Monday, May 23, 2011

Faking it... in a good way

Retail is a funny business.  After years of studying it and working to execute the plans, it's really interesting to watch people fall head over heels for a genius marketing strategy like Hermes (ahem, $1125 wool blanket with an H on it) and see other brands fall on their face and end up in discount stores (remember when you wanted LA Gear?) 

As brands expand and offer things like costume jewelry and sunglasses made of acrylic, people happily pay $300 for a bracelet that may as well have been $29.99 at Macy's if not for the name etched inside or on a little metal tag.  However, that is actually my favorite thing about styling outfits - if you choose wisely people will never know what you paid!  Yesterday's Michael Kors lookalike wedges got me thinking about all the great finds in stores that look more expensive than they are. 

Here are some pieces that, when mixed with the right outfit, will finish off a look for under $50 each:

  All jewelry by Towne and Reese via Queen Street

P.S. I came across this brand of jewelry via Feather Factor , and it reminded me very much of the Grayce by Molly Sims and Kevia lines.  I love how the designs are fun but unassuming, and could blend with a high end outfit.

11 comments

  1. i love these pieces! im with you lady, im not about to shell out a ton of cash for something ill be sick of after a year. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  2. Love love love this post. You definitely have to shop smart

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  3. This post is right up my alley! For most things, there are such great alternatives to paying "an arm and a leg!" Beautiful pieces. :)

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  4. it seriously is amazing what people will pay just for a brand name. i'm all about great deals that look expensive!!

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  5. Ummm, love ALL of this! that blue bracelet is phenom! And I'm with you ... I do not like paying out the wazoo for costume jewelry!
    xo:: Lauren @ tickled.

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  6. I'm so glad that you liked the bracelet, and this line! That bracelet is one of my favorite items they sent and I totally agree with your post that you have to think about what items to spend $$$ on and what not to. Have a happy Monday! :)

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  7. this is a great round up of money savers! jewelry is always hard for me to spend big $$ on because i wear it for a few months then forget about it or want new pieces!

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  8. Great pieces and bargain finds!! I'm all about pairing a nice pair of shoes with a bargain dress, or vice versa. The right accessories always luxe up an outfit.

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  9. I like the bargain! Price are are affordable! Nice Blog! It's amazing.

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  10. Haley I really believe you can mix and match and still look 1st class!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

    Do Come and enter my Great Giveaway from Serena & Lily!

    You will love it!

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  11. love love that gold bangle and cheap can't beat it. xx

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