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Jan 29 2016
by Elaina Berkowitz

Looks for Less: Winter 2016 Fashion

By Elaina Berkowitz - Jan 29 2016
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Keeping up with trends can be a pricey endeavor. Trendy stores come at a cost, but there are ways to stay in style and save money.

I compared the prices of name-brand items with cheaper alternatives. Here's a few ways you can save money on trends this season.

1. Puffer Vests

JCrew | $120.00

This black vest would add a classic twist to any outfit. It's a timeless piece, but is definitely trending right now.

https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/outerwear/vests/PRDOVR~B0109/B0109.jsp

Francesca's | $44.00

This version of the classic JCrew black vest is almost an exact replica. It has the same gold detailing and pocket placement. 

https://www.francescas.com/product/quinn-quilted-puffer-vest.do?sortby=ourPicks&refType=&from=Search&ecList=6&ecCategory

2. Rosegold Watches

Fossil | $155.00

Fossil is a popular brand and rose gold has been trending for a long time. 

https://www.fossil.com/us/en/watches/women-watches/view-all/abilene-chronograph-rose-tone-stainless-steel-watch-skuch3018p.htm

American Eagle | $29.95

American Eagle is a nice, quality brand that isn’t too pricey. This watch is pretty similar to the Fossil one and the rose gold pops.  

https://ae.com/web/browse/product_details.jsp?productId=0485_4904_641&catId=cat7120046

3. Fleece Pullovers

Patagonia | $119.00

Patagonia has been increasingly trendy, especially with college students. Their classic pullover is really warm and this one has a fun hint of purple.

http://www.patagonia.com/us/product/womens-re-tool-snap-t-fleece-pullover?p=25442-0

Columbia | $60.00

Columbia is another popular brand for winter clothes, but it definitely a lot cheaper. This pullover is comparable to the Patagonia one, though there are hints of blue instead of purple.

http://www.columbia.com/womens-pfg-harborside-fleece-pullover-jacket-1556262.html

4. Round Sunglasses

Ray Ban | $165.00

Ray Bans have always been a popular choice for sunglasses. Lately the circle lens style has been popular, especially with people our age. 

http://www.ray-ban.com/usa/sunglasses/RB2447%20MALE%20002-round%20fleck-tortoise/8053672358636

ASOS | $17.11

These ASOS sunglasses are a little different, but they have the circle lens style and leopard print theme going on that’s similar to the Ray Bans.

http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-Round-Sunglasses-With-Metal-Arms-And-Flash-Lens/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5832645&cid=4545&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=36&sort=3&clr=Tort&totalstyles=170&gridsize=3

5. Suede Over-the-Knee Boots

Stuart Weitzman | $655.00

Over-the-knee boots have recently come into style and these suede black ones seem to be the most popular.

http://www.stuartweitzman.com/products/5050/?DepartmentId=733&DepartmentGroupId=2&ColMatID=285&utm_source=CJ&utm_medium=AFF&utm_content=Stuart+Weitzman+-+Product+Catalog

Macy's | $48.30

Stuart Weitzman boots are very pricey and not something you would necessarily wear everyday. These Macy’s boots are perfect because they’re nice quality, but a fair price. 

http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/rampage-izo-over-the-knee-50-50-boots?ID=2449756&CategoryID=25122&LinkType=#fn=BOOT_HEIGHT%3DOver%20the%20Knee%26sp%3D1%26spc%3D64%26ruleId%3D%26slotId%3D48

6. Pearl Necklaces

JCrew | $98.00

JCrew is popular for their beautiful statement necklaces. This one specifically is timeless and classic. 

https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/jewelry/necklaces/PRDOVR~22599/22599.jsp

Forever 21 | $12.90

Pearls are something that can be extremely expensive, but it’s easy to find fake alternatives. This Forever 21 necklace is very inexpensive, but does the job.

http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?br=F21&category=ACC&productid=1000165240

7. Patterned Workout Leggings

Lululemon | $88.00

Lululemon makes working out fun. Recently, they have come out with leggings that come in a variety of fun colors and patterns.

http://shop.lululemon.com/products/clothes-accessories/crops-run/Pace-Rival-Crop-F-Lux?cc=21589&skuId=3651435&catId=crops-run

Target | $25.00

Buying a variety of pattern leggings for each day of the week could be more fun than spending a lot of money on one pair. Target’s workout section is perfect for finding fun clothes for a nice price. 

http://www.target.com/p/c9-champion-women-s-performance-legging/-/A-21435965#prodSlot=_1_2


Lead Image Credit: Michelle Perel

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Elaina Berkowitz - Syracuse University

“Elaina is a freshman at Syracuse University majoring in Advertising. She loves writing, watching The Office and dancing. Her favorite things are ice cream and Instagram. You can follow her on Twitter @Elaina_Berk and on Instragram @elainaberk!

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