You know the ones I’m talking about.
I’ve practically been drooling over them since I spotted them come down the runway last year. Ok, if we’re being honest I’ve been surprisingly into ALL things Gucci from the BELTS, to the LOAFERS and to this BAG that I just can’t get out of my head.
Ok, and THIS DRESS, too. Isn’t she a beauty!?
Clearly, I’m in over my head and way over my budget, so this is where a bit of shopping elbow grease and creativity come in. What I like to refer to as the art of the dupe. My shopping and styling MO is always about emphasizing quality over quantity, so very rarely will you see me recommending a low-end imitation for the real thing. In this case, I’ve found a loafer with a similar look and feel to those Gucci loafers of my $750 dreams. Not a cheap, low-end, carbon copy, but a tasteful and well-constructed interpretation of the style I love.
I’d say close to 90% off the designer price is a worthwhile savings. No?!
Just like the GUCCI MARMONT original, the STEVE MADDEN KATE comes in a number of neutral colors to coordinate with any of your fall favorite outfits. If a small block heel aint your thing, there is a similar pair called the MEELA that has all of the fringe flair in a more traditional flat loafer.
Building a working and stylish wardrobe is all about balance — balancing designer (high) and fast fashion (low), casual and dressy. Very few of us can afford all of the things, all of the time, so it’s nice to have reasonable designer alternatives (like this Gucci Marmot loafer dupe!) to give us the look for less.