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The Look for Less: Jeffrey Campbell Lubbock Over the Knee Boots

Jeffrey Campbell at ShopStyle

The Jeffrey Campbell 'Lubbock' Over the Knee Boot in black suede features back laces and two buckle straps, and sells for $224.95 at

If you're not ready to commit quite that much cash to the over-the-knee boot trend, try the Rainkiss Suedette Boot instead. These statement-making boots come in either black or brown for just $34.80 at Forever 21. Thanks to reader Jasmine for the tip on these!!

I appreciate all your posts and ideas, but ... well, it seems lately like you're just rattling off F21's entire inventory. Couldn't all this be better summed up by saying, "Buy all of F21's stuff? It's bound to be copied off something more expensive."

I mean no offense, but what about affordable fashions for people who don't want cheap, disposable clothes that everyone else is wearing? It frustrates me that fashion on a budget these days finds it hard to get more creative than sending everyone to the same four or five mass retailers.
#1 Kate on 2009-12-30 01:16 (Reply)
While you have a point that a few particular stores are often highlighted (generally because F21, Target, JCP, GoJane, Wet Seal, H&M, etc. offer a wider range of very affordable clothing and accessories than most other retailers), I think the Budget Babe deserves a little more of the constructive part of your criticism. BB works hard to bring us what she does--consider that this isn't actually her job. Have you checked out the other fashion blogs linked on the right sidebar? What stores do you think should be given more attention?
#1.1 Alexandra on 2009-12-30 02:09 (Reply)
You're right, I do mean my criticism to be constructive, but I freely admit I couldn't come up with things off the top of my head that are in the price range of F21 but less mass-produced. (And I know many people are fans of the brand, sorry.)

However, I think there's got to be something more interesting to post on a fashion blog than comparisons of F21 stuff to other more expensive stuff, because it's pretty well obvious ALL their stuff is copied off designer duds. And for a blog of BB's quality, it sounds a lot like the work of a shill, not of someone actually interested in fashion. Just IMO.
#1.1.1 Kate on 2009-12-30 09:50 (Reply)
This is exactly what I have been thinking lately. Pick a Forever 21 shoe, and figure out the designer shoe it is copying. Especially those Loubies in the last post, the shoes weren't even the same material, let alone a similar style.
#1.2 MEP on 2009-12-30 09:47 (Reply)
Agreed!! These would just look silly on someone with a 5'2" frame a la moi. Slightly hooker-esque I would predict...

As for the rest of the comments, if you can afford Louboutins, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, etc., buy them. However, for those who have champagne tastes and beer pocketbooks, let's take the inspired-by finds at face value and know that they're NOT going to be exact replicas.
#2 Brit on 2009-12-30 12:04 (Reply)
opinion needed:
are over the knee boots too racy for the workplace? i imagine you'd have to pair them with a short skirt/dress to make the proportions look right, and i wasn't sure if there was a way to pull them off outside of the trendy realm.
#3 Dyan (Homepage) on 2009-12-30 12:48 (Reply)
I saw a pic of Kim kardashian wearing thigh highs with pants before and thought it looked pretty nice! i personally think wearing it with a short dress/skirt is too inappropriate
#3.1 A on 2009-12-30 20:12 (Reply)
Let us not forget that Vera Wang started the legging trend over again and I bet you not one of us has actual Vera Wang leggings. I think you should buy or wear something because you like it, regardless of brand name or inspiration. It is fun to find some look for less items, and I think it makes getting authentic designer items all that much more special. If you can't afford real designer items that you really like, look for less is a great alternative. And besides that, who wants to spend $1,000+ on a pair of Louboutins that will not be cool next season when F21 can make a pair of shoes for $30 that look fairly similar? I say, keep your rent money safe and don't feel guilty about getting your feet dirty! :-)

P.S. With a long sleeve or 3/4 sleeve dress (maybe with a floral print to lighten it up?) I think that the boots could be workplace appropriate but a skirt might look too racy. Consider some lace tights with that dress also if you're feeling more modest or unsure.
#4 Erin on 2009-12-30 13:44 (Reply)
Amen, sister.
#4.1 Brit on 2009-12-30 14:16 (Reply)
I'd agree about the height thing. I'm 5'2 3/4" and while I love the idea of them, I don't know how well they'd work on me.
#5 K (Homepage) on 2009-12-30 14:48 (Reply)
I love those boots, I especially like them in black. I have been eyeing the ones from Chinese Laundry and have not purchased them yet since I have not been able to find them on sale. Ah! Nonetheless, I still have hope. Haha!
#6 Kay (Homepage) on 2010-01-03 15:57 (Reply)
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