Designer Dupes: Mint cable sweaters by Acne and River Island

mint green cable sweaters

Two sweaters, both alike in… colour. And cabling. Look, they’re both mint green cable sweaters, OK? What they’re not alike in, however, is price: the sweater on the right is Acne’s ‘Lia’ sweater, currently retailing for £220, while the one on the left is just £28 at good ol’ River Island.

What explains the price difference? Well, one is cotton, and the other is acrylic, and there are no prizes for guessing which is which. But also, one is designer, the other high street, and as we know all too well, that counts for a lot in the world of fashion, too.

Which would you buy? Are sweaters one of the items you think it’s worth investing in, making £220 a not-unreasonable amount, or does £28 sound more like your budget?

7 Comments

  • February 10, 2012

    msveve

    I prefer the look of the Acne sweater (nicer shade of mint, nicer cabling) but that said, I wouldn’t pay 220 for it..

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  • February 10, 2012

    Caroline

    I like the button detail on the River Island one… I saw something very similar in the Oasis sale (without the cabling) and I am regretting not buying it now!!

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  • February 10, 2012

    Liza Ashby

    I prefer the cheaper one!!

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  • February 10, 2012

    Julie

    I agree with Liza, the cheaper one really looks better.

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  • February 10, 2012

    KON

    Totally would take the river island one, since I prefer the pattern. I always think that a too much complicated cable pattern is likely to sit strangely (know what I mean – hard to discribe fo me -_-).

    But I really think both of them are pretty cute and I totally need a comparable in my closet. Totally.

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  • February 11, 2012

    Lili @ Relatable Style

    Sweaters like this make me really uncomfortable just by looking at them. They are usually so… restrictive. Also, I tend to look like a box in them. Square.

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  • May 25, 2012

    Ashleigh

    I don’t think this is a “dupe” at all… These sweaters are as different as night and day.

    Maybe it’s just because I knit, but I just really don’t see how one is a knockoff of the other.

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