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The Look For Less: Velvet Jessamine Dress

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There are LBDs and then there are unforgettable LBDs. Imagine someone wearing this Velvet Jessamine Dress ($130). Would you forget her? I think not. I love that it's minimalistic, body-hugging, and how the cut exposes the shoulders. Paired with some killer heels, it would rock the world. But I'd rather not pay more for it if I can pay less.

To see the less expensive version,

This American Apparel Cotton Spandex Jersey Double U-Neck Dress ($38) is equally sexy and not so equally expensive. Like the one above, it's fitted, long-sleeve, and simple. And, depending on the occasion, you have the option of either exposing your shoulders or covering them. If you're not afraid to reveal your curves, add this LBD to your wardrobe.

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The-Italian-Jem The-Italian-Jem 8 years
The owner/creator of American Apparel has had his share of controversy. But, American Apparel is 100% sweatshop free, produces every part of the product in the Los Angeles warehouse, pays its workers a MINIMUM of $10/hr, and offers great health benefits, holiday pay and sick time. Also, the factory is environmentally conscious, and offers organic clothing. For those (and other) reasons, I support and purchase from American Apparel.
infraredflower infraredflower 8 years
Yeah, it's a little short, but it'd look good with leggings or even over jeans :)
xs xs 8 years
that AA one is so short! too tight for me i'm afraid.
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
I just can't wear something that tight and short - but I do think it's a pretty dress and can look good on the right person. the first one is better, though; the second one just doesn't compare. plus, I don't support American Apparel...
emalove emalove 8 years
LOL, Chancleta--I thought of Robert Palmer INSTANTLY too! Way too 80s flashback for me.
soapbox soapbox 8 years
I like it a lot, but I'm afraid of looking like a Single Ladie's extra.
la-dee-da-dee la-dee-da-dee 8 years
This dress is great! Jay Manuel had a segment yesterday on E! all about the LBD and how to dress it up for work, the day, or for night. There are so many options for this dress!
chancleta chancleta 8 years
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chancleta chancleta 8 years
omg I know now that it's true what they say about if you live long enough you start to see fashion trends make a second go around! I remember this look from the 80s! SO Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love".
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I like the look if it were longer, and spandex ummmmm...ya. Having it THAT short seems a little hooker-ish to me.
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