Designer Lookalikes on a Budget: Summer Staples

While I love designer pieces for their quality and endurance, it’s nice to find similar styles that place less stress on our wallets. Now that summer is halfway over, I’ve been thinking about the items we reach for over and over again throughout this warm season. I thought it would be fun to find lookalikes for my favorite designer summer staples. All are under $150 (many are under $100), getting you the look for less.

designer summer staples on a budget


My personal favorites are the picnic dress from Innika Choo and the Carrie Fobes sandals. I can’t believe how similar the color and feel of the Free People smocked dress is to the Innika! If I had to pick one “splurge” from this list it’d be the Rebecca Taylor floral jumpsuit. My “save” would be the BP. woven hat, because I always either lose or dirty my hats on our vacations.


1. Gold-Accented Sunglasses

Gucci ($480) vs. Le Specs ($89)


2. Woven Beach Tote

Sensi ($285) vs. Hat Attack ($125)


3. Woven Sandals

Carrie Forbes ($300) vs. LFL ($55)


4. Ruffled Jumpsuit

Rebecca Taylor ($295) vs. Leith ($79)


5. Deep-V Swimsuit

Tory Burch ($198) vs. J. Crew ($98)


6. Smocked Picnic Dress:

Innika Choo ($385) vs. Free People ($148)


7. Woven Floppy Hat:

Eric Javits ($350) vs. BP. ($25)


8. Feminine Blouse:

Petersyn ($280) vs. Blue Life ($110)


Which are you favorites? What would you splurge or save on? Let me know in the comments.