This question has been plaguing me lately: Is it better to buy a look-alike designer item for $150-$200 or is it better to buy the real thing, on sale, for $700-$900? I loved the lace black on nude dresses from Dior last season, and noted that one was finally reduced to about $1000, yet recently I saw a dress very similar at Zara for $120. I just purcashed a dress at Bebe that looks just like a Gucci dress from last season for $250, yet when I take note that I could have the real thing for perhaps 5x that amount, I wonder - Is it better to buy the designers and to buy less clothes? Do designers charge too much anyway, and knock-offs are just as good? Are you embarrassed to have a dress from Bebe? But proud to have one from Gucci? Does it matter? Is a dress from Dior or Gucci a dress to be cherished forever? Or do the styles change so fast, and does clothes get ruined too easily, to shell out that kind of money for anything but handbags, shoes and jewels? Is $700 too much to spend on a Dior Blouse? Or is that a deal? How do you get the most fashion "BANG" for your buck?