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Remember the mega craze for Tory Burch‘s highly-coveted “Reva” ballet flats a few years back? Well, the hype around these logo medallion-adorned classic flats may have died down a little since, but it’s still a very lovely and versatile shoe worth having in your wardrobe. And at $225 per pair these shoes are rather on the lower price spectrum of designer shoes we’ve featured here over the years.

Tory Burch Reva Ballerina Flats in black

Tory Burch Reva Ballerina Flatscj
($225, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Neiman Marcusls, Net-A-Porterls, Bloomingdale’s, Jildor, Tory Burch, Harrodsls & Vestiaire Collective.

Celebrities Love Tory Burch

Celebs such as Hilary Duff, Audrina Patridge and Mandy Moore have all been spotted wearing Tory Burch Reva Ballerina Flats.

Hilary Duff, Audrina Patridge and Mandy Moore wearing Tory Burch Reva Ballerina Flats

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Capelli New York Medallion Ballet Flats

Update (03/05/2016): Spotted another Tory Burch Reva inspired set of ballerina flats today. By Capelli New York and currently on sale for under $15.

Capelli New York Medallion Ballet Flats in black, ivory and red (Tory Burch Reva dupes)

Capelli New York Medallion Ballet Flats
($14.96, SteinMart)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

Necessary Clothing Golden Emblem Flats

Update (05/03/2015): Discovered these Tory Burch Reva look-alikes at Necessary Clothing which are currently on sale for a very wallet-friendly $12.99 and are available in either black or brown faux leather.

Necessary Clothing Golden Emblem Flats in black and brown (Tory Burch Reva knockoffs)

Necessary Clothing Golden Emblem Flats
($12.99, Necessary Clothing)

Audrey Brooke “Kristin” Ballet Flats

If you can’t or don’t want to spend more than $200 on a pair of basic flats, here’s a great alternative by Audrey Brooke which will give you the luxurious look of Tory Burch for under $20. Also available in various other colors and uppers.

Audrey Brooke "Kristin" Ballet Flats in black and mustard (Tory Burch Reva knockoffs)

Audrey Brooke “Kristin” Patent Ballet FlatseBay
($19.99, eBay)

Aldo “Chaya” Ballet Flats

I also found these flats by Aldo which are also obviously inspired by Tory Burch’s Reva ballerina flats. At $70 they’re slightly more expensive than the Audrey Brooke version, but the Aldo flats are also made of real leather which the Audrey Brooke ones are not.

Aldo "Chaya" Ballet Flats in black, nude and red (Tory Burch Reva knockoffs)

Aldo “Chaya” Ballet Flatsls
($70, Aldo)

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Update: This post has been updated on September 13, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Whatever you want to call this piece of clothing – a blanket, a jacket, a cape or a poncho, there’s no denying that Burberry Prorsum’s check wool and cashmere cape from the Fall 2014 show has been declared the latest must-have item for fall and winter. The popularity of this new cape trend is mostly owed to stylish celebs and It girls like Olivia Palermo, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Sarah Jessica Parker who have all been spotted being cosily wrapped in their monogrammed Burberry blanket capes out and about to fight off the chilly weather. If you love the blanket cape trend, but can’t casually drop $1,395 (not that you could anyway since the Burberry cape is already sold out everywhere), keep on reading to find a few budget-frienldy alternatives.

Burberry Prorsum Check Wool and Cashmere-Blend Cape

Burberry Prorsum Check Wool and Cashmere-Blend Cape
($1.395, Net-A-Porter)

Celebrities Love Burberry Prorsum

Celebs such as Olivia Palermo, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Sarah Jessica Parker and Cara Delevingne have all been spotted wearing a Burberry Prorsum Check Wool and Cashmere-Blend Cape.

Olivia Palermo, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Sarah Jessica Parker and Cara Delevingne wearing a Burberry Prorsum Check Wool and Cashmere-Blend Cape

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Apt. 9 Woven Whip-Stitched Colorblock Ruana

Update (09/13/2016): Stumbled upon this Burberry inspired colorblock poncho by Apt. 9 at Kohl’s today. Currently on sale for $40.60!

Apt. 9 Woven Whip-Stitched Colorblock Ruana

Apt. 9 Woven Whip-Stitched Colorblock Ruana
($40.60, Kohl’s)

Mixit Colorblock Ruana Wrap

Update (12/11/2015): Found another fab Burberry cape alternative! This one’s by Mixit and it’s currently on sale for a very budget-friendly $30.

Mixit Colorblock Ruana Wrap (Burberry dupe)

Mixit Colorblock Ruana Wrap
($30, JCPenney)

Necessary Clothing Pumpkin Spice Poncho

Update (10/07/2015): Found this cute Burberry inspired colorblock poncho at Necessary Clothing today. Love the look and love the price!

Necessary Clothing Pumpkin Spice Poncho

Necessary Clothing Pumpkin Spice Poncho
($39.99, Necessary Clothing)

Express Color Block Blanket Cover-Up

Update (10/07/2015): Spotted yet another Burberry inspired cape! This one’s by Express and it costs $35.94.

Express Color Block Blanket Cover-Up (Burberry inspired)

Express Color Block Blanket Cover-Up
($35.94, Express)

Forever 21 Square-Patterned Open-Front Poncho

Update (10/07/2015): And here’s yet another one from Forever 21. I really like the colors on this one!

Forever 21 Square-Patterned Open-Front Poncho

Forever 21 Square-Patterned Open-Front Poncho
($20.99, Forever 21)

RD Style Colorblock Poncho

Update (10/07/2015): Also discovered this colorblocked poncho by RD Style which instantly reminded me of the Burberry cape above.

RD Style Colorblock Poncho

RD Style Colorblock Poncho
($74.95, Nordstrom Rack)

Forever 21 Block-Patterned Shawl

Update (08/26/2015): Forever 21 might call this a shawl, but I call it a poncho. One that looks familiarly similar to the Burberry version above. On F21’s costs only $32.90.

Forever 21 Block-Patterned Shawl Poncho in camel multi

Forever 21 Block-Patterned Shawl
($32.90, Forever 21)

SheIn Asymmetric Wool Blend Cape

Let’s start with my favorite steal option which is this wool blend cape by SheIn. It’s the most similar to the Burberry original, plus it’s currently on sale for a very wallet-friendly $33.80!

SheInside Asymmetric Wool Blend Cape

SheInside Asymmetric Wool Blend Cape
($33.80, SheIn)

Choies Multicolor Poncho Cape Coat

Another noteworthy alternative is this cape coat from Choies. Similar design and a nice price tag! Steal deal alert!

Choies Multicolor Poncho Cape Coat

Choies Multicolor Poncho Cape Coat
($36.99, Choies)

Jessica Buurman DEIDRE Color Block Poncho Blanket Coat

Deal: Free worldwide shipping on all orders! Use promo code XOXOJESS get 10% off!

If you’re ready to invest a little into your new must-have cape, then this blanket coat from Jessica Buurman might be the right choice for you. It’s the most expensive option at $115, but it’s also very similar to the original Burberry Prorsum cape, plus Jessica Buurman is known for selling high-quality designer-inspired items, so the investment might pay off eventually.

Jessica Buurman "DEIDRE" Color Block Poncho Blanket Coat (Burberry Prorsum inspired)

Jessica Buurman “DEIDRE” Color Block Poncho Blanket Coat
($115, Jessica Buurman)

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Update: This post has been updated on April 11, 2014. Scroll down to see the new adds.

Ever since seeing these on the runway and in ads reminiscent of glamorous ice cream parlors, these gorgeous Louis Vuitton heels have been on my mind. The metal toe is such a fresh new take on the classic pump, and the color combinations are heavenly. Just think of how easily you can wear these with a suit, jeans, a cocktail dress or full skirt! But not only are they as versatile as can be, they also make legs look miles long! My favorite shade is the beige, but you should choose yours based on what you already have in your closet. Do you love wearing dark colors? Then perhaps the black is your best bet. Think maybe a little mint tone would shake up your mostly khaki/cream wardrobe, then give it a try. It looks like celebrities really love them in white too! The price is very steep though, so if you’re mad for them, check out some astonishingly similar styles further down the page.

Louis Vuitton Merry-Go-Round Pumps

Louis Vuitton Merry-Go-Round Cap-Toe Pumps
($1.000, Vestiaire Collective)

Celebrities Love Louis Vuitton

Kristen Stewart, Jessica Biel, Gemma Arterton, Chloë Sevigny, Kelly Brook and Alexa Chung wearing Louis Vuitton Merry-Go-Round Cap-Toe Pumps

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Luichiny “Daz Ey” Pointed Cap-Toe Pumps

Update (04/11/2014): Discovered these Luichiny cap-toe pumps which instantly reminded me of the LV heels above.

Luichiny "Daz Ey" Pointed Cap-Toe Pumps (Louis Vuitton Merry-Go-Round knockoffs)

Luichiny “Daz Ey” Pointed Cap-Toe Pumpsamazon
($74.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Shoebuyls.

Necessary Clothing “Teresa” Pointed Cap-Toe Pumps

Update (04/11/2014): Also stumbled upon this cap-toe pump at Necessary Clothing. Very affordable price point ($30) and also available in other colors and uppers.

Necessary Clothing "Teresa" Pointed Cap-Toe Pumps in black (Louis Vuitton Merry-Go-Round knockoffs)

Necessary Clothing “Teresa” Pointed Cap-Toe Pumps
($29.99, Necessary Clothing)

Aldo “Essi” Cap-Toe Pumps

Update (02/02/2013): Aldo has now also come up with their own LV inspired cap-toe pump. Available in black, white and silver and bone leather.

Aldo "Essi" Cap-Toe Pumps in white and black (Louis Vuitton Merry-Go-Round look-a-likes)

Aldo “Essi” Cap-Toe Pumpsls
($49.98, Aldo)

Anne Klein “Wrenn” Cap-Toe Pumps

Update (02/11/2013): Came across these lovely cap-toe pumps by Anne Klein that look a lot like LV’s Merry-Go-Round pumps. Also available in beige, bronze and black multi.

Anne Klein "Wrenn" Cap-Toe Pumps in light pink (Louis Vuitton Merry-Go-Round knockoffs)

Anne Klein “Wrenn” Cap-Toe Pumpscj
($56.06, 6pm)

Steve Madden “Cappy” Suede Pumps

Update (11/02/2013): Also found this suede cap-toe pump by Steve Madden which looks like it’s a lot inspired by Louis Vuitton.

Steve Madden "Cappy" Suede Pumps in beige and black (Louis Vuitton Merry-Go-Round knockoffs)

Steve Madden “Cappy” Suede Pumps
($69.95, Zappos)

Style&Co “Nilah” Pumps

Update (11/02/2013): Style&Co has a great and budget-friendly cap-toe pump alternative for all of you who are looking for a mid-heel version of the Merry-Go-Round style. Also available in teal, coral and black.

Style&Co "Nilah" Pumps in nude (Louis Vuitton Merry-Go-Round knockoffs)

Style&Co “Nilah” Pumps
($39.99, Macy’s)

Mango Contrast Toe Cap Pumps

Update (10/02/2012): Mango has also an inspired LV alternative in these black and gold pointy pumps. Also available in red/red.

Mango Contrast Toe Cap Pumps in black and gold (Louis Vuitton Merry-Go-Round knockoffs)

Mango Contrast Toe Cap Pumps
($109.99, Mango)

Dune “Balmoral” Metal Toe Cap Pumps

Update (10/02/2012): Now check out these fabulous stiletto suede cap-toe pumps by Dune in this season’s must-have color, oxblood. Love them!

Dune "Balmoral" Metal Toe Cap Court Shoes in Oxblood Suede (Louis Vuitton Merry-Go-Round knockoffs)

Dune “Balmoral” Metal Toe Cap Pumps
($90, ASOS)

GUESS “Myrick” Cap-Toe Pumps

Update (10/02/2012): Here’s another cap toe pump reminiscent of the LV Merry-Go-Round pumps: “Myrick” by GUESS.

GUESS "Myrick" Cap-Toe Pumps in nude patent gold (Louis Vuitton Merry-Go-Round knockoffs)

GUESS “Myrick” Cap-Toe Pumpsamazon
($99, Amazon)

Chinese Laundry “Danger Zone” Cap-Toe Pumps

First up is the least expensive pair by Chinese Laundry. I’ve always liked this brand. They have great party shoes and you can usually count on them being well made and on-trend. Since these are $99.95 each, it’s not a crazy deal, but not too bad considering the original price tag. Just think about how you might wear the nude pair with a monochromatic ensemble like what we’ve seen on the runway this season. Or consider wearing the black pump with the gold toe during fall with a sleek silhouette including a jewel-toned peplum top, black leather skirt and a bold metal cuff.

Chinese Laundry "Danger Zone" Cap-Toe Pumps in black and nude (Louis Vuitton Merry-Go-Round knockoffs)

Chinese Laundry “Danger Zone” Cap-Toe Pumpsamazon
($49.95, Amazon)

Diavolina “Attica” Cap-Toe Pumps

The other option is by Diavolina and costs just a bit more than the style right above. The heel is higher and skinnier though, which definitely makes for a leaner look. We found these on Australia’s awesome online shoe store, StyleTread. It looks like the black version is almost identical to the designer original with the silver toe! It’s too bad the mint and white versions are not available, but I’d say most of us would get the best use out of these two shades. So if these are for you, make sure you add a little bit of something metallic somewhere else in your outfit, but otherwise keep accessories simple to let them really stand out.

Diavolina "Attica" Cap-Toe Pumps in black and nude (Louis Vuitton Merry-Go-Round knockoffs)

Diavolina “Attica” Cap-Toe Pumps
($159.95 AUD, StyleTread)

Steve Madden “ILUSSION” Cap-Toe Pumps

Steve Madden‘s “ILUSSION” Pumps also have a very LV-like look though the cap-toe isn’t made of metal. They retail at $99.95 including free shipping.

Steve Madden "ILUSSION" Cap-Toe Pumps in black and nude (Louis Vuitton Merry-Go-Round knockoffs)

Steve Madden “ILUSSION” Cap-Toe Pumpsls
($49.99, Steve Madden)

Nicholas “Amore” Cap-Toe Pumps

If you prefer the white Merry-Go-Round Pumps, here’s a pretty good alternative by Nicholas which, unfortunately, is a little pricey at $259 (now on sale for $181.30). However, these pumps have a very elegant and sophisticated look and might be worth the investment if you can get a lot of wear out of them.

Nicholas "Amore" Cap-Toe Pumps in black and white (Louis Vuitton Merry-Go-Round knockoffs)

Nicholas “Amore” Cap-Toe Pumpscj
($181.30, Shopbop)

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Update: This post has been updated on May 6, 2013. Scroll down to see the new add.

Stella McCartney obviously was inspired by citrus fruits for her S/S 2011 collection because several of the pieces from the collection had this distinctive lemons/oranges/lime print. I admit it kind of reminded me of my Grandma’s kitchen curtains at first, but with the right accessories (waist belt & wooden bangles!) and attitude (I-so-don’t-care-what-you-think-of-my-outfit!) I think this dress could be rocked & rocked well. However, I don’t quite see myself shelling out more than $800 for such a difficult dress; plus, let’s just say the shape of this dress is… improvable.

Stella McCartney Citrus Fruit Print Shirt Dress in green, yellow and orange

Stella McCartney Citrus Fruit Print Shirt Dressls
($800, Net-A-Porter)

Necessary Clothing Meyer Fruit Dress

Update (05/06/2013): Found another Stella McCartney inspired fruit-print dress. This fruity little number by Necessary Clothing is super budget-friendly at $19.99. Steal deal alert!

Necessary Clothing Meyer Fruit Dress in blue and yellow (Stella McCartney Citrus look-a-like)

Necessary Clothing “Meyer” Fruit Dress
($19.99, Necessary Clothing)

Limited Edition White Lemon Print Dress

So this summer dress by Limited Edition might not be a dupe for the Stella McCartney dress because it has a different shape and a slightly different fruit print, but the inspiration behind this dress is clearly visible I think. And shhhht, but in this case I prefer the steal dress because a) it’s so much more affordable and b) because the shape is much more flattering to a woman’s body. Dorothy Perkins ships worldwide btw (shipping to the US is £7.50 only).

Limited Edition White Lemon Print Dress (Stella McCartney knockoff)

Limited Edition White Lemon Print Dress
(£25, Dorothy Perkins)

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