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Look for Less

• 15 January 2013

This dress caught my eye the other day (of's striped!), during a quick jaunt downtown after the kiddos were snug in their beds.  There is something about black and white right now...I find myself attracted to this classic color combination in all forms (this + this included).  I made a mental note to come back and try the dress on when there was more time.

Shortly after, I spotted this designer dress in an email Piperlime sent to the masses (I have a love/hate relationship with those) and I did a double take.  While the designer version certainly looks more quality (more details, a more custom cut, etc.), if you want to save a few hundred bucks, the budget version is certainly worth a look-see.  It could be fun to layer the budget version with a chunky cardigan, since it's more fitted overall.  Note that the budget version is more high-waisted than the designer version, but both have the potential to flatter.

budget version   |   designer version

p.s.  you can find the blouse version here.

p.p.s. other looks for less here:  1   +   2


  1. Love it! Too bad the H&M version looks so short! I regularly have that problem with their clothing, and I'm only 5'3"!

  2. My goodness I actually liked the budget version even more at first glance. Either of these would most likely be immensely flattering.

  3. Happy New Year! I've been an absent reader over the holidays (and they're extra long in Sweden. The official day to take down the Christmas Tree is Jan 13!). I love your sweet new icons/logo. It fits you and brings out your "practical meeting pretty" so well! Congratulations on this small and significant change!

  4. Amber, I am short too (5'2"), but when I saw the dress in the store, it didn't look as short as it does online. My guess is the model is more like 6' so I think average woman may find the dress closer to the knee.

    Valerie, I agree...they both look flattering, but in different ways.

    Willowday, thank you for the sweet note about the change. I am grateful for it! Happy new Year to you as well.

  5. I totally agree!! Both are very pretty, but frankly I like the budget one better! It would go great like you said with a cardigan! =)

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  7. i actually like the h&m one better and that never happens to me. YES.

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