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As promised here is my luxury Vs high street article featuring my Acne aviator and my Zara aviator.
The question I ask you today, is it worth buying luxury over high street? I am someone who buys both, hopefully I can help you decide.
I always say if you can buy an item somewhere on the high street you should always buy the high street. If I fall in love with a designer item I always check the high street first. This unfortunately does not count when bags are concerned, for me a Chanel is a Chanel and no dupe will come close.
The only problem with buying dupes; sometimes you can settle for the cheaper version and up waisting your money because you are still lusting after the real thing. This has happened to me with the Acne coat and Stuart Weitzman Highland boots. I spent £150 on a pair of grey over the knee boots and they are just not the same. I never wear them and still keep trying on the Stuart Weitzman pair.
I still do stand by that you should always try and buy high street, just make sure it is a practical item like a warm winter coat or a pair of sunglasses you can wear over and over again; maybe this kind of item deserves some more pennies being spent.
Now for the coat.
The Acne coat is such a huge deal to me as I never usually buy designer clothes, to me it’s not worth it; it’s not worth the saving struggle. I have a weakness for Balmain jackets but I can justify this due how much I can wear them. The same rule doesn’t apply to the Acne because a Balmain jacket I can wear all year round and even take it travelling. Where as the Acne is for autumn/winter only.
After passing the Acne coat by for two winters and watching three price increases I decided to save for it. I am so glad I did it because I am totally in love with it. Although I can only wear it in the winter the price is justified how the quality, it is so warm and it will last a lifetime. Click here to see how I wore it. My Acne coat is a size 36. however the 34 fit my really well, I just wanted that over sized look. If you are shorter than 5.6′ I would buy the 34 for an over sized look but 32 will also fit you. Be careful not to go too small because the bottom of the jacket is narrow and you don’t want to be walking like a penguin.
This brings me to to the Zara dupe.
As dupes go this Zara one is the best version I have come across. Because it is so similar I actually prefer this shearling coat here, it’s less obvious and real leather. The Zara one is faux leather and feels extremely light compared to the Acne. I love how heavy and masculine the Acne one is. The acne one is the equivalent to mobile central heating, it really is that warm. In the height of the British winter the Zara coat will not keep me warm. I will say that the Zara one has been great for the days where it has been chilly but not cold enough for the Acne. It’s also handy to a cream colour. Click here to see how I wore it. I bought my Zara cost in a size small.
To conclude, it’s a personal preference. In this case it was worth the two year wait to make me realise I needed the real deal. Just make sure you really want and need it. Do not buy on impulse and make sure it’s something you can wear for at least 5 years other wise the cost per wear won’t add up.
Do you agree with me in this case?