Fashion | Product reviews

Vans ‘Old Skool’ trainers Primark dupe: What’s the difference?

By on August 16, 2017

Whilst on my annual pay day Primark shop, I came across a familiar dupe to one of my most loved pairs of shoes. It’s clear that the ‘Old Skool’ Vans trend is everywhere at the moment, so of course it was only a matter of time before Primark created their own alternative, which may I add, is also a whopping £47 cheaper!

So, is the Primark dupe really a dupe? I compared similarities and differences between each shoe… and here is what I found. One of the first differences between the two that I found is in the soles. Whereas the genuine Vans have an orange sole as shown below, the Primark alternative has a darker colour which isn’t as high quality. But hey, what where you expecting in an £8 dupe? Nevertheless, the Primark dupe does share the same chunky white sole as the real Vans, so there isn’t much difference there.

And now onto the ‘signature’ stripe which is arguably, one of the main features of the ‘Old Skool’ Vans. This is also the biggest factor that stood out to me when noticing that these Primark shoes really were dupes. Although there isn’t much of a difference at first glance, when you look closely you can definitely see two different stripes on each shoe. For example, the genuine ‘Old Skool’ Vans have more of a angled line, where as the Primark dupe is styled with more of a curved line. You can see the difference between the two below:

Vans ‘Old Skool’ trainers

Primark Old Skool dupe

The next difference is minor, yet still something that is vaguely noticeable. In case you haven’t noticed it yet, the Primark dupe has thicker laces; whereas the real Vans have thinner white laces. However, both of the laces are interchangeable so it’s not a huge deal and is definitely one of the smaller differences.

The final difference is also a given, but still a difference at that. Obviously, the back of the Vans trainer has the official Vans trademark logo, whereas the Primark alternative doesn’t have anything. The stitching however, is pretty much similar with white thread contrasting with the dark material to make the shoe stand out. Regardless, the stitching isn’t as high quality on the Primark shoe… but what do you expect from a £8 product?

Honestly, when wearing the shoes I would say they are as comfortable as each other. When trying on the Primark pair, they felt just like my genuine Vans- you would never know the difference if you were blindfolded! If you don’t want to fork out £55 for the original Vans, then the Primark dupe is definitely a must from me. They’re affordable, comfy, and honestly; look a lot like the original pair. You wouldn’t really know the difference unless you really examined the shoes together. On the other hand, it does seem like the genuine Vans would last longer from the sole comparison as they are better quality. But hey, Primark strikes again with the affordable dupes- and this one is a yay from me.

Have you tried the Old Skool dupe from Primark, and if so, what are your thoughts? Make sure to let me know in the comment box below!

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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Am I the same blogger?

By on April 26, 2017

For a while now, i have been agitated with my blog, what I blog about and just everything I post and do on here. I feel like every blogger goes through those times where they feel no motivation to post, or hate their theme and desperately need a change but they just don’t know how.

The truth is, I’ve always wanted to be an organic and unique blogger. I’ve always wanted my content to separate itself from everyone else’s in the industry, for the simple fact that it’s a reflection of my thoughts. ‘ItsBeccaJayne’ is called itsbeccajayne, because it’s me. It’s what I think about. It’s what I feel. It’s everything that I need to get out in the open, and people just so happen to stumble across my content and relate to it which is a humbling bonus.

However, itsbeccajayne shares many other aspects of myself which I also want to express on this blog. I like make-up. I like the excitement of buying new products and wanting to tell the world over what beauty ‘must haves’ I’m lusting over. But that doesn’t necessarily make me a beauty blogger. I love fashion, and always have. I love experimenting with styles suited to each season, and telling the world about my favourite outfit of the day. But that doesn’t necessarily mean I’m a fashion blogger either.

The thing with blogging is that a lot of people feel like they have to fit into ‘one’ blogger category, and for a while, I thought I did too. I was worried that my readers would grow to dislike my blog if I blogged about other stuff I loved, or if diversity isn’t what they wanted. I didn’t want to blog about beauty or fashion, because I felt like I would have to separate myself from a ‘lifestyle blog’ to a beauty or fashion blog.

In reality, I am either all of those, or none of those. The fact of the matter is that it doesn’t really matter. I am me. And that’s what itsbeccajayne is. It’s everything I love, and everything I feel, congregated into one place on the internet. From make-up, to fashion, to mental health, to just general posts about life or whatever goes on in that head of mine. I don’t want to feel constrained on my blog anymore, nor do I want to let any of my readers down.

The question I asked in the title of the post still stands, however. Am I the same blogger I was 6 months ago? Am I the same blogger I was when I first started? Yes, and no. I am the same person, and I still love all the same things- I just never expressed the love for it on my blog back then. I feel as though my blog is growing with my interests. As I become more interested in things, I want to blog about them. I want to express my excitement; but I also want to blog about the same old things I’ve always blogged about. From ranting posts, to thoughts, to educating on mental health and Feminism. I want everything I blog about on here to be a reflection of me. That’s why it’s called itsbeccajayne. Because who I am is everything I blog about on here.

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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All about the corset trend

By on April 15, 2017


I think it’s safe to say that it’s been a good 5 years (exaggeration, but you get my vibe) since I last did my first, and only, fashion post. You can check it out here if you would like. However, I have been obsessing over a current fashion trend at the moment, and I just had to blog about it.

I have been lusting badly over corsets, and even more over how to style them. I recently went into New Look and found the p-e-r-f-e-c-t corset which is affordable, good quality, and a good size. What more can a girl want?

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For this look, I put my newly purchased corset over a simple jumper dress from Primark which only cost me £8. It’s extremely comfortable and a great addition to my spring wardrobe. The corset gives the look an extra ‘edge’ rather than just a plain jumper with tights- as well as making me feel extremely confident.


To complete the look, I added an (extremely) oversized denim jacket to give a grunge / hip sort of style. As it was a breezy day, this was perfect as I wasn’t too hot, or too cold. The thing with this time of year is that you can throw a denim jacket on over any outfit and you’re good to go.

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Have any of you tried out styling a ‘corset’ yet, and if so, what did you pair it with? I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

Corset: Isn’t available anymore on the New Look website, but may still be available in some stores.

Jumper: Primark

Denim jacket: Charity shop

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

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