Q & A: How do I replicate a designer look for less?

From the look on the blog post:  My Red Carpet Romantic & Edgy Look! a reader asked me how she can replicate that look for less.


The look had a Chloe Animal-print jacquard dress- $555, Michael Kors Carson Sandal, Black- $170, Flower Frame Rose Ring- $6.80 and Pebble Textured Bangle- $4.80.

Total: $736.60

Not a very affordable look, but let’s see how we make it work. I first research all the items separately until I find pieces that resemble the look above. When I’m done researching, I put together these items for my reader.


Chloe Animal-print jacquard– net-a-porter.com

Antonio Melani “Perla” Dress- Dillards.com

Lace Accent Jacquard Dress- forever21.com

The accessories I pick for the look were from forever 21 and they were already sold out. I replace them with these ones:


$4.80 – forever21.com
$6.80 – forever21.com

She loves the Michael Kors sandals. I found a similar pair on Nordstrom, but at a lower price.



Nordstrom to find the sandal on sale.

Michaelkors.com for the original.

After carefully reviewing all the items above and considering that the reader will be attending a formal event, the following look it is my favorite for the reader.

forlessThe original look total cost was $736.60 and the new look ended up costing $197.50. We were able to keep the shoes that she wanted, but replace the dress with a more affordable one.  My reader will save $539.10 thanks to the research.

How you can do this on your own :

The way to get the look you want for less is to research an outfit from a store or designer you like and expend sometime online looking at different stores and prices until you find exactly what you are looking for at an affordable price. Remember, that it might take a couple hours to find what you need. That’s why many people hire fashion consultants who can find you what you need quickly and  within your budget.

I hope that I have been able to provide my reader with the answer she was looking for.


IMAGES BY Polyvore, Nordstrom, Michaelkors, forever21.com, Dillards.com & net-a-porter.com

Send me your style questions to my contact page or if you need a professional to put together a fabulous look for the holidays for you or set up your wardrobe for the new year email me at reyesrosem {a} unikapparel.com. I’ll do my best to keep get you exactly what you need within your budget!

Author: Rose Wheeler

Hey, I'm Rose! I work with words on a daily basis as a content manager and writer. When I'm not working with my awesome clients, I enjoy cooking, yoga, styling, blogging and curling up with a good book.

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