Best Gucci Princetown Dupe

Fashion, Review

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“Shame on you for buying designer dupes!”

After hearing multiple luxury addicts say that, I started to justify their claims. Negative connotations attached with being cheap, poor quality and disrespect towards designer’s artistic ideas started to repulse me from the thought of getting dupes. When the price tag is just ridiculous, my coping mechanism is to simply lust over them till that craving subsides. But with the tittle of the post, you probably guessed that I obviously had a change of mind.

the Princetown Gucci slippers have been seen basically on every feet of fashion bloggers out there. My personal thoughts changed constantly since I first saw them circling around the internet.

“It’s whatever”–> “It’s such a sell-out”–>”I’ll never buy it”–>”Maybe I’ll like it”–> “I need it now!!”

It only make sense that I progressed to stalking netaporter and farfetch, then YouTube videos on product reviews and finally the Gucci website. But I never made the leap of faith with the 875AUD price tag. This is contrary to my normal mind set of not needing full commitment with the purchase as I can always return them. Up till now, I can not see myself spending that much money on a pair of slippers, especially that I’ve never been a flats kind of girl. Despite multiple sources labelling them as the new classics, I just don’t see it happening.

Then I stumbled upon a UK brand called “EGO shoes” ,which I will put under the same category like “Public Desires”.  They had a range of the slippers’ dupes with a few colour selection and some other models and I was quite intrigued.

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Scepticism on product quality is one of those things that I always have with dupes but the stitching looked neat, leather seem durable and the embroidery look very legit as well. So I placed my order, knowing that the reasonable price reduces the level of risk and so the anxiety I had. A self-proclaimed online shopping addict is a tittle of mine that receives acknowledgements from my closest friends. But when you shop online too much, it starts to take away that excitements and anticipation you get when waiting for the order arrival. I’m now quite distant from those emotions but this order somehow reignited that passion which made me tore through the parcel the moment I locked my bedroom door.

And I just can’t believe the quality on these slippers. Just like the pictures, the leather is shiny and hold the slippers’ structure very well. The flower embroidery is also incredibly neat and the soles are reasonably cushioned so they are comfortable to wear. The edges are far from being rough and will never cause blisters on your feet.

Definitely  be a little careful with sizing if you have wider feet as the tips protrudes inward so they might rub against your toes a little. Maybe I’m just not used to slippers but I also have to point out that absence of traction on the soles makes me very cautious of slipping on the floor. There are downsides with the slippers  but overall they don’t look or feel cheap at all and definitely the best bargain I’ve made this year.

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The slippers range between £24.99-£29.99 and if you signed up for their email subscription, there is an additional 15% off the total price (code: NEWEGO) which is an awesome deal!!! Putting side-to-side comparison of the two, I still think the dupes are such a steal. What do you guys think?

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EGO (43AUD) v Gucci (875AUD)

 

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YSL Croc-Embossed Chain Tassel Clutch

Fashion, Review

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Have you heard of girls declaring unconditional love towards their very first designer purchase even when the poor things had distress and age written all over? Well, I never fully understood this concept of sentimental value till I scored mine nearly a year ago with the “YSL Croc-embossed Tassel Chain Clutch” (what a mouthful to say). Yes, I enjoyed the YSL blogger bag and longed day and night for the Celine belt bag but this is the true baby of my tiny collection. Different to the YSL blogger bag post I made last year, this post will be a full-year review on the bag which hopefully will be more complete and insightful. Skipping the formalities, I am going to list down the pros and cons then add my thoughts and opinion as well.

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Bag Description:

It is a croc-skin embossed calfskin bag, with silver metal chain going through the two loops on the top and fringy tassel attached to the YSL logo on the flap. The bag has a single-compartment with an inner pocket and round magnetic closure, dimension (24×14.5×5.5). This make the interior very simple and hollow, hence very light-weight despite its boxy structure. Though labelled a ‘clutch’ I don’t really see it as one due to the size and functionality but refer more to the verdict to find out why.

 What fits inside:

As much as I want to glorify this bag (because I love it so much!), I have to be honest that the width and sturdiness restrict its capacity a little. You can definitely still fit a lot inside though, a portable battery, small organiser, or a couple extra makeup products but try to avoid over-stuffing to preserve the shape.

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Verdict:

I am overly lenient towards the pro but I am going to mention the cons of the bags as well for a more objective review.

Negatives:

  • Categorised as more structured, the bag is not the most malleable out there.
  • Unavoidable swinging movement lead to times when the tassel caught on to the logo.
  • Visibility of small indentation caused by the tassel. This is probably if you often store it in a lying down position as I did.
  • The bag might not appear casual-occasion friendly to some people, probably more fitting for fancier events.
  • Strong magnetic closure means opening the flap requires a bit of tugging which can bother some and also more noticeable wear on the leather surrounding the closure.
  • When worn as a clutch, the chain which is tucked inside the bag often annoyingly slips out because there is no actual way to secure it in.
  • Non-adjustable chain means the bag will hang on different heights and we know one size does not fit all.

Positives:

  • Though shaped like a rectangle, the bag is not overly boxy and ‘harsh’ looking.
  • Highly, highly durable material! The croc stamping camouflages the wrinkles that is given with the closure. (On the brighter side, it is theft-free and easy to close!)
  • Looks amazing!! One, the tassel being the highlight of the bag adds a very unique and elongating touch to the bag. Second, the croc-embossed version projects a rougher and edgier vibe compared to smooth leather and so more versatile than you can expect.
  • Functionality meet versatility as the bag can be worn three ways; on the shoulder, cross body and as a clutch.
  • Minimal observed scratches on the silverware and indentation on the skin.
  • Way lighter then what it appears to be and metal chain does not dig into your shoulder at all.

“Worn three different ways by Samantha Maria”

                  My experience:

The struggle was real with writing the pros and cons as with each cons noted I can always find a supporting argument against it.  I never really sat down and examine every inch of the bag nor critically analyse the purpose behind the design but I am now assured I could not have made a better choice! It fits perfectly in size and functionality between my blogger and belt bag, the medium go-to I would say. Here are some personal thoughts on mine.

  • Wear and tear: Still looks brand new but each their own as I do take good care  without excessive babying.
  • Size and fit: It is always spacious enough, a definite plus as the blogger bag really fits minimal stuff
  • Aesthetic: Definitely a statement bag without being overly in-your-face. The logo is definitely catching eyes but it is not overly-branded so it’s a bit subtler and classy.
  • Use: My preferred way of wearing it is cross body with the bag resting just nicely on my hip. This bag adds the perfect dosage of sophistication to make you look more put together.
  • Price worth: Bought this for around 2400 SGD last year without much comparison or options at the time. I dare say it is a step below the ‘Chanel Boy’ minus the weight, dollars but the attached brand value ofc.
  • Resell worth:  Never seen the bag on any resell market like Vestiare Collective so it’s either due to low resell prices or as I like to think people love it too much to let it go! But anyway, this is easily not a ‘commercial investment piece’.

The croc-embossed is perhaps an older version but the design is on of YSL’s classics along with Sac de Jour. The world is your oyster with this bag! You won’t believe how many versions exist out there. You can go for either the medium or small, chain or pure clutches (which are slightly longer), tassel v no tassel, different textures (smooth, grainy, croc-embossed, patterned), different colours (neutrals, metallic, glitter) and different hardware.

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Just a few picks from their broad selection

 

For different styling inspiration, look for heyyyjune and definitely Samantha Maria! Take my words that you’ll be surprised at how she can showcase the versatility of this bag. I won’t blame you if you suddenly want one

 

Here are some other great style inspo on amazing girls owning the looks!

Substitutes:

If you are on the hunt for a cross body/clutch of similar design but don’t think this bag is for you, I have found a few others which you might want to consider. There are endless options out there including dupes or similar designs from high street brands so persevere on with the search and I’m sure you will find the one for you

  1. LV Chain Louise

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  1. YSL Envelope WOC

 

  1. Balenciaga clutch

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At this point some of you might be sick of the endless luxury bag posts that I’ve written on this blog. Though I enjoy occasional treats of branded goods, I am in no position to be spending grands monthly on designer pieces and this is not the main direction I’m planning to lead my blog towards. So keep an eye on if you are interested in anything from health, fitness, beauty, fashion and even studying abroad life!

If you are interested in the bag/ something similar, I’ve short-listed some great options you can find online:)

  1. YSL Official website:

These are identical and in the only two sizes available. The price difference is pretty small so I’ll definitely size up! Refer for detailed description but they are not the cheapest options (*continue scrolling)

2.  Farfetch:

Definitely take advantage of the 10% off if you are a new user to the website! Also don’t forget that price includes tax and there is free return if you change your mind.

3.   MyTheresa:

There is less options compared to Farfetched but the prices does include import taxes and the small size is still slightly cheaper than buying from YSL’s website.

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4.   Selfridges:

Keep in mind the prices below are exclusive of tax and import charges. In Australia at least, it’s around 10% for items valued above 1000AUD, so be aware of that.

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Tips on Dressing Taller

Fashion, Tips and Hacks

Throw back to 2015, I was quite surprised when a few people started complementing my height growth. Probably because I have been away for a while so I seemed to have grown quite a bit when in fact it was not much at all. A rubbish explanation my friend gave was that the difference in gravity is what ‘stretched’ me but let’s be honest, it was probably just late puberty :’D. I still wish I can grow a bit taller but it just came into an abrupt halt once I reached 164 cm (5’3 ft for you American readers).

I’d like to think I’m in a pretty good place measured for Asian standards but having to tilt my head up to look at Australian secondary school students hurts my 20 year-old girl pride just a little.  I’d be lying to say height does not affect the way clothes look on people and that taller people seem to get away with clothes of different fits better than us shorties. The elongated look tends to be what the mass goes after but there are definitely ways to work around that. Please note that I’m not trying to force my opinion on others and I’m just sharing some know-hows that I picked up after experimenting with myself and observing other people. So here are my top 5 tips on it!

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1. Match your bottom with your shoes:

 I am 99% sure that the majority has at least one black jeans or something neutral of the sort. If you actually paired the same coloured pants and shoes together, you get yourself that continuous flow down instead of a break in between your leg and your feet. Don’t limit yourself to just black though, difference shades of tan is also a great option you can go for!

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Those statement heel blocks are perfections

2. Go pointy:

Instead of round tipped, go for V-shaped cut for your footwear. This slims down your feet to a point and add a hint of edge to your outfit. Think of its function like a tip-toe. It does not only apply for boots in winter but you can go different styles (ps: they are really on trend too, so win-win situation for you)IMG_5650

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3. Stretch your legs:

And I don’t mean it in the literal way but attempt to create that illusion. A top tip that works every time is to lengthen your lower body by compensating it with your upper. This diagram sums it up for you and you’ll be able to understand what I mean.

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Excuse the crappy edit but my point is longer tops tend to hide your hide, so show it off with the right pieces:)

You don’t even need cropped tops if it’s not functional price or purpose wise to make it work. You can just tuck in the front part inside high-waisted jeans, jam a corner into a pocket or or bundle it in a knot.

4. Ditch the heels for platform anything!

Heels serves two purpose; a look elevating accessory and a torture device. I’m a believer that beauty often equals pain and heels is the perfect example for this! So a good alternative will be inserting platform whether it be a few centimetre block heeled shoe, mules, or going all out with chunky-brick soles like T.U.K creepers. You don’t have to compensate comfort and can still rock them to different occasions.

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I’m mules-obsessed!!

5. Know your body type!!!

Instead of getting stuck in a toxic cycle of  depression over imperfect body parts that you can’t really change, try to focus on enhancing the features you have! Ultimately, you have to work with what you got so try to shift your attention to your strengths or to improve in the areas you are lacking in. In order to do that, you have to know your body type and cater to its needs.  I have a planned blog post coming up regarding dressing right for your body type so keep an eye out if you’re interested!

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I know these tips might seem obvious to some but sometimes you just need that reminder to keep you motivated cause fashion is just pure fun and there will always be something for everyone out there. Hope you all can take something away from this post and have enjoyed the post:)

ps: None of the actual photos belong to me. I’m just here collaging and editing  them so full credit goes to their respective owners.