I Found Affordable Vintage Versions of This Season's Expensive It Items

For most of us, buying a pricey designer item each season isn't all that financially realistic. New handbag silhouettes, shoe shapes, clothing trends, and the like are simply too much to keep up with without blowing your budget. Thankfully, there are other options, and perhaps one of the best alternatives is vintage. Anyone who's been turned on to the world of vintage already knows that it's a treasure trove of, well, treasures. One-of-a-kind pieces from the past are not only the more affordable way to develop your personal style, but this is also an environmentally minded approach.

Keeping this in mind, I rounded up some of the season's more expensive It items and scoured Etsy to procure similar pieces. From prairie dresses to square-toe mules, the shopping list below should help reinvigorate your wardrobe for the months to come.

This year, Staud handbags (and shoes, for that matter) really began to pick up speed. The cult-favorite label churned out multiple styles and silhouettes that the fashion circuit embraced with open arms, including this mini bag dubbed Kenny.

Chanel, land of beautiful boots, handbags, jewelry, clothing, and haute couture. It's unsurprising the legendary Parisian house's white go-go boots are an instant classic.

Blue Dress



Similar to Cecilie Bahnsen and Batsheva, Dôen has become the kind of brand that's instantly distinguishable. Thanks to its prairie-like designs and micro-floral patterns, wearing a Dôen dress is the easiest way to feel polished in a flash.

Speaking of Cecilie Bahnsen, the label's ethereal puff-sleeve creations are the coolest way to embrace the modest dressing trend right now.

Bottega Veneta Square Toe Mules


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It was a good year for Bottega Veneta. The brand's new creative director, Daniel Lee, breathed new life into the label's iconic woven motif, including these square-toe sandals that almost every fashion editor was spotted wearing during fashion week. 

Loewe Sunglasses


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Loewe made square sunglasses decidedly cool again, with playful colorways to choose from and an overall modern-meets-retro aesthetic.

Next up: the ultimate guide to shopping on Etsy, including helpful hacks.

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