Forever 21 really knows what their clients want. Taking inspiration and ideas from the latest runways and making the gorgeous, high end products in an incredibly affordable form. Available to the masses looking for a bargain or just simple stylish people on a budget, no doubt the Forever 21 boutique is still scoring high even  in these tough times. After all, who isn’t on a budget nowadays? But the debate is, is there really a truth behind “you get what you pay for?” See for yourself with the three fun fashion finds I found for fall below. Splurge on the designer or steal the Forever 21 lookalike. What would you do?

  • The Gold Pyramid Bracelet/Bangle

Is it worth investing in a gold pyramid bangle fit for Cleopatra? Or would you just rock a simpler piece for a fraction of the price? Splurge: House of Harlow Gold Pyramid Bangle / Steal: Forever 21’s Stretch Pyramid Bracelet

  • The Oxford Heel

How often would you wear the Oxford heel trend? If you plan on making it a regular, you might want to think of investing in a real pair that might be bad for your wallet now but good for your feet in the long run. Splurge: Woman by Common Project Heel Oxfords / Steal: Forever 21 Leatherette Oxford Heels

  • The Reptilian Purse

The timeless trend of reptile purses for fall is a classic that will be used over and over. Would you settle for a faux or invest in a true reptilian casing? Splurge: Ghilbi Women’s Gold Reptile Bag / Steal: Forever 21 Faux Reptile Handbag

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  • MIRA TORRES is a freelance writer whose links and articles have been featured in various online outlets including San Francisco’s 7×7, theFind, Blackbook, and Sashay magazine. You can also find her syndicated work on Myshape, Green Box Top, and the eco-fashion website Green By Design. She writes her own popular Beauty and Accessories column on nationwide news Mira studied Fashion Merchandising at the Academy of Art University and earned a degree in Psychology at Ashford University.