Designer Clothing Vs. Knock Off Clothing

Designer Vs. Knock Off | Only on Five Foot and Fabulous!

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!

Designer Vs. Dupe | Only on Five Foot and Fabulous!


Jennifer Fisher Choker ($300) vs. Topshop Choker $15

Monsur Graviel Backpack ($795) vs. Topshop Backpack ($55)

FRAME T-Shirt ($110) vs. Topshop T-Shirt ($28)

FRAME Denim Jacket ($345) vs. Topshop Denim Jacket ($85)

3×1 Crop Fringe Jeans ($265) vs. Topshop Jamie Fringe Jeans ($90)

Valentino Slides ($695) vs. Topshop Slides ($75)

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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18 Replies to “Designer Clothing Vs. Knock Off Clothing”

  1. I love finding dupes for designer pieces I really want. They are so much more affordable and if they fall on the trendier side, it’s nice not having to make a big investment!

  2. Alissa Carpenter says: Reply

    Can we talk about how cute those slides are with the grommets! I need those in my life asap with that backpack.

    1. Aren’t those slides so cute? Love!

  3. I’ve always been a bargain hunter, so name brands mean very little to me. Clothes are so transient, so I’ve never minded saving my pennies and buying clothes that are considered knock offs.

    1. I totally agree!

  4. I’m all about shopping “knock offs” too. Sure I want quality, but I certainly don’t need to buy the name on the tag!

    1. Same girl same!

  5. I am totally the same! I am not one to buy luxury…ever. TBH, I have a handful of expensive bags and jackets, but my husband bought them for me as presents. I love them. But, I usually end up using the cheaper items. Why? I get nervous I will ruin the nice ones! Overall, I just love saving money because fashion constantly changes anyway.

    1. Haha same girl! I am WAY too messy to spend a lot of money on stuff!

  6. Southern & Style says: Reply

    I love finding designer dupes for a better price! I would never buy a fake bag (for example a fake Louis Vuitton) but I would definitely buy a piece like the blush backpack-they look so similar!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

  7. I’m with ya on this! I am waaaaay too broke to afford designer lol so place like Zara or Topshop are my go-tos. Love the comparison between the two outfits- tbh I like the more affordable jeans better anyways x

    1. Haha same! Those Topshop jeans are so cute!

  8. I am DOWN FOR THE DEAL… ALWAYS. haha. Who on earth has that kinda cash to spend on an outfit? Especially when the two look so similar!

    1. Hahaha same girl same!

  9. omg! what a steal!! I am loving those black jeans! and the slides!

    1. Thanks Candice!

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