Update: This post has been updated on November 19, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

Even though I love high heels and complex designs, sometimes shoes have to be simple, flat and wearable in order to fit one’s needs of everyday life. Over the years, I have come to love and appreciate neutral-colored ankle boots. They are easy to combine, comfortable and look good with virtually anything in your closet. You might also already know about my passion for anything Alexander McQueen and these chain-embellished booties from the lower-priced McQ Alexander McQueen line unite everything I love in a good ankle boot. They are flat (= comfortable) yet have a small heel (= added height) and the gold chain is a nice little detail which gives these booties a more individualistic, unique look. If only I could afford these…

McQ Alexander McQueen Paddock Chain-Embellished Ankle Boots in black

McQ Alexander McQueen Paddock Chain-Embellished Ankle Bootsls
($625, Farfetch)

P.S.: Also available at Yooxls.

Breckelle’s Capital-13 Chain Ankle Booties

Update (11/19/2015): Found a spot-on and very budget-friendly McQ bootie dupe! It’s by Breckelle’s and comes in black or brown faux leather. Price point: under $40! Now isn’t this a total steal deal?

Breckelle's Capital-13 Chain Ankle Booties in black (McQ Paddock knockoffs)

Breckelle’s Capital-13 Chain Ankle Bootiesamazon
($38.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Zulily.

ASOS “As Good As Gold” Wide Fit Leather Ankle Boots

Update (08/23/2014): Discovered yet another great McQ back-chain bootie alternative at ASOS today.

ASOS "As Good As Gold" Wide Fit Leather Ankle Boots in black (McQ Paddock knockoffs)

ASOS “As Good As Gold” Wide Fit Leather Ankle Boots
($92.87, ASOS)

Ivanka Trump “Danny” Ankle Boots

Update (10/20/2013): And here we have yet another McQ designer inspired chaint bootie. Check out these ankle boots by Ivanka Trump. Available in black and dark brown leather.

Ivanka Trump "Danny" Ankle Boots in black (McQ Paddock knockoffs)

Ivanka Trump “Danny” Ankle Bootsamazon
($89.99, Amazon)

Forever 21 Standout Chained Booties

Update (10/08/2013): Just happened to stumble upon these fab and cheap chained ankle boots (aka McQ Paddock boot look-a-likes) at Forever 21.

Forever 21 Standout Chained Booties in black (McQ Alexander McQueen Paddock knockoffs)

Forever 21 Standout Chained Booties
($39.80, Forever 21)

Steve Madden “GRUDGES” Chain-Embellished Booties

Well, hello again Mr. Steve Madden! Here we go with yet another designer-inspired shoe. The “GRUDGES” ankle boot is a great alternative if you want the look of the McQ chain booties for a fraction of the price.

Steve Madden "GRUDGES" Chain-Embellished Booties in black (McQ Alexander McQueen Paddock knockoffs)

Steve Madden “GRUDGES” Chain-Embellished Bootiesls
($169.95, Steve Madden)

Jeffrey Campbell “Sammy” Chain-Embellished Ankle Boots

If you prefer a shinier look and are willing to spend a bit more, check out this black patent bootie by Jeffrey Campbell. So close to the real deal!

Jeffrey Campbell "Sammy" Chain-Embellished Ankle Boots in black patent (McQ Alexander McQueen Paddock knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Sammy” Chain-Embellished Ankle Bootscj
($204.95, Urban Outfitters)

Image source(s): The Outnet, ASOS, Zappos, Forever 21, Steve Madden, Lori’s

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Ankle boots. I can’t have enough of those! Ever since finding myself being absolutely in love with Acne’s iconic Pistol boots, it kind of started a rather unhealthy obsession of mine: collecting black ankle boots. I don’t have an actual number, but my estimate is that I own between 15-20 pairs of simple black ankle boots at the moment. I kid you not. Luckily, I do wear many of those boots very regularly, so the purchases feel at least somewhat justified. Blogging about fashion (and shoes especially) of course doesn’t help with the obsession. I am being confronted with new contenders practically every day! One of the most promising ones is this gorgeous black suede ankle boot by Loeffler Randall. I love the simplicity of the streamlined design, the velvety suede leather and the contrast-colored stacked heel and leather outsole. It’s the perfect go-to bootie with all your jeans outfits. The only drawback is the price of $395! It’s certainly not the most expensive shoe we’ve featured here on this blog, but it’s not exactly a budget find either.

Loeffler Randall Felix Suede Ankle Boots in black

Loeffler Randall Felix Suede Ankle Boots
($395, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Shoptiquesls, Need Supply Co., Loeffler Randall, Saks Fifth Avenuels, Neiman Marcusls, Shopbop & Footcandy.

Kristin Cavallari for Chinese Laundry “Maddox” Stacked Heel Booties

Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon this gorgeous, spot-on Loeffler Randall Felix dupe by Chinese Laundry. Apart from the slightly different upper material, these booties here are pretty much identical to the real deal, but cost only $140 instead of $395! Steal deal alert! Also available in tobacco and taupe leather (looooove!). These booties sell like hot cakes, so I wouldn’t wait too long with ordering, Nordstrom is already almost out of these beauties.

Kristin Cavallari for Chinese Laundry "Maddox" Stacked Heel Booties in black (Loeffler Randall Felix knockoffs)

Kristin Cavallari for Chinese Laundry “Maddox” Stacked Heel Booties
($139.95, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls & Chinese Laundry.

H&M Suede Ankle Boots

If you don’t want to spend over $100, check out these suede booties I found at H&M. The design is very similar to the Loeffler Randall real deal, but these shoes cost just $79.99 instead. Plus, they have a faux-fur lining, so these would make the perfect winter boots.

H&M Suede Ankle Boots in black (Loeffler Randall Felix knockoffs)

H&M Suede Ankle Boots
($79.99, H&M)

New Look Wide Fit Black Suede Block Heel Ankle Boots

And lastly, a steal deal alternative by New Look for all our European readers. It’s not an identical match (higher heel, side instead of back zip), but the overall look is still quite similar I’d say.

New Look Wide Fit Black Suede Block Heel Ankle Boots in black (Loeffler Randall Felix knockoffs)

New Look Wide Fit Black Suede Block Heel Ankle Boots
(£39.99, New Look)

P.S.: Also available at New Look (EU).

Image source(s): Shopbop, Nordstrom, H&M, New Look

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Real vs. Steal – Chanel Quilted Boy Bag

by Irina on November 18, 2015

Update: This post has been updated on November 18, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

Oh boy! I think I might have a new favorite Chanel bag! I’ve always thought I would never like a Chanel bag more than their classic flap bag, but seeing the quilted version of the Chanel Boy bag below makes me reconsider. It’s edgier than all the classic Chanel bags and I love its modern twist. It looks fresh and new yet still remains to be quintessentially Chanel. Not sure how much this baggie retails for, but I do know that I’m not able to afford it. Boohoo!

Chanel Quilted Boy Bag in black

Chanel Quilted Boy Bag
(Price Unknown, Vestiaire Collective)

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

Steve Madden “Bfriend” Quilted Crossbody Chain Bag

Update (11/18/2015): Spotted more faboulous Chanel Boy alternatives today! They’re by Steve Madden, come in either black or taupe faux leather and are currently on sale for under $70.

Steve Madden "Bfriend" Quilted Crossbody Chain Bag in black and nude (Chanel Boy knockoffs)

Steve Madden “Bfriend” Quilted Crossbody Chain Bagamazon
($66.30, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Steve Maddenls, Steve Madden (Canada)ls & eBags.

Christopher Kon Quilted Leather Crossbody Bag

Update (08/07/2015): Found another high quality Chanel Boy dupe today! By Christopher Kon. Price: $172.95.

Christopher Kon Quilted Leather Crossbody Bag in black (Chanel Boy knockoff)

Christopher Kon Quilted Leather Crossbody Bagpjx
($172.95, Lori’s)

Lush Leather Iconic Quilted Flap Bag

Update (06/11/2015): Stumbled upon this fantastic, spot-on Chanel Boy dupe by Lush Bags today. Not exactly a steal at $149.99, but might still be worth the investment.

Lush Leather Iconic Quilted Flap Bag (Chanel Boy knockoffs)

Lush Leather Iconic Quilted Flap Bagamazon
($149.99, Amazon)

Fineplus Quilted Chain Shoulder Bag

Update (06/11/2015): Another lovely Chanel dupe is this quilted chain bag by Fineplus. Available in black, pink, blue, red and black/white.

Fineplus Quilted Chain Shoulder Bag in black and pink (Chanel Boy knockoffs)

Fineplus Quilted Chain Shoulder Bagamazon
($69, Amazon)

Beauté Bags Quilted Chain Leather Bag

Update (06/11/2015): I also came across this rather expensive Chanel Boy look-alike by Beauté Bags. Definitely not a steal, but it received a lot of raving reviews, so it seems quality is pretty decent here for the price. Also available in beige.

Beauté Bags Quilted Chain Leather Bag in black (Chanel Boy knockoffs)

Beauté Bags Quilted Chain Leather Bagamazon
($169.99, Amazon)

GoJane Quilty Feeling Faux Leather Bag

Update (01/08/2015): Discovered these lovely Chanel Boy bag look-a-likes at GoJane. I loooove the blue version! Only $33.60!

GoJane Quilty Feeling Faux Leather Bag in black and blue (Chanel Boy knockoff)

GoJane Quilty Feeling Faux Leather Bag
($33.60, GoJane)

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Crossbody Bag

Update (08/22/2014): Forever 21 now have a second, more exact Chanel Boy bag dupe available for $24.80 in either black or cream faux leather.

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Crossbody Bag in black and white (Chanel Boy knockoffs)

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Crossbody Bag
($24.80, Forever 21)

DailyLook Large Classic Quilted Purse

Update (12/24/2013): Now check out these amazing Chanel Boy bag dupes which I found over at DailyLook. So close to the original and the price of $59.99 ain’t too bad either. Available in 2 sizes.

DailyLook Large Classic Quilted Purse in black, nude, navy and black and white (Chanel Boy knockoffs)

DailyLook Large Classic Quilted Purse
($59.99, DailyLook)

BagInc “Ingrid” Quilted Medium Leather Bag

Update (12/17/2013): Found this super lovely Chanel Boy dupe at BagInc today for $109! Use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% off! Also available in a small and a black/white version.

BagInc "Ingrid" Quilted Medium Leather Bag in black (Chanel Boy knockoff)

BagInc “Ingrid” Quilted Medium Leather Bag
($109, BagInc)

Fiorelli “Chelsea” Quilted Flap Over Shoulder Bag

If you’re looking for a Chanel Boy inspired-by option, check out the “Chelsea” bag by Fiorelli. It has all the important characteristics of the Chanel bag yet isn’t a too obvious knock-off. Available in black or nude faux leather.

Fiorelli "Chelsea" Quilted Flap Over Shoulder Bag in black (Chanel Boy knockoff)

Fiorelli “Chelsea” Quilted Flap Over Shoulder Bag
($69.87, ASOS)

Jessica Buurman “WLLIET” Chain Strap Shoulder Clutch Bag

Deal: Sign up to the Jessica Buurman newsletter and receive 10% off your first order!

Jessica Buurman aren’t quite as discrete with their Chanel look-a-likes. Their “WLLIET” bags which, by the way, come in 28 different versions including the gorgeous emerald green velvet version that I absolutely love, are pretty much spot-on Chanel Boy dupes. Just wish these were genuine leather, but oh well you can’t have it all I guess.

Jessica Buurman "WLLIET" Chain Strap Shoulder Clutch Bag in black (Chanel Boy knockoff)

Jessica Buurman “WLLIET” Chain Strap Shoulder Clutch Bag
($89, Jessica Buurman)

P.S.: A similar version is also available at Chicnova.

Forever 21 Iconic Faux Leather Crossbody Bag

Forever 21 also have a lovely and super budget-friendly Chanel Boy inspired woven faux leather crossbody bag which comes in either black or white and costs $27.80!

Forever 21 Iconic Faux Leather Crossbody Bag in black and white (Chanel Boy knockoff)

Forever 21 Iconic Faux Leather Crossbody Bag
($27.80, Forever 21)

Choies Chain Strap Quilted Cross Body Bag

At Choies I stumbled upon this super cute denim fabric Chanel Boy look-a-like which retails for a little over $80. Don’t forget to use the promo code above to save some extra cash!

Choies Chain Strap Quilted Cross Body Bag (Chanel Boy knockoff)

Choies Chain Strap Quilted Cross Body Bag
($82.99, Choies)

Image source(s): Pinterest, DailyLook, BagInc, ASOS, Jessica Buurman, Forever 21, Choies, Amazon, Lori’s

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Copycat Math - Fendi Peekaboo + Chanel Quilted Flap + Givenchy Obsedia = MG Collection Dalen Bag

Go Shopping:

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, 1stdibs, Storm Fashion, Amazon

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Update: This post has been updated on November 16, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

One look at these Prada Baroque sunglasses, and all stylish girls can agree that they truly are a work of art. Celebs have been photographed wearing these bold shades with architectural flair everywhere and who can blame them, they are fabulous! Adding these stunners to your art collection may set you back $300, but fortunately for us you can snag a similar pair for less! Check out the amazing steal below.

Prada Minimal Baroque Sunglasses in black

Prada Minimal Baroque Sunglassescj
($300, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Neiman Marcusls, Saks Fifth Avenuels, Bluefly, Forward by Elyse Walker, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Nordstromls, Sunglass Hut, Sunglasses Shop, Zalando, SmartBuyGlasses, The RealReal & Vestiaire Collective.

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SW Global SWG Eyewear Stylish Oval Sunglasses

Update (11/16/2015): Spotted another Prada Baroque dupe! This one’s by SW Global comes in various colors and is currently on sale for $16.99.

SW Global SWG Eyewear Stylish Oval Sunglasses in black (Prada Baroque knockoffs)

SW Global SWG Eyewear Stylish Oval Sunglassesamazon
($16.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at eBags & eBags #2.

BagInc Glamorous Swirl Arms Oversize Sunglasses

Update (04/24/2013): Just stumbled upon another great Prada Baroque sunglasses look-a-like by BagInc for under $10. Available in black, red, white and leopard print. Use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% off your entire order!

BagInc Glamorous Swirl Arms Oversize Sunglasses in black (Prada Baroque look-a-likes)

BagInc Glamorous Swirl Arms Oversize Sunglasses
($9, BagInc)

GoJane Swirly Arm Round Lens Sunglasses

Update (07/30/2012): Found a lovely new Prada Minimal Baroque look-a-like option at GoJane which is not only available in the classic black but also fun colorblock versions.

GoJane Baroque Sunglasses (Prada Minimal Baroque knockoffs)

GoJane Swirly Arm Round Lens Sunglasses
($3.26, GoJane)

Sunglass Warehouse SW Round Fashion Style #2260 Sunglasses

Update (04/24/2012): Sunglass Warehouse now has their own dead ringer for the Prada Minimal Baroque sunglasses which will cost you a little over $16. Also available in brown with amber lenses.

Sunglass Warehouse SW Round Fashion Style #2260 Sunglasses in black (Prada Minimal Baroque knockoffs)

Sunglass Warehouse SW Round Fashion Style #2260 Sunglasses
($16.11, Sunglass Warehouse)

GirlPROPS Curlycue Big Lense Sunglasses

Update (02/28/2012): Just in case the Prada look-a-likes at Triple Optic should sell out, here’s another Prada Baroque knockoff by GirlPROPS. Available in black, tortoise and white.

GirlPROPS Curlycue Big Lense Sunglasses in black (Prada Baroque knockoffs)

GirlPROPS Curlycue Big Lense Sunglassesamazon
($5.67, Amazon)

Designer Inspired Oversized Sunglasses w/ Baroque Swirl Arms

Update (02/01/2012): Since the GoJane sunglasses sold out in no time and many of you missed out on the chance to buy these, I made it my mission to find other great Prada Baroque look-a-likes and today I did find a great one available on Amazon. At only $6.85 a pop I suggest buying the black, white and tortoise version.

Designer Inspired Oversized Sunglasses w/ Baroque Swirl Arms (Prada Baroque knockoffs)

Designer Inspired Oversized Sunglasses w/ Baroque Swirl Armsamazon
($6.85, Amazon)

GoJane Swirl Arm Sunglasses

You really can’t get any closer to the real thing with these lovely frames from GoJane for only $9.50. They will make the perfect accessory to add to your winter wardrobe. And if you are looking for even more star style, just put on your favorite bright-colored lipstick! They are also available in black, tortoise and white.

GoJane Swirl Arm Sunglasses in black (Prada Minimal Baroque knockoff)

GoJane Swirl Arm Sunglasses
($8.20, GoJane)

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