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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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Budget Look – Blue Crush by Halogen

by Irina on April 28, 2015

Alright, I’ll admit it: I will officially love cobalt blue and stripes until the day I die! There’s just no way I could ever let go of these two personal faves of mine. When I recently browsed through Nordstrom’s newest arrivals the cobalt blue hobo bag and pants by Halogen instantly caught my eye and before I knew it I was already imagining an outfit around those items with stripes being a major part of this look, of course. Well, you know what they say: “If you can’t beat them, join them.” – which is exactly what I did. What do you think of my blue crush outfit?

Budget Look - Blue Crush by Halogen

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Image source(s): Nordstrom

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I’m quite excited about today’s Real vs. Steal feature. Maybe it’s because it’s not yet another shoe this time or maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for all things nautical and sparkling and Oscar de la Renta (who isn’t, right?). Maybe it’s a combination of all these things. Fact is: I’ve been hugely obsessed with this adorable striped sequin sweater by Oscar de la Renta from the very first moment I spotted it on Net-A-Porter. It was love at first sight! I mean, stripes and sequins, does it ever get better than these two? I highly doubt so. But even though I really, really loooove Oscar de la Renta, dropping almost 2k on a sweater is simply beyond my imagination.

Oscar de la Renta Sequined Knitted Striped Sweater in white and navy

Oscar de la Renta Sequined Knitted Striped Sweaterls
($1.990, Net-A-Porter)

Ann Taylor Sequin Striped Sweater

HOT DEAL: Limited time offer! Extra 40% off sale styles at Ann Taylor! No promotional code needed, discount will be applied automatically at checkout. Exclusions may apply.

I’ve almost buried my dream of ever coming across another such gorgeous sequin stripe sweater as the Oscar de la Renta one, but today I accidentally stumbled upon this lovely striped sweater style by Ann Taylor and I knew this was the perfect steal for the OdlR real deal above. The colors vary slightly, but the rest of the design is pretty much spot-on. And did I mention this sweater (which is also available in petite sizes by the way) is currently on sale for $39.88 (down from $89.50)? But the best part yet? Ann Taylor is currently having a promotion where customers get an extra 40% off sale items which means this Oscar de la Renta sweater dupe can be yours for a steal deal worthy $23.93! Let that price sink in for a moment. Now can we get a round of applause here, please?

Ann Taylor Sequin Striped Sweater in winter white and navy (Oscar de la Renta knockoff)

Ann Taylor Sequin Striped Sweater
($39.88, Ann Taylor)

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, Ann Taylor

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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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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 $146 (sale price!, retail: $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
($146, RevolveClothing)

P.S.: Also available at The Trend Boutiquepjx, DailyLook, Free People, Nasty Gal, Shopbop, 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 ZooShoopjx, Jessica Buurman, SheInside & Choies.

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