Monday, April 28, 2008

Rich Dress, Poor Dress

I mentioned before how impressed I get at "Splurge and Save" features, because I imagine it would be hard to find two extremely similar items at two very different price points. But now I'm seeing that if you spend enough time online shopping, you're bound to stumble upon a copycat or two. I've been "researching" for an upcoming post on LWD (little white dresses), and I had a little deja vu moment.

First, the rich dress, from J.Crew: Paillette T-shirt Dress, $595:

I won't lie, I think it's fabulous. It's just a perfectly casual silhouette, but the allover palliettes catapult it into another dimension of awesomeness. Imagine wearing this to an upscale bar or a fancy summer soirée: from the second you walk in, all eyes will be on you. It's definitely too much for the daytime, I think, since there's a chance that direct sunlight on this dress will cause such a bright reflection all your admirers will be struck temporarily blind. But at night, the dress would catch a beam from a streetlight and you'd look like a modern day urban angel.

On the other hand, it's almost $600.

Enter the poor dress, from Target: Isaac Mizrahi Sequin Tunic Dress, $59.99

It's a smidge different from the J.Crew dress: sleeveless, wider neckline, maybe a bit shorter with less of an A-line flare, and made of polyester instead of silk georgette. And I'm sure the sparkle off the sequins is a little less luxurious, and you'd probably be forever noticing that a cluster on the hem is about to fall off. But it's 1/10th of the price, so suck on that, J.Crew.

Which do you guys prefer? And is there anyway to justify paying that much for a dress when you know that an almost-as-good twin is available for so much less?


lena said...

I actually prefer the cheaper one -- I like that it's sleeveless and shorter. The J Crew one seemed like it just had too much fabric. It was like ... Puritan Goes to Vegas.

I do love this though. In my experience, however, sequins are fairly uncomfortable to wear, like if you rub your arm the wrong way on it. But they are also kind of like magical mermaid scales.

Alexandra Hepburn said...

Oh, I really don't like the cheaper one. I would pay the $545 difference just for the sleeves alone and to not have it sit around my body like an ill-fitting toga.