Style and Fashion, over 40.

Wide Belt, Cropped Jacket and Skinny Jeans, over 40.

Fake Fabulous | Skinny jeans, wide belt, tassels, cropped jacket and buckle two-part sandals, over 40.

After reading the AW16/17 trend reports (in the glossy magazines) I was excited to see the various styles of wide belts on offer.
I really like the look of a wide belt, and they are back in fashion again.
(Did they ever really go away?)

There are a wide range out there this coming season; Some corset-style, some with heavy duty hardwear, some multi-layered, some solid metal...I loved them all!

So, off I go on my can't-afford-Prada-Balmain-or-Fendi belt search...
Surely some of the high street shops will have their own versions of this fab trend.

Nothing.

Did the buyers not go to fashion week?
Why aren't they stocking up with their own versions of the on-trend accessories that we love to buy?

I don't want a dodgy Prada copy, I want something cool in it's own right.
Designer influenced, not designer rip off.

This got me thinking about how frustrating it must be for the designers to watch their work being blatantly (and sometimes shoddily) copied.
{I think Mango and H&M can be bad for this...or good, depending on your perspective.}

I'm not sure if it's true but, someone once told me that only 5% of a design needs to be changed in order for it to be classed as a "new" design.
Disgusting really.

So, what can we (as consumers) do, if we want the designer 'look' but the real thing is not within our budgets?

Personally, I don't have £500+ for a pair of shoes (or belt)... I have important things, like back-to-school uniforms, to buy!

And, I am never going to be that "save up and get one good item" type of person.
I get bored too easily.

Having said that, I certainly don't want a cheap-looking designer knock-off either.

Fake Fabulous | Skinny jeans, wide belt, tassels, cropped jacket and buckle two-part sandals, over 40.

The only thing we can do, as frugal fashion lovers, is to take the trends on board and try and recreate our own version.
We can use items we already own (styles recycle regularly) high-street, vintage and cheeky charity shop finds.

It can be lots of fun creating a unique look.

This outfit was inspired by those lovely wide belts, and silk camisoles.
Plus, my love of the high-waisted, skinny jean.

{I know they are supposed to be over, but my love for them will never die!}

I fell for these extra-long skinny jeans as soon as I saw them.
The 'bunching at the ankles' is a look I like, despite the fact that cuffing (and turn-ups) are big news... as well as uneven, torn and frayed hems.
They all look edgy and cool, and Fashion-forward, but I still love a skinny!!

Fake Fabulous | Skinny jeans, wide belt, tassels, cropped jacket and buckle two-part sandals, over 40.

The camisole is a beautiful silk fabric, gorgeous against the skin.
Unfortunately, the Scottish summer has been a bit on the chilly side (apart from the odd day) and my thermal under-tops are staying at the front of my wardrobe!

This belt is an oldie.
It came in black, as well as this tan colour, and I wish I had bought both.
It is comfortable, and the tassels are a fun touch (they always come back in style).

The jacket is as old as the hills too, and I wear it to death!
{See it here, here, here and here}

It is my go-to jacket for times when I don't know what to wear, and just seems to go with anything.

A chunky necklace, my nude sandals and the little red bag my son bought me, finished things off perfectly!


CAMISOLE: Unknown (this one is nice)
JEANS: F&F (similar)
THERMAL UNDER-TOP: M&S (similar)
SHOES: Clarks (these are cool , and half price!)
JACKET: Vintage Topshop...this one is nice, and will go with loads of different things.
BAG: A gift (similar, and almost half price)
BELT: Very old...this one is unusual.
NECKLACE: Charity shop


Do you have the budget for genuine designer items?
Do you save for the occasional splurge?
Or, do you like to try and recreate the look within the realms of a small budget?

Please let me know in the comments (or contact me), if you don't mind sharing!
I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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14 comments

  1. I have one or two clothing items that were kinda expensive, but not over $500! I'm like you---I get bored too easily to want one "good" item. Besides---who says I'll wear it enough to get good use out of it?
    I do love your belt! Those are the kind of pieces that stand out and say Wowza!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Thank you Jodie. If I had the spare cash (and wasn't working part-time with 6 people to feed/cloth/sub) I would happily take a trip to the shoe department at Harvey Nicols, or Jenners (Big department stores in Edinburgh)...Jenners especially as it is so lovely to explore.. then spend some serious cash on shoes. Although, part of me thinks that the excitement of shopping would be lost a little when able to pay full wack. I don't know....what do you think? XXX

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  2. Great look. I love the mix of textures and that belt is amazing!!!

    I agree with Jodie; while I do have a few expensive items, I too get bored easily and just stop wearing things. So, when I do splurge, it's generally on either handbags or shoes so that I know my cost-per-wear will be low.

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    1. Shoe spurging would be great fun Gracey! I would happily join you on that shopping trip :oD. I have not yet felt the urge to buy a designer bag.... maybe I will go to one of the big department stores in Edinburgh and have a real good look at what I am missing. :oD XXX

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  3. I don't have any designer items unless they have been thrifted. My husband, on the other hand is quite the expensive dandy and likes some very high end brands, normally scored on super discount.

    I love the colours and textures in this outfit. Very eclectic.

    bisous
    Suzanne
    http://www.suzannecarillo.com

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    1. This is almost the same at my house...except that when I am buying for my husband it is nothing but the best of gear. Then I look for the bargains for myself. Strange. (I suppose I feel like that about gifts for friends, and shoes for the children too).
      Thrifting a designer piece must be a huge thrill....:oD XXX

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  4. The only thing I've bought designer is handbags. I'm good for awhile. I like the quality. Anyhow..love the red_brown combo you are wearing! Beautiful colors together, love the rich red top and of course the belt. I need to find a wide cognac leather belt. Fab with so much!
    Stylish as always friend!
    Jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. I need to try and get into the designer bag thing, Jessica. I imagine the quality must be beautiful. Next time I am in Edinburgh I will go and have a look (and a feel) of the "real" handbags :oP. Thank you for your lovely comment. XXX

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  5. The only thing I've bought designer is handbags. I'm good for awhile. I like the quality. Anyhow..love the red_brown combo you are wearing! Beautiful colors together, love the rich red top and of course the belt. I need to find a wide cognac leather belt. Fab with so much!
    Stylish as always friend!
    Jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  6. I think it's thrilling to find a designer item in a consignment or thrift shop but like Suzanne that's the ONLY way I've acquired anything really
    high end or designer crafted. Expensive shoes and bags just don't tempt me at all. There are so many fantastic items that are within my budget that I'm quite content. I actually find it rather depressing to shop in a store where the prices are over the top. If I do look around a bit it's mostly for ideas only.

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    1. That is a great attitude Judy. Contentment with what is within your price range. Sensible too!! No one should spend beyond their means, and my love of a bargain is much more satisfying than the guilt of spending "too much" on a designer piece. XXX

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  7. Nice outfit! I dont buy designer clothing as I dont wear it often enough! I think my leather dresses are the most expensive. Hope to see you on Fancy Friday linkup!
    www.nancysfashionstyle.com

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    1. Leather dresses are an essential in my book!! I only own faux leather dresses but I am willing to splash a decent amount of cash if the "right" real one comes along. They are classic, timeless, ageless and money well spent! XXX

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  8. Great look, love the highwaisted skinnies! I only have a designer piece if it was thrifted (then I tend to "cherish" them rather than give them a lot of wears!). Thanks for sharing, xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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