My Top 5 Fashion Looks : Designer vs. Frugal

 1.  Valentino Studded Headband


Description:  Signature metal studs lend chic edge to this leather hair accessory.

Ok, Valentino:  Who doesn’t love a studded headband?  I mean I see that studded headband  constantly.

The problem I have is its ludicrous price of $245.00.

I’m sorry, but there is no headband worth $245.00. Although, I admit to owning a Chanel headband which probably cost me about that much. But it’s a classic and I think at that time, I deserved it. How long is a studded headband in style? A week? Plus it looks dangerous if anyone were to tap you on the head.

I’m not trying to belabor the point, however, at ETSY, I was able to find this very similar studded headband.


This sells for $12.00 by Lonely Hearts Boutique.

2.  Proenza Schouler Pocket Tee


Description:  The classic tee, finished with a sporty breast pocket and rendered in soft cotton jersey.

What really gets me other than the fact that it sells for $525.00 is that it also needs to be dry-cleaned. Really?

I found this Tee at

Derek Heart Juniors Plus-Size One-Pocket V-Neck T-Shirt


This T-shirt goes for a whopping $19.00.


  • 53% Cotton/47% Polyester
  • Imported
  • Machine Wash
  • Slub-cotton tee with single chest pocket and turn-back cuffs
  • Banded V-neckline

It also comes in about 7 different colors.

3.  Mind Cutout Cork-Wedge Bootie

nmwedgeThese gorgeous wedge shoes  look like they’re meant for the AARP crowd. Also, if you have unnaturally wide calves, these just might do it for you. Anyway for all of you on Medicare, these might actually be considered as orthopedic. Ask your podiatrist for a prescription.  Just kidding….

They sell for $395.00.


  • Matte leather.
  • Open toe.
  • Side peekaboo cutouts.
  • Asymmetric grip-hook ankle band.
  • 2 1/2″ cork wedge heel.
  • 1 3/4″ platform; 3/4″ equiv.
  • Leather lining and padded insole.
  • Textured rubber sole.
  • “Mind” is made in Spain.

On the other hand, here are a pair of  similar wedges:

Cole Haan Arden High Wedge


These will set you back $99.99 and are so cute! They are from

4.  Dolce and Gabbana Floral-Print Jacquard Strapless Dress

D&G floral

Description:  Dolce & Gabbana white and multicolor floral-print cotton-silk blend jacquard strapless dress.
I’m not even going to pretend that I know what ‘jacquard’ means, but maybe that’s why this dress is almost $3000.00?
Lovely little dress to wear and only costs $2,445.00.
This little floral dress comes from
 and costs $20.99.


Has Drawstring or Adjustable Strap For Perfect Fitting it Can Be Tucked In | Soft fabric

  • Bust Size Fits Up To 38 Inches | Durable Elastic in Bust Portion for Comfortable Fit | Length (without straps) : 28 Inches from tube to bottom.
  • Latest Fashion prints & colors for you | Feminine Cut gives you curvy look
  • Wear At Home to relax | In The Sun, on weekends.
  • Accessories, buckle, etc not part of the product.

This sweet dress can be yours for $20.99 on

5.  Tory Burch – Beach Zip Canvas Tote

I know that Tory Burch is THE DESIGNER now, however. when I go to the beach, I don’t want to  need security watching it while I’m out swimming since it costs $195.00.


Totally Ludicrous is this statement on the site about this tote:


That cracks me up. Really? I can only order 3 of this bag? Color me disappointed.

Description:   Durable canvas tote featuring a contrasting Tory Burch logo design.

Here’s a tote from

East Coast Co. White Beach Vacation Tote Bag with Small Zipper Pouch


This tote is perfectly suited for the beach

It sells for $8.00 and there is no restriction on how many of these you can buy at a time.


Nylon beach bag has zipper closure / Large outside zipper pocket / Bag measures 20″ wide by 13″ high (not including handles) / Removable zipper pouch is 9″ wide by 7″ high / By: East Coast Co.
So, that’s it for now.
I know that a lot of people feel that everything they have must have that designer logo, which I have never understood.
What do you think of the comparisons?
I really think that the ‘cheaper’ items looked a lot better.




2 thoughts on “My Top 5 Fashion Looks : Designer vs. Frugal

  1. Ha-ha–it’s amazing what people are willing to spend money on. Those shoes are ugly. I’m old and old school -practical is my middle name, Hey, hope you are the Mr. and feeling better. When I posted earlier this year about my lifestyle change I lost 20 pounds. Then I got hooked on frappuccinos, gelato and gourmet ice cream and gained back 10 pounds. I’m back on track this week. Fruit bars instead of ice cream, Protein shakes, six small meals, chicken, fish, fresh fruits, veggies, 3-4 quarts of water/sugar free beverages. It’s a slow process but after I lose even 5 or 10 pounds I feel so much better. C’mon Tovah. If you can quit smoking, you can do this too. It’s one day at a time. Much continued success to you.

    1. Hey Robin:
      You cracked me up with “Then I got hooked on frappuccinos, gelato and gourmet ice cream”

      Yeah…that will definitely do it. It’s those kinds of things that do me in.

      So glad you’re back on track and I’m using your advice from your post to get going.

      The problem with protein shakes for me is that I’m allergic (seriously, I am) to whey, soy and any fake sugar and most of those are in the shakes.

      Congratulations on your lifestyle. I wish I was as diligent as you.

      Good to hear from you.

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