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Splurge vs. Steal: Bold and Bright J.Crew Statement Pieces

Appearing on reality television may not have been the best idea Bethenny Frankel ever had, but she sure displayed good judgement when she wore this adorable J.Crew. The ex-Real Housewife of New York/Skinny Girl Margarita inventor donned this for a recent taping of her talk show. I absolutely “love” this bold graphic sweater. Can you say fashion crush? However, when I found out the sweater cost $89.50, I was heartbroken. But not for long! I found a great knockoff at Old Navy for a fraction of the price.

J.Crew Tippi Sweater in Heart Me (available in gray/navy and teal/pink): $89.50 at
Old Navy Boat Neck Sweater (available in graphite/pink and navy/red): $24.95
Savings: $64.56 or 72 percent.

Statement necklaces, like J.Crew’s much-adored Bubble Necklace, are on trend. These pieces are a great way to add a splash of funky color to a simple black dress or work-staple white oxford. Lo Bosworth, from MTV’s The Hills, wears this trend just right in OK Magazine. Don’t worry—you don’t need a teen starlet’s bank account of to afford this versatile and fun accessory. Bauble Bar makes a great knockoff for about a quarter of the price of the J.Crew necklace.

J.Crew Bubble Necklace (available in neon azalea, turquoise, and white): $150.00
Bauble Bar Princesse Bib (available in violet, lime, and orange): $38.00
Savings: $112 or 75 percent.


Polka-dots are… spot-on for fall. J.Crew is leading this trend—so much so that there’s even a dedicated feature on its website called “See Our Spots” showcasing its polka-dotted clothing and accessories. My favorite looks include a green sweater with navy dots and a whimsical lightweight scarf in navy with ivory dots. While these looks are hot, their prices are not! Fortunately, Old Navy makes a great knockoff polka-dot sweater and scarf for much less!

J.Crew Cashmere Polka-Dot Sweater (available in green/blue and gray/black) $268.00 at
Old Navy Boat Neck Sweater
(available in green/blue and ivory/black): $24.94 at
Savings:  $243.06 or 90 percent.

J.Crew Polka-Dot Scarf (available in navy/ivory and maroon/pink): $68.00 at
Old Navy Printed Polka-Dot Scarf (available in black/ivory and coral/ivory): $15.00 at
Savings: $53 or 78 percent.

Shake up your wardrobe a bit and trade in your boring khaki chino shorts for a bold print short, like these Tiki Shorts from J.Crew. Feel like a Polynesian princess on a pauper’s budget and check out the great knockoff I found at I love the way J.Crew pairs their Tiki Shorts with a contrasting yellow bangle. To get the same look for less, I tracked down great bangles on

J.Crew Tiki Short (available in navy/white only): $65.00 at
Alloy Wearever Tribal Printed Short (available in black/white only): $14.99 at
Savings: $50.01 or 77 percent.

J.Crew Classic Medium Bangle (available in lemon, rose, blue, and raspberry): $22.00 at
You Accessorize Yellow Stacked Bangles (available in yellow only): $8.80 at
Savings: $13.20 or 60 percent.

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5 thoughts on “Splurge vs. Steal: Bold and Bright J.Crew Statement Pieces”

  1. I love JCREW! I go SPLURGE everytime- but in a more frugal way like ebay or second hand or DIY sometimes

  2. A. S. says:

    It amazes me that a simple sweatshirt with a big heart on it can sell for that much.  Mind boggling!  I know if I really wanted it and was on a budget, I’d grab a solid colored sweatshirt in my size, get a container of fabric paint, and just do it myself for like 10-15, maybe less.

    Not knocking fashion…  I’m just awfully cheap!  LOL.

  3. Tinkerbellknw says:

    You can get the heart sweater at Forever 21 for $17.

  4. Katiek says:

    Target also has a similar version for $22.99 :)

  5. Lazybear1318 says:

    love it