A celebrity stylist has spotted a bargain version of this season’s hottest designer shoe at an Australian discount store.
Fashion veteran Donny Galella was browsing at Big W when he saw $20 slides that look almost identical to the double-buckle sandals worn by some of the world’s biggest stars, including Hailey Bieber and Kendall Jenner.
The slip-on style is sold by luxury fashion houses including Fendi and Alexander McQueen for as much as $1,190, but you can get the look for less on Big W’s website.
‘I personally can’t justify these $1,000+ styles, but I know the $20 ones will sell out,’ Donny told Daily Mail Australia.
Big W’s $20 slides (left) are almost identical to a $1,190 pair from Italian fashion house, Fendi (right)
Luxe for less: The bargain shoes are similar to a style worn by some of the world’s biggest stars, including Hailey Bieber (pictured)
Celebrity stylist Donny Galella (pictured)
And it seems thrifty fashionistas have already caught on – the budget-friendly sandal is no longer available for pick-up from major city stores in Sydney or Melbourne.
Limited sizes can still be ordered direct to your door, but you’d better be quick because they’re selling out fast.
While Donny is a fan of the laidback look for summer, there’s one twist he can’t abide.
‘Slides are back, but I really hope the slides with socks trend is dead, it’s not a good look,’ he said.
The clothing guru has been busy sharing his styling tips and summer trend predictions as the weather warms up.
In August, Donny rubbished claims the skinny jean trend is dead – but he says ripped denim can ‘safely go to heaven’.
While Gen Z influencers have been mocking the classic ‘skinny’ on TikTok for months, he says women should continue wearing them as long as they make them ‘look and feel fabulous’.
Supermodel Kendall Jenner (pictured) is also a fan of the slip-on look
Donny insists skinny jeans can be just as flattering as more popular ‘mum’ or boyfriend jeans, skimming curves and accentuating bums with comfortable, stretchy material.
But one thing he is certain of is that ripped jeans are out forever.
‘A couple of very small distressed details are ok, but the overly ripped and distressed jeans can safely go to denim heaven,’ he said.
The great denim debate: Skinny jeans (left) may have fallen out of fashion, but Donny Galella says they can be just as flattering as straight leg ‘mum’ jeans (right)
One thing Donny is certain of is that overly ripped jeans (pictured) are out forever
Don’t bin your skinny jeans just yet
The classic skinny jean has seen its popularity plummet in favour of laidback styles of ‘mum’, straight leg and boyfriend jeans in recent years.
Elle magazine’s former Accessories Editor Donna Wallace said the birth of ‘jeggings’ was the death knell for skinny jeans, noting: ‘As soon as they started putting in too much stretch, it became trashy.’
But Donny disagrees, saying that while the silhouette may be off-trend, it’s all about what suits your body shape.
‘Ever since Gen Z declared skinny jeans should be banished, I’ve had lots of panicked women ask me if they can keep their skinny jeans,’ he said.
Donny’s top picks for skinny jeans include this $30 pair from Big W, made from a soft, stretchy denim that moulds to the body, enhancing it in all the right places
Donny said his reply is always the same: ‘If your skinny jeans make you look and feel fabulous, then you keep your skinny jeans!’
In vogue or not, skinny jeans will not disappear from stores overnight, and Donny says there’s plenty of affordable styles from Australian brands that work with almost any outfit – without breaking the bank.
His top picks include a $30 pair from Big W, made from a soft, stretchy denim that moulds to the body, enhancing it in all the right places.
The jeans, which are available in light wash and a deeper indigo denim in sizes six to 18, have a high waistline that sculpts the stomach and offers support where women tend to need it most.
Because it is a ‘passing’ trend, Donny says there is no need to spend hundreds of dollars on designer ‘mum’ jeans; he recommends this $89.99 pair from Lee
Why the jury is still out on ‘mum’ jeans
While sales of ‘mum jeans have soared over the past year, Donny says it’s important to remember that all fashion trends come and go.
‘Mum jeans have a ’90s nostalgia about them and all things ’90s are trending right now,’ he said.
‘Most of Gen Z were not even born then, so for them these jeans and new and exciting.’
Although they are a novelty for younger fashionistas, Donny says most ‘mum’ jeans are made from thick, stiff denim that is much bulkier and more shapeless than the skinny jean.
This extra fabric adds weight to your body and can leave you looking bigger than you really are, he warns.
Donny also loves these $109.95 ‘Becky’ jeans from Decjuba, which are made from a stretchy denim that flatters both the bum and the legs
Donny’s favourite straight leg styles come from Aussie denim retailer, Just Jeans; he recommends these Super Vintage Sky Hi Straight Jeans, currently reduced to $76
Donny says the secret to styling ‘mum’ jeans is to pair them with a tight top or tailored jacket to balance the relaxed silhouette on the bottom with a structured look on top.
‘Wear them with a fitted top or wear a T-shirt tucked or semi tucked in. Try to give your waist some definition with a belt or a tailored blazer and a low heel when you’re going out,’ he said.
Because it is a ‘passing’ trend, Donny says there is no need to spend hundreds of dollars on designer ‘mum’ jeans.
‘They have the look of ‘mum’ jeans but a fit closer to a skinny jean,’ he explained.
What you can wear instead
Donny says anyone undecided between skinny and ‘mum’ jeans should try a straight leg style, which is perhaps the easiest to pull off.
‘Try to find straight leg jeans with some stretch so they mould nicely to your body,’ he said. ‘A lighter colour wash will help give you that vintage look of a ‘mum’ jean.’
Donny’s favourite straight leg styles come from Aussie denim retailer, Just Jeans.
He recommends the Super Vintage Sky Hi Straight Jeans, which come in sizes six to 16 and are currently reduced from $109.95 to $76.
Another straight leg style he suggests for women of all shapes and sizes is the $109.95 ‘Becky’ jeans from Decjuba, which are made from a stretchy denim that flatters both the bum and the legs.
Donny said there has also been ‘phenomenal reviews’ about a $119 pair of straight leg jeans from Everlane, specifically designed for curvy women.