Dressing high fashion on a high street budget: 3 staple designer dupes you need this Winter

Updated: Sep 10, 2020

Can I afford £3,000 on a Dior blazer... just for Winter? No. But, I still want to look stylish and have a winter wardrobe that doesn't cost the world. Luckily, over the years, I have built a small capsule wardrobe of items which emulate high fashion...on a budget.

I have listed below 3 key items for a staple winter wardrobe - the dupes (totalling £250) vs the designers (totalling £4870).

This winter it seems monochromatic and structured/tailored looks are in and fashion houses such as Chanel, Dior, Saint Laurent and Bottega Venetta have demonstrated this in their fall-winter collections.

Black blazer

A transitional piece which can be worn dressed up or down with tailoring or denim, a black blazer is timeless. Shown below is the & others stories (£120) version of the Dior blazer (£3100).

Biker boots

Black biker boots are a must in any wardrobe. Bottega Venetta boots shown below retail an eye watering £810. If your looking for durable boots which last for many seasons then a mid-price point Russell & Bromley pair are the ones to go for. At less than half the price of the Bottega's, at only £395, these boots are classic and will last for many winters. Or for even less, Mango sell a great high-street alternative at only £79.99.

Leather look trousers

Choosing faux leather over real leather not only means a lower price point but faux leather is animal friendly as its man made. Moreover, its more durable - I have read many reviews on real leather trousers and how they start to "sag" over repeated use. Massimo Dutti sell a great rubberised/leather effect trouser in black (also available in dark grey, navy blue, dark maroon, cream and chocolate) for £49.95. In comparison to Theory's pair of leather trousers priced at £960.

What staple designer dupes do you own? How do you emulate a luxury look for less?