How To Find Designer Dupes on a Budget

How to find designer dupes, ZARA, pink lace top, Chanel copycat flats, fashion blog, Treats and Trends, Jamie Kamber, pinterest outfit idea

Who doesn’t like good designer dupes? I’m all about finding pieces that look expensive, but don’t actually break the bank. When I saw this pair of black and tan shoes at Zara I instantly thought of the Chanel cap-toe flats. But how much better does $39.99 sound compared to almost $1,000? You can buy A LOT with the money saved, but still get the designer look. When it comes to finding knockoffs of your favorite high-end fashion labels, it’s all about being patient and keeping your eyes open. Sure these shoes don’t have the same interlocking C’s on the toes as the Chanel pair, but from afar no one will really notice (or care for that matter…) and they will still look super chic! It’s funny how I cared so much more about designer logos and brandmarks when I was in high school and college. I wanted to have the lululemon leggings with the logo where people could see it, the signature 7 for All Mankind pockets on my jeans and Juicy Couture written on my purse. Now I couldn’t care less about that, except for the fact that you sometimes do get what you pay for when it comes to quality. Treats and Trends is all about affordable fashion, so here are some of my tips for finding beautiful pieces on a budget! 

Lace Top: ZARA | Jeans: Citizens of Humanity | Shoes: ZARA
Sunglasses: Nordstrom | Purse: old, similar here

How to find designer dupes, ZARA, pink lace top, Chanel copycat flats, fashion blog, Treats and Trends, Jamie Kamber, pinterest outfit idea

I have good luck finding designer dupes at stores such as Old Navy, Topshop, ZARA and Nordstrom (in the non-designer sections, obviously). Shoes and handbags are the most common items to find. This clutch from BP was only $25 and looks almost exactly like the Clare V. foldover clutch, which is priced at $235. I also love my cognac crossbody bag with a tassel that is similar to the Gucci style. And who else has been lusting over the Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots since last fall? Since I couldn’t bring myself to sped $800 on a trendy style, I found an Ivanka Trump pair from Nordstrom that I’ve been loving (also similar here for $149). Just keep your eyes open because copycat versions are out there! It can be frustrating to see your favorite bloggers or Instagrammers constantly wearing designer duds that don’t work with your income or financial priorities. I’m guilty of comparing myself and wishing I could afford those things, too, but I enjoy the challenge and satisfaction of finding similar pieces for less.

How to find designer dupes, ZARA, pink lace top, Chanel copycat flats, fashion blog, Treats and Trends, Jamie Kamber, pinterest outfit idea

If there is a specific item you know you want, Google is your best friend. I have searched things like “Chloe ‘Drew’ Bag Copycat” to find a cheaper version, or you might find a site that sells it used for a lower price. If you do want the real designer item you could also try apps like Poshmark where people sell their gently used items for up to 70% off retail. And last, but not least: be patient and keep your eye out for sales. Sites like Shopbop will sometimes have sales where you can score a decent discount on your coveted designer items.

How to find designer dupes, ZARA, pink lace top, Chanel copycat flats, fashion blog, Treats and Trends, Jamie Kamber, pinterest outfit idea

How to find designer dupes, ZARA, pink lace top, Chanel copycat flats, fashion blog, Treats and Trends, Jamie Kamber, pinterest outfit ideaHow to find designer dupes, ZARA, pink lace top, Chanel copycat flats, fashion blog, Treats and Trends, Jamie Kamber, pinterest outfit idea

What are your tips for finding designer dupes? 

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  • Marisa

    Love this! I am all about making things workable budget-wise. No one should have to get themselves in debt over fashion and you look lovely!

  • Christie Moeller

    LOVE those shoes! I have actually found some great lost lasting shoes at Zara over the years!

    http://icanstyleu.com/blog/

    • Thanks! I hope they hang in there haha they seem like good quality!

  • Carina Vardie

    I find Zara has the best dupes, they’re my fave. Pretty styling!

    xo
    http://www.carinavardie.com

    • It definitely does! Lots of high-end looks for cheap. Thanks for stopping by, Carina!

  • Amanda Pamblanco

    Love love this outfit! So pretty!

    xx,
    Amanda
    http://www.thegirlfromvegas.com

  • I have the same chanel cap-toe block heels copycat and it’s my ultimate favorite. I wear it everyday!!

    • Aren’t they great?! I feel like they make every outfit look so classy! Thanks for stopping by my blog, Glenda!

  • Great tips! I loved them while reading this post! Your outfit looks very stylish and trendy. I love the accessories you’ve chosen. They adds some notes of sophistication. Like this post!
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    https://parisdress.com/evening-dresses

  • Antonia Genov

    That’s why I love Zara too, although sometimes it could be a little overprices for the quality. But again it’s the designs that make you go there :)