Bandage Dresses

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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Real vs. Steal – REISS Shola Bandage Dress

by Velicia on November 3, 2011

Update: This post has been updated on November 03, 2011. Scroll down to see the new add.

Haven’t you always wanted to be queen for a day? Well here’s your chance. You, too, can wear the exact same dress that the future Queen of England has worn – REISS‘ Shola bandage dress. It’s nice to know that even Duchess Kate likes to shop on a budget; because at only £175, that’s pretty reasonable for a royal budget. But you know how we do it, we found an even better deal. Go ahead, get your scroll on…

REISS Shola Bandage Dress in camel

REISS Shola Bandage Dress
(£175, REISS)

Kate Middleton Loves REISS

Kate Middleton wearing a camel REISS Shola Bandage Dress

ASOS Pencil Dress with Square Neck

UPDATE (11/03/2011): And here’s another great Shola alternative coming from ASOS. I love the red version!

ASOS Pencil Dress with Square Neck in black, red and blue (REISS Shola knockoff)

ASOS Pencil Dress with Square Neck
($80.87, ASOS)

E1 London “Catherine” Bodycon Layered Dress

Yep, this is how we do it – on the cheap! You may not be a queen, but you’ll definitely be a lady in red wearing this bodycon dress by E1 London! At only £40 (£30 if you use the promo code above), who’s the queen of cheap now? 🙂

E1 London

E1 London “Catherine” Bodycon Layered Dress
(£40, Dorothy Perkins)

P.S.: A similar dress can be purchased at SheInside.

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I’m so glad the Hervé Léger overexposure has stopped. There was a time when I was just sick and tired of seeing all those bodycon bandage dresses on every red carpet. The HL revival wave started somewhen in 2007 and while my taste in fashion has changed a lot since then, I’m still smitten with the more classic designs from this fashion house.

Hervé Léger Strap-Yoke Mini Dress in black

Hervé Léger Strap-Yoke Mini Dressls
($1.150, Bergdorf Goodman)

Dannii Minogue Loves Hervé Léger

Dannii Minogue wearing a turquoise Hervé Léger Cutout Bandage Minidress

bebe Double Strap Bodycon Bandage Dress

Now this really puzzled me at first. Because normally bebe sexes up all of their knockoffs whereas here they rather toned this naturally very sexy dress down which I so prefer over the original. bebe’s dress is considerably longer and the cleavage looks a lot more demure, too. Good job on this one, bebe! A sexy yet classy LBD. And quite affordable if I might add.

bebe Double Strap Bodycon Bandage Dress in black (Hervé Léger knockoff)

bebe Double Strap Bodycon Bandage Dresspjx
($109, bebe)

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Update: This post has been updated on April 05, 2011. Scroll down to see the new add.

In one of the Gossip Girl episodes called “The Grandfather”, Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) wore an unusually sexy, figure-hugging Hervé Léger bandage mini dress with white criss cross inlays. However, Blair’s risqué dress was tamed with a cute beige embellished Joie cardigan and a cute nautical Tomassini necklace.

Blair Waldorf aka Leighton Meester wearing a navy Hervé Léger Fall 2008 strapless bandage dress with white criss cross inlays

Our Rating: ★★★★½

Who?Leighton Meester/Blair Waldorf
Where?Gossip Girl, “The Grandfather”
When?Season 2, Episode 19
What?Hervé Léger Fall 2008 navy strapless dress, Joie “Moore” cardigan, Tomassini nautical necklace

Betsy & Adam Strapless Satin Sheath Dress

Update (04/05/2011): Almost 2 years later a new Hervé Léger look-a-like popped up today. Yay! By Betsy & Adam. Price: $168.

Betsy & Adam Strapless Satin Sheath Dress in black white (Hervé Léger knockoff)

Betsy & Adam Strapless Satin Sheath Dressls
($168, Nordstrom)

Dave and Johnny Strapless Bandage Dress

Update (09/27/2009): Here’s yet another Hervé Léger knockoff for you. By Dave and Johnny.

Dave Johnny Strapless Bandage Dress in black and white (Hervé Léger knockoff)

Dave and Johnny Strapless Bandage Dress
($130, eDressMe)

Dorothy Perkins Black Insert Panel Tube Dress

Update (08/17/2009): Found yet another Hervé Léger knockoff for all my European readers. By Dorothy Perkins. Currently on sale for £15!

Dorothy Perkins Insert Panel Tube Dress in black (Hervé Léger knockoff)

Dorothy Perkins Black Insert Panel Tube Dress
(£15, Dorothy Perkins)

Atria Strapless Mini Dress

Update (08/17/2009): Found another Hervé Léger knockoff by Atria.

Atria Strapless Mini Dress in black (Hervé Léger knockoff)

Atria Strapless Mini Dresspjx
($138, eDressMe)

Jessica McClintock Strapless Taffeta Dress

Covet the body-con dress, but don’t have a $2k budget? You’re in luck because this strapless taffeta dress by Jessica McClintock is a great budget-friendly Hervé Léger alternative. The dress may be black instead of navy, but otherwise it has the same length, cut and detailing. It’s also currently on sale being marked down from $150 to $90. Who else smells a great deal here?

Jessica McClintock Strapless Taffeta Dress (Hervé Léger knockoff)

Jessica McClintock Strapless Taffeta Dress
($90, Amazon)

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Alexander Wang is undoubtedly the master of grunge. His clothes are exquisitely designed but also have a downtown edge. Leave it to Wang to create a LBD that is equal parts East-Village and Red-Carpet. A nude under layer hints at skin without actually showing any and a sweetheart neckline adds… well, sweetness. I’ll tell you something that isn’t sweet though: the hefty price tag. Oh, and did I mention it’s also sold out? Boo-hoo!

Alexander Wang Fitted Combo Dress in black

Alexander Wang Fitted Combo Dresscj
($1.265, Shopbop)

Celebrities Love Alexander Wang

Megan Fox and Abigail Clancy wearing a strapless Alexander Wang Fitted Combo Dress

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Topshop Bandage Ruch Bandeau Dress

Topshop‘s “Bandage Ruch Bandeau Dress” might not be a dead-ringer for the Alexander Wang dress above, but it’s pretty darn close. I might even argue that it’s better. I’m really enjoying the thicker bands of fabric that are strategically placed over the hip and bust area. Of course we still have that hint of a sweetheart neckline and the mini-length and at $90 (!) this really is a steal. I predict this one will sell out fast.

Topshop Bandage Ruch Bandeau Dress in black (Alexander Wang Fitted Combo Dress knockoff)

Topshop Bandage Ruch Bandeau Dressls
($90, Topshop)

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