Unknowing Designer Inspiration by Kari

Saturday, April 30, 2011
Hi everyone!  Aren't you glad that Elaine asked me to be a contributor only to love you and then leave you forever?  Sooo great!  Well I'm back (I know it hasn't been that long since my intro post) but I'm going to try to pop up here more often.  Promise.  So last weekend I went shopping at one of my favoritest stores Madewell.  They were having an additional 25% off all sale items and something had to be done.  I think I tried on just about every sale item.  The workers there were loving me!  As I was about to leave I spied this little gem:

I can't find it on their website so I'm not sure if it was just one sale at my store or what but I couldn't resist.  I love me some nautical flair.  I've pretty much been wearing this baby every day since I got it.  Seriously even to work.  Now, I don't know about you guys but I don't really have a bajillion bucks to buy designer stuff like ever.  But yesterday when I was wearing my new necklace a girl asked me where I got it from.  I told her and she said, "Oh it's a nice rendition of the Phillip Lim one."  What!?  So I googled as fast as my fingers could take me and look what popped up:

Gorge.  I don't have $225 bucks to spend on that guy but I paid one tenth of the price for my Madewell necklace and it has a similar look and feel.  What do you guys think?  Would you wear either one?  How would you style it?  Is this a sweet designer on a dime find?  

19 comments :

  1. I love it!! Wear it tomorrow for me so I can see marvel at it??

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  2. Of course! you know I will be....

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  3. oooh that is pretty! I am SO INTO necklaces like that. Mostly cause they are not really feminine but they are so pretty. And of course GO WITH EVERYTHING!!

    that was an extremely lucky buy! :)

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  4. I don't think I would wear it (its not me) but it looks like you got a super deal! great job!
    Natasha
    A Modest Fashion Blog:
    www.natashaatkerson.blogspot.com

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  5. I actually like the cheaper one much much better :) CUTE!

    House of Shoes

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  6. Phillip Lim is my favorite Asian designer but I do agree he is a bit pricey :T The madewell piece is definitely a fashion steal!

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  7. I like the first one better actually!

    Laura
    Born To Be Styled

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  8. I actually would only wear the one your bought. I like more modern, and streamlined pieces. I'm all about designer looks for less. Not necessarily knock offs but things inspired by high end designers.
    My Heart Blogged

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  9. oh that first one is so pretty!!! i'd style it with a striped tee and wide legs jeans - woohoo!!

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  10. love the first necklace!

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  11. that first necklace is so great!!

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  12. Both are pretty, but I like the less expensive one best--and not because it's less expensive. I just like it better.

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  13. I was there when it was purchased! I'm cool by association.

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  14. totally agree with you, Vanessa!

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  15. don't you love Philip Lim?

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  16. The first one is best, definitely.  The other one is clunky and "overdesigned."

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