I have gotten several requests to feature a Real vs. Steal post on designer over-the-knee boots, so here you go. Even if you don’t follow fashion trends or read fashion mags on a regular basis, I’m sure you still have noticed this year’s obvious trend of thigh-high boots. I must admit that I love this trend on the runway, but in the real world it’s darn hard to pull these off as a normal-sized woman. Then I saw these OTK suede boots by Brian Atwood on Olivia Palermo and was instantly smitten with them as they look so extremely flattering on her. If I was ever to follow the thigh high boots trend, I’d definitely go for something like this.

Brian Atwood Jamie Suede Thigh High Boots in black

Brian Atwood Jamie OTK Suede Bootsls
($1.235, NET-A-PORTER)

Olivia Palermo Loves Brian Atwood

Olivia Palermo wearing black suede Brian Atwood Jamie OTK Boots

Steve Madden “SHAKIRAA” OTK Boots

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While not a blatant copy, these boots by Steve Madden still make the cut if you are looking for a budget-friendly pair of thigh high suede boots with a mid-high heel.

Steve Madden "SHAKIRAA" Suede Boots in black (Brian Atwood Jamie knockoffs)

Steve Madden “SHAKIRAA” Thigh High Suede Bootsls
($179.95, Steve Madden)

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Last month Rihanna showed up to the NOKIA X6 Launch Party in London wearing a sexy caged LBD by Funktional. RiRi paired her black number with black fishnet tights, matching biker boots and a chunky silver chain bracelet. If you want to copy Rihanna’s look, you can keep your check book in your purse as her dress is quite a steal for a celebrity fashion item.

Rihanna wearing a black Funktional Cage Dress

Our Rating: ★★★½☆

Where?NOKIA X6 Launch, London
When?November 16, 2009
What?Funktional Cage Dress

Funktional Cage Dress

Funktional Cage Dress in black

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($85, REVOLEClothing)


These over-the-top sky-high platform heels were part of Giambattista Valli‘s Spring 2008 collection and even though Spring 2008 is like a million years ago in the fashion universe I still can’t get over them. In fact, they were one of my first shoe obsessions ever. One of the things that got me interested in fashion in the first place – beyond the ocassional shopping spree in the mall or a random page flip through Vogue. Some say these heels look hooker-ish, to me – they are perfect. The embodiment of art and fashion with a hint of craziness.

Giambattista Valli Spring 2008 "Victoria" Platform Heels in white and pink

Giambattista Valli Victoria Platform Heels
(~$900, SOLD OUT)

Celebrities Love Giambattista Valli

Rihanna, Mary-Kate Olsen & Jessica Biel wearing Giambattista Valli Spring 2008 Victoria Platform Sandals

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Shiekh "Persia-01" Platform Heels

What I love about these platform heels by Shiekh is that they’ve kept the extreme proportions of the original Vallis and didn’t tone it down to make them more appealing to the masses. Yes, the platform isn’t quite as high, but that’s barely noticeable. So gorgeous, affordable & available in white/pink (pictured), black/pink, beige/yellow and grey/black.

Shiekh "Persia-01" Platform Heels in white & pink (Giambattista Valli Spring 2008 Victoria knockoffs)

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($44.97, Shiekh)

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Diane Kruger is one of my absolute red carpet favorites. She’s always so flawless and on-point when attending public events. You’ll never catch her wearing some boring black dress or follow a trend blindly. She has impeccable taste and this reflects in her red carpet outings. Case in point: Diane wearing a black velvet jumpsuit (in fact, it’s a combination of matching blouse + pants, but it looks like a one-piece to me). Isn’t it just gorgeous on her? It’s not easy to pull off a velvet jumpsuit, but Diane masters it perfectly.

Diane Kruger wearing a black one shoulder Chloé Fall 2009 velvet jumpsuit

Our Rating: ★★★★☆

Who?Diane Kruger
Where?Dinner to Celebrate the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists, LA
When?October 30, 2009
What?Chloé Fall 2009 one shoulder velvet jumpsuit, Christian Louboutin shoes

ASOS BLACK One Shoulder Velvet Jumpsuit

If you’re still looking for a holiday outfit and don’t want to wear what everyone else is going to wear, why don’t you opt for Diane’s look instead? I like that ASOS’ version is more snug and doesn’t have the exaggerated hips which can be quite hard to carry off if you’re not a runway model. Add a studded belt, statement shoes or a bright clutch to make your outfit pop and prevent it from looking dull. Also available in teal.

ASOS BLACK One Shoulder Velvet Jumpsuit in black (Chloé Fall 2009 knockoff)

ASOS BLACK One Shoulder Velvet Jumpsuitls
($84.99, ASOS)


After running this blog for more than a year, I noticed I haven’t featured anything Versace before which I found quite odd. I wondered why. Could it be because Versace is hard to replicate on a low budget scale since most of their clothes require luxe fabrics and superb craftmanship to look the way they do? Anyway, today I stumbled upon my first Versace knockoff find. I’m sooo in love with the quilted bow pumps below, it’s almost painful. Why painful you ask? Because there’s no way I can make them mine at THAT price and they ARE already on sale (original retail price was $1.055).

Versace Quilted Bow Platform Pumps in beige

Versace Quilted Bow Pumpsls
($1.055, Bergdorf Goodman)

Liliana “Freely” Peep-toe Bow Pumps

These platform pumps by Liliana are a great and affordable alternative to the Versace pumps since they look pretty much alike. The Liliana pumps have the same cute bow on the vamp as well as the same strap detailing and shape minus the quilted suede which I find a bit sad. Also available in black, but be quick to order because a few sizes are already gone.

Liliana Freely Open-toe Bow Pumps in tan (Versace Quilted Bow Pump knockoffs)

Liliana “Freely” Peep-toe Bow Pumpsamazon
($33, Amazon)

Image source(s): Neiman Marcus, Amazon


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