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Update: This post has been updated on May 28, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

I always say that the awesomeness of an article of clothing can be judged by how many talented stylists pull it for their clients to wear. If we go by my thought then the Dolce & Gabbana corset dress is something everyone should run out and buy. Was. Was something we should’ve bought. If you weren’t lucky enough to snag one last spring, it is unfortunately sold out, but read on…

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2009 Corset Dress in eggshell

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2009 Corset Dressls
(~$1.500, Neiman Marcus)

Celebrities Love Dolce & Gabbana

Victoria Beckham, Susan Sarandon, Mischa Barton, Petra Nemcova, Taraji P. Henson and Penélope Cruz wearing a Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2009 Corset Dress

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bebe Hook & Eye Detail Dress

Update (05/26/2015): When I spotted this beautiful strapless pencil dress by bebe I instantly thought of the Dolce & Gabbana corset dress above and thought it would serve as a nice look 4 less alternative. Also available in petite sizes.

bebe Hook & Eye Detail Dress in white (Dolce & Gabbana knockoff)

bebe Hook & Eye Detail Dress
($169, bebe)

Guess by Marciano Carmella Corset Dress

For those of you that are subscribing to my above style tip, or perhaps you just love the dress, Guess by Marciano has created their own version of it. The Carmella dress is slightly more form-fitting, but still features the decorative vertical seams. This detailing is supposed to mimic boning and is extremely figure flattering. Carmella is a ton more affordable and conveniently available now in either white or gold.

Guess by Marciano Carmella Corset Dress in white (Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2009 knockoff)

Guess by Marciano Carmella Corset Dress
($188, Marciano)

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Wedges. I am currently crazy about them! Especially cork wedges. They’re just the perfect pair of kicks for summer. My favorite pair is a beautiful pair I found on ASOS a year ago, but these black satin cork wedges by Giuseppe Zanotti aren’t too bad either.

Giuseppe Zanotti La Rocque Jewelled Cork Wedges in black-satin

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(£530, Harrods)

Jessica Simpson Loves Giuseppe Zanotti

Jessica Simpson wearing black satin Giuseppe Zanotti La Rocque Jewelled Wedges

GUESS by Marciano “Ilaz” Cork Wedge Pumps

Not willing to shell out hundreds of $ on a pair of summer heels? Then check out these fab Zanotti look-a-likes by GUESS by Marciano which also happen to be on sale right now. They might have a peep-toe which the original Zanottis don’t, I still find them to be quite charming. Available in black or pink suede.

GUESS by Marciano "Ilaz" Cork Wedge Pumps in black suede (Giuseppe Zanotti La Rocque knockoffs)

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($161.28, Amazon)

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Update: This post has been updated on February 10, 2011. Scroll down to see the new add.

I’ve been in love with these studded Balmain gladiator sandals ever since I first spotted them on NET-A-PORTER 6 months ago and dreamed of owning them, happily strutting the streets in them with leggings or skinny jeans. But as always the whopping price tag of $1.195 kept that dream fom ever coming true.

Balmain Elastic Studded Gladiator Sandals in black

Balmain Studded Strappy Gladiator Sandalsls
($1.195, NET-A-PORTER)

Celebrities Love Balmain

Lindsay Lohan and Rihanna wearing black Balmain Studded Strappy Sandals

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Liliana Pray-1 Sandals

UPDATE (02/10/2011): Here’s another great Balmain alternative coming from Liliana. Available in black, red and silver fabric upper.

Liliana Pray-1 Sandals in black (Balmain knockoffs)

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(47.15, Amazon)

Type Z “Lorry” Sandals

UPDATE (09/17/2010): These Balmain knockoffs by Type Z come a little late, but isn’t it amazing how they are almost identical compared to the Balmain originals? Only these are soooo much cheaper.

Type Z "Lorry" Sandals in black (Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain knockoffs)

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($63, Zappos)

Wet Seal Stud Cage Booties

UPDATE (12/10/2009): Found another budget-friendly alternative by Wet Seal.

Wet Seal Stud Cage Booties in black (Balmain Studded Strappy Gladiator knockoffs)

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($32.50, Wet Seal)

ZiGiny “Palace” Studded Sandals

UPDATE (10/31/2009): I just stumbled upon another Balmain knockoff by ZiGiny. Good thing: They look more like the original Balmain heels (except for the platform).

ZiGiny "Palace" Studded Gladiator Sandals in black (Balmain knockoffs)

ZiGiny “Palace” Studded Gladiator Sandalsamazon
($99.95, Amazon)

GUESS by Marciano “Natalia” Gladiator Sandals

I’ve been waiting so long for knockoffs like these to come out and finally GUESS by Marciano answered my prayers by giving us frugal fashionistas a budget-friendly Balmain alternative. The studs on these are slightly bigger, but the shape and the elastic straps look almost identical.

Guess by Marciano "Natalia" Elastic Gladiator Sandals in black (Balmain knockoffs)

GUESS by Marciano “Natalia” Stappy Gladiator Sandalsamazon
($55.63, Amazon)

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Olivia Munn looks amazingly polished in this nude chiffon top, black leather skirt and YSL Tribtoo slingbacks! I must say it’s very nice to see her in actual clothing as opposed to a bikini shoot for Maxim magazine. I mean, she does have a rockin’ body and is definitely able to pull it off. But, I honestly think it’s refreshing to see how put together she looks. My favorite part of her outfit is the skinny leopard print belt! The outfit just wouldn’t be the same without it. And who wouldn’t love those grey patent YSL pumps? Well, I’m sure not all of us can have Olivia Munn’s budget, so here is our take on her look and let us know what you think.

Olivia Munn’s Look 4 Less

Olivia Munn's Nude Chiffon Top & Black Leather Skirt Look 4 Less

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Our Rating: ★★★½☆

Who?Olivia Munn
Where?Grand Opening Of Marquee Nightclub in Las Vegas, Nevada
When?December 30, 2010
What?Yves Saint Laurent Tribtoo slingback platform pumps in grey patent

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Update: This post has been updated on November 30, 2010. Scroll down to see the new add.

These badass Givenchy ankle boots would give an edge to any outfit. Who knew patchwork could look so chic? I’m loving the high shine of the studs and the small touch of gold.

Givenchy Studded Patchwork Ankle Boots in black

Givenchy Studded Patchwork Ankle Bootsls
(£495, Browns Fashion)

Liliana Lanvin-5 Studded Open Toe Booties

UPDATE (11/30/2010): Found another great dupe of the Givenchy booties by Liliana. Available in black, brown and grey.

Liliana Lanvin-5 Studded Open Toe Booties in black (Givenchy knockoffs)

Liliana Lanvin-5 Studded Open Toe Booties
($27.99, AmiClubWear)

Marciano “Symone” Open-toe Ankle Boots

While I love the killer Givenchy booties, their high price tag is bringing the pain, so we’ve found a similar pair for less than half the price. The Marciano version doesn’t have the same subtle gold detailing or gorgeous glossy studs. However, they still give off the same badass vibe with a touch of pewter and for under $250, I’ll take them.

Marciano "Symone" Open-toe Ankle Boots in black (Givenchy knockoffs)

Marciano “Symone” Open-toe Ankle Bootsamazon
($247.95, Amazon)

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