An Oscar de la Renta employee was astounded when he/she spotted Max Mara Studio clothes (left) at Lord & Taylor that closely resembled Oscar de la Renta’s spring 2008 collection (right). I don’t know if designers should be flattered or upset, but for shoppers like us who can’t always afford high-end designer garb, it’s a gateway to designer duds for less. In fact, we have two fashion lookalikes that you should snap up now:
It’s all about clogs this season, and although Steve Madden is always getting in trouble over copyright infringement, we can’t help but love their Steve Madden Merlow Sandals ($149.95) on the left that are a close replica of these Miu Miu Suede Clogs ($495) on the right.
This Givenchy striped blazer (about $1,500) on the left is in every fashion magazine right now, but who knew Spiegel, our Mom’s favorite catalog, would make such an affordable alternative–Spiegel Ponte knit striped blazer ($79)– that looks cool, too.
See how you can get designer collaborations first, and then check out our guides to the best clogs, the best blazers, and the best pleated skirts.