Sometimes you’ve got to fake it ‘til you make it… or can afford the real thing. There are plenty of things that are faux that are great alternatives to the real deal.
While some fake things will always remain a faux pas, including faux smiles, laughter, personalities, Louis Vuitton and tacky hair extensions to name a few, there will always be some faux goodies.
Here are five ways where faux is not a faux pas:
You can get fun and creative with faux fur, without the judgement (and price tag) that often comes with wearing real fur. You can go for a bright coloured faux fur coat or a fur gilet that is perfect for Brisbane winters – not too cold, but cold enough to make us want to cover up.
Are you sahhh busy or just so far removed from being a green thumb that having to tend to a garden or even a single plant seems ridiculous? Plants are hard work - with all that watering, and all that sunlight....Ok, so there's not a lot to it, but for whatever the reason, keeping plants alive can be hard work, goddamn it! If you love the benefits plants bring to livening a space, but don’t want the responsibility of keeping the feature piece alive, faux plants are your new bestie! Fake plants don’t need to look rubbery and over-the-top with colour, just look for some of the more realistic looking plants from high-end homewares stores or florists. Another great way to incorporate faux plants and liven up the place is to use gorgeous vases, like the ones from Love Star shown below.
A real tan is not healthy and is definitely a faux pas! That’s why faux is the way to go when it comes to bronzing up. There are numerous self-tanning sprays and creams to get you from pale winter skin to beach-bronze ready. Don’t risk the damage of the sun - we've compiled our list of favourite self-tanners guaranteed to give you a bronzed glow worthy of Australian coasts. Check it out here.
4. ‘Sweet’ treats…
Faux sweet treats are definitely not a faux pas! Why wouldn’t you want to try a delicious treat without the sugar. Orawgi, Raw Paw Paw, Healthy Humans Mobile and numerous other 'raw' venues may have closed down (sigh), but there are still some great options for fake sugary treats if you know where to look. Liquefy serve up sugar-free, dairy-free, preservative-free juices and treats, such as bliss balls and doughnuts, while new superfood cafe Pineapple Express offers paleo treats with a raw sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free base.
5. Ironic faux tees
Okay, so this one is debatable and relies solely on the quality, level of irony and how you style it. Ironic tees in the form of knocking off high-fashion brands can create an edgy-chic look - just check out the celebs who have worn knock-off Chanel shirts (and they can afford the real deal!)
Fake it til you make it Stylers... or at least until you can afford the real deal.
Us broke girl's have got to stick together.