Nautical

Update: This post has been updated on October 11, 2017. Scroll down to see the new adds.

Can we please have a moment of OMG!-silence for this AH!-mazing Balmain blazer? Consider me obsessed big time. If there ever existed something such as the perfect blazer, this gold-buttoned double-breasted navy wool-twill blazer which comes with Balmain’s signature razor-sharp silhouette would definitely be one of them. Just take a look at how gorgeous and effortlessly elegant all the beautiful ladies below look in their Balmain-adorned outfit ensembles. Perfection! I’d even be willing to splurge on a classic fashion staple such as this blazer, but its price of $2.385 is just beyond any common sense. My credit card does not approve.

Balmain Double-Breasted Wool-Twill Blazer in navy

Balmain Double-Breasted Wool-Twill Blazerls
($2.385, Neiman Marcus)

Also available at Net-A-Porterls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Barneysls, Saks Fifth Avenuels, S|Sense, Luisaviaroma, Selfridges, Stylebop, Harrodsicon, Farfetchls, MyTheresa, Vestiaire Collective & The Real Real.

Celebrities, Fashion Insiders & Style Bloggers Love Balmain

Celebs, fashion insiders, IGers, personal style bloggers; they all have been spotted wearing a Balmain Double-Breasted Wool-Twill Blazer.

Celebrities, IGers and Personal Style Bloggers wearing Balmain Double-Breasted Wool-Twill Blazer

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M&S Collection Gold Button Double Breasted Jacket

Update (10/11/2017): Spotted this super fab Balmain inspired military-style blazer by M&S Collection at Marks & Spencer today. It only has 2 instead of 3 rows of gold buttons, but the overall design is still very reminiscent of the Balmain jacket above. Price: £65.

M&S Collection Gold Button Double Breasted Jacket in navy (Balmain inspired)

M&S Collection Gold Button Double Breasted Jacket
(£65, Marks & Spencer)

Camilla and Marc “Dimmer” Double-Breasted Blazer

Update (10/11/2017): If you’re willing to spend considerably more to get a high-quality blazer similar to the Balmain one, check out the “Dimmer” jackets by Camilla and Marc which are admittedly quite expensive at $699 AUD, but possibly worth the investment. Also love that they come in so many gorgeous colors!

Camilla and Marc "Dimmer" Double-Breasted Blazer (Balmain dupes)

Camilla and Marc “Dimmer” Double-Breasted Blazer
($699 AUD, Camilla and Marc)

Also available at The Iconicls.

Club Monaco “Jowdie” Peak Lapels Button-Front Crepe Blazer

Update (10/11/2017): Another rather pricey Balmain blazer dupe is the “Jowdie” jacket by Club Monaco which retails for $298 (now 30% off: $208.60).

Club Monaco "Jowdie" Peak Lapels Button-Front Crepe Blazer in navy (Balmain inspired)

Club Monaco “Jowdie” Peak Lapels Button-Front Crepe Blazerls
($208.60, Neiman Marcus)

Also available at Club Monacols, Shopbopls & Zalando.

PrettyLittleThing “Pari” Double Breasted Military Style Blazer

Update (10/11/2017): Another possible alternative would be these military-style blazers I found at PrettyLittleThing which are obviously Balmain dupes, but soooo much cheaper at £30. By the way, students get a whopping 50% discount at PrettyLittleThing.

PrettyLittleThing "Pari" Double Breasted Military Style Blazer in white, black and rose pink (Balmain dupes)

Dorothy Perkins 3 Tier Double Breasted Jacket
(£30, PrettyLittleThing)

Also available at Lipsyls.

Forever New “Libby” Double-Breasted Blazer

Update (10/11/2017): I also like these blazers by Forever New which look like they’re of decent quality and would make great Balmain look for less dupes. Also love that they come in a variety of colors!

Forever New "Libby" Double-Breasted Blazer in navy, white, red and black (Balmain dupes)

Forever New “Libby” Double-Breasted Blazer
($79.99, Forever New)

Also available at The Iconicls, Lipsyls & Next.

Dorothy Perkins 3 Tier Double Breasted Jacket

Update (10/11/2017): Still haven’t found your Balmain blazer dupe favorite yet? Then how about this one from Dorothy Perkins? It has all the key military style details but is so much more affordable at $75.

Dorothy Perkins 3 Tier Double Breasted Jacket in black (Balmain inspired)

Dorothy Perkins 3 Tier Double Breasted Jacket
($75, Dorothy Perkins)

Also available at Zalando & Debenhams.

Lipsy Military Tailored Button Blazer

Update (10/11/2017): Lipsy has a few cute military-inspired blazer options that would be also be suitable for a look for less. This tailored jacket for example retails for £66 and is also available in whitels.

Lipsy Military Tailored Button Blazer in black and white (Balmain inspired)

Lipsy Military Tailored Button Blazerls
(£66, Lipsy)

Also available at Next.

Farage “Maddison” Double-Breasted Jacket

Update (10/11/2017): Another pricey but fab Balmain look for less option! These blazers are by Farage, come in navy or khaki and are currently on sale for $440 AUD.

Farage "Maddison" Double-Breasted Jacket in navy and khaki (Balmain dupes)

Farage “Maddison” Double-Breasted Jacketls
($440 AUD, The Iconic)

New Look Military Blazer

Update (03/07/2017): Spotted this super fab navy Balmain blazer look-alike at New Look today. Not too shabby for £34.99, don’t you agree?

New Look Military Blazer in navy (Balmain dupe)

New Look Military Blazer
(£34.99, New Look)

Also available at New Look (EU + AU).

Miss Selfridge Military Blazer

Update (03/07/2017): And here’s another set of Balmain inspired military-style blazers! These ones were found at Miss Selfridge. Available in either black or orange for £39.

Miss Selfridge Double-Breasted Military Blazer in black and orange (Balmain dupes)

Miss Selfridge Military Blazer
(£39, Miss Selfridge)

Also available at Miss Selfridge (US)ls & Miss Selfridge (EU + AU).

Bardot Tailored Blazer

Update (02/23/2017): Discovered yet another lovely Balmain inspired tailored blazer today! It’s by Bardot, comes in various colors and is currently on sale for less than $80.

Bardot Tailored Blazer in black (Balmain dupe)

Bardot Tailored Blazeramazon
($71.40, Amazon)

Also available at Lord & Taylorls, Revolve, The Iconicls & Zalora.

Hunkydory “Cora” Double Breasted Blazer

Update (01/24/2017): Stumbled upon this admittedly pretty pricey, but pretty awesome Balmain dupe by Swedish brand Hunkydory. You like this one?

Hunkydory "Cora" Double Breasted Blazer in navy (Balmain dupe)

Hunkydory “Cora” Double Breasted Blazer
(€439.95, Zalando)

Tahari ASL Double-Breasted Ponte Knit Jacket

Update (01/24/2017): This double-breasted blazer by Tahari ASL is also a great budget-friendly alternative to the expensive Balmain jacket. It’s currently on sale for $63.95 and comes in an array of beautiful colors including navy, black, white, wine red and rose pink. Absolutely looooove this budget find! Another very similar option in navy is available herels ($139).

Tahari ASL Double-Breasted Ponte Knit Jacket (Balmain dupes)

Tahari ASL Double-Breasted Ponte Knit Jacketls
($63.95, Tahari ASL)

Also available at Dillard’s & Macy’s.

Loft Double Breasted Blazer

Update (01/24/2017): Also found this navy double breasted blazer at Loft and it instantly reminded me of the Balmain one. It misses a few buttons to qualify as a designer dupe, but if you’re fine with a Balmain “inspired” design, this $128 blazer would be probably a good buy.

Loft Double Breasted Blazer in navy (Balmain inspired)

Loft Double Breasted Blazer
($128, Loft)

Mango “Boton” Double-Breasted Blazer

Update (12/06/2016): OK, so I spotted this beautiful Balmain dupe at Mango and just had to share this gorgeous nautical inspired navy blazer with you! Actually, I liked this one so much I ordered it for myself a couple days ago and I’m so happy I did because it’s the best Balmain dupe I’ve found and owned yet! Definitely worth the $79.99 price tag (sale price)! If you like this blazer, you better don’t wait too long as I’m pretty sure this beauty of a blazer will sell out in no time!

Mango "Boton" Double-Breasted Blazer in navy with gold buttons (Balmain dupe)

Mango “Boton” Double-Breasted Blazer
($79.99, Mango)

Also available at Mango (UK)ls, Mango (EU) & Zalando.

White House Black Market “Trophy” Double-Breasted Blazer Jacket

Update (12/06/2016): At White House Black Market you can also find a pretty neat Balmain inspired blazer aptly called the “Trophy Jacket”. The double-breasted blazer comes in petite sizing and various colors and costs between $81.99-$150.

White House Black Market "Trophy" Double-Breasted Blazer Jacket in navy and blush pink (Balmain dupes)

White House Black Market “Trophy” Double-Breasted Blazer Jacket
($81.99-$150, White House Black Market)

Missguided Double-Breasted Military Style Blazer

Update (12/06/2016): I’ve also stumbled upon a third set of Balmain inspired military-style blazers at Missguided which look so much like the real deal but cost only $76 and come in various lovely colors such as nude, white and blush. Love these affordable blazers! Pssssst, US students get a 40% (!) student discount (offer may end soon though)!

Missguided Double-Breasted Military Style Blazer in nude, white, black and blush (Balmain dupes)

Missguided Double-Breasted Military Style Blazer
($76, Missguided)

Also available at Missguided (UK) & Missguided (EU + International).

Stylekeepers “You Set Me Free” Double-Breasted Blazer

Update (08/01/2016): Just discovered this spot-on Balmain dupe by Stylekeepers in a beautiful khaki green for $145 AUD. If you prefer a more classic color, check out the “Sweet Success” blazer which looks similar to this one and comes in black.

Stylekeepers "You Set Me Free" Double-Breasted Blazer in khaki green (Balmain dupe)

Stylekeepers “You Set Me Free” Double-Breasted Blazerls
($145 AUD, The Iconic)

Banana Republic Nautical-Style Basketweave Blazer

My personal favorite Balmain look for less alternative is this nautical basketweave blazer I discovered at Banana Republic recently. All the important Balmain details are there: a fitted silhouette, double-breasted front, gold buttons and a beautiful deep navy color. BR’s version has a couple differences such as a different material, but they’re rather minor and overall it’s still a gorgeous and budget-friendly alternative for the pricey Balmain blazer. Especially so if you take advantage of the 50% off sale promotion which is currently running at Banana Republic because it cuts down the price of this blazer down from $169.99 to $84.99 (that’s a saving of $2.300,01 compared to the real deal). Super steal deal alert!

Banana Republic Nautical-Style Basketweave Blazer in navy and gold buttons (Balmain knockoff)

Banana Republic Nautical-Style Basketweave Blazer
($84.99, Banana Republic)

Veronica Beard Hugh + Leon Dickey Jacket

Now these nautical blazers (“Hugh“, $645, and “Leon“, $545) by Veronica Beard are probably the closest matches to the real deal Balmain in terms of overall design, but they do cost more than $500, so they rank as my current second favorite Balmain dupes. You would save a whopping $1.840 by opting for the Veronica Beard version though, so I still consider this blazer to be a pretty good bargain nonetheless!

Veronica Beard Hugh + Leon Dickey Jacket in black and navy (Balmain dupes)

Veronica Beard Hugh + Leon Dickey Jacket
($545-$645, Veronica Beard)

Brooks Brothers Wool Double-Breasted Blazer

Another gorgeous blazer and pretty awsome Balmain alternative is this lovely navy blazer by Brooks Brothers. The key details are spot-on Balmain, Brooks Brothers is known for their high-quality tailoring and did I mention this beauty of a blazer is currently on sale for $274 (was $548). Sure, it’s not a steal at that price, but it might be worth the investment because a navy blazer is so versatile.

Brooks Brothers Wool Double-Breasted Blazer in navy with gold buttons (Balmain inspired)

Brooks Brothers Wool Double-Breasted Blazer
($274, Brooks Brothers)

Vero Moda Military Blazer

And here’s a little little something for all you European Balmain lovers out there! These military-inspired double-breasted blazers by Vero Moda are a pretty spot-on Balmain dupe for less than €50 (sale price!). You’re welcome.

Vero Moda Military Blazer in navy blue and black (Balmain knockoffs)

Vero Moda Military Blazer
(€44.95, Zalando)

Also available at Otto & About You.

J.Crew Double-Breasted Blazer

Not available in navy, but these blazers by J.Crew also reminded me of the Balmain one above because the design and silhouette are so similar. If you’re all about the navy color, check out this other J.Crew blazer which I found at J.Crew Factory for $79 (sale price!).

J.Crew Double-Breasted Blazer in white and light blue (Balmain knockoffs)

J.Crew Double-Breasted Blazer
($198, J.Crew)

Missguided Military Style Blazer

Deal: 40% student discount for US students! Excludes sale items. Offer ends soon!

If you really want to snatch a steal deal here, these Balmain inspired blazers by Missguided which cost $56 might be a considerable look for less option. It’s just too bad these don’t come in navy.

Missguided Military Style Blazer in khaki and black (Balmain knockoffs)

Missguided Military Style Blazer
($56, Missguided)

Also available at Missguided (UK) & Missguided (EU + International).

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, Zimbio, Style Pantry, Pinterest, Peony Lim, Harper & Harley, @yasmin_dxb Instagram, Marks & Spencer, PrettyLittleThing, Forever New, Lipsy, Dorothy Perkins, New Look, Miss Selfridge, Zalando, Tahari ASL, Loft, Mango, White House Black Market, The Iconic, Banana Republic, Forward by Elyse Walker, Vero Moda, J.Crew, Missguided

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Chances are you’re already well aware of Daniel Wellington watches. The brand is admittedly a little overrepresented in the fashion blogosphere and on social media, but even though it seems like every other fashion blogger is showing off their DW timepiece in their Instagram feed, I still find these watches very beautiful and I love the fact that you can exchange the straps (my favorites are the nautical inspired ones such as the Canterbury and the Warwick). They are not the most expensive watches (most prices are based around the $200 mark), but if you don’t feel like spending that much on a watch made in China, read on to find some cheaper alternatives.

Daniel Wellington Classic Canterbury / Classic Sheffield / Classic Warwick 40mm Men's Wrist Watch in silver

Daniel Wellington Classic Canterbury / Sheffield / Warwick Men’s Watch
($195-$229, Daniel Wellington)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Nordstromls, Jomashop, Bloomingdale’s, Dillard’sls, Need Supply Co., ASOS, Ice.comls, Selfridges, Coggles, Amazon.co.ukamazon, Amazon.deamazon, Amazon.deamazon, The Iconic, Zalando & Editedaffilinet.

Style Bloggers & IGers Love Daniel Wellington

Various personal style blogger and IGers have been spotted wearing a Daniel Wellington watch.

Style Bloggers & IGers wearing a Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield / Canterbury / Warwick Watch

Who wore Daniel Wellington best?

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Territory Interchangeable 10 Strap Men’s Watch Set

So how about this 10 strap watch set by Territory which is currently on sale for a super budget-friendly price of $29.99 (down from $59.99)? You get the sophisticated Daniel Wellington look (I spot Sheffield, Canterbury and Warwick on the spot) and the same concept of exchangeable straps for a super steal price. Basically you get 10 watches in one which lowers the price down to an unbeatable $3 per watch. Total steal deal alert here!

Territory Interchangeable 10 Strap Men's Watch Set (Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Canterbury Warwick dupes)

Territory Interchangeable 10 Strap Men’s Watch Set
($29.99, Target)

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

Image source(s): Daniel Wellington, @chloezhaang/@rosesandlaces/@nick__bateman Instagram, My Blonde Gal, Target

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Copycat Math - Céline Trio Bag + Clare V. Flat Clutch = Old Navy Striped Crossbody

Go Shopping:

Image source(s): PurseForum, Clare V., Old Navy

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It’s been over a year since we last picked our “Dress of the Day” which is a total shame because now that we’re head-on into Spring, there are so many fabulous dresses worth mentioning. And we’re starting with this lovely frock by MILLY for DesigNation. Why did I pick this one? Well, this fitted scuba dress combines two of my favorite trends: nautical stripes and cheerful prints (which in this case heavily reminds me of Stella McCartney’s take on citrus print). And have I already mentioned that this dress is currently on sale for a budget-friendly price of $47.60? Interested? If so, head over quickly to the Kohl’s website and make your order because first sizes have started to sell out.

MILLY for DesigNation Sheath Scuba Dress in striped citrus

MILLY for DesigNation Sheath Scuba Dressls
($47.60, Kohl’s)

Image source(s): Kohl’s

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I’m quite excited about today’s Real vs. Steal feature. Maybe it’s because it’s not yet another shoe this time or maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for all things nautical and sparkling and Oscar de la Renta (who isn’t, right?). Maybe it’s a combination of all these things. Fact is: I’ve been hugely obsessed with this adorable striped sequin sweater by Oscar de la Renta from the very first moment I spotted it on Net-A-Porter. It was love at first sight! I mean, stripes and sequins, does it ever get better than these two? I highly doubt so. But even though I really, really loooove Oscar de la Renta, dropping almost 2k on a sweater is simply beyond my imagination.

Oscar de la Renta Sequined Knitted Striped Sweater in white and navy

Oscar de la Renta Sequined Knitted Striped Sweaterls
($1.990, Net-A-Porter)

Ann Taylor Sequin Striped Sweater

HOT DEAL: Limited time offer! Extra 40% off sale styles at Ann Taylor! No promotional code needed, discount will be applied automatically at checkout. Exclusions may apply.

I’ve almost buried my dream of ever coming across another such gorgeous sequin stripe sweater as the Oscar de la Renta one, but today I accidentally stumbled upon this lovely striped sweater style by Ann Taylor and I knew this was the perfect steal for the OdlR real deal above. The colors vary slightly, but the rest of the design is pretty much spot-on. And did I mention this sweater (which is also available in petite sizes by the way) is currently on sale for $39.88 (down from $89.50)? But the best part yet? Ann Taylor is currently having a promotion where customers get an extra 40% off sale items which means this Oscar de la Renta sweater dupe can be yours for a steal deal worthy $23.93! Let that price sink in for a moment. Now can we get a round of applause here, please?

Ann Taylor Sequin Striped Sweater in winter white and navy (Oscar de la Renta knockoff)

Ann Taylor Sequin Striped Sweater
($39.88, Ann Taylor)

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, Ann Taylor

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