Out of the Notebook and into the blog: Vogue Looks without the cost

Monday, February 28, 2011

Vogue Looks without the cost


How frustrating it is when your flipping through fashion magazines such as Vogue, finding gorgeous dresses, shorts, swimsuits that you adore, only to glance down at were to buy them and see that the hat you fell in love with is $700. You know that feeling?

While some people might be able to afford vogue fashions, most of us shy away from prices such as those. However, here are some tips on getting the bang for your buck while still looking Vogue ready.

1) Look through your favorite fashion magazines and blogs (Sarah Klassen's blog is amazing) and upon coming to a look that you love, take a moment and stare at it......


Are you staring?

2) Ask yourself, what do you like about it? Is it right for your body type?

Now as you have answered those questions, do you still want it? If yes, that's great!

3) If you still love the outfit, and wish you were wearing it at the moment, take another look. Look at the lines, the design. Many times, the designs are actually quite simple and basic, made to look fabulous by the uber slim models and the gorgeous photos. The good thing about that? It's easy to find very similar pieces at much cheaper stores, such as Urban Outfitters, GAP, or Anthropologie. While the quality might not be as great as the $700 piece and it might not be "exactly" the same, you will be coming out way ahead when you pair it with the right pieces to get the spreads look.


4) Take inspiration from the spread. Maybe you have a skirt that is very similar as the pleated golden one above, but you can never seem to find anything that looks right with out - or you pair the wrong things with it and you feel like your personal style is being thwarted. Do you love the outfit above with the three quarter length sweater paired with the skirt? Since you already have the skirt, it's easy to find a similar sweater for cheap, even if it's not 3 quarter length! You can use this trick for any outfit!

5) The last idea is one of my favorites. Sew it! If you know how to sew, it is so easy to re create many expensive pieces that you love. Sometimes it can be hard to find the right material, but now with Spoonflower you can design your own which really helps give you more options. Don't know how to sew? Now would be the perfect time to start!

Will you be using any of these ideas? Or have any to throw in? I'd love to hear them!

Images: Julianne Moore for Talbots


  1. i loved hearing your ideas <3 very very helpful! i think that talented sewers have the best advantage when it comes to fashion (that is not very affordable). very pretty pictures too dear :) thank you for sharing this!

  2. Those are great ideas. I never really thought about it that way. I do like to look at pictures in magazine where they they the expensive look and re-create it with similar pieces from department stores.

  3. Such great advice! I will have to check out her blog because I could use some wardrobe inspiration.

  4. I adore Sarah's blog! I have a limit how much I'm willing to pay for a piece...I love checking out designer pieces when they are on sale :-)

    I hope your week is going smoothly, cheers: Evi


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