Sometimes, the price of the luxury pieces that we crave can be, well, a little discouraging. Enfuriating, really. How many times have you looked at a piece that fetches thousands at retail and muttered, "I bet I can make that!"? We do that a lot too, and until we finally learn how to properly sew (one of these days…) we're sticking to trying to mimic the little embellishments and simple-seeming accessories that designers use to stoke our fires of envy. We combed through the 'net to find a handful of pieces that truly seem DIYable. Yes, there is something to be said for fine craftsmanship (which completely deserves to be well-compensated) but we have bills to pay, people! Click through for 7 pieces we love—and their common-sense DIY counterparts.
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Alison Baitz is a freelance fashion and culture writer. When she's not busy chatting about online shopping or rooting out cool new designers, she's interviewing up-and-coming musicians or sampling food for articles and calling it research. She's proud to be a part of the DC-based food zine The Runcible Spoon. Yes, she is on Twitter: @itsmealison.