Steal Vs. Splurge: Fall/Winter Trends--For LESS

Can’t afford ka ba? Don’t fret—Cosmo searched for couture-looking budget-friendly pieces to help you achieve the season's "it" looks.

  • It’s all in the details. Unique details and add-ons are usually what makes a trendy designer item expensive. Look for items that have the same elements but never buy exact knock-offs. Retail brands, vintage stores, and even ukay-ukay stalls carry cheaper versions of designer styles that pattern their collections with similar details, colors, shape, cut, etc.

  • Explore other shopping venues. We know how much you love the mall. Even if you say you’re just there to hang out or window shop, the temptation to buy a branded item that catches your fancy is high. But if you want another way to score cheaper designer versions, check out online shops. From shoes, bags, and clothes, you’ll find a lot of affordable pieces that look just as good and trendy as those designer items. For a list of online boutiques you can browse, check out’s top 20 websites.

  • Befriend your dependable neighborhood mananahi. The trick is to recreate looks by having it custom-made. If you can sew and do pattern-making, then snaps for you! You can just copy looks straight from the runway based on your own preferences (size, color, fabric, etc.) If not, scout for a good tailor to sew it for you, and for sure it won’t be as costly as buying from the stores.

  • Raid the closets in your house. Fashion trends come and go--then come back with a vengeance. You might rediscover old items that are in fashion again tucked all the away at the back of your closet or some box in the attic. You may find '80s-inspired styles from your ate and mom’s old wardrobe or chic menswear finds in your brother and dad’s drawers.
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