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Images via vogue.com (http://www.vogue.com/collections/resort-2013/balmain/runway/#)

Once in a blue moon will I buy anything but an original… And I’ll absolutely be the first to renounce any form of copy (Forever 21, I’m looking at you and your Marc by Marc-esque accessories). However, the creators at Balmain have been wooing me for the last year with embroidered tops (Remember this?: http://m-lizzy.tumblr.com/post/25278367322/lamb-vs-lamb) and the looks of recent collections have began to spread rapidly into the mainstream fashion world. Since I’ll only be wearing pieces by Balmain in my dreams (at least in the foreseeable future), I’ve agreed with myself to seek out alternatives within my price range. If you’re experiencing the same dilemma, try these tops influenced by Resort 2013:
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Topshop Floral Stripe and Spot Shirt

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Topshop Checkerboard Collar Tip Shirt

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H&M Blouse