Luxury Looks for A Lot Less Money

Do you love looking through fashion magazines, drooling over the designer duds? You’ve got great taste but no money to prove it, right?

Luxury goods are like rare jewels. Their high price points and unique designs make them irresistible, because we often associate price with quality. However, like many generic medicines, there is usually an alternative that varies only slightly from the original and is much more affordable to the average consumer.

If you’re someone who appreciates luxury brands and design, but doesn’t have an endless budget, we’ve got good news for you! For every luxe item, there’s a comparable replica that’s easier on your wallet. You just have to take the time to find them. Take a look at these great luxury vs. frugality finds to get some ideas on how to get what you want at a price that’s right for you.


Fashion forward does not necessarily have to mean “designer label”. There are tons of styles that are interpretations of innovative designer pieces that have been transformed into affordable pieces to add to your wardrobe. In fact, the differences between them are minute and, often, require a peek at the label. Check out some of these luxury apparel items and their frugal mates. Then decide for yourself.

Diesel Boyfriend Jean $348
Gap Boyfriend Jeans $69.95

Andrew Marc Joelle $414.40
Express Down Filled Puffer Coat $75.20


Everybody wants the latest and greatest gadgets. 10 years ago, Apple was the only company on the market doing what they do. Nowadays, other major companies like Samsung have created their own, more affordable, versions of these same electronic devices so that everyone can enjoy the ease of technological advancements.

Apple iPad Air $499
Best Buy Kindle HDX $229.99

Apple iPhone 5S $199 with contract
Walmart Samsung Galaxy III Starting at $29 with contract


Luggage is utilitarian. It’s something that everyone needs, and you don’t want to have to purchase it too often. A good suitcase or duffle can save you lots of trouble while traveling. Luxe luggage brands, like Tumi, are known for their high quality and durability and will continue to be reliable, beautiful bags. For those of us on a stricter budget, there are some great alternatives that are made from the same materials and/or focusing on the same functional design as higher-end luggage brands.

Tumi Tegra-Lite $595
Samsonite Ziplite $299

Bloomingdales LeSportsac Weekender $116
Kohl’s Rockland Zebra Duffle $29.99


A great pair of sunglasses is something that everyone can appreciate. Yes, there are many luxury brands that make sunglasses and glasses, but these same models can be found in other off brand labels, so you can get the same look for almost half the price!

Sunglasshut Ray-Ban Aviators $144.95
Macy’s Jessica Simpson Aviators $55

Overstock: Dolce & Gabbana Leopard Frames $248
Urban Outfitter Marion Slim Reader $14


When it comes to beauty, personal maintenance and enhancement products can be quite pricey. Everyone should have the opportunity to look and feel good about themselves, so here are some frugal finds that are equally as effective as their counterparts.

Blufly: Jean Paul Gaultier Classique X Perfume $42
The Body Shop: Vanilla Eau de Toilette $10.50

Sephors: Deborah Lippman Nail Polish $20
Ulta: Salon Formula Lacquer $6

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