As much as we all covet and have an internal want for every piece that glides down the runway from our favorite designers season after season, it’s not always possible to get our hands on those pieces. Price is the first and most major hurdle that we all must overcome when yearning for a closet filled with designer pieces. Unless you have a very large cash flow, updating your wardrobe with designer pieces every season is a difficult thing to do. In addition, some pieces are more on the exclusive side, being only produced in small quantities. This aspect means that even if you have the money, you most likely need to be “in the know” in the industry in order to actually get your hands on specific garments.
Whenever you are searching for garments that mimic pieces worn on the runway, there are some very specific things one must pay attention to, or else everyone will know you are wearing a total knock off.
Material- Take time to feel the material when choosing less expensive pieces. If it feels terrible in your hand, it will feel even worse up against your body and look even worse. You want to make sure that even if the quality of the material of the item you are purchasing is less than desired that it’s at least a good blend. If you are shopping online, buy a few pieces with the intention of sending the poor quality pieces back.
Clothing Construction- There is no need to be a seamstress, but take some time to look at the way the clothing is put together. Make sure it is being sewn in a straight line, there are no holes, and the garment is made with the right thread and needle size for the fabric.
Overall Quality- Before buying, take a second to do an allover quality check. Make sure there are no flaws in the fabric, missing buttons, etc. When companies are cutting prices, they unfortunately often cut corners.
10. H&M, Chiffon Dress: $34.95
Long and flowing chiffon dresses were all over the runway in many different forms—some as classy pool cover-ups and some as actual dresses. The great thing about this fabulous option from H&M is that it is very inexpensive and can be dressed up or dressed down, yet is right on point with this warm weather trend. You couldn’t tell the difference between this is and the options that Diane von Furstenberg included in her recent collection. Perfection!
9. ZARA, Cropped Pineapple Blouse: $39.90
Fruit adorned clothing was big with designers this year from both children’s clothing and women’s. ZARA took that trend from the runway and perfected it the way they always do and made it chic and accessible to all. Knowing that mid-drift showing has become trendy again, they produced this pineapple adorned blouse that takes fruit to a whole new level. Pairing this with high waisted shorts or a flowing maxi dress will make it look as if you walked right off the runway and into real life.
8. Peter Som for DesigNation, French Terry Soft Pants: $48
A great place to start when you want quality fashion pieces that don’t cost an arm and a leg is do some research for designers who are doing collaborations with less expensive labels such as H&M, Target and Khols. The major advantage of these collaborations for consumers is that great garments are available to them from designers who are used to crafting very fine, high end garments, so their same standards uphold in these collections. These French Terry Soft Pants by Peter Som are a great closet staple to make any outfit unique and stylish, while only spending $48.
7. Express, Multicolor Midi Sheath Dress: $59.90
Color blocking was hot, hot, hot this year on the runway and Express was spot on with their Multicolor Midi Sheath Dress as it captures that style at its finest. In addition to the color palette, the overall shape of the dress is on point, as designers ditched short dresses for the warm weather and lowered the hems to hit at the point between the high calf and knee, creating the midi. Overall, the dress is effortlessly sexy and shows that you follow current trends by wearing it, yet no one will know what you paid.
6. ASTR Drape Front Floral Blazer: $64
Floral is in for the pattern of choice for blazers this season and we have seen very high end designer greats such as Alexander McQueen, Ted Baker, and Roberto Cavalli send these pieces down the runway that cost upwards of $1,000! However, designer ASTR produced their own version of this trend in a quarter length draped version that serves the same purpose at a mere fraction of the cost of the others. This is a great example of a piece that you almost always want to choose the less expensive version since it will go out of style quickly because print and their popularity change very quickly!
5. ASOS, Peplum Hem Cami Dress: $71.49
We all know that runway shows are filled with tiny bodied models shoved inside oversized dresses, and we all just eat it up. Therefore, international ecommerce website, ASOS, has created a Peplum Hem Cami Dress in a Soft Lime color for summer. Focusing on high end details with the peplum, square neck, and scooped back, but executing the dress in a simple, inexpensive jersey fabric makes this dress a true essential to your summer wardrobe, for a very inexpensive price.
4. Topshop, Chiffon Sleeve V Neck Tunic: $78
Little do most people know, but Topshop was actually created way back in 1964, but not in the limelight until their big collaboration with Kate Moss. This place is known as a style resource for fashion lovers everywhere and is a complete Mecca for fashion finds hot off the runway at reasonable price points. Since every fashion lover knows that simple style starts with a great tee and that high end designers have been showcasing their tees in mixed media forms, this Chiffon Sleeve V Neck Tunic is truly a fashion score.
3. C&C California, Lace and Crochet Shorts: $78
These Lace and crochet shorts from the brand C&C California is very similar to the $650 Escada version from the runway, but there are much more conducive to daily life. They are intricately put together just like their counterpart, yet they are hand washable, comfortable and contemporary. They can easily be dressed up to appear more like the Escada version, or dressed down to be more casual, either way they are runway ready for your closet.
2. BB Dakota, Crepe Cut Out Jumpsuit: $97
Crepe + cut outs + jumpsuit = beyond chic on runways this season and BB Dakota captured all of that in this horribly sexy jumpsuit. Sporting a well made piece like this will make you feel like a million dollars, even though you only spent a fraction of that and exude confidence as sex appeal oozes from your pores. The only downfall about the cut of a piece like this versus a jersey jumpsuit is that you need to be on the taller end, like a model, to wear it properly.
1. BCBGeneration, Black Cut Out Romper: $108
Mixing sheers and opaque is just one of the multiple ways that designers make pieces look beautiful and extraordinary at a lower price point. They also create brands within their label that is at a lower price point that people still can have the name without the expense, and that’s exactly what renowned designer Max Azria did when he created BCBGeneration under the BCBG umbrella. This romper is fantastic in every way, and we can almost picture him sending it down the runway with a pop of color pump!