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Real Vs Steal | Balmain blazer on a budget

Balmain blazer dupe at Shopbop

Balmain // Lioness

A Balmain blazer is one of those “if only” items for many of us. The sharp tailoring and immaculate attention to detail is TO. DIE. FOR. Unfortunately, so is the price tag – and we mean that in the literal sense, because we can’t even imagine how rich we’d have to be to drop £1,260 on one item of clothing – no matter how beautiful or well made it is – OR how much trouble we’d get into once our other half realised where this month’s mortgage payment had gone.

So, we love it, but we’re not going to buy it: what’s a girl to do? Well, you could do worse than check out this lower-priced dupe by Lioness, and available at Shopbop in sizes XS- L.  Seen side by side, it’s very, very obvious which is the “real” blazer and which is the “steal”, but then again, pretty much anything’s going to look bad standing next to Balmain, isn’t it? In its favour, the Lioness blazer will set you back just $80 – oh, it’s also available in black and white, both of which should prove versatile enough to work with everything from jeans to dresses. Now we come to think of it, you could actually buy all three – not that we’re saying you SHOULD, you understand – and STILL spend way less than you would on the Balmain version, and that alone makes us willing to at least try this on, and find out what it’s like in “real” life.

If you’re willing to spend a little more, meanwhile, and would rather go for a colour OTHER than those three neutrals, we also love this one by Laveer:

light blue blazer

This is currently reduced to $346 from the original $496 – so, yeah, it’s pricey, but still less than half the price of Balmain, if you’re looking for a way to justify.

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