Sometimes things are worth paying for and sometimes they are not. This is why finding good dupes and knowing where to look in the first place is key. We should probably just talk about the word ‘dupe’ for a second though – very important I do mean ‘dupes’ and not ‘fakes’. The production of goods to be passed off as designer is something I will never condone and will never purchase as this is damaging to the industry – it really does put me off buying Louis Vuitton!
Anyway, now that’s out the way let’s talk about when to buy dupes and when it’s probably better to invest in the real thing. For me personally I like dupes when there’s something really seasonal that doing the rounds – such as the Chloe Nile bag – I mean if we’re totally honest this bag isn’t likely to be around in 5 years time (it might….but I doubt it) and therefore I just don’t want to invest in the real thing – it’s a lot of money when you’re saving to buy a house for something that probably won’t hold it’s value.
Next up is when something is just too out of reach (or far more than you’d ever be willing to pay). These dupe Hermes sandals are a great example as sandals never last that long and do you really want to part with £400 for SANDALS! It’s just something I couldn’t even justify saving for and I also wear a lot of heeled shoes. At least these ones I actually won’t mind taking them on the beach.
I also like to buy dupes when I’m thinking of investing in the real thing but I’m not sure how much wear I’ll get/whether I’ll really like it – a great way to test the waters with high end products.
So who does it best? Well this season and probably the last two or three it has been two stores for me:
Not the best I will admit but this bag and these shoes are both from there are the quality (especially for the sandals) has really surprised me! I’m so glad that I got them for a fraction of the real cost!
Seriously amazing dupes this year – mostly Gucci inspired and a little JW Anderson (think Dionysus and Pierce) and obviously only a tiny amount in comparison.