Daily Dose of Design: Save vs Splurge: Summer Must Haves

Friday, June 9, 2017

Save vs Splurge: Summer Must Haves


I can hardly believe that summer is literally weeks away - but so is Big Brother and that screams summer! Does anyone else LOVE having that to watch all summer long?? I've done a few save or splurge comparisons before (check them all out here!) and they're always one of my favorite things to do! I tend to splurge more on bags, shoes and accessories and save more on clothes - but I know some people are the exact opposite so I tried to put together a nice mix of both. I found some really fun finds for summer that are trending like crazy right now and I must say, I'm so excited about the dupes I found! There's a pair of gemstone earrings that are $32 and nearly identical to a pair that are the real deal and over $3,000! Just super fun, summer musts - check them all out and see what you'd add to your closet!

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Distressed Denim Shorts ($41) vs. Rag & Bone Distressed Denim Shorts ($195)
Zig Zag Diamond Ring Set ($40) vs. Zig Zag Rings ($525)
Round Tortoise Sunnies ($16.99) vs. Round Jimmy Choo Sunnies ($475)
White Rebecca Minkoff Tassel Crossbody ($138) vs. White YSL Tassel Crossbody ($995)
Platform Espadrille Wedges ($149.95) vs. Rag & Bone Platform Espadrille Wedges ($450)
Gemstone Drop Earrings ($32) vs. 18k Gemstone Drop Earrings ($3,750)
White Lace Midi Slip Dress ($129) vs. White Lace Midi Slip Dress ($500)
Sam Edelman Slides ($56) vs. Hermes Slides ($760)
'Talk to the Sand' Sun Hat ($17.99) vs. 'Talk to the Sand' Sequinned Sun Hat ($475)
Tory Burch Logo Belt ($135) vs. Louis Vuitton Logo Belt ($575)
Pom Pom Straw Tote ($48) vs. Pom Pom Embellished Straw Tote ($199)
Black Scalloped Bikini ($26.99) vs. Black Scalloped Bikini ($143)
Layered Gold Chain Necklace ($42) vs. Layered Gold Chain Necklace ($775)

Aren't these the best?! I love being able to find dupes of items that are a lot pricier - there's something so gratifying about it! ;) I love the similarities in the zig zag diamond rings - the $40 version of the set isn't real diamonds, but it's so fun for summer where, lets be honest, it isn't always ideal to be wearing 1. a lot of jewelry or 2. expensive pieces while touring a new city or sitting on the beach. The best part is mixing metals is super in style (I never thought I'd like it, but I really do now!) The more expensive version is $525 PER ring!

While they're all close, I can't get over how amazing this $27 scalloped bikini is! You can get both pieces for less than the $143 top. It even comes in a few colors! The other super similar dupe is this $17 pair of sunglasses that are nearly identical to their $475 counterpart.
As for biggest trends, gold chain necklaces that are easy (and beautiful!) to layer are everywhere lately. There's a $775 version available here, but I really love the gold version that's under $50. Jewelry is fairly easy to find dupes of and while I love collecting "forever pieces", it's always nice to have costume pieces and fun look-a-likes.

A few things you've probably seen a LOT of lately - pom poms, these Hermes sandals and the prettiest (but super pricey) white lace midi dress. I love my "spice it up" beach tote (PSA: it's 33% off and only $199 right now!) but I was so excited when I saw this $48 dupe!
I was really excited when I saw these cognac slide sandals because you really can't go wrong with slides this season AND they're such a great match for the Hermes pair! They're only $56 and so neutral that you'll be wearing them all summer long. You can save yourself $704 by buying the $56 pair and look just as cute. ;) I couldn't believe that the Hermes pair was 13x more than the cheaper dupe!

I could go on and on about these fun dupes ALL day (seriously... ;) but just one more to note - this adorable sun hat that's under $20 and a nearly exact dupe for the $475 version! There's a bunch of sayings to chose from and the only real difference between the two is the sequins. It's super fun, but not very practical at that price! These $17.99 hats are just as fun and seriously SO cute.

Which dupe is your favorite for summer?

XOXO -A

67 comments:

  1. Seriously LOVING all of your save items - sometimes more than the $$$ pieces! Happy Friday, lady!

    Pink Champagne Problems

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  2. That pom pom bag is so cute! Perfect for summer!
    xo Jessica
    www.whatsfordinneresq.com

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  3. Love this! So many of these look exactly the same if not cuter for way less!

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  4. Whoa, this is probably one of the best save vs. splurge I've read in awhile! Most, if not all, of your suggestions look exactly the same, especially that scalloped bikini style! Great job!

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  5. I love this post! I have been dying for one of those cute hats but they are so pricey when I find them

    - xo, Azanique | LotsofSass.com

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  6. Ahhh this is so amazing!! It's so crazy that there's such a huge difference in price with some of these items. Definitely going to save this :)

    Tori
    www.mooretori.com

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  7. Love your picks! SO many good choices!

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  8. I have actually never seen Big Brother but I do enjoy the Bachelorette! I love dupe posts!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  9. I have never watched Big Brother before. I know a lot of people who have watched it and love it. You have so many great picks here! I love those hats and have been wanting to get one. I'll have to check these out!

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  10. I seriously love this post because I love getting a good deal! My favorite is the black scalloped bikini, but I might have to get it in pink because it looks so cute!!

    xx Aliza
    https://www.runwaysandroses.com

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  11. I need that tassle bag ASAP and already own the dupe hat and it's adorable!

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  12. Absolutely loved this post! Thanks for all the hard work! I think I need that swimsuit!

    xoxo,
    Mandy
    Musingsofashopaholicmama.com

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  13. Love the scalloped bikini dupe! I've been wanting one, but couldn't justify the pricier one. May have to try this!
    xoxo, Jenna
    Boston Chic Party

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  14. I love saeeing the comparisons!!! So many good saves!
    <3, Mindy
    http://www.threadsnbreads.com/

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  15. Gimme all the tassels and pom poms this summer!

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  16. What a great round up ... loving many of the save items and of course I'm lusting over several of the splurge pieces! :D

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.com

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  17. These pieces look identical!! I love those pom pom bags!!!!

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  18. I am in love with both pairs of those denim shorts and everything tassels. I also love finding a good deal so this post has me written all over it! I'm so glad you shared!

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  19. There are so many awesome items on here.. I love that pom pom bag!

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  20. Wow! It's crazy how some of these things look nearly identical! I love a good deal :)

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  21. I love the Tassel trend so much,
    amazing musthaves. So colorful and eyecatchy.
    Perfect for the summer days.

    with love your AMELY ROSE

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  22. LOVE these kind of posts, these are perfect!

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  23. I love the dresses! But if I could only wear those bathing suits! oh well. they are still cute though.

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  24. Great job on showing us how to save some money. I saw many things on the less expensive side that I liked more:-)

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  25. You have done a great job of helping us save money while getting fashionable looks. My favorites are the hats and pom pom totes. Guess I'm in a beachy mood.

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  26. Love all of these picks for summer and I love that you are sharing cheaper alternatives :)

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  27. This is such a great post! I love all the comparisons you've given. I did splurge on that white Self Portrait dress and I definitely think it was worth the money!

    April | http://thebluehydrangeas.com

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  28. SO many great ideas in this post - good job!! I want one of everything

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  29. My goodness. These price differences are insane! I love a good bargain, so I'm all about saving my pennies when I can. I've really been wanting a fun summer hat like you've shared here!

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  30. Love Save vs, Splurge posts!! the price differences are always insane!!

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  31. Sometimes I really prefer the cheaper version. not only because of the price. But many times I find them better!

    xx, Melissa
    https://elephantontheroad.com

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  32. I'm loving this splurge vs save round up! So many cute items, and I think I need those Sam Edelman slides!
    Rachael

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  33. Oh wow, you found some seriously good dupes!! It's crazy what you can find if you really look!

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  34. You are the QUEEN of dupe finding! Such great alternatives that definitely give the look for less.

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  35. OMG that swimsuit! Must have for sure haha.

    -Alix

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  36. yes yes yes I'm all about the pom poms!

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  37. i love anything with pom poms, so cute!
    http://www.layersofchic.com

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  38. I love these posts because if I ever find a dupe it is pure luck so these are my favs!

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  39. I love all of these dupes--I'm all about saving money so I get excited when i can look nice for less> The straw hat and the pom pom bag are calling my name!

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  40. These are amazing dupes!! So awesome. Love those bangles.

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  41. This is so helpful! I really love the comparisons! The more the merrier for me!
    xo Debbie | www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

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  42. I like most of the save stuff better than the splurge! All super cute!

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  43. Love the straw bags and straw hats! They're my must have for summer as well.

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  44. Wow these are some awesome dupes! The bikini, bag, and sun hat are pretty much identical and you can't beat those cheaper prices!

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  45. Maybe I'm weird but I always always love the save items so much more than the splurge! Especially those Sam Edelman sandals

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  46. These are such great dupes!

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  47. Such a great round-up! It's hard to justify the splurging when the save is so close!

    Tif
    www.brightonabudget.com

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  48. This is such a great roundup! I always love a good splurge vs. save--especially when it's a trendy item!

    Molly | www.missmollymoon.com

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  49. Alright, I need that swimsuit to be mine! I've been eyeing the more expensive version for the past few years but I haven't found an inexpensive dupe until now. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  50. That pom pom bag is so cute! Love that you found a more affordable version!
    xo Jessica
    www.whatsfordinneresq.com

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  51. I LOVE these!!!! Especially the white sundress one <3

    I need one of those fabulous beach hats though.
    xxox
    Laura @ www.cookwineandthinker.com

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  52. These are my favorite type of posts and you nailed it!!!

    xo, Roselyn
    www.thestylelynnlife.com

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  53. So many great saves! Thanks for sharing!

    -Kat
    http://www.katwalksf.com/

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  54. I want one of everything!!!! So many pretty items that are perfect for summer!!

    xoxo,
    Angelle
    www.dashingdarlin.com

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  55. The saves are just so good!! Love this!!

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  56. From tassels to statement earrings, I want them all! WONDERFUL picks.

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  57. That white Rebecca Minkoff bag is so cute!

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  58. That's a great list of suggestion. Pompoms are so in these days!

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  59. Okay you found some of the best dupes! I need that bag!

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  60. PHENOMENAL dupes girlfriend...I like some of the dupes better than the designer versions!!!

    Coming Up Roses

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  61. Without sunscreen it is impossible for me to go out of the house. I have feel the difference in my skin when I am not wearing sunscreen. So, sunscreen is like a heart beat to my skin in summers.

    melissa@buy revitol rosacea cream

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  62. I like to play a game with posts like these where I pick the item I like best and only then look at the price. Figures that everything I like is on the expensive side... :(

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