Dresses

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)

Also available at Neiman Marcusls, Shopbopls & ASOS.

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 $50 (sale price!). Steal deal alert!

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

Aqua Color Block Lace Dress
($44.10, 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

Go Shopping:

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 July 19, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Summer is in full swing and breezy summer dresses are the way to dress in this heat. And just how breezy is this lovely, delicate little white dress by Chloé? Sure, you’d have to tape it to your breasts if you want to avoid “wardrobe malfunctions”, but once everything is safely kept in its place, I think this dress would look fantastic on vacations, beach days and summer garden parties. Just look at how gorgeous Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looks wearing this beautiful dress (OK, Rosie would look good in anything, but still). Too bad it costs almost $2.800 which makes it absolutely unattainable for most of us fashion lovers!

Chloé Peacock-Embroidered Open-Front Shift Dress in ivory milk white

Chloé Peacock-Embroidered Open-Front Shift Dressls
($2.796, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Loves Chloé

The adorable Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has been spotted wearing her Chloé Peacock-Embroidered Open-Front Shift Dress during Coachella 2015.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wearing an ivory white Chloé Peacock-Embroidered Open-Front Shift Dress

Selfie Leslie “Dreamer” Skater Dress

Update (07/19/2016): Found another lovely Chloé inspired dress alternative today which is by Selfie Leslie and is less risqué than the designer original and less calling for a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen. Check out the “Dreamer” dress, it’s such a cute summer dress, don’t you agree? The Selfie Leslie dress has roughly the same overall design but can be yours for $55.

Selfie Leslie "Dreamer" Skater Dress in white (Chloé Peacock inspired)

Selfie Leslie “Dreamer” Skater Dress
($55, Forever 21)

GoJane Serious Citrus Cut-Out Halter Maxi Dress

Update (06/21/2016): Stumbled upon this airy Chloé inspired white maxi dress at GoJane today and wanted to share my find with you. Price: $52! What do you think? Yay or nay?

GoJane Serious Citrus Cut-Out Halter Maxi Dress in white (Chloé Peacock inspired)

GoJane Serious Citrus Cut-Out Halter Maxi Dress
($52, GoJane)

Nasty Gal Sweet Success Crochet Lace Dress

Update (05/31/2016): Just spotted this amazing Chloé dress dupe at Nasty Gal in black for $78. Wish it came in white as well.

Nasty Gal Sweet Success Crochet Lace Dress in black (Chloé Peacock dupe)

Nasty Gal Sweet Success Crochet Lace Dressicon
($78, Nasty Gal)

Lucy Paris Cutout Lace Dress

Update (05/31/2016): And here’s another beautiful and summery Chloé inspired LWD! It’s by Lucy Paris and costs a budget-friendly $61.60 (sale price!).

Lucy Paris Cutout Lace Dress in white (Chloé Peacock inspired)

Lucy Paris Cutout Lace Dress
($61.60, Bloomingdale’s)

Glamorous Cami Sundress with Lace Trim

Update (04/26/2016): One of our fabulous readers, Lieke, gave us a heads-up on this fab and super budget-friendly Chloé dress look-alike by Glamorous (thank you!). Isn’t it gorgeous? I love it and am so tempted to buy this cute summer dress myself!

Glamorous Cami Sundress with Lace Trim in white (Chloé Peacock knockoff)

Glamorous Cami Sundress with Lace Trim
($23, ASOS)

ONE by Honey Punch Lace Mini Dress

Update (09/04/2015): Finally restocked at Shopbop! Yay! Awesome steal deal alert, everyone! Just spotted this lovely, almost spot-on Chloé Peacock dress dupe by ONE by Honey Punch which is only $61.60 compared to $2.796 for the real deal. Sizes are starting to sell out, so you better be fast if you’re in love with this dress and want the Chloé look for less.

ONE by Honey Punch Lace Mini Dress in white (Chloé Peacock knockoff)

ONE by Honey Punch Lace Mini Dressls
($61.60, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available herels & herels at Shoptiques.

Le Salty Label x REVOLVE Mini Dress

Luckily, there’s a fantastic look for less alternative available by Le Salty Label for a much lower price of $128. Their LWD (which is also available in black) is shorter and has slightly less intricate detailing than the Chloé original, but the resemblance between both dresses is still very visible. And just in case you’re not a fan of the short length, this dress also comes in a lovely maxi dress version. Make sure to check out Le Salty Label’s whole collection because it’s absolutely fabulous and just perfect for summer!

Le Salty Label x REVOLVE Mini Dress in white and black (Chloé knockoffs)

Le Salty Label x REVOLVE Mini Dress
($128, Revolve)

Image source(s): Neiman Marcus, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Instagram, Forever 21, GoJane, Nasty Gal, Bloomingdale’s, Glamorous, Shopbop, Revolve

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Summer has officially started, so let’s talk summer dresses for a moment. Thanks to Self-Portrait, delicate guipure lace dresses have officially taken over this season’s must-have dress trends. And while the Azaelea dress by Self-Portrait is by far the most popular style from the brand, there are so many more beautiful dresses worth taking a look at. Take this lilac mini dress for example, it’s the perfect combination of feminine and sexy. Plus, how gorgeous is the pastel lavender color? Such a sweet summer dress. Unfortunately, it’s also very expensive. And sold out. Bummer!

Self-Portrait Guipure Lace Peplum Mini Dress in pale powder blue

Self-Portrait Guipure Lace Mini Dress
($495, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Net-A-Porterls, ASOS & Forward by Elyse Walker.

Style Bloggers Love Self-Portrait

Personal style bloggers such as Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad) and Mayo Wo (Mellow Mayo) have been spotted wearing Self-Portrait Guipure Lace Mini Dress.

Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad) and Mayo Wo (Mellow Mayo) wearing a pale powder blue Self-Portrait Guipure Lace Peplum Mini Dress

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Aqua Lace Illusion Mini Dress

Luckily, we’ve come across this just as lovely lace mini dress by Aqua which serves as a great look for less Self-Portrait alternative. The design is spot-on, but the Aqua dress costs about 1/5 of the real deal. Available in black or lilac blue.

Aqua Lace Illusion Mini Dress in light blue (Self-Portrait Guipure knockoff)

Aqua Lace Illusion Mini Dress
($102.40, Bloomingdale’s)

SheIn Side Cut-Out Lace Dress

Don’t feel like spending more than $100 on a dress? Gotcha! Then how about this Self-Portrait look-alike dress by SheIn which will give you the same coveted designer look but costs less than $40? Sounds convincing? Yeah, we thought so, too.

SheIn Side Cut-Out Lace Dress in lavende blue (Self-Portrait Guipure knockoff)

SheIn Side Cut-Out Lace Dress
($39.99, SheIn)

P.S.: Also available at Romwe.

bebe Lace Bandeau Dress

And lastly, if you don’t care for the pastel lavender color, here’s another great Self-Portrait dress dupe which we’ve found at bebe. Similar design, but very different price tags.

bebe Lace Bandeau Dress in black (Self-Portrait Guipure knockoff)

bebe Lace Bandeau Dress
($149, bebe)

Image source(s): Forward by Elyse Walker, The Blonde Salad, Mellow Mayo, Bloomingdale’s, SheIn, bebe

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