Dresses

Two more weeks until Valentine’s Day and while I’m not particularly excited about V-Day itself (all the single ladies!), I do like any opportunity that allows me to dress up and act all flirty about it. When dressing up, my personal motto is: “Drama, drama, drama!”, that’s why this black off-the-shoulder midi dress by Bardot with its body-con silhouette and the dramatic bell sleeves instantly caught my attention. I immediately started styling this LBD in my head and style-wise it felt like my mind ran in 100 different directions. There are a lot of ways to style this versatile dress and I decided to pick three for you to show: bold, romantic and just plain cute. So if you need some outfit inspiration for your own Valentine’s Day attire, feel free to check out my V-Day look suggestions and let me know whether you like them or not.

Look #1 – Femme Fatale in Black & Gold

Valentine's Day Outfit Inspo - 1 LBD, 3 Ways To Wear It: Femme Fatale in Black & Gold

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Look #2 – Romantic in Lace & Burgundy

Valentine's Day Outfit Inspo - 1 LBD, 3 Ways To Style It: Romantic Lace & Burgundy Red

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Look #3 – Cheeky Cute

Valentine's Day Outfit Inspo - 1 LBD, 3 Ways To Style It: Cheeky Cute

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Image source(s): Revolve, Amazon, Aldo, BaubleBar, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Eve’s Addiction, Steve Madden, Zappos, Etsy, Shopbop, Bloomingdale’s, Aldo

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Update: This post has been updated on December 29, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

So how HUGE was Balmain x H&M, huh? The highly anticipated designer collaboration went live online on November 5th at 8 am EST and it was only a matter of an hour until almost every item of the collection was sold out; all despite the hefty price tags (with prices set around $500-$700 for key pieces, the most expensive item peaking at $699), thus making Balmain x H&M’s collection the company’s most successful designer collaboration yet. The website continued to crash over the visitor overload all morning while eager shoppers in Seoul queued up in front of H&M stores over a week before the official collection launch. The hype surrounding this collaboration has certainly caught on to the masses and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the collection is now selling for vastly inflated prices on eBay where some pieces are priced at twice their retail value. No word from H&M yet whether they are going to restock the highly successful collection. One of my favorite pieces from the Balmain x H&M collaboration is this gold and white embroidered black velvet mini dress. I love that it doesn’t look watered down and could easily be mistaken for a design from Balmain’s mainline collection. Now would I spend $549 on such a statement dress? Maybe. But due to the hype, I don’t even have to ask myself this question because just like all the other pieces, this beautiful frock is sold out.

Balmain x H&M Embroidered Mini Dress in black, gold and white

Balmain x H&M Embroidered Mini Dress
($549, H&M)

P.S.: Also available at Vestiaire Collective & eBayeBay.

Celebrities and Style Bloggers Love Balmain x H&M

Celeb sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner and style blogger Sandra Hagelstam (5 inch and up) have all been spotted wearing the black and gold Balmain x H&M Embroidered Mini Dress.

Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Sandra Hagelstam (5 inch and up) wearing a black Balmain x H&M Embroidered Mini Velvet Dress

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Missord Embellished Mini Dress

Update (12/29/2016): Stumbled upon another Balmain inspired embellished mini dress by Missord which can be yours for under $30. The customer reviews don’t look too bad either.

Missord Embellished Mini Dress in black (Balmain x H&M inspired)

Missord Embellished Mini Dressamazon
($29.33, Amazon)

bebe Bead & Sequin Crepe Dress

If you don’t want to pay the ridiculously inflated eBay prices and can’t wait a few more months for other fast fashion companies to catch on to this hype to come up with their own inspired Balmain x H&M; look-alikes (c’mon, Forever 21!), I suggest you take a look at this beautiful beaded mini dress by bebe. I know this isn’t a spot-on dupe for the dress above and it certainly isn’t a steal at $299, but the Balmain x H&M inspiration is clearly visible on this frock in my opinion. Plus, unlike the real deal, this dress is readily available for you to buy with all sizes still in stock and all. So you can either keep on stalking eBay waiting for a miracle to happen or you can snap up this dress instead and get your own kind of Balmain party going.

bebe Bead & Sequin Crepe Dress in black and white (Balmain x H&M knockoff)

bebe Bead & Sequin Crepe Dress
($299, bebe)

P.S.: Similar bebe dresses are also available here & here.

Image source(s): H&M, 5 inch and up, Amazon, bebe

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Oh dear Self-Portrait, how can you make even the most of demure dresses still make look so unbelievably feminine and sensual? Case in point: the collared “Felicia” two-tone dress pictured below. The basic design of this frock is actually pretty prudish, but the short length and Self-Portrait’s signature delicate lace save this dress from being plain boring and forgettable. Now if you have the shopping budget to afford this lovely lace dress and shell out the needed $371 (we’re already talking sale price here!), by all means, go for it and get the real deal. However, if you’d rather have a look at the available budget-friendly alternatives, just keep on reading…

Self-Portrait Felicia Collared Guipure Lace Mini Dress in black and white

Self-Portrait Felicia Collared Guipure Lace Mini Dressls
($371, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Neiman Marcusls, Shopbop, ASOS & Stylebop.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Self-Portrait

Celebs such as Paris Hilton and Rachel McAdams and personal style bloggers like Suma Gowda (Suma’s Lookbook) have been spotted wearing a Self-Portrait Felicia Collared Lace Mini Dress.

Paris Hilton, Rachel McAdams and Suma Gowda wearing a Self-Portrait Felicia Collared Lace Mini Dress

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Aqua Color Block Lace Dress

Enter Aqua. They ditched the Peter Pan collar, but kept most of the other key details in place and hence offer a great Self-Portrait alternative for less than $100. Steal deal alert!

Aqua Color Block Lace Dress in white and black (Self-Portrait Felicia look-alike)

Aqua Color Block Lace Dress
($98, Bloomingdale’s)

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Update: This post has been updated on September 19, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

So I’ve already gushed in detail about the gorgeousness that is Dolce & Gabbana‘s S/S 2015 collection, but what I haven’t gushed about yet is this gorgeous floral embroidered body-con dress by House of CB which I discovered about an hour ago. I immediately had to drop everything, so I could write this blog post and share my beautiful (and budget-friendly) find with you, that’s just how excited I was about having come across this dress. House of CB has done quite the heavy copycat math on this one; somehow they managed to turn a $14.500 dress and a $7.500 skirt into a smokin’ hot $214 dress. Now that’s what I call a serious steal deal! Get this beauty of a dress before it sells out (and if you dare to wear such a racy look). Rock this frock with a bold red lip, sleek ponytail and dramatic eyeliner (hi there, Kendall!) and you’ll be the perfect Dolce & Gabbana femme fatale on a budget!

Copycat Math - Dolce & Gabbana Sacred Heart Floral Embroidered Net Dress + Dolce & Gabbana Mesh Midi Skirt = House of CB Carmen Mesh Dress with Rose Appliqué

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River Island Rose-Embroidered Mesh Dress & Top

Update (09/19/2016): Spotted these floral embroidered mesh dress and crop top at River Island today and both pieces instantly reminded me of Dolce & Gabbana’s S/S 2015 collection.

River Island Rose-Embroidered Mesh Dress & Top in black and red (Dolce & Gabbana S/S 2015 dupes)

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Image source(s): Moda Operandi, @kyliejenner Instagram, InStyle, Net-A-Porter, River Island, House of CB

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Update: This post has been updated on August 28, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Self-Portrait. How could we have possibly missed out on covering this new and super coveted brand for so long? Sorry about that, folks. But before we head into showing you our best Self-Portrait steal finds, here are a few facts about the contemporary fashion label: it was founded in 2013 by Han Chong (also former creative director of Three Floor) and quickly gained red carpet and social media buzz shortly after, landing dress gigs with celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon and Miranda Kerr as well as personal style bloggers like Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad) and Kristina Bazan (Kayture). The signature aesthetic of the London-based brand are feminine, romantic dresses and separates with lots of lace, embroidery and sheer overlays which have a surprisingly appealing price point: Dresses typically fall in the $500-$600 price range. And while I honestly applaud Han Chong for wanting to create a mid-priced fashion label with lots of attention to detail, $480 is still a lot of money for a lot of people (even though I’ll admit the “Azaelea” dress, which by the way got silently renamed correctly to “Azalea” in the meantime, thus probably referring to the flower, pictured below looks like it’s worth every penny of it). Keep on reading to find various stylish Self-Portrait dress alternatives for much less.

Self-Portrait Azaelea Midi Lace Dress in blue, white and red

Self-Portrait Azaelea Midi Lace Dressls
($480, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Neiman Marcus #2ls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Bergdorf Goodman #2ls, ASOS, Shopbop, Selfridges, Matches Fashionls, Luisaviaroma & Stylebop.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Self-Portrait

Celebs such as Bella Thorne, Miranda Kerr, Maisie Williams and personal style bloggers like Blair Eadie (Atlantic-Pacific), Yana (La Vie du Papillon), Julia Engel (Gal Meets Glam) and Aimee Song (Song of Style) have all been spotted wearing a Self-Portrait Azaelea Midi Lace Dress.

Blair Eadie (Atlantic-Pacific), Yana (La Vie Du Papillon), Julia Engel (Gal Meets Glam), Bella Thorne and Aimee Song (Song of Style) wearing a Self-Portrait Azaelea Midi Lace Dress

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Avery G Lace Tea-Length Dress

Update (08/28/2016): Now look at this gorgeous Self-Portrait Azalea look-alike dress by Avery G. Not exactly a steal at $127.46 (sale price!), but the dress quality might be worth the investment.

Avery G Lace Tea-Length Dress in white (Self-Portrait Azalea / Azaelea dupe)

Avery G Lace Tea-Length Dressamazon
($127.46, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Bloomingdale’s.

H&M Lace Dress

Update (08/23/2016): Just a quick heads-up to let you know that the gorgeous H&M Azaelea dupe dress is now also available in a lovely light pink color! This dress has been restocked several times and always sold out super fast, so don’t wait too long if you love this one!

Another gorgeous Self-Portrait Azaelea alternative is this lace midi dress by H&M. It’s currently only available in yellow (also comes in white and rose pink now), but it does look lovely and so similar to the real deal, right? I know $129 seems oddly expensive for an H&M dress, but be rest assured, I actually ordered this dress myself and it is definitely worth the money, the fit is flattering and the quality is good. So if you’re a fan of feminine lace summer dresses, this one is a great buy!

H&M Lace Dress in rose pink, yellow and white (Self-Portrait Azaelea dupes)

H&M Lace Dress
($129, H&M)

Romwe Fit & Flare Lace Cami Dress

Update (06/04/2016): YASSSS! Another spot-on and budget-friendly Self-Portrait Azaelea dress dupe has popped up on the internet today! Found this one at Romwe; it comes either in pale blue or dusty rose and costs less than $50. Woohoo!

Romwe Fit & Flare Lace Cami Dress in pale blue and dusty rose (Self-Portrait Azaelea knockoffs)

Romwe Fit & Flare Lace Cami Dress
($47.99, Romwe)

P.S.: Also available at SheIn, Cupshe & Romwe (other version).

Tang House Lace-Up Back Crochet A-Line Dress

Update (06/04/2016): Also spotted another shortened Azaelea inspired dress version which has a beautiful lace-up back detail! It’s by Tang House, comes in various lovely colors and costs $54.90. What do you think? Yay or nay?

Tang House Lace-Up Back Crochet A-Line Dress in yellow (Self-Portrait Azaelea inspired)

Tang House Lace-Up Back Crochet A-Line Dress
($54.90, YesStyle)

Charlotte Russe Strappy Crochet A-Line Dress

Update (05/12/2016): OMG STEAL DEAL ALERT! Look what I just discovered at Charlotte Russe: the perfect little white Self-Portrait Azaelea look-alike dress for a super steal price of just $23.99! Don’t wait, buy now, this dress will sell out once the word is out. By the way, while browsing I also spotted a lovely shortened Azaelea dress dupe at Charlotte Russe for $23.99 which comes in 4 colors and is also available in plus sizes!

Charlotte Russe Strappy Crochet A-Line Dress in white (Self-Portrait Azaelea knockoff)

Charlotte Russe Strappy Crochet A-Line Dress
($23.99, Charlotte Russe)

Warehouse Lace Halter Dress

Update (05/12/2016): Came across another Azaelea dupe today at Warehouse. The neckline is different, but the rest of the design is pretty much identical. Available in red, black, burgundy and blue.

Warehouse Lace Halter Dress in black and red (Self-Portrait Azaelea knockoffs)

Warehouse Lace Halter Dressls
(£65, Warehouse)

P.S.: Also available at ASOS.

Club Monaco “Bolari” Midi Lace Dress

Update (05/08/2016): Spotted another great Self-Portrait Azaelea look-alike today! It’s by Club Monaco, comes in either black or forest green and costs approx. half as much as the real deal ($219). Love the green version for redheads! What do you think?

Club Monaco "Bolari" Midi Lace Dress in black and green (Self-Portrait Azaelea knockoff)

Club Monaco “Bolari” Midi Lace Dress
($149, Club Monaco)

Aqua Lace Cami Midi Dress

Update (04/29/2016): I think I just stumbled upon the best Self-Portrait Azaelea steal find yet! Check out this lovely lace midi dress by Aqua which is available in either black or light blue and is significantly cheaper than the real deal. Shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone, but Aqua has also various other great Self-Portrait look-alikes available here (e.g. this dress or this one or this one).

Aqua Lace Cami Midi Dress in black and light blue (Self-Portrait Azaelea knockoffs)

Aqua Lace Cami Midi Dress
($55.50, Bloomingdale’s)

bebe Cotton Eyelet Dress

Update (04/28/2016): Just spotted this Self-Portrait inspired summer dress at bebe. It has obviously some major differences (e.g. different pattern and length), but the bodice clearly gives away where the inspiration for this dress came from.

bebe Cotton Eyelet Dress in white (Self-Portrait Azaelea inspired)

bebe Cotton Eyelet Dress
($111.30, bebe)

LuLu*s Pinnacle of Prestige Lace Midi Dress

If you can’t afford spending half a grand on a flirty summer dress, here’s our best steal find (yet!) which I discovered at LuLu*s some time ago. And I would’ve showed you this lovely $64 lace midi dress some time ago already, but it kept selling out so fast – restock after restock – that I didn’t even have enough time to finish up this blog post before this dress was completely sold out again, so I patiently waited until it got restocked for what feels like the tenth time now and for the first time it didn’t sell out in the first 60 minutes. Yay! However, this dress is obviously still wildly popular, so I wouldn’t wait too long with buying. Who knows if it’ll be restocked for an eleventh time?

LuLu*s Pinnacle of Prestige Lace Midi Dress in ivory white (Self-Portrait Azaelea knockoff)

LuLu*s Pinnacle of Prestige Lace Midi Dress
($64, LuLu*s)

Persun Flower Embellished Cami Dress

And of course, where there’s a trend Asian copycats can’t be too far away. The design of the Persun midi lace dress is very close to the real deal (including the colors), but I can’t tell for sure whether the quality is worth paying $37.99 for.

Jessica Buurman "Adice" Flower Embellished Cami Dress in white and red (Self-Portrait Azaelea knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “Adice” Flower Embellished Cami Dressamazon
($37.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Similar dress options are also available by Choies.

Free People South Of The Equator Midi Dress

OK, now this Self-Portrait steal find kind of irritates me. Don’t get me wrong: I love Free People and I looooove designer dupes. But what I don’t understand is how you can blatantly copy a $480 dress and then sell your own copied version for a whopping $300 (now on sale for $69.95), thus making both dresses compete in the same price range? Now that’s a little shameless, isn’t it? Even for blatant copycats. Anyway, I still wanted to include this dress option because it does look a lot like the real deal and it is in fact still $180 $380 cheaper than the original, so if you’re OK with paying that much money for a copycat design, feel free to do so.

Free People South Of The Equator Midi Dress in white, black and red (Self-Portrait Azaelea knockoffs)

Free People South Of The Equator Midi Dress
($69.95, Free People)

Image source(s): Selfridges, Atlantic-Pacific, La Vie Du Papillon, @bellathorne Instagram, Gal Meets Glam, Song of Style, Romwe, YesStyle, Charlotte Russe, Warehouse, Club Monaco, Bloomingdale’s, bebe, LuLu*s, H&M, Jessica Buurman, Free People

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