Real vs. Steal – Balmain Paillette Mini Dress

by Irina on September 8, 2010

Update: This post has been updated on September 08, 2010. Scroll down to see the new add.

I know Balmain is supposed to be a super exclusive, high-end, ultra-luxe fashion label and even though I am used to see outraging prices for the most basic clothing I’m still apalled whenever I see the price tag of anything Balmain. I mean, come on, $13.000 for a sequin mini dress? Are you serious? As much as I adore Balmain and all of Christophe’s wonderful work for the French fashion house, there’s no way I would buy a dress this expensive even if I had a few extra thousands to spare.

Balmain Fall 2009 Sequin Paillette Mini Dress in black

Balmain Paillette Mini Dressls
($13.395, Net-A-Porter)

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Blake Lively and Daria Werbowy wearing a black sequin Balmain Paillette Mini Dress

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French Connection “Samantha” Sequin Wrap Front Dress

UPDATE (09/08/2010): This Balmain knockoff by French Connection is certainly not a steal, but considering the original retails for 13k, $269.60 doesn’t seem that expensive in comparison, right? Available in black or navy.

French Connection Sequin Wrap Front Dress in navy (Balmain knockoff)

French Connection Sequin Wrap Front Dress
($298, ASOS)

P.S.: Also available in black or navy at French Connection UK & French Connection USAls.

Lipsy Jewel Shoulder Pad Sequin Dress

Luckily, you don’t need to sell your soul in order to achieve the same glam sexy vixen look à la Balmain. Lipsy has come up with a great and 100x more affordable alternative. I wish they wouldn’t have dampened all the outstanding features that made this sequin LBD stand out (e.g. shoulder pads, plunge neck and length of the dress), but all in all it’s still a super sexy dress which goes to show that you don’t need to spend a fortune to look like a million dollars.

Lipsy Jewel Shoulder Pad Sequin Dress in black (Balmain knockoff)

Lipsy Jewel Shoulder Pad Sequin Dress
($118.98, ASOS)

Posted in: Balmain,Blake Lively,Dresses,French Connection,Real vs. Steal,Red Carpet

  • elizabeth

    kardashians by bebe has the same dress

  • Brittany

    Hey, I have been trying to find the French Connection or Lipsy dress for NYE (since I sadly cannot afford the Balmain dress unless I donate a kidney). Polyvore and Asos are both sold out. I actually emailed Lipsy directly to see if any other retailer might carry the Jewel Shoulder Pad Sequin Dress. Would you have any suggestions of where else I should look? Any help would be greatly appreciated! THANK YOU!

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