A celebrity stylist has spotted a discounted version of this season’s hottest designer shoe at an Australian discount store.
Fashion veteran Donny Galella was browsing the Big W when he saw $20 slides nearly 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 a whopping $1,190, but you can get the look for less on Big W’s website.
“Personally I can’t justify these $1,000+ styles, but I know those $20 will sell out,” Donny told Daily Mail Australia.
Big W’s $20 slides (left) are nearly identical to a $1,190 pair from Italian fashion house Fendi (right)
Luxury for less: The cheap 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 that frugal fashionistas have already got their money’s worth – the budget-friendly sandal is no longer available for pick-up at big city stores in Sydney or Melbourne.
Limited sizes can still be ordered direct to your door, but you’d better be quick as they sell out fast.
While Donny is a fan of the laid-back summer look, there’s one twist he can’t stand.
“Slides are back, but I really hope the sock slide trend is dead, it’s not looking good,” he said.
The clothing guru has been busy sharing his styling tips and predictions of summer trends as the weather warms up.
In August, Donny claimed the skinny jeans trend is dead, but says ripped denim can “go safely to heaven.”
While Gen Z influencers have mocked the classic “skinny” on TikTok for months, he says women should keep wearing them as long as they keep them looking and feeling “fantastic.”
Supermodel Kendall Jenner (pictured) is also a fan of the slip-on look
Donny insists that skinny jeans can be just as flattering as the more popular “mum” or boyfriend jeans, slimming the curves and accentuating the bum with comfortable, stretchy fabric.
But one thing he knows for sure is that ripped jeans are out forever.
“A few very minor worn details are okay, but the jeans that are too ripped and worn can safely go to denim heaven,” he said.
The big denim debate: Skinny jeans (left) may have gone out of style, but Donny Galella says they can be just as flattering as ‘mum’ straight-leg jeans (right)
One thing Donny is sure of is that jeans that are too ripped (pictured) are out forever
Don’t throw your skinny jeans in the trash just yet
The classic skinny jeans have seen its popularity decline in recent years in favor of relaxed styles of ‘mum’, straight leg and boyfriend jeans.
Donna Wallace, former editor-in-chief of Elle magazine, said the birth of “jeggings” was the death knell for skinny jeans, noting, “Once they started using too much stretch, it got trashy.”
But Donny disagrees, saying that while the silhouette may not be trendy, it’s all about what fits your body shape.
“Since Gen Z declared that skinny jeans should be banned, I’ve had a lot of panicked women ask me if they could keep their skinny jeans,” he said.
Donny’s top picks for skinny jeans are this $30 pair from Big W, made from a soft, stretchy denim that molds to the body and enhances it in all the right places.
Donny said his answer is always the same: ‘If your skinny jeans make you look and feel great, then you can keep your skinny jeans!’
Fashionable or not, skinny jeans aren’t going to disappear from stores overnight, and Donny says there are plenty of affordable styles from Australian brands that go with almost any outfit — without breaking the bank.
His top picks include a $30 pair from Big W, made from soft, stretchy denim that molds to the body and emphasizes it in all the right places.
Available in a light wash and a deeper indigo denim in sizes 6 to 18, the jeans have a high waist that shapes the tummy and provides support where women need it most.
Since it’s a passing trend, Donny says there’s 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 ‘mama’ jeans
While “mum jeans” sales have skyrocketed in the past year, Donny says it’s important to remember that all fashion trends come and go.
“Mom’s jeans have a 90s nostalgia, and all things 90s are trending now,” he said.
“Most Gen Z weren’t even born then, so for them these jeans and new and exciting.”
Although they are a novelty for younger fashionistas, Donny says that most “mom” jeans are made of thick, stiff denim that is much bulkier and more shapeless than the skinny jeans.
This extra fabric makes your body heavier and can make you look bigger than you actually 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 legs
Donny’s favorite straight leg styles come from Australian denim store 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 fitted jacket to balance the relaxed silhouette at the bottom with a textured look on top.
Wear them with a fitted top or wear a T-shirt tucked in or half tucked in. Try giving your waist some definition with a belt or a tailored blazer and a low heel when you go out,” he said.
Since it’s a passing trend, Donny says there’s no need to spend hundreds of dollars on designer “mum” jeans.
“They have the look of ‘mommy’ jeans, but go better with skinny jeans,” he explained.
What to wear instead
Donny says anyone undecided between skinny and “mommy” jeans should try a straight leg style, which may be the easiest thing to do.
“Try to find straight-leg jeans with some stretch so they mold nicely to your body,” he said. “A lighter color wash gives you that vintage look of a ‘mother’ jeans.”
Donny’s favorite straight leg styles come from Australian denim store Just Jeans.
He orders the Super Vintage Sky Hi Straight Jeans, which are available in sizes six through 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 Jeans ‘Becky’ by Decjuba, which are made from a stretchy denim that flatters both the bum and the legs.
Donny said there’s also “phenomenal reviews’ about a $119 pair of straight leg jeans from Everlane, specially designed for curvy women.