I’m sad. After years of depending on J. Crew’s Capri flip-flop as my go-to summer sandal, the company went and broke what was already perfect by pushing out a new version with slightly thicker straps and this weird supportive thingy on the heel. The difference between the old and new versions is marginal but noticeable and just decidedly not the same. As a creature of habit, this is upsetting. Don’t fuck with my summer shoe game, J. Crew! I guess this means I’m in the market for a new summer sandal, but where to start? I know! With absurdly expensive designer pairs and their affordable alternatives!
This Alexander Wang eyelet suit costs hundreds more than my wedding dress! White eyelet never goes out of style, but there is no way in hell I would spend $1,000+ on a white suit. I’d have to wear a plastic poncho to protect the damn outfit from THE WORLD! I saw “Can’t Buy Me Love”! (Okay, so that was white leather, but still.) I’m getting anxiety just thinking about it. This eyelet tank and pencil skirt from Ann Taylor is 75 percent cheaper, making it a safer (on your wallet) bet for your summer functions.
Cute and feminine with a vintage feel? I’m in. Kate Spade’s Vita Riva Francis bag is super cute but a little out of my price range. I’m not gonna spend $398 on a bag to carry sunblock, beach towels, and beers! Mod Cloth’s When In Venice Beach Bag provides the same feel for a fourth of the cost.
Is it summer yet? I’m dreaming of sand, sun, and saltwater. When I saw this Cynthia Vincent clutch, my heart screamed “need!” but my brain said “no way!” I have never purchased a clutch for $295 and have no intention of starting now. If you can’t wait to go to the beach, or wear the beach under your arm, try Island Betty Hawaii’s version available on Etsy!
See that varsity tennis sweater on the left? It’s by Rag & Bone (or is it “rag & bone”? I dunno) and it is THE IT SWEATER of the season. Various fashion magazines told me so and then I’ve seen it on at least five celebrities in the last few weeks. But it is so expensive. Stupidly expensive really, which is why it’s great that those clever folks at Nasty Gal made a straight up rip-off for 85 percent less. Love? LOVE. (Plus, check out more varsity fashion below!)
If you haven’t already, ease into spring with a pair of relaxed fit pants in a cool, abstract print. I know what you’re thinking. But Sophie, they look like pajama bottoms. ’Tis true, but think of the pajama-like comfort! What’s not to love? Try pairing these printed pants with a short structured jacket and heels. If you aren’t ready to shell out the big bucks on this trend, try the Olive & Oak version on sale at T.J. Maxx for $19.99.
When I found these elegant Kate Spade shorts, I couldn’t help but swoon. Imagine sipping champagne on a yacht in these bottoms, as your tan legs stretch out lazily… OK, so that isn’t quite my life, but a girl can dream. However, I will opt to wear the more affordable MinkPink version the next time I do a beer tasting on Manhattan By Sail’s clipper.
Spring has arrived, the days are getting longer and the sun is shining brighter. Time to invest in a new pair of designer sunglasses! Wait, maybe not. I don’t know about you, but I’ve lost, sat on or otherwise broken so many pairs of sunglasses over the years, that I now refuse to spend any more than $40 on a pair of shades. Luckily, there are plenty of affordable options that mimic the high end styles designed by Tom Ford, Karen Walker and Tory Burch. Click through for nine pairs of designer sunglasses that are hot for spring, plus their wallet-friendly copycats…
Lace-up stilettos are a hot trend this spring. These Aquazzura sandals are a playful mix of snakeskin, cut outs, and lace-up details — at a decidedly not fuckin’ around price. Luckily we found an affordable version of this sexy trend by Report for 70 percent less at DSW. Holla!
If you are flirting with the idea of mules this spring, consider a black and white, color-blocked pair as a great way to modernize this ’90s trend. These Fendi patent leather mules are exquisite and the color and texture contrasts create a clean, mod-meets-futuristic look. Unfortunately, I am unwilling to spend $850 on any shoe, let alone something that may be a passing trend! I think I’ll try Charles David’s version for $79.95 at DSW instead.