Tiered

This one’s an oldie but goodie. Back in February 2008 Carrie Underwood attended the Clive Davis’ annual Pre-Grammy Party looking adorable in a monochrome tiered strapless chiffon dress by Marchesa. The black bodice had a cute black bow attached and Carrie perfectly accessorized her glamourous ensemble with matching bling and black satin YSL sandals.

Carrie Underwood wearing a black and white Marchesa Spring 2007 strapless tiered two-tone bow dress

Our Rating: ★★★★½

Who?Carrie Underwood
Where?2008 Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY Party, Los Angeles
When?February 9, 2008
What?Marchesa Spring 2007 Strapless Tiered Bow Dress

ABS by Allen Schwartz Bow-Front Tiered Dress

When I saw this beautiful tiered strapless dress by Allen Schwartz I was instantly reminded of Carrie’s red carpet look above. While Carrie’s frock goes in the thousands you can have this Marchesa inspired dress for under $400. If you have a formal event to attend, this dress would certainly make you stand out.

ABS by Allen Schwartz bow front tiered dress (Marchesa Spring 2007 knockoff)

ABS by Allen Schwartz Bow-Front Tiered Dress
($395, Saks)

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on August 17, 2009. Scroll down to see the news.

I’m a sucker for white dresses. They are just perfect for summer and you’ll get an instant mood lift just from looking at them. When I first discovered this Marc by Marc Jacobs tiered halterneck dress I was madly in love.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Joelle Spring 2008 Scalloped White Dress (LWD)

Marc by Marc Jacobs Joelle Scalloped Dress
($458, Neiman Marcus)

Celebrities Love Marc by Marc Jacobs

We all first saw this dress on Blair Waldorf (played by Leighton Meester) in an episode of Gossip Girl called “Summer Kind Of Wonderful“. Leighton looked absolutely amazing and until today this look belongs in my top 3 of all her Gossip Girl outfits. Paris Hilton came second and British soap star Emma Rigby has worn this beautiful dress as well.

Blair Waldorf, Paris Hilton and Emma Rigby wearing a white Marc by Marc Jacobs Joelle tiered dress (Spring 2008 LWD)

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BB Dakota “The Sassy” Dress

I’v been looking for ages to find a look-a-like dress of the Joelle frock and finally found it in the form of this BB Dakota dress. But at the time I tried to place my order, it was already sold out. Boohoo! However, weeks later I now found the same dress elsewhere for $75. The BB Dakota dress might be missing the cute front-bow, but otherwise both dresses are practically identical.

BB Dakota Sassy tiered white dress (Marc by Marc Jacobs Joelle dress knockoff)

BB Dakota “The Sassy” Dress
($75, LuLu*s)

Lipsy Ric Rac Bow Dress

UPDATE (08/17/2009): Lipsy has finally restocked their Marc by Marc Jacobs Joelle look-a-like dress. You can now order it on their website again. The dress comes also in black now.

If you’re an UK- or European-based reader, you might want to go for this Marc by Marc Jacobs knockoff dress by Lipsy. It’s a great alternative and it even has the cute front-bow. The LWD retails for £65/~€75/~$106 and is also available in blue and pink. YAY! Hurry and place your order before it’s too late!

Lipsy Ric Rac Bow White Dress (Marc by Marc Jacobs Joelle knockoff dress)

Lipsy Ric Rac Bow Dress
(£65, Lipsy)

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I just stumbled upon your site and LOVE IT! I was wondering if in your research you ever came across a knockoff version of the Christian Louboutin Striped Satin d’Orsay sandal in blue. I would love to have this shoe to wear for my wedding but since I am paying for said wedding I can’t afford to drop a grand on shoes alone.
Thank you!

You might remember this reader request I got from Sarah. Back then I wasn’t able to find a knockoff in the desired blue color, so I featured the black and gold/silver ones I found. That was until today when I accidentally found a neat Loubie look-a-like pair by Charlotte Russe.

Christian Louboutin Armadillo Striped Satin D'Orsay Pumps in blue satin

Christian Louboutin Armadillo Striped Satin d’Orsay Pumps
($865, Neiman Marcus)

Charlotte Russe Tiered Colorblock Platforms

Charlotte Russe‘s Louboutin knockoffs may not be of any competition to the real Louboutins, but since they retail for $26.99 you sure can’t beat them in terms of the price! Other available color options are black/grey, brown and fuchsia. Have a happy wedding, dear Sarah!

Charlotte Russe Tiered Colorblock D'Orsay Platform Pumps in blue (Christian Louboutin Armadillo knockoffs)

Charlotte Russe Tiered Colorblock Platforms
($26.99, Charlotte Russe)

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A few days ago, I received a reader request from Sarah who asked me if I ever came across Christian Louboutin Armadillo look-a-likes:

I just stumbled upon your site and LOVE IT! I was wondering if in your research you ever came across a knockoff version of the Christian Louboutin Striped Satin d’Orsay sandal in blue. I would love to have this shoe to wear for my wedding but since I am paying for said wedding I can’t afford to drop a grand on shoes alone.
Thank you!

Dear Sarah,
I am sorry to say that I failed to find an alternative in the desired color (see UPDATE #1 below), but I certainly did stumble upon a few Armadillo look-a-likes which you can find listed below. You could go for one of these, blow your budget and buy the originals or opt for a total different wedding shoe (some Manolo Blahnik Sedaraby look-a-likes perhaps?)

Christian Louboutin Armadillo d’Orsay Pumps

Christian Louboutin Armadillo d'Orsay Pump in black leather

Christian Louboutin Armadillo d’Orsay Pumps
($865, Neiman Marcus)

J Loren d’Orsay Pumps

I accidentally found these Louboutin look-a-likes a few weeks ago when I was doing research for other articles. These pumps by J. Loren are probably the best Armadillo look-a-likes available right now! They are so similar to the Louboutins and the price is not too bad either.

J Loren black pleated d'orsay pumps (Christian Louboutin Armadillo knockoffs)

J Loren d'Orsay Pumps
($65.98, Zappos)

Charlotte Russe Tiered Peep-toe d’Orsay Pumps

UPDATE #1: Look what I found today! Another Louboutin “Armadillo” look-a-like coming from Charlotte Russe! Don’t they look exactly like the Louboutins (well, except for the luscious red sole, of course)? They retail for $26.99 only! Yay! They also have a blue version of the Louboutin-like pumps which also sell for $26.99 and come in either black/grey, blue, brown or fuchsia. Another yay!

Charlotte Russe Tiered Peep-toe Platform Pumps in black (Christian Louboutin Armadillo knockoffs)

Charlotte Russe Tiered Peep-toe Platform Pumps
($26.99, Charlotte Russe)

Jessica Simpson Staria D’Orsay Pumps

These pumps by Jessica Simpson are also a pretty good Louboutin alternative. They retail for around $90 and come either in pewter or dark bronze.

Jessica Simpson Staria pleated d'orsay pump pewter

Jessica Simpson “Staria” d’Orsay Pumps
($88.95, Amazon)

Image source(s): Saks, LoveMyShoes, Charlotte Russe, Amazon

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