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A crossbody bag in a handy size and neutral color is one of the best fashion investments you can make. Speaking from personal experience I can say that I get the most use out of my black crossbody bags because they’re so absolutely practical for running daily errands. Valentino‘s “Rock Lock” is a paramount example for such a versatile and stylish bag and I’d love to own it since I’m a big fan of Valentino’s stud adorned bags, but spending two grands on such a small bag? My budget can’t really take that kind of a dent I’m afraid.

Valentino Rock Lock Cross Body Bag in black

Valentino Glam Lock Small Leather Shoulder Bagls
($2.145, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Neiman Marcusls, Barneysls & MyTheresa.

Cameron Diaz Loves Valentino

Cameron Diaz carrying a black Valentino Rock Lock Cross Body Bag

Giulia Massari “Cindy” Studded Leather Crossbody

Update (04/11/2017): Just spotted these fabulous and budget-friendly, Valentino inspired crossbody bags by Giulia Massari which come in various colors and cost $64.97.

Giulia Massari "Cindy" Studded Leather Crossbody Bag in pink, black, turquoise (Valentino Rock Lock dupes)

Giulia Massari Studded Leather Crossbody
($64.97, Nordstrom Rack)

Youshine Studded Push Lock Crossbody Bag

Update (06/03/2016): Just spotted these spot-on and super budget-friendly Valentino Rock Lock bag dupes by Youshine which come in either black, blue or silver faux leather and cost under $30. Steal deal alert!

Youshine Studded Push Lock Crossbody Bag in black and silver (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Youshine Studded Push Lock Crossbody Bag
($25.90, YesStyle)

Jessica Buurman “OCVRAN” Studded Details Bag

Update (01/06/2014): Discovered these yummy colored Valentino bag dupes at Jessica Buurman today. So in love with the yellow version!

Jessica Buurman "OCVRAN" Studded Details Bag in pink and yellow (Valentino Rock Lock knockoff)

Jessica Buurman “OCVRAN” Studded Details Bag
($89, Jessica Buurman)

Boohoo “Luisa” Stud Panel Shoulder Bag

Update (01/06/2014): Here’s another set of Valentino inspired baggies which you can buy from Boohoo. Available in red, yellow and orange.

Boohoo "Luisa" Stud Panel Shoulder Bag in red and yellow (Valentino Rock Lock knockoff)

Boohoo “Luisa” Stud Panel Shoulder Bag
($24, Boohoo)

P.S.: Also available at Boohoo (EU + International).

JustFab “Narrative” Studded Front Flap Satchel

Update (01/04/2014): Stumbled upon this gorgeous and budget-friendly Valentino bag look-a-like at JustFab today and had to share it with you! Available in either black or blush faux leather. FYI: You have to be registered (it’s free!) to browse the JustFab shop.

JustFab "Narrative" Studded Front Flap Satchel in black (Valentino Glam Lock knockoff)

JustFab “Narrative” Studded Front Flap Satchelcj
($39.95-$49, JustFab)

Forever 21 Studded Crossbody Bag

Luckily, you don’t have to be a big spender to get the enviable Valentino look thanks to Forever 21 and their pretty much identical budget version of the “Rock Lock” bag which is refreshingly light on the wallet with its $27.80 price tag! Now that’s an awesome find, right? Get yours before it sells out.

Forever 21 Studded Crossbody Bag in black (Valentino Rock Lock knockoff)

Forever 21 Studded Crossbody Bag
($27.80, Forever 21)

Forever 21 Studded Chain Strap Crossbody Bag

And because we’re speaking about Forever 21, here’s another Valentino Rock Lock look-a-like for a little bit less than the first one. Also available in white faux leather.

Forever 21 Studded Chain Strap Crossbody Bag in black (Valentino Rock Lock knockoff)

Forever 21 Studded Chain Strap Crossbody Bag
($24.80, Forever 21)

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Shoes will always be my first love, but occasionally I will stray a little and fall for a nice handbag. Such as this absolutely gorgeous statement clutch by Clare V.! I love the boldness of the leopard print and, as you can see from the picture below, you can either let the bag stand out by itself or pair it with other statement pieces to achieve a more dramatic look. At $275, it’s not a super expensive splurge, but it ain’t exactly budget-friendly either.

Clare V. Supreme Haircalf Leopard Print Fold Over Clutch

Clare V. Supreme Haircalf Leopard Print Fold Over Clutch
($275, Clare V.)

P.S.: Also available at Net-A-Porterls, Shopbopls, Nordstromls, Neiman Marcusls & Revolve.

Style Bloggers Love Clare V.

Style bloggers such as Rachel from Pink Peonies has been spotted wearing Clare V. Supreme Haircalf Leopard Print Fold Over Clutch various times on her blog.

Rachel (Pink Peonies) carrying a Clare V. Supreme Haircalf Leopard Print Fold Over Clutch

Outfit pictures via Pink Peonies.

RDBStyle Concrete Jungle Cheetah Print Clutch

Update (04/11/2017): Check out this cute cheetah print clutch by RDBStyle which is a nice and budget-friendly alternative to the pricey Clare V. fold-over clutch.

RDBStyle Concrete Jungle Cheetah Print Clutch (Clare V. dupe)

RDBStyle Concrete Jungle Cheetah Print Clutch
($36, Red Dress Boutique)

Banana Republic x August Handbags “Ravello” Fold Over Clutch

Update (04/11/2017): Also discovered this cheetah print foldover clutch at Banana Republic which is quite similar to the Clare V. version above, look- and, unfortunately, also price-wise.

Banana Republic x August Handbags "Ravello" Fold Over Clutch (Clare V. inspired)

Banana Republic x August Handbags “Ravello” Fold Over Clutch
($248, Banana Republic)

Tony Bianco “Malibu” Cheetah Print Pony Hair Fold Over Clutch

While browsing through Tony Bianco‘s new arrivals recently, I discovered this pony hair fold over clutch and had to do a double take to make sure I wasn’t looking at the Clare V. original. Sure, TB’s “Malibu” clutch isn’t that much cheaper than the real deal, but it’s still about $115 less and if you live in Australia it’s definitely more convenient to buy this one than order the original from overseas.

Tony Bianco "Malibu" Cheetah Print Pony Hair Fold Over Clutch (Clare V Supreme knockoff)

Tony Bianco “Malibu” Cheetah Print Pony Hair Fold Over Clutch
($159.95 AUD, Tony Bianco)

Image source(s): Shopbop, Pink Peonies, Banana Republic, Tony Bianco

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I feel like I’ve been waiting ages to finally be able to feature this gorgeous leopard calf hair clutch by Clare V. which has been on my “Real vs. Steal“-radar for the longest of times. Even though this zippered clutch has been quite the hit among personal style bloggers, fashion insiders and IGers all over the world, no one seemed to bother coming up with a decent dupe for this coveted animal print clutch which, by the way, retails for $245. When it comes to statement bags I, as a deeply loyal shoes girl, will almost always opt for the cheaper, look-for-less route because I am way too lazy to switch up my bag game on a day-to-day basis. That’s why the handful of bags that I do own hardly ever get as much exposure as they deserve and mostly live in the shadow stashed away in a dark corner of my closet. And even though I’m really loving this particular statement clutch (never ever getting tired of leopard print) and don’t think $245 is an astronomically high price for this wild-looking beauty of a bag, I think I’d prefer not to spend hundreds of dollars on a clutch that might not get me a satisfying cost-per-wear ratio eventually.

Clare V. Leopard Flat Haircalf Clutch

Clare V. Leopard Flat Haircalf Clutchls
($245, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Clare V., Amazonamazon & Revolve.

Style Bloggers Love Clare V.

Personal style bloggers such as Kat Tanita (With Love from Kat), Jessica Sturdy (Bows & Sequins), Amy Jackson (Fashion Jackson) and Lauren Slade (Style Elixir) have all been spotted wearing a Clare V. Leopard Flat Haircalf Clutch.

Personal style bloggers wearing a Clare V. Leopard Flat Haircalf Clutch

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Banana Republic x August Handbags “Portofino” Cheetah Print Clutch

Update (04/11/2017): Spotted another animal print clutch alternative today! You can buy it for $198 at Banana Republic which is admittedly only slightly cheaper than the real deal, but you might prefer the pattern on this one or just wait until this clutch goes to sale later on in the season. By the way, a smaller version for $78 is available here.

Banana Republic x August Handbags "Portofino" Cheetah Print Clutch (Clare V. inspired)

Banana Republic x August Handbags “Portofino” Cheetah Print Clutch
($198, Banana Republic)

BP. Leopard Print Genuine Calf Hair Pouch

And now we’re talking again! The fashion gods seem to have heard my (our?) prayers and so BP. came up with a fabulous leopard print clutch that’s super close to the Clare V. version. Same design, same animal print and same size! What I also really love about this bag – apart from its obvious dupe potential, of course – is that it is made of genuine calf hair just like the real deal, but it’s only $45 instead of $245. Major steal deal alert! Yes, the leopard print calf hair portion is restricted to the front side of the bag only, but that’s totally fine with me. So what are you waiting for? Your next budget-friendly statement clutch buy is ready to ship!

BP. Leopard Print Genuine Calf Hair Pouch (Clare V. Flat Clutch dupe)

BP. Leopard Print Genuine Calf Hair Pouchls
($45, Nordstrom)

Image source(s): Shopbop, With Love from Kat, Bows & Sequins, Fashion Jackson, Style Elixir, Banana Republic, Nordstrom

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Now that Christmas is only 2 days away I know you’re probably super busy shopping for last minute gifts (guilty as charged!), wrapping presents and finalizing your Christmas menu, but there’s always some time to appreciate a beautiful shoe, right? This red suede fringed block-heel beauty by Aquazzura might look familiar as we’ve featured its 4″ stiletto heel sibling in a previous Real vs. Steal post. But as much as we love a sky-high stiletto high-heel shoe, even the comfiest of them still isn’t comfy. Wearing high heels is painful, often exhausting, sometimes even downright dangerous (hello, cobblestone pavement!), so I’m super happy to see mid-heeled block-heels taking the wheel in the footwear trend scene right now. Because happy feet = happy me! And these Aquazzura sandals are a prime example that show that block-heeled shoes can look just as sexy and beautiful as their high-heeled counterparts. Too bad these beauties cost a whopping $785 though! Luckily, we’ve found a few budget-friendly alternatives that will give you the designer look for a fraction of the price.

Aquazzura Wild Thing Fringe Block-Heel City Sandals in red suede

Aquazzura Wild Thing Fringe Block-Heel City Sandalsls
($785, Neiman Marcus)

Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, Shopbopls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Barneysls, Matches Fashionls, Farfetchls, MyTheresa, Selfridges, Luisaviaroma & Lane Crawfordls.

Sole Society “Sera” Fringe Strap Heeled Sandals

Update (04/03/2017): Spotted these amazingly similar fringe block heel sandals at Sole Society which look just like the real deal, but cost only a fraction of the price. Available for $89.95 in red, taupe or blue suede.

Sole Society "Sera" Fringe Strap Heeled Suede Sandals (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

Sole Society “Sera” Fringe Strap Heeled Sandalsls
($89.95, Nordstrom)

Also available at Sole Society & QVCcjcj.

JustFab “Jean” Fringe Block Heeled Sandals

Update (04/03/2017): Also discovered these budget-friendly Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes at JustFab. They come in 4 colors (taupe, red, black and yellow) and can be yours for as low as $9.99 (first item purchase for JustFab members). Stea deal alert!

JustFab "Jean" Fringe Block Heeled Sandals in red and yellow faux suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

JustFab “Jean” Fringe Block Heeled Sandals
($9.99, JustFab)

BP. “Karla” Block Heel Ankle Wrap Sandals

Update (04/03/2017): Another great Aquazzura alternative are these block heel sandals by BP. which are made of genuine leather and retail for $59.95. They miss the fringe detail on the front strap, but the overall design is still quite similar to the designer version above. Available in blush, blue and black suede.

BP. "Karla" Block Heel Ankle Wrap Sandals in blush and blue (Aquazzura Wild Thing City inspired)

BP. “Karla” Block Heel Ankle Wrap Sandalsls
($59.95, Nordstrom)

Spurr “Aisha” Fringe Block Heels

Update (01/28/2017): Stumbled upon another lovely Aquazzura Wild Thing City alternative today! “Aisha” by Spurr looks a lot like the real deal, comes in 3 colors (coral, black and pink blush microsuede) and costs $41.97 AUD!

Spurr "Aisha" Fringe Block Heels in coral and blush pink micro suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

Spurr “Aisha” Fringe Block Heels
($41.97 AUD, The Iconic)

Athena Alexander “Saige” Fringed Ankle Wrap Sandals

May I introduce you to “Saige” by Athena Alexander? A gorgeous and spot-on Aquazurra Wild Thing City dupe available in either red, grey or black faux suede for $97.95. No need to spend $800 if you can have the exact same designer look for under $100, right?

Athena Alexander "Saige" Fringed Ankle Wrap Sandals in red faux suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

Athena Alexander “Saige” Fringed Ankle Wrap Sandalsamazon
($97.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Zappos, 6pm & DSW.

Kaitlyn Pan Fringed Suede Lace-Up Tassel Block Heel Sandals

My favorite Aquazzura Wild Thing alternative however is this one by Kaitlyn Pan. Why? Well, first off: it’s just as spot-on as the Athena Alexander version, but it is made of genuine suede and also costs $13 less ($84.99). Plus, the available colors (red, blue = my fave, tan and black) are absolutely gorgeous, too.

Kaitlyn Pan Fringed Suede Lace-Up Tassel Block Heel Sandals in red (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

Kaitlyn Pan Fringed Suede Lace-Up Tassel Block Heel Sandalsamazon
($84.99, Amazon)

Image source(s): Neiman Marcus, Sole Society, JustFab, Nordstrom, The Iconic, Amazon

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The moment I first laid eyes onto these fancy satin bow slide sandals by Puma which came out as part of the new Fenty Puma by Rihanna collection earlier this month, I knew Rihanna would have another hit on her hands for the fashion-forward, sportswear-loving ladies (…and men since these are also available in men’s sizing). The new styles are supposedly inspired by the luxurious Parisian days of the famously known decadent Queen of France, Marie-Antoinette, the bow slides are a glammed up version of the classic soccer slide with a super cute satin bow adorning the slide strap which come in either a beautiful pastel pink or edgy olive green. The bow slides retail for $90 which is obviously far from being a designer shoe price, but a) these sandals are so in demand right now that they’re almost sold out everywhere and b) not everbody wants to spend almost $100 on a pair of pool slide sandals, so we took a look around to see whether we could find some lower priced alternatives. Spoiler alert: we did!

 Fenty Puma by Rihanna Bow Slide Sandals in rose pink and olive green

Fenty Puma by Rihanna Bow Slide Sandals
($90, Bloomingdale’s)

Also available at Akirals, Forward by Elyse Walker, Amazonamazon, Urban Outfitters, ASOS, Puma, The Webster, Farfetchls, Office.co.uk, Office London (DE), Footlocker, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Intermix & Luisaviaroma.

Steve Madden “Silky” Bow Slide Sandals

Update (04/11/2017): And another Fenty Puma by Rihanna bow slide dupe entered the stage! Check out these spot-on and super fab satin bow slides by Steve Madden! Available in pink and black satin for a steal price of $39.95! These will go quickly, so you better buy them ASAP!

Steve Madden "Silky" Bow Slide Sandals in pink and black satin (Fenty Puma by Rihanna dupes)

Steve Madden “Silky” Bow Slide Sandalsamazon
($39.95, Amazon)

Also available at Nordstromls, Dillard’s, Jildor, Zappos, Steve Maddenls, Macy’s, DSW, Tillys, Tobi, Shi by Journeys, Belk, Shoes.comls, Buckle & Bon-Tonls.

LFL by Lust For Life “Spice” Satin Bow Slide Sandals

Update (04/11/2017): Also found these super cute beauties by LFL by Lust For Life which are another great look for less alternative for under $30 that comes in either blush, lavender, black or grey satin. Steal deal alert!

LFL by Lust For Life "Spice" Satin Bow Slide Sandals in blush, black and grey (Fenty Puma by Rihanna dupes)

LFL by Lust For Life “Spice” Satin Bow Slide Sandalsamazon
($29.95, Amazon)

Also available at Zappos, DSW & Forever 21.

Express Metallic Bow Slides

Update (04/11/2017): These silver metallic bow slides I found at Express could also be a great look for less alernative if you don’t want a spot-on Puma dupe. Plus, they’re currently 30% off!

Express Metallic Bow Slides in silver metallic (Fenty Puma by Rihanna inspired)

Express Metallic Bow Slides
($27.93, Express)

Topshop “Halo” Bow Slides

My current Fenty x Puma dupe favorite are these lovely salmon pink satin bow slide sandals by Topshop which cost $30 and also come in black. Same cute design at a fraction of the real deal’s price! Add to cart, please!

Topshop "Halo" Bow Slides in nude pink (Fenty x Puma by Rihanna dupes)

Topshop “Halo” Bow Slides
($30, Topshop)

Also available at Nordstromls, Zalando & Hudson’s Bay.

Cape Robbin Moira-19 Bow Slide Sandals

Another great Puma by Rihanna alternative are these cooler-toned pink bow slides by Cape Robbin which cost between $30 – $40 and also come in white, blue and yellow satin. Really love these girly sandals!

Cape Robbin Moira-19 Bow Slide Sandals in pink (Fenty x Puma by Rihanna dupes)

Cape Robbin Moira-19 Bow Slide Sandalsamazon
($36.98, Amazon)

Also available at Amazon #2amazon, Nordstrom Rack, CiCi Hot, Amazon #3amazon, Zulily & eBayeBay.

Liliana Nomi-7 Satin Bow Slide Sandals

Last but not least are these spot-on Puma sandal dupes by Liliana which also happen to be the cheapest option at $21.99. Steal deal alert! Also available in various colors including black, blue, dusty and blush pink satin.

Liliana Nomi-7 Satin Bow Slide Sandals in blush pink and olive green (Fenty x Puma by Rihanna dupes)

Liliana Nomi-7 Satin Bow Slide Sandalsamazon
($21.99, Amazon)

Also available at Nordstrom Rack.

Image source(s): Puma, Steve Madden, Zappos, Topshop, Amazon, Nordstrom Rack

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