Dresses

Can you believe half of the year has almost already gone by? Time flies, my friends, and summer has officially arrived – at least in our calendars! In order to celebrate the seasonal change, I created my first 2015 summer budget look to properly welcome the season of pool parties, BBQs, tan lines and cool drinks. For this look I took to the summer sky as my source of inspiration: baby blue with a little bit of cloudy white here and there and splashes of summery yellow everywhere in between.

Budget Look - Cloudy with a Chance of Yellow

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Image source(s): Zappos, Nordstrom, Ulta, BaubleBar, Macy’s, Lulu’s

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on May 28, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

I always say that the awesomeness of an article of clothing can be judged by how many talented stylists pull it for their clients to wear. If we go by my thought then the Dolce & Gabbana corset dress is something everyone should run out and buy. Was. Was something we should’ve bought. If you weren’t lucky enough to snag one last spring, it is unfortunately sold out, but read on…

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2009 Corset Dress in eggshell

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2009 Corset Dressls
(~$1.500, N/A)

Celebrities Love Dolce & Gabbana

Victoria Beckham, Susan Sarandon, Mischa Barton, Petra Nemcova, Taraji P. Henson and Penélope Cruz wearing a Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2009 Corset Dress

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bebe Hook & Eye Detail Dress

UPDATE (05/26/2015): When I spotted this beautiful strapless pencil dress by bebe I instantly thought of the Dolce & Gabbana corset dress above and thought it would serve as a nice look 4 less alternative. Also available in petite sizes.

bebe Hook & Eye Detail Dress in white (Dolce & Gabbana knockoff)

bebe Hook & Eye Detail Dress
($169, bebe)

GUESS by Marciano Carmella Corset Dress

For those of you that are subscribing to my above style tip, or perhaps you just love the dress, GUESS by Marciano has created their own version of it. The Carmella dress is slightly more form-fitting, but still features the decorative vertical seams. This detailing is supposed to mimic boning and is extremely figure flattering. Carmella is a ton more affordable and conveniently available now in either white or gold.

GUESS by Marciano Carmella Corset Dress in white (Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2009 knockoff)

GUESS by Marciano Carmella Corset Dresscj
($188, Marciano)

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There was a time, somewhere around 2007-2008 I think, when Hervé Léger‘s bandage dresses were all the rage. Back then you could point your finger to any red carpet event and there was at least one celebrity, no matter whether A- or D-list, who was wearing one of the brand’s bodycon banded pencil dresses. However, people got tired of wearing (and seeing) the overtly sexy dresses eventually and slowly but steadily Hervé Léger vanished from the red carpet radar. But now that the hype has died down, my admiration for the brand’s iconic pieces returned. And this gorgeous cobalt blue cap sleeve bandage pencil dress had me at cobalt blue. Now isn’t this a stunning dress? So elegant and timeless; hugging your curves in all the right places while the vibrant color will make you the center of attention at any cocktail party. If just it weren’t for the price tag…

Hervé Léger Tayler Elene Novelty Essentials Cap Sleeve Bandage Pencil Dress

Hervé Léger Tayler Cap Sleeve Bandage Pencil Dress
($1.240, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Net-A-Porterls, Nordstromls, Hervé Légerpjx & MyTheresa.

ASOS SCULPT Bandage Midi Dress With Gold Bar Belt

Now imagine my delight when I stumbled upon this beautiful Hervé Léger look-alike bandage dress at ASOS a few days ago! It may not be an identical dupe match, but the inspiration behind this dress is more than obvious. I loooove that ASOS kept the vibrant blue color, but I’m not too keen on the gold bar belt to be honest. But still, this dress is probably the closest you can get when looking for Hervé Léger chic on a budget at the moment.

ASOS SCULPT Bandage Midi Dress With Gold Bar Belt in cobalt blue

ASOS SCULPT Bandage Midi Dress With Gold Bar Belt
($181, ASOS)

Image source(s): Hervé Léger, ASOS

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on April 6, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

This “Octavia” Tri-Tone Sheath Dress by Stella McCartney has been very popular among the celebrity world. And who can blame them? Incorporating a subtle color-blocking design, the black panels along the side of the dress are slimming and extremely flattering for every body type. This dress was made to accentuate a woman’s curves and figure, and creates an enviable hourglass shape by creating a slimming silhouette effect. As this dress can be a miracle, the price tag definitely shows for that, too! However, we found an amazing alternative that’ll do the same trick for a whole lot less money!

Stella McCartney Octavia Tri-Tone Sheath Dress

Stella McCartney Octavia Tri-Tone Sheath Dressls
($1.234, Neiman Marcus)

Celebrities Love Stella McCartney

Kate Winslet, Nicole Scherzinger, Leslie Bibb and Nicola Peltz wearing a cream Stella McCartney Octavia Tri-Tone Sheath Dress

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Ann Taylor Colorblock Ponte Sheath Dress

UPDATE (04/06/2015): Stumbled upon this Ann Taylor sheath dress today and it instantly reminded me of the Stella McCartney Octavia dress above.

Ann Taylor Colorblock Ponte Sheath Dress (Stella McCartney Octavia knockoff)

Ann Taylor Colorblock Ponte Sheath Dress
($139, Ann Taylor)

rsvp “Jiana” Colorblock Dress

UPDATE (08/03/2013): Just stumbled upon another wonderful and budget-friendly Stella McCartney alternative. Check out this colorblock sheath dress by rsvp! Currently on sale for $51.99 and also available in blue and turquoise.

rsvp "Jiana" Colorblock Dress in white, beige and black (Stella McCartney Octavia knockoff)

rsvp “Jiana” Colorblock Dress
($51.99, Zappos)

Ronni Nicole Colorblock Sheath Dress

UPDATE (02/03/2013): And here’s yet another wonderful Stella McCartney dress alternative by Ronni Nicole for a great price!

Ronni Nicole Colorblock Sheath Dress in white, camel and black (Stella McCartney Octavia knockoff)

Ronni Nicole Colorblock Sheath Dressls
($33, Kohl’s)

Chaya Colorblock Mixed-Media Sheath Dress

UPDATE (02/03/2013): This colorblock dress by Chaya is also a great alternative to the beautiful Stella McCartney Octavia frock.

Chaya Colorblock Mixed-Media Sheath Dress in white, beige and black (Stella McCartney Octavia knockoff)

Chaya Colorblock Mixed-Media Sheath Dressls
($72, Kohl’s)

Missguided “Lois” Contrast Bodycon Midi Dress

UPDATE (02/03/2013): Stumbled upon yet another Stella McCartney Octavia look-a-like dress by Missguided. And it’s so affordable!

Missguided "Lois" Contrast Bodycon Midi Dress in white, beige and black (Stella McCartney Octavia knockoff)

Missguided “Lois” Contrast Bodycon Midi Dress
(£24.99, Missguided)

Express Color Block Sheath Dress

UPDATE (11/07/2012): Just found this lovely Stella McCartney inspired sheath dress by Express. And it happens to be on sale! Yay!

Express Color Block Sheath Dress in beige, taupe and black (Stella McCartney Octavia knockoff)

Express Color Block Sheath Dress
($68.60, Express)

Type Z “Astella” Colorblock Strapless Dress

UPDATE (08/13/2012): Here’s another Octavia dress look-a-like. This dress by Type Z has a few modifications (e.g. it’s shoerter and strapless), but the overall look is almost identical. And did I mention that the dress is currently on sale?

Type Z "Astella" Colorblock Strapless Dress in taupe, black and white (Stella McCartney Octavia knockoff)

Type Z “Astella” Colorblock Strapless Dress
($49.99, Zappos)

Lipsy x Amy Childs “Laura” Colour Block Dress

If this is not an almost identical look-a-like, then I am not sure what is. The Lipsy “Laura” Colour Block Dress is just as figure flattering as its designer counterpart, and with the same color-blocking effect creates an illusion of an extremely slim figure while still accentuating one’s curves in all the right places. And though I absolutely adore the tri-color version, this dress is also available in all black, which I can imagine to be beautiful but almost deceiving the purpose of the color-blocking effect. You can call this beauty yours for a mere price of £65 (approx. $100)!

Lipsy x Amy Childs "Laura" Colour Block Dress (Stella McCartney Octavia knockoff)

Lipsy x Amy Childs “Laura” Colour Block Dressls
(£65, Lipsy)

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May I present to you the Sexiest Dress of 2015: The “Antigua” Mini Dress courtesy of For Love & Lemons. OH-EM-GEE! Just look at this Holy Grail of sexiness! Obsessed²! Sure, it’s a risqué dress and you must have a toned body to properly make this hot frock work, but if you got the guts and body for such a dress, then please go for it. That is, if you have the neccessary $224 to make this sexy mini dress yours, of course.

For Love & Lemons Antigua Lace & Sheer Mini Dress in blue, black and white

For Love & Lemons Antigua Lace & Sheer Mini Dress
($224, REVOLVEClothing)

P.S.: Also available at The Trend Boutique, DailyLook, Boutique To You, Nasty Gal, Zappos & Planet Blue.

Celebrities Love For Love & Lemons

Celebs such as Rita Volk, Paris Hilton, Rosie Fortescue and Rumer Willis have all been spotted wearing a For Love & Lemons Antigua Lace & Sheer Mini Dress.

Rita Volk, Paris Hilton, Rosie Fortescue and Rumer Willis wearing a For Love & Lemons Antigua Lace & Sheer Mini Dress

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LuLu*s Beautiful Mesh Lace Dress

Luckily, there’s no need to spend a little fortune because LuLu*s have an awesomely similar lace sheer dress that will cost you 75% less than the original For Love & Lemons Antigua Dress. Same amount of sexy, but for much cheaper! You’re welcome. But you better be fast as I’m sure this dress is going to sell quickly.

LuLu*s Beautiful Mesh Lace Dress in red. black and white (For Love & Lemons Antigua knockoff)

LuLu*s Beautiful Mesh Lace Dress
($56, LuLu*s)

P.S.: Similar dresses are also available at Jessica Buurman, SheInside & Choies.

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