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 jcrew.com
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.
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 jcrew.com
Old Navy Boat Neck Sweater (available in green/blue and ivory/black): $24.94 at oldnavy.com
Savings: $243.06 or 90 percent.
J.Crew Polka-Dot Scarf (available in navy/ivory and maroon/pink): $68.00 at jcrew.com
Old Navy Printed Polka-Dot Scarf (available in black/ivory and coral/ivory): $15.00 at oldnavy.com
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 alloy.com. 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 Amazon.com.
J.Crew Classic Medium Bangle (available in lemon, rose, blue, and raspberry): $22.00 at jcrew.com
You Accessorize Yellow Stacked Bangles (available in yellow only): $8.80 at amazon.com
Savings: $13.20 or 60 percent.