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Luxe For Less: How To Be Inspired By Designer Clothing & Shop The Style

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So much time and effort is spent finding good talent, creating amazing designs and crafting those lust-worth designer items that I feel it’s somehow fraudulent to go and buy an exact copy of something (however tempting) for a fraction of the price. 

That said, I love nothing more than using designers as inspiration to help reimagine my wardrobe. It’s easy as well, just look at textures, fabrics, cut and colour. So with this in mind, I chose some of my favourite designer ads and asked my lovely Charlotte to write a post on how you can shop the style for less.

Lauren x

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links throughout. 

Words by Charlotte Hope-Shannon
Contributing Editor

Edited by Lauren Silvester

Utter the words ‘designer fashion’ and brands such as Armani, Gucci and Dior immediately spring to mind. Luxury by name, they’re more than just a fashion house. They represent extravagance, craftmanship and comfort.

Luxury fashion by nature, is more than just a garment. What designers are doing is creating a business which is exclusive and expensive in equal measure. Designer fashion is a culture within itself, for many it’s all but aloof, its much bigger than just sales. Luxury is, in simple terms, beautiful design.

Admittedly, what cannot be designed is the creative craftmanship and quality it attains. For many, it is this, the unattainable, which remains so attractive; the desire for more fuels our shopping habits and fashion choices.

With this in mind, we’ve been inspired by the creativity of luxury fashion and curated an edit of designer inspirations we are loving right now.



Founded in Rome in 1925, Fendi has emerged as a Maison celebrated for its traditional craftmanship, innovation and bold experimentation. Synonymous with its Roman roots, Fendi is a classic go-to for chic style inspiration.

Shop timeless neutral’s with these recommendations:

Buttons Suit Waistcoat, £49.99
Luxury Linen Cream Trousers, £79
Off-White Colour Satin Slip Dress, £109


Referred to as wholly influential, innovative and progressive, Gucci has, notably in recent years, represented a modern approach to fashion. The brand started out as a luggage manufacturer, producing luxury travel goods, as well as equestrian equipment. Now its synonymous with red carpet glamour, particularly with Jessica Chastain and Harry Styles, and leather goods.  Can I get a ‘Father, son and House of Gucci’?!

Shop standout leather with these recommendations…



Brown Leather Midi Skirt, £249.99
Leather Crescent Bag, £150
& Other Stories, Platform Leather Mules, £120


Founded in 1951 in Reggio Emilia by Achille Maramotti, Max Mara is best known for creating timeless outerwear that can be passed down the generations, offering sophisticated, authentic pieces.

Chantelle Soft Stretch Vest, Blue Mist £32
Cropped lace top £17.99
Women's Seamless Scrunch Short, £24


Synonymous with bright colours, extravagant prints and classic tailoring, Versace screams ‘icon’!

Shop iconic designs with these recommendations:

Ribbed Shoulder Bag - Neoprene £39
Printed pleated skirt, £35.99
Cropped Blazer £149


Christian Dior is a European multinational luxury fashion house controlled and chaired by French businessman Bernard Arnault, who also heads LVMH. Dior has been cited as reinventing ‘creative audacity’ ever since its first show in February 1947. Dior is known for its exquisite attention to detail and represents luxury at its finest, evoking sensuality through its intricate embroidery and signature motifs. 

Shop sensual embroidery and classic timepieces with these recommendations:


Silk Satin Top, £149
Openwork Sweater Dress, 49.99
Sling Back Heel Shoes, £49.99


Louis Vuitton Malletier, commonly known as Louis Vuitton offers traditional craftsmanship and exceptional quality. LV is one of the most recognisable luxury brands in the world, synonymous with leather goods and cutting edge design.

Shop classics with these recommendations:

Chunky Boots, £59.99
Sculpted Shoulder Slim Waist Shirt, £85
Satin Pleated Skirt, £35.99
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