is also surprisingly affordable at $289.99 (we’re talking real leather here!). Really thinking about getting this beauty of a leather jacket myself.

Mango Maxi Flap Leather Jacket in black (Rick Owens Blister knockoff)

Mango Maxi Flap Leather Jacketcj
($289.99, Mango)

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

BB Dakota “Grant” Leather Jacket

Update (11/02/2013): This leather jacket by BB Dakota also reminded me of the Rick Owens biker jacket above. It’s not exactly budget-friendly at $227.50, but definitely a steal compared to the originals’ price!

BB Dakota "Grant" Leather Jacket in black (Rick Owens Blister knockoff)

BB Dakota “Grant” Leather Jacket
($227.50, Zappos)

Muubaa “Agena” Leather Jacket

Update (06/20/2013): Just discovered that these leather jackets by Muubaa would be great buys if you’re looking for a more affordable Rick Owens alternative. They’re not exactly a steal at £279-£349, but from what I have read about the brand worth the mini investment. And oooh, did I mention they offer free worldwide shipping?

Muubaa "Agena" Leather Jacket in black and sandstone (Rick Owens Blister knock-offs)

Muubaa “Agena” Leather Jacketcj
(£279-£349, Muubaa)

Jennifer Lopez Faux-Leather Motorcycle Jacket

This faux leather jacket by Jennifer Lopez surely can’t compete with an original Rick Owens jacket, but if you’re looking for a good-looking and affordable leather jacket, this one has obviously quite a few Rick Owens inspired elements and the price of $50.40 ain’t too bad as well! Also available in white and plus sizes.

Jennifer Lopez Faux-Leather Motorcycle Jacket in black (Rick Owens look-a-like)

Jennifer Lopez Faux-Leather Motorcycle Jacketls
($50.40, Kohl’s)

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New Year’s Eve Outfit – Black & Gold

by Irina on December 31, 2015

And here we are again. The last day of the year has come and once more it’s time to say our goodbyes to a year gone by so fast. Reflecting on the last 12 months: the good, the bad and the ugly makes me all melancholic, excited and thankful at the same time. I know it sounds super cliché, but I love New Year’s Eve, it always gives me that sense of new beginnings and endless possibilities laying ahead. That’s why I love to dress up on this special day and celebrate it champagne, heels and lots of glitter. This year I felt like going with a black and gold theme. Simple elegance combined with bold jewelry. Sexy and daring without being overly complicated, a mantra I also want to become my mindset in 2016. What’s yours?

New Year's Eve Outfit - Black & Gold

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A few last words: make sure to say goodbye to all the bad things that have happened to you and leave them behind in the year 2015. Concentrate on a fresh, new start, reset your body and mind and do whatever makes you happy in 2016. Happy new year, everyone!

Image source(s): RevolveClothing, Sephora, BaubleBar, Zappos

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We’ve featured quite a number of Christian Louboutin shoes here on InTheirCloset and I think that’s because, other than being extremely popular with our readers, they are also what I would classify as “classic”. Louboutin pumps range from demure to over the top but almost all of them feel timeless. CL’s “Claudia” ankle-strap sandals are no exception. They are simply a new take on a tried and true shoe. Look how beloved these are by hollywood starlets and Playboy bunnies alike. You’d probably have to be either or both to swing that price tag though.

Christian Louboutin Claudia Ankle Strap Sandals in black patent

Christian Louboutin Claudia Ankle Strap Sandalsls
($985, Neiman Marcus)

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Jennifer Love Hewitt, Megan Fox, Jennifer Morrison & Holly Madison wearing Christian Louboutin Claudia Ankle Strap Sandals

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M. Gemi “Amare” Ankle Strap Pumps

Update (12/18/2015): 4 years after the last find, I’ve discovered these amazing, handcrafted “Made in Italy” beauties by M. Gemi which are an absolutely fabulous alternative to the pricey Louboutins above. Available in black patent or gold for $198.

M. Gemi "Amare" Ankle Strap Pumps in black patent (Christian Louboutin Claudia dupes)

M. Gemi “Amare” Ankle Strap Pumpsls
(198, M. Gemi)

Nine West “Freespirit” Ankle Strap Pumps

Update (12/23/2011): And here’s a gold glitter version of the CL Claudia heel by Nine West. A very fitting shoe for NYE, don’t you agree? 🙂

Nine West "Freespirit" Ankle Strap Pumps in gold glitter (Christian Louboutin Claudia knockoffs)

Nine West “Freespirit” Ankle Strap Pumps
(119, Nine West)

Rockport “Sasha” Ankle Strap Pumps

Update (05/16/2011): Just came across another Louboutin Claudia look-a-like by Rockport. Available in black or white patent.

Rockport "Sasha" Ankle Strap Pumps in black patent (Christian Louboutin Claudia knockoffs)

Rockport “Sasha” Ankle Strap Pumpsamazon
(44.99, Amazon)

Ivanka Trump “Bulbli” Ankle Strap Sandals

Update (12/14/2010): Well, well. Seems like Ivanka Trump can add shoe designer to her resume now?! Or maybe not because her “Bulbli” sandals look like spot-on clones of Louboutin’s Claudias though I must admit they have the much nicer price tag. Available in black, red or graphite patent.

Ivanka Trump "Bulbli" Ankle Strap Sandals in black patent (Christian Louboutin Claudia knockoffs)

Ivanka Trump “Bulbli” Ankle Strap Sandals
(112.49, Heels.com)

Aldo “Brodigan” Ankle Strap Sandals

Thank you, Aldo, for bringing us a shoe both lovely and affordable. No, my friends, you will not be able to show off that red sole, but if it’s class you’re looking for, look no further. Aldo’s “Brodigan” pump is the versatile, cocktail pump you’ve been looking for minus the hefty price tag. *Ding Ding*. We have a winner! Also available in a great nude color.

Aldo "Brodigan" Ankle Strap Sandals in black patent (Christian Louboutin Claudia knockoffs)

Aldo “Brodigan” Ankle Strap Sandalsls
($34.98, Aldo)

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I kind of have a soft spot for chunky high heel sandals. I know they’re not the most flattering shoe to grace a woman’s feet, but for some reason I like them anyway. To me, they represent the underdog of the shoe world. Not really popular but low-key cool. Doesn’t sound convincing to you? Well, then have a look at the buckled Givenchy sandals below and try telling me these ain’t cool! Because I think they’re totally kickass! And not too high. Plus, they have a chunky heel which makes them probably quite comfortable, too. The only downside though? Well, these babies cost $880! Gulp!

Givenchy Buckled Leather Sandals in black

Givenchy Buckled Leather Sandalsls
($880, Net-A-Porter)

Via Spiga “Revel” Buckled Block Heel Sandals

Update (12/18/2015): Stumbled upon these Givenchy inspired buckled block heel sandals by Via Spiga. They’re available in black, greige and taupe suede.

Via Spiga "Revel" Buckled Block Heel Sandals in black (Givenchy dupes)

Via Spiga “Revel” Buckled Block Heel Sandalsamazon
($135.21, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Lord & Taylorls, Zappos, Shoes.com, Onlineshoes.comls, 6pm, Nordstromls, Bloomingdale’s & Dillard’sls.

Alias Mae “Catherine” Buckled Block Heel Sandals

Update (09/03/2013): Givenchy lovers down under, listen up! Just came across yet another fab Givenchy inspired block heel sandal by Alias Mae. Available in black and for for $159.95 AUD!

Alias Mae "Catherine" Buckled Block Heel Sandals in black and brown (Givenchy knockoffs)

Alias Mae “Catherine” Buckled Block Heel Sandals
($159.95 AUD, StyleTread)

Sole Society “Kadene” Block Heel Sandals

Update (08/03/2013): Found another great Givenchy look-a-like at Sole Society for $69.95! Available in black or luggage leather.

Sole Society "Kadene" Block Heel Sandals in black (Givenchy knockoffs)

Sole Society “Kadene” Block Heel Sandals
($69.95, Sole Society)

Kelsi Dagger “Gina” Buckle Sandals

As much as I love chunky heels, there’s no way I could justify spending such a huge amount of money on shoes, so luckily, I found these almost identical Kelsi Dagger “Gina” Buckle Sandals which sell for much less than the real deal. I also really like the red inner sole on these. Looks kinda Louboutin-esque, no? Anyway, these are made of real leather and come in either black, luggage or greige. You like?

Kelsi Dagger "Gina" Buckle Sandals in black (Givenchy look-a-likes)

Kelsi Dagger “Gina” Buckle Sandalscj
($84.99, Heels.com)

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

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, Zappos, StyleTread, Sole Society, Dillard’s

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