It is possible to imitate the style of Balenciaga, Gucci, Off-White, Vetements and Givenchy for a fraction of the price.
It doesn’t make sense to drop $1,200 on a pair of shoes when you can barely make rent money. Clothes are just material possessions anyway, so most people don’t spring for designer prices. However that doesn’t mean you can’t follow the latest runway trends by being thrifty. These five outfits will look like couture to anyone that knows a little about fashion until you tell them. Because it’s not really about the brand or label, it’s about the way that you wear it.
The top five selling fashion labels in the world are Balenciaga, Gucci, Off-White, Vetements and Givenchy. Click on the links below to learn more about each product.
Here we see the Balenciaga Blue Campaign Logo Hoodie ($750), flanked by the Women’s Arena Leather Bazaar Small Shopper Tote Bag ($1,750) and a Men’s Cap ($350). The Knife Stretch Jersey Ankle Boots in Rouge ($1,190) are next to the Triple S Speed Trainers in Triple Black ($850).
This look book looks like the last one to most people. The Champion Men’s Powerblend® Sweats Pullover Hoodie is on sale for $27.99 and it still keeps you warm. Notice the Dasein® Faux Leather Velvet Multi-Colored Large Tote ($39.99), and the One Degree The Very Cozy Dad Hat in Black ($30.95). The Tony Bianco Davis Stretch Satin Bootie ($166.95) comes in five colors. Dad sneakers don’t have to break the bank with the FILA Women’s Disruptor 2 in Premium Patent ($90).
- Balenciaga: $4,890 + tax
- Not Balenciaga: $355.88 + tax
- Difference: $4,534.12
From Gucci the Quilted Hooded Coat ($3,644) adds interesting texture when worn over a Printed Silk Dress ($2,300). Accessories include the Round-Frame Acetate Glasses ($305), Le March des Merveilles Ring ($5,500), Double G Ring with Diamonds ($2,000) and Icon Ring in Yellow Gold ($1,000). The Leather Mid-Heel Ankle Boot ($1,690) really ties it all together.
The L.L. Bean Women’s PrimaLoft Packaway Coat ($199) is guaranteed to work in temperatures as low as 30° to -20° Fahrenheit. The Zara Mini Dress with Bow ($69.90) is 100% viscose. You can get a package of three Icon Brand Lion Burnished Gold Rings for $48 at ASOS. The Love L769 Eyeglasses in Blush Petal ($65) have round lenses and vintage design elements. The Katy Perry The Opearl (On sale for $64.99) have the same shape as the previous boots with faux pearl detailing.
- Gucci: $16,439 + tax
- Not Gucci: $446.89 + tax
- Difference: $15,992.11
The coveted Off-White Mini Binder Clip Patent Shoulder Bag ($935) is 4.5″ x 7″ x 1.5″ with a trademark binder clip. Your belt should be extra long and look like caution tape like the Yellow Mini Industrial Belt ($165). The Cut-Off Denim Shorts ($445) are a special design by Creative Director Virgil Abloh. Fight the good fight in a Green Camo Field Jacket ($1,255). The Velvet-Heel Leather Ankle Boots ($1,205) were made for walking by Off-White designers.
Meanwhile the Aimee Kestenberg Silva Convertible Crossbody (On sale for $38) is 100% leather. You can get a race flag-like UO Checkered Extra Long Web Belt ($25) in Black or Red. These Levi’s High Rise Wedgie Shorts ($69.50) are an American classic. The Abercrombie & Fitch Women’s Patch Twill Jacket is on sale for $42. And the ALDO Loreno Metallic Point Ankle Boots ($126) are made of metallic faux leather for guilt free enjoyment with a 4″ heel.
- Off-White: $4,005 + tax
- Not Off-White: $300.50 + tax
- Difference: $3,704.50
The Vetements Reworked Denim Jacket ($2,260) that has a Levi’s tag, costs more than the Black & White Canvas Logo High-Top Sneakers ($790). The Cotton Blend Track Pants cost $760. That is a $680 Eye of Horus Cotton Tee. And the Color Block Metal Logo Cotton Socks are $140 each.
On the other hand the Gap Cropped Patchwork Denim Jacket ($79.95) is a lot like the previous patchwork denim jacket. Converse invented the high top sneaker, including the JW Anderson Chuck 70 Grid High Top ($120). These are the PUMA Classic Logo Track Pant ($55). The Eye of Horus Men’s Classic T-shirt ($15.95) will look big if you buy it a size up. And there are the Reebok 2017 CrossFit Invitational Socks for $18, which have the same gradient pattern as before.
- Vetements: $4,630 + tax
- Not Vetements: $288.90 + tax
- Difference: $4,341.10
Givenchy likes to do all red ensembles on the runways. A Destroyed Cotton T-Shirt retails for $740. The Fluid Velvet High-Rise Straight-Leg Pants w/ Logo Detail ($1,460) are red jeans made from viscose and silk. This is a trademark ‘Rottweiler’ Silk Blend Scarf ($675). The Infinity Saddle Bag in Red ($2,535) matches the Elegant Suede Studded Ankle Boots in Red ($1,395).
You could poke a lot of holes in a Maddie Tee in Red by Free People (On sale for $55), using a ballpoint pen. That’s probably how the designers in France do it anyway. The Charlie Coated High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans ($132.66) are a cotton-poly blend with a sleek coating that feels super soft. The Skagen Lobelle Saddle Bag (On sale for $58.50) is 100% red leather with a cotton lining. The New Look Wide Fit Studded Western Flat Ankle Boot ($48) have a subtle heel. The Vince Camuto Poppy Leopard Scarf (On sale for $29.99) could beat a dog scarf in a fair fight.
- Givenchy: $6,805 + tax
- Not Givenchy: $324.15 + tax
- Difference: $6,480.85
If you are not a superstar or a billionaire then you don’t really need all the designer fashions as soon as they come out. And they probably just wear that stuff when they know they are going to be on reality TV or at an award show. You can imitate the style of the top five fashion labels without actually buying anything directly from them.