It’s been more than a long time since I did a ‘Parallel Prices’, but you know the saying: “there’s no time like the present” so I figured that now seemed a good a time as any to share some of my parallel priced finds. My finds also just so happen to make for the perfect night out for the autumn and the summer.
I’m just as picky with shoes as I am with bags. I’m not a big fan of any type of sandal, open/peep-toe, buckles (eww just saying the word makes me vomit a little in my mouth), so I was quite surprised to find myself not only liking these Prada babies, but actually, I daresay, coveting (eek) them! What I love most is the platform and sky high heel, something that is also very much appreciated when you’re only a mere five foot three (ish). These are sandals that can definitely dress an outfit up or down and works perfectly for both day and night.
Recently, I’ve seen a lot of these sandals lighting up the blogosphere like nobody’s business, and this sandal has graced many a fashionista’s foot – from the likes of fashionvibe and Style Scrapbook (to name but a few). Similarly these platform sandals encapsulate what I dislike most about footwear, but they manage to win me over with their identical 14.5cm heel and thick platform (thanks guys :)), however, what sets them apart from their Prada counterpart is the extortionate £39.99 price tag. I mean, COME ON! That’s crazy!
T BY ALEXANDER WANG
I’ve seen this dress hanging around on my floor at work and I have to say it looks even better in real life. The racer back gives the LBD a sporty and slightly edgy look, while the pleats and A-line shape help keep it girly and cute. While £265 might be reduction from Wang’s main line, it’s not something that’s within many price ranges. That being said, it’s still a cool piece that would make for an awesome investment that will flatter all. I would wear with the above sandals or maybe a block coloured pump for night, and mix it up with a lazy tee for day time with flats.
While this dress may not look a lot like the one done by T by Alexander Wang, it does share a similar silhouette that cinches perfectly at the waist and looks très chic and sophisticated on. I also happen to own this little beauty (I bought it last week after brunch with family) so I like to think I know a thing or two about this incredible number. I bought it with the intension of wearing it work, but I haven’t yet gotten round to wearing it yet (and to be honest I’m not too sure I will), but I know that it’ll look great on a night out – and at only £20, what could possibly be any better?
You’re probably quite used to seeing these pumps on here by now, especially considering how I like to style most of my net-a-porter outfits with them. I used to not like the platform design because I felt it was too similar to what Nicholas Kirkwood’s been doing for years, but now I can’t get enough of it. The gold tone of the platform really complements the suede pink, and goes nicely with the red piping detail. But I think that what really finishes the shoe off is the trademark gold web plaque at the sole and the six inch heel. These are definitely perfect for day and night and I would wear with the above Topshop dress and a clutch.
If you thought the Topshop dress looked nothing like the Wang, then you are in for an even bigger surprise because these pumps couldn’t look any more different from the Charlotte Olympia pumps I just showed above. ‘So why feature these in the first place?’ you ask, well I’ll let you in on a little secret. Every time I’m doing one of my net-a-porter outfits and I want to style a particular look with shoes, I always think about how I would personally wear it, and when I decide on pink shoes, I always think back to these. I bought these a few months ago and they are the perfect foot accessory. For starters they are so cheap (I bought them for £40, but they’ve been reduced to £20!), the inside is nicely padded so the balls of your feet don’t get too sore, and the almond toe is a young and fresh alternative to the pointed toe. The only little thing I might add is that the shoes are a lot lighter in the flesh.
This is also another piece that you’re probably all used to seeing by now. Similar to the shoes, the same thing applies to the clutches that I feature in my styling suggestion. Although it may not look very similar to the clutch that I own, this Sally clutch reminds me of my own one and is the closest thing that net-a-porter has to my H&M version. The contrast suede and leather work very well together and the whole design is truly completely by the Swarovski embellishment that add that extra bit of WOW.
I didn’t realise just how much of these parallel pieces I actually own until now, but there you go. I bought this clutch in early July because I was looking for something to finish off my outfit for a friend’s birthday, and the moment I saw this in the shop, I knew it was destiny! The size was perfect, the faux suede and patent leather combo was perfect, and most importantly the price was perfect. Unfortunately though, the strap was not quite so perfect so I chopped it off and waved it bye-bye when I threw it in the bin. I’m not a fan of the zip inside, but I’m sure that in time I’ll grow to appreciate it, but aside from that I really couldn’t ask for a better clutch.
Let me know what you guys think and if you’re thinking of making of these purchases. While I may mostly blog about high-end luxury goods, I’m not quite there yet in life, so I do love when I find such similar pieces, and I love sharing them with you even more. I’ll be keeping my keen eye on the lookout for some more Parallel Prices, but be sure to check back soon to see my favourites from net-a-porter’s ‘what’s new’. Happy Wednesday!