Splurge or Save: Aquazzura Lace-Up Pumps

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Aquazzura Belgravia Lace-Up Pumps, $725 v. Sam Edelman Zavier Pumps, $99 (was $140)

This one’s a no brainer.  I actually scored the Sam Edelman version on sale–they’re insanely comfortable and virtually identical to the Aquazzuras.  Love them!

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Splurge or Save: Stella McCartney Embellished Shift

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Stella McCartney Aubine Embellished Dress, $2,995  v.  TopShop Embroidered Shift Dress, $130

Nothing can really beat the cool factor of this crystal embellished dress from Stella McCartney’s Resort ’14 collection–but at $2,995 (gasp), it’s not exactly a purchase for the masses.  TopShop’s embroidered satin shift bears a close resemblance at a far more palatable price.  I love me some Stella but I’ll take the $130 version, please!

Splurge or Save: The LB{drop-waist}D

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Red Valentino, $595 (here) v. Banana Republic, $119.99 (here)

A trusty drop-waist frock is a mainstay to add to your LBD arsenal.  Pair it with a white boyfriend blazer and point toe flats (like these or these) for your 9 to 5.  Add a statement necklace and heels for a night out.

P.S.: Banana is offering 50% off with code REVEAL50 until 10/22!

Splurge or Save: Valentino Rock Stud Flats

Valentino v. Forever 21 Rockstud Flat 2

Left: Valentino Rock Stud Flat $595 v. Right: Forever 21 Studded Flat $24.80

Who isn’t obsessed with Valentino’s rock stud collection (hello gorgeous T-strap version here and here).   Fortunately, as with most of the fashion set’s MVPs, knock offs have followed–and they’re pretty close comparables, right?  Score!

Forever 21 Valentino Rockstud flat $24.80