We're barely into November but Instagram is already flooded with luxurious winter items to covet, from those instantly famous Chanel tights to the new Gucci It bag I can't stop thinking about. I've come across lots of cozy, winter-friendly items that are strong contenders to be It items in the near future, but especially with gift-giving season quickly approaching, dropping a lot of cash on designer goods may not be all that feasible.
So, I did what any fashion-loving girl would do and found some more affordable alternatives that are just as cool but much less costly. Winter dressing will undoubtedly be a little different this year, and I, for one, plan on shopping smartly (i.e. for fewer items that I'll wear a lot). I kept that in mind when choosing these items, so I hope you find them as useful as I do. Keep scrolling to shop the 13 winter It items I'm coveting, along with the alternatives I'd actually buy.
Totême Quilted Annecy Coat
Totême outerwear is as good as it gets, in my opinion. I have the wool-cashmere camel version of this coat and it's a dream. Now, I have my sights set on this quilted iteration, which is far better for inclement weather.
Khaite Cashmere Sweater Set
By now we all know and love this iconic Khaite sweater set that Katie Holmes made so very famous. It remains an It item and the price tag remains high. This Reformation set gives a similar effect for a fraction of the price.
Marine Serre Logo Jeans
The Attico Cropped Cardigan
I think we could all use a little color to cheer us up right about now. This The Attico cardigan is gorgeous (and would look great with jeans) but if you want to get a similar look for far less, I found an excellent alternative at Anthropologie.
Bottega Veneta Tire Boots
Hands down, these Bottega Veneta lug-sole Chelsea boots are the #1 It boots of winter 2020. That said, there are lots and lots of similar styles on the market, so take your pick. I'm particularly fond of this Vagabond pair I found on Urban Outfitters.
Gucci Jackie 1961 Small Hobo Bag
If I could buy one designer bag this season, this would be it. It looks vintage in all the right ways and is the perfect size. But another It bag I love is BY FAR's Amber bag, which is around $500.
Chanel Logo Tights
Ganni Whipstitched Leather Trousers
I'm not a fan of leather skinny pants but when I saw this straight leg Ganni pair, I did a double-take. They're so good. And coincidentally, Agolde just came out with a recycled leather version of its popular Pinch Waist '90s jeans.
Amina Muaddi Holli Slingback Pumps
Every pair of Amina Muaddi shoes have been an It item since she hit the scene, for obvious reasons—but I also can't get over how good this Tory Burch pair with the chain detail on the heel is.
Prada Logo Tote Bag
Prada is my favorite designer brand right now (along with many other people), so of course I want this bag. It's the perfect size and shape and will never go out of style, mark my words.
Loulou Studio Cableknit Sweater
I have a Loulou Studio sweater obsession right now, and this cable-knit one is fueling it. This exact cozy sweater is sold out (don't worry I found a similar one), but I also found an incredible H&M one that could pass as a far more expensive sweater.
Roger Vivier Viv Rangers Loafers
Chunky loafers is winter's biggest flat-shoe trend, and Roger Vivier made one of the most luxurious versions on the market. But if you don't have over-$1k to spend on this pilgrim-esque pair, Sam Edelman makes a chic alternative for just $140.
Chanel Pearl-Strap Bag
People go crazy over pearl-adorned Chanel items, and the brand's latest use of them is on bag straps. But if you love the detail but have more of Zara budget, you're in luck. I found a beautiful substitute that will set you back just $50.