Five fashion must-haves which won't leave you broke

Your wishlist doesn't have to break the bank! High street dreams may be able to meet an affordable reality.

Maira Pagganwala December 12, 2010
Women often tend to have wishlists but unfortunately, we also tend to go broke.

So I took the liberty to come up with a list of wishlist-worthy things, with their more affordable alternatives.

An oversized men’s watch

The trend started a while back and is still going strong. The obvious first choice here is a man’s Rolex. It’s been spotted on a lot of celebrity wrists, and if you can’t borrow your husbands, why not get a cheaper alternative? Michael Kors has a decent collection of watches. The one in gold is my personal favorite.

A pair of Balenciaga shoes

Each pair is loud and statement-worthy and creative to the core! Steve Madden has similar ones. In fact, Madden has not only done cheap alternatives of Balenciaga shoes but also other designers as well as including a pair that is similar to Alexander McQueen’s biker chic leather booties, YSL’s caged heels, and a cheap version of Celine’s studded clogs.

A classic Chanel red purse

The bag is part of Chanel’s Cruise collection and usually comes out around November each year. Of course nothing beats Chanel, but River Island does a great deal of decent quilted bags. Michael Kors offers a better alternative, and theirs even comes with double chain straps. Similarly, Michael Kors offers a good alternative for the Birkin. The Hamilton tote by MK has even adorned the pages of Vogue several times.

The statement necklace

This trend took off sometime last year but it’s still pretty hot. Perhaps some can go all out on Bvlgari but there are a lot of alternatives! TopShop’s accessories department is far more affordable and has a huge variety. Aldo accessories sometimes has nice pieces too.

Chloe wide legged trousers in camel

These classic trousers are so chic and not only can we find cheaper alternatives, but we don’t need to look too far either. Our very own Pakistani designers do a decent job with flared trousers, which I recently discovered at the Fashion Week held in Karachi. Feeha Jamshed, of course, is one of those designers. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find pictures of her trousers from the show.
Maira Pagganwala A graduate in International Development and Political Science who went on to study Urban Development Planning. She is also interested in creative writing and fashion.
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