6 It Items I'm Lusting After and the Affordable Versions I Might Buy Instead

Ready for your seasonal cheat sheet on the most popular designer buys of the moment? You've found yourself reading this story, so I'm going to take that as a yes. Since spotting fashion's It items is one my favorite pastimes, I'm taking it upon myself to report all my recent findings and have gone so far as to source alternatives that are friendlier to my own shopping budget. Whether you're looking to make your next investment purchase or simply curious to see what's trending, I've got you covered. 

From Prada's logo-adorned loafers to Ganni's rubber-soled stompers, the following six items are quickly becoming key pieces in the fashion world—and we have the Instagram evidence to prove it. The good news is splurging on one of these designer items isn't the only way to participate in the trending silhouettes of the moment. With a little bit of shopping research and a keen eye for spotting expensive-looking details, I sourced a number of options that emulate these coveted styles but at a much more wallet-friendly price point. Look no further than these affordable buys to get a similar look for a fraction of the cost. 

1. Prada Nylon Re-Edition Shoulder Bag

I had to start this off by highlighting the bag that's on pretty much every fashion girl's wish list at the moment. Prada came out with a re-release of its 2005-era shoulder bag but added a cool chain strap and detachable crossbody strap to give it even more utility. Take it from our senior fashion editor, Lauren Eggerston, who's fully on board to wear one of the chain strap baguette bags I'm also eyeing.

2. Ganni Knee-High Rubber Boots

Meet fall's coolest boots (in my opinion, at least). Ganni's chunky knee-high boots are already making the rounds on Instagram and fall has barely just begun. The rubber-soled look is set to be a popular boot trend, in general, which is why the below Hunter rain boots are also idling in my cart.

3. Tôteme Orville Ribbed-Knit Dress

Have we convinced you on knit dresses yet? If not, let me highlight this beautiful ribbed knit number from Tôteme that's the ultimate goal along with a few more that emulate the same laid-back luxe vibe.

4. Prada Logo Platform Loafers

I'm not usually a flats person, but there's something undeniably cool about Prada's logo loafers. They're classic shoes but the subtle platform makes them feel so right for 2020. I'm planning to style them (or similar chunky loafers) with miniskirts and crew socks.

5. Rosie Assoulin Thousand-Ways-in-One Sweater

As the name suggests, the styling possibilities with this convertible sweater are virtually limitless. While, yes, it's an investment, the sheer number of ways to wear it bring the cost per wear down. To get the look of a sweater set, though, some of my favorite two-piece options are below.

6. BY FAR Amber Bag

Another day, another BY FAR It bag. The accessories brand just keeps on churning out hits and its latest creation is the Amber bag, a sculptural but practical shoulder bag that's already earned a slew of celeb fans, including Bella Hadid.

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