My favourite thing about fashion in general is being able to wear designer-looking clothes for high street prices. Of course one day I’d love to own a designer bag that costs thousands of pounds… but while I’m in that car/house/life-saving-phase I don’t think it would be wise to splurge my ££ on one.
However, of course there are ways to get those designer looks for less, and I thought I’d share with you an expensive looking outfit which comes at high street and outlet prices.
So, what does ‘looking designer’ even mean? To me it means finding good quality items that are similar to those that are designer (NOT the same!). I’m talking about pieces with clean lines, quality stitching, marble or metal details, non-fake looking and perhaps the odd special touch (embroidery is still so in fashion!).
If you search your favourite high street shops you’ll always find amazing pieces that could push for designer – especially as the quality of clothing these days is so good. Some of my favourite places for more expensive looking items are Topshop, River Island, Debenhams and Miss Selfridge! Sure you may not be paying pennies for these items, but still it’s far off what you’d pay for designer.
I picked up this blazer recently in Topshop, and it had a price tag of £46. Sure that’s nearly £50, but its the softest blazer in the world and it fits like a dream. As soon as I saw it I knew it would be one of those timeless pieces that I could add to casual or workwear outfits during any season (though I must admit, not ideal for the heatwave!). The pockets and the buttons seem such good quality, and of course it’s lined, so it feels like a designer piece to me. I love that it’s in a neutral shade too, it looks like something Rosie Huntington-Whiteley would wear!
Whilst on the topic of Topshop blazers – my mum bought this mint beauty at the same time. Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL!?
After I spotted the blazer I also waltzed over to the accessory zone in Topshop to find this rust bag. About a week prior I’d seen it in store but waited patiently until payday (like the good shopaholic that I am) to buy it, which of course I did. I consider the deep orange colour to be pretty neutral and therefore I think it will go with so much in my wardrobe, and well done me for avoiding black…
See a close up of the bag below – the handle has an adorable marble-style touch and the circular shape makes it look like something on the Chloe website, but only at a price tag of £29.
Finally, the shoes I’m wearing here are officially the shoes I’ve been dreaming about. There’s no doubt I’m a shoeaholic, and these block heels come from Shoeaholics, the outlet originally for Kurt Geiger shoes but that now hosts loads of brands including Michael Kors, Nine West, and most recently (where these shoes are from!) ALDO!
An amazing way to get those designer pieces for less is to get the actual designer pieces you love but for a discounted price. Anyone got an outlet store near where they live? I do… 10 minutes away! If you can’t pop in an outlet store however, online outlet shopping is the way to go and Shoeaholics is the hub of bargain designer shoes and bags. I mean… just look at the heel on these shoes, and they’re such good quality for only £34!
Dress – New Look (sold out in black but comes in other colours!)
Blazer – Topshop
Bag – Topshop
Shoes – c/o Shoeaholics
Earrings – Debenhams
Watch – Daniel Wellington
What do we think of the outfit? Are you a fan of designer pieces or are you more likely to look for discounted items or high street alternatives? Let me know in the comments as always!
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* c/o shows items gifted to me for the post *