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How to Hack a Designer Outfit—and Save Thousands of Dollars

Pull off a $6,100 getup from a renowned Italian designer for about $5,000 less.
How to Hack a Designer Outfit—and Save Thousands of Dollars
Jeff Lipsky

Today’s new power look isn’t exactly pinstripes: It’s far stealthier and dressed down. But don’t let the casualness fool you: This new ensemble (image on the left) from renowned Italian designer Brunello Cucinelli costs $6,100. If that price makes your eyes water, don’t sweat it—here’s how to pull it off for less. (All available at

This Look (outfit on the right): $1,213
Total Savings: $4,887

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Savings: $617

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Savings: $530

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