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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Black & White: Splurge vs. Save

black and white outfit inspiration @rachmccarthy7

Another splurge vs. save and today it's all about the classic black and white. I don't know if I'm noticing it more or brands are knocking off more designer pieces, but these designer lookalikes seem to be everywhere these days. And although the colors might be a classic combination, these splurge and save styles are super trendy and are perfect candidates for save options!

I always enjoy putting these posts together. With each post, I get more and more determined to find an exact match for less! Although, I must confess, this week's was pretty difficult. I can't even begin to count the numbers of drafts I went through searching for the perfect save item. I think it probably has to do with the fact there are A LOT of cold shoulder black tops and one shoulder white tops, for example, out there right now. It was tough deciding which to share! 

Of all the pieces in today's post, I think the favorite has to go to the cold shoulder dress. Talk about the perfect LBD for spring and summer! And with it's under $70 price tag, it's a pretty good deal -- especially compared to the splurge version. And although this dress might be a little more on the trendy side, it would be easy to dress up with sandals and jewelry or more dress down casually with flats. Versatile dresses for the win!

It's difficult to pick a second favorite, but my love for pearls runs deep and when I saw these save sandals, I just knew there must be a designer pair that was similar. Needless to say I had no idea that there would be that big of a price difference! Although there are some slight differences between the two sandals {I do love that cute bow on the splurge version!} I think the save version is enough like the splurge to justify all the money you could save!

And speaking of saving money, Shopbop's Event of the Season starts today through Friday. Receive 20% off orders under $500 with code EVENT17 and 25% off orders over $500 with code EVENT17. You can find some of my favorite Shopbop finds below. Happy Shopping!

Do you enjoy these splurge vs. save posts? I would love to hear in the comments section below. Have a wonderful Wednesday, friends!




  1. all your save options are so on point girl!! I love every single one of them and would honestly choose them over the splurge ones!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. Looks like I am ding some Shopbop shopping today!! Ahhh classy black and it and your finds. So ya know the ball earrings? They have the Bauble Bar line Sugar Fix at Target and they are only 12.99. I got a pink pair and a white pair and love them!

  3. Wow! A lot of these items are absolutely identical! Great picks as always, and I seriously need that one shoulder white top.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  4. The dupes are all so awesome! Love your save/splurge posts! I adore those black sandals--the little pearls are the cutest!!

    Rosy Outlook

  5. You did a magnificent job, girl; you always do! I LOVE that cold shoulder black dress, it's such a versatile piece for the spring and summer and what I love even more, is that it looks like it can accommodate a baby bump, haha. I've been looking for dresses like this that can work well now and post delivery, so I can get the most wear. I also adore your save bag and sandal option, too. I don't think it's just you, brands are definitely creating much more knock of or "inspired" pieces from designer or high luxury brands and collections. I've definitely noticed this a lot lately. Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you're having a great day so far!



  6. These are all such great dupes! I need those earrings and sunnies! So cute! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  7. Fabulous dupes! I've been eyeing that bucket bag for a while, and need to finally pull the trigger <3
    Green Fashionista

  8. I love when you post these, Rachel! The save options are nearly identical to the splurge items! LOVE IT!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  9. These picks are amazing! Thanks for sharing <3

    X Merel

  10. I've been looking for some dresses for Europe, and that black cold shoulder dress might be just what I need! I love these posts that you do because it really shows you that you don't have to spend a fortune to look fashionable!

  11. great selection hun!
    kisses from the sandpit ❤︎

  12. This is so awesome!!! You can definitely save and still look chic! =)

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  13. I actually love the save side so much more than the splurge side, especially that black dress, so pretty! Thanks for sharing xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  14. Love this, thanks for sharing!

  15. Ok this is an amazing splurge vs save because I think I love everything on the save side more! Obsessed with the black and white!

    <3 Shannon 
    Upbeat Soles

  16. very nice splurge/ steal options here!


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