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Ok so that’s actually all a huge big fat lie. I wish I had the money to buy the odd designer item but as a PhD student, that dream is far away in the future telling me I should actually start playing the Lotto if I want to spend big. However, I want that luxe life right now. I want that soft cream coat you throw on and it makes even basic leggings look glamourous. I want that designer bag you don’t clog up with receipts and suspicious crumbs because it’s too pretty to ruin.
That’s why I not only decided to find these designer look-a-like pieces that aren’t a strain on your bank balance but actively look for items that all together come to less than £100!! Yup a whole outfit for £100.
First up is this jumper dress. You can’t go wrong with a knitted outfit, it’s both stylish and cosy. I recommend a black or grey style that goes with everything, or a deep wine like this one that is a perfect contrast to a nude coat as well as being a great colour for Winter and any wine stains. Plus when it is this cold, only having to put on one item of clothing with some thick tights is the quickest and only way I want to get dressed.
I obviously had to squeeze a coat in this designer outfit, as I’ve been looking for one like this for literally years. I’ve eyed up ones in Burberry and Max Mara, cried, then looked in Ted Baker knowing full well I can’t even justify hundreds of pounds on a coat let alone thousands. So, when I saw this version on the Nasty Gal site for only £25 I thought it was too good to be true. Now I’ll be honest, for some it isn’t the holy grail of coats. Advertised as one size only, I can tell you it’s a solid size 10 that would also be fine for sizes 8 and 12. I think it would be amazing if Nasty Gal could make this coat in a true range of sizes because it’s surprisingly warm considering it’s very lightweight and looks pretty high-end for such a low-end price.
Next the boots. I know these aren’t to everyones taste but the mirror shine is just too me, especially as they’re rose gold! These ankle boots from TopShop are a fantastic version of the popular Balenciaga mirrored boots and honestly I don’t think you would be able to tell the difference, except your actual facial expression will be one of happiness with only a £35 price tag compared to the designer £650+.
Finally, no outfit is complete without a bag. Major bargain alert!!, this little gem was only a tenner from Boohoo. They have a huge collection of lust-worthy handbags for the same price and less, many of which give a serious nod to some of my favourite designers.
However, the one item which is absolutely free and the most important is confidence. If you want an outfit to look expensive you need to act and feel expensive. I managed to slip on wet pavement moments into taking these photos (I even have a small bruise as a souvenir) but I got straight back up and strutted my stuff round Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter like I actually lived in one of the gorgeous pillared homes, because I felt like a million dollars even though I spent a fraction of the price.