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save on accessories with these high vs low comparisons

Want to look like a million bucks without actually spending it?

Keep reading, my fashionable friends! To help you save on trending and classic designer look-alike accessories, I’m comparing some of the most popular fashion finds at three different price ranges: Save (where you’ll get hot looks for a steal), Splurge (pricey but potentially worth it), and SHOCK (designer pieces over $500 that nearly knocked me out of my knock off Jimmy Choos). Check out the list below to see how they compare in style and vary in price.

A must-have: The classic black handbag.

amazon black handbagA black handbag is a key piece in any closet. The simple design ensures it will always be in style!

Save: Black Handbag | $30
Splurge: Kate Spade Sam Bag | $298
Shock: Prada Saffiano Side-Pleat Tote Bag | $2,850


Diamond Earrings. Simple, delicate, and always a girl’s best friend.

diamond earrings from jc penney and zales

Readers LOVE the 1/10 carat studs from JCPenney. And at only $25, they’re a steal!

Save: 1/10 Carat Studs | $25
Splurge: 1/4 Carat Studs | $230
Shock: 1 Carat Studs | $2,509


These black heels were made for all occasions.

black heels from a new day, cole haan, and jimmy choo

No matter the event, black heels work with just about every outfit. We can barely tell these options apart (aside from their price point!) 😉

Save: A New Day Gemma Heels | $30
Splurge: Cole Haan Black Heels | $220
Shock: Jimmy Choo Black Heels | $595


A perfect, full of style pendant necklace.

pendant necklaces from spartina, kendra scot, and marco bicego

I LOVE the iridescent shine to these delicate necklaces. Glam up your look or consider picking one up as a gift – they’re great for the person who has everything! 

Save: Spartina Gem Necklace | $38
Splurge: Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace | $65
Shock: Lunaria Mother of Pearl Necklace | $2,170


Complete your look with timeless silver hoops.

silver hoops from walmart, zales, and robert coin

Silver hoops will never go out of style, so either invest in a quality pair to last a lifetime or pick up some on the cheap – you won’t feel so bad if you lose a hoop from this under $3 set!

Save: Silver Hoop Earrings (in-store only)| $2.88
Splurge: White Gold Hoop Earrings | $199
Shock: Robert Coin White Gold Hoop Earrings | $720


Aviators, the signature piece to an effortlessly cool outfit.

sunglasses from tillys, michael kors, and cartier

Break out your sunnies! Freshen up your collection with a pair of aviators for only $10 at Tilly’s! 

Save: Tilly’s Aviator Sunglasses | $10
(HIP TIP – If you’re looking for an even MORE budget-friendly pair, head to the Dollar Tree to score aviators for a BUCK!)
Splurge: Michael Kors Aviator Sunglasses | $105
Shock: Cartier Aviator Sunglasses | $1,045


Minimalist black logo belts lend the perfect finishing touch.

black and gold logo belts from guess, tory burch, and gucci

Wear these belts over dresses, wrapped over sweaters, and, of course, in your belt loops. They make any outfit look complete and pulled together – literally!

Save: GUESS belt | $34
Splurge: Tory Burch Belt | $178
Shock: Gucci Belt | $550


If you’re not sporting a blanket scarf, you’re doing your neck a disservice.

plaid scarves from amazon, destin, and saint laurent

These black and white plaid blanket scarves offer warmth, comfort, and cozy style to your look regardless the season.

Save: Amazon Blanket Scarf | $11
Splurge: Destin Wool Scarf | $265
Shock: Saint Laurent Scarf | $770


Bright tassel earrings make any look more festive.

blue tassel earrings from cents of style, akola, and oscar de la renta

How FUN are these earrings?! They’re so trendy right now, which means they might not stay in style for more than a few years. That said, consider picking them up at Cents of Style for only $10!

Save: Cents of Style Tassel Earrings | $10
Splurge: Akola Tassel Earrings | $125
Shock: Oscar de la Renta Tassel Earrings | $450


A classic gold timepiece with a touch of pink.

rose gold watches from target, mvmt, and movado

Rose gold looks SO chic. While these watches are all gorgeous, I still can’t believe the option from Target is only $20!

Save: A New Day Rose Gold Watch | $20
Splurge: MVMT Rose Gold Watch | $125
Shock: Movado Rose Gold Watch | $795


Eye catching details shine bright in druzy rings.

druzy rings from lovado, heather hawkins, and kimberly mcdonald

Cocktail rings got a serious upgrade from these druzy and geode features! It’s almost guaranteed you’ll receive compliments while wearing one.

Save: Lovado Druzy Ring | $16
Splurge: Heather Hawkins Druzy Ring | $138
Shock: Kimberly McDonald Geode Ring | $13,050


Has there ever been a bracelet more iconic than the silver heart charm?

silver heart charm bracelets from amazon, sterling essentials, and tiffany

You’ve probably seen Tiffany’s charm style bracelet grow even more famous over the years, but you can save a little cash with non-branded options from Overstock and Amazon!

Save: Silver Heart Chain Bracelet | $11
Splurge: Heart Toggle Chain Bracelet | $119
Shock: Tiffany Heart Chain Bracelet | $385


Written by Emily for Hip2Save. Emily lives in Buffalo, NY where she spends her time drinking lots of coffee, scouring the internet for deals, and tackling DIY projects. She’s a big believer of self-care and living the fullest life possible, all while saving money of course.

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Comments 38

  1. lzj

    Great post Emily!!

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  2. Lily

    Why are you so awesome?

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Because I work for Collin who lets me write awesome posts 😊

  3. Nels

    Love the post. Thank you!

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      So glad you enjoyed it, Nels!

  4. Angela V.

    Love this post! Great options. 🙂

  5. Chris

    😍 I love this!! Of all the posts in my 8+ years on Hip2save, I think this is my favorite post ever. I love that this site is much more than toilet paper coupons.
    Thank you for the fashion posts!

    • Nels

      I totally agree. We all like to get cheap pampers and charmin, but it’s great to take a break and look at designer stuff.

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Well this just melted my heart 💛thank you for the super kind words and we’ll be sure to keep ’em coming, Chris!

  6. Elaine

    If anyone is looking for more geode style jewelry, check out Michael’s. They had a ton last time I went in.

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I actually saw some of those myself, I wasn’t sure if they were finished pieces or just the gems but they were dazzling!! Thanks for the tip, Elaine!

  7. Lilianna

    I hate to be negative, but I hated the earrings from JcPenneys. I got those exact ones while they were on sale and for points. I ended up spending about $5 on them. Which is about what they are worth. They look like fashion jewelry and not diamond jewelry. Sure, people liked them…but they totally expected them to be at a fashion jewelry price and thought they were exactly that. Further, the post on both of them was awkward and I had trouble getting them out the backside of my ears because of it. Which, I don’t have an issue with on other earrings. Lastly, I read up on them before buying them and a lot of people complained the backs fell off and they fell out of their ears and lost them. So, I bought backs to prevent that. With the new backs I didn’t have this issue. I felt like the visual from the front was that they were leaning down, no matter what way I twisted them. They look better from a straight in front appearance. I’m short, so, those taller than me didn’t really see anything but seeing through the side of them. The middle kind of looks like a diamond in that picture but its just a tin center bent.

    I probably wouldn’t have spent even $5 on them had I known then what I know now.

    But I def like this post and the idea of this post!

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I’m sorry to hear you had issues with them, Lilianna! That’s good to know about replacing the backs if anyone else comes across the same issues. I’ve had the same thing happen with other earrings of mine and I’ve ended up switching the backs between so many pairs that I’m not exactly sure which ones are the correct match at this point 😂 I’m glad you enjoyed the post otherwise!

  8. adrian

    I actually like all of the ‘save’ items better than the ‘shock’ items!!

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Right!? And for such a great price no less! Thanks for reading, Adrian!

  9. Myennerell

    Great post!!!! Thank you!

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Myennerell!

  10. Flgrl017

    I buy most of my clothes on sale/clearance besides splurging on Burberry coats which you can find really good deals on at Bloomingdales. I will splurge more on accessories. Especially the classics. I have several pairs of Jimmy Choos that were purchased from Nordstrom and Saks when they went on sale. TJ Maxx also has nice designer merchandise in the Runway stores and online. Off 5th is great for designer merchandise too. You just have to be patient and grab it when you see it. It goes fast!

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I totally agreed! I love perusing the Runway section of TJMaxx.com and the outlet versions of Nordstrom and Saks… it’s amazing those designer pieces can get discounted so low! I’ll have to check out the Bloomingdales sales — thanks for the tip!

  11. acgold

    I would suggest a good pair of cz earrings in a believable size, like no bigger than 1 ct. per ear. They will look like ral if set in sterling silver with rhodium plating or 14 kt. You will wear them forever. I also buy designer shoes all the time at Nordstrom Rack at a fraction of the cost. Great post!

    • Ra

      So true. I remember Tyra Banks said she wears solitaire CZ studs and you can’t tell the difference. I mean jewelry like engagement rings you want to go real though.

  12. acgold

    Would like to add- Michaels has a section of ready made jewelry and they have similar necklaces and druzy rings as shown above and tassel earrings can be easily made with tassels and findings!

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thank you so much for the tips! Sounds like a super fun DIY project 😃

  13. nunnie

    Great deals!

  14. babymair

    Emily ,I really enjoyed this post ,It was really cool to see the difference in the items. Some of the most expensive items really didnt look that nice …to me .lol..God bless and keep up the good work.

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thank you! It’s funny to me how some of the affordable options look nicer than the crazy expensive accessories — it definitely pays to be frugal!

  15. Michelle

    Good job 👏

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thank you, Michelle!

  16. Joanie

    Great post! Enjoyed reading it and checking out all the accessories! Keep up the great work!

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thank you, Joanie! Much appreciated 🤗

  17. Loco14

    I was shocked to see the shocking price of 450$ for the tassel earrings!! I mean… They are just tassels @the end of the day!

  18. Vivian

    Love the post!

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thank you, Vivian!

  19. Kyliejay!

    What a fun post!

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I’m glad you enjoyed it ☺️

  20. Luv2Jayz

    Beautiful simply beautiful. Thanks!:)

  21. ticklemaddie

    So shocked bout the scarf, who would want to spend $770 for a scarf? Geez!

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