If you're not acquainted with the notion of the dupe, New York Magazine's The Strategist describes it as "not a doppelgänger or a knockoff or an impersonation—at least not explicitly so." A clothing dupe is an item that captures the spirit of an It item that's having a moment in the spotlight but that doesn't outright knock it off. For example, several new brands like Wandler, Staud, and Danse Lente are experiencing success thanks to their architectural handbags. It's just as reasonable to discover a dupe from a more affordable label and appreciate it for the same reason you love the $400 It bag—there's a uniqueness to it.
To illustrate our point, we scoured Instagram and our favorite shopping sites to find a few recent clothing dupes. From fabric details that fashion girls are obsessed with (ahem, smocking) all the way to the winter coat silhouette everyone's wearing in droves, continue ahead for our favorite dupes of the moment.