Dresses

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

It’s no wonder why all the celebs are donning this Victoria Beckham Stretch-Crepe Dress. After winning Designer Brand of the Year in 2011 during the British Fashion Awards, Victoria Beckham has not only been praised by her designer counterparts but also with the support of many fellow celebrities. Her clothing designs have been iconic and this dress proves that sentiment. In fact, this particular dress has been so popular, that it was not only priced at $2.750 but is already sold out! The unique design and color contrast is simple yet so elegant and girly. For an affordable take on this dress, take a look at the steal below!

Victoria Beckham Halterneck Stretch-Crepe Pencil Dress in tangerine orange

Victoria Beckham Stretch-Crepe Dressls
($2.750, Net-A-Porter)

Celebrities Love Victoria Beckham

Jennifer Lopez, Victoria Beckham and Abbey Clancy wearing an orange Victoria Beckham Stretch-Crepe Dress

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Choies Zip Back Body-Con Dress

UPDATE (07/28/2015): Didn’t expect to find a new dupe for this Victoria Beckham dress, but when I browsed Choies today, this lovely frock suddenly popped up.

Choies Zip Back Body-Con Dress in orange (Victoria Beckham knockoff)

Choies Zip Back Body-Con Dress
($29.99, Choies)

McBerry Strappy Dress

With the minor differences between this McBerry and the Victoria Beckham dress, it is safe to say that this is a great steal. The only aspect really missing is the zipper appliqué going down the back of the dress. Otherwise, the colors are amazingly accurate as well as the length and silhouette. Plus, this dress doesn’t require a major investment as it’s priced at £79! With a delivery charge it can shipped anywhere in the world, that is, with an extra shipping fee depending upon which country you select.

McBerry Strappy Dress in orange (Victoria Beckham knockoff)

McBerry Strappy Dress
(£79, McBerry)

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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, Neiman Marcus)

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 Dress
($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)

P.S.: Also available at Missguided (UK) & Missguided (International).

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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