Real vs. Steal – Nanette Lepore Charlotte Shirtdress

by Vahni on April 1, 2010

Love this Nanette Lepore shirt—erm—dress?—uh—shirtdress. Actually, I take that back. I have issues with this dress. It’s cute and light and lovely for a casual summer evening, yes—but they forgot the “dress” part. And $248 for a long-ish cotton shirt (or half a dress)? Kinda steep. Don’t know about y’all, but I think only Lady Gaga could rock this and not get arrested for indecent exposure.

Nanette Lepore Charlotte Shirtdress in chambray

Nanette Lepore Charlotte Shirtdressls
($248, Shopbop)

Alloy “Ella” Shirt Dress

A better choice, for modesty and practicality, is the “Ella” Shirt Dress by Alloy. This is a shirtdress with serious potential. Belt it and add some cognac colored sandals, and it’s an absolute winner. Add leggings and a gladiator heel and go for urban preppy. You could even throw it over a swimsuit when running to/from the pool or beach and look totally pulled together. And for under 50 bucks, plus another 15% off? Ka-ching, baby.

Alloy "Ella" Shirt Dress in light blue denim (Nanette Lepore Charlotte Shirtdress knockoff)

Alloy “Ella” Shirt Dress
($39.90, Alloy)

Alloy 3/4 Sleeve Shirt Dress

Another option is this sweet little Alloy 3/4 Sleeve Shirt Dress. With its gathered empire waist and puff-sleeves, there’s no mistaking it for a classic menswear-inspired shirtdress. And like the “Ella” above, it is also extremely affordable, even before the special discount.

Alloy 3/4 Sleeve Shirt Dress in blue (Nanette Lepore Charlotte Shirtdress knockoff)

Alloy 3/4 Sleeve Shirt Dress
($39.90, Alloy)

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