I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things in this world is affordable clothing. Not so much the Forever 21’s of the world, but simply the stores that allow my wallet to live another day after I check out. Something that many people don’t realize, is that practically everything at a widely accessible price point is a knock off. That’s right, most of the stuff in your closet is probably a knock off – some are just closer to the original than others.
We could discuss the legality of knock offs and whether or not they’re fair, but that’s a totally different blog post. Just know that it’s totally legal for a brand to knock off a designer as long as 2 things are true: 1. The designer didn’t copyright any component of the item (e.g. red bottom Louboutins), and 2. The knock off brand didn’t claim they were the original owners of the design. While that may not be the best for the designers, it sure is good for the average Joe!
Since I am no millionaire, I prefer to shop at a lower price point, meaning my closet is one of those filled with knock offs! I decided to do a little bit of research to see just how close you could get to the originals without having to pay the hefty price tag.
On the left side of the graphic below are designer brands found on Net-A-Porter. Topshop clothing is on the right. Topshop may not be as cheap as Forever 21 or H&M, but it is very quick to the market, and you can usually rely on their clothing to be good quality!
The more you compare the two outfits, the more you can tell that the left side is of a higher quality. However, if you were to just walk by people wearing them, you wouldn’t be able to notice at all. You might even assume they’re dressed completely identical.
Also, note how the total for the Topshop outfit is the same amount as the price of a single denim jacket by FRAME. Can you believe that?
Anyway, this post isn’t meant to convince you to stop buying designer brands. Neither is it a post promoting Topshop (although if someone from Topshop happens to be reading this, I’d be totally down for a sponsored post). I just want to show you that you shouldn’t feel bad for shopping the high street! Their goal is to make these items more accessible to you!
What is your opinion on designer vs. knock off clothing options? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments!
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