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The Look For Less: Vera Wang Charmeuse Shift Dress

I absolutely adore this Vera Wang Charmeuse Shift Dress. Made from lavender-gray silk, the simple but elegant dress looks extremely flattering, with its high neck, pleated bust, and empire waist. I also love the little details, like the bow on the belt and the appliqued flowers. The only thing I don't love is the price. The dress sells for a whopping $1,690 here.

Luckily, I've found a similar—albeit simpler dress—that gives you the same look for almost $1,500 less. To see what it is,


It's Anthropologie's NY Minute Dress, available here for $228. This sheath dress is also made from gray silk charmeuse with a pleated bust and a bow belt. But in this case, the skirt is made from cotton sweatshirt material, not silk. A great alternative for buyers on a budget. What do you guys think?

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vienvien vienvien 8 years
I like the Anthropologie better but I still can't afford it :-)
jor2590 jor2590 9 years
i tried that dress on at anthropologie!
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 9 years
I love the Vera Wang one. Ahh...one day!
fluffy-bomb fluffy-bomb 9 years
They both are very pretty dresses, but other than maybe the material, I don't see the resemblance. Not trying to be nit-picky! I'm on margaretha's boat. $200 is way expensive to me. :(
Luxebot Luxebot 9 years
I like it -- it's really elegant and simple. Like something Scarlett Johansson would wear.
Fashiondiva91 Fashiondiva91 9 years
I like the inexpensive one better.
margaretha margaretha 9 years
clearly i must be extremely poor because $200+ is still way too much to justify for me... guess that's what you get for being a broke grad students...
BellaCalla BellaCalla 9 years
I have that dress!! (The Anthropologie one obviously, not the Vera Wang) I got it at the end of the summer - end of August maybe. It's SO good. So comfy and I always get complimented on it.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
They're both very pretty! I really love the detail on the shoulder of Vera Wang's dress. The Anthropologie is a great twist on it!
vintagesugar vintagesugar 9 years
The Vera Wang is totally gorgeous, but I have lost respect for her since she is designing mattresses.
AtlantaNoleGirl AtlantaNoleGirl 9 years
Very cute, I saw this dress on Anthro. and loved it then! $228 is still a bit much for me though, since I can't think of an upcoming occasion where I'll need a dress like this.
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 9 years
i kinda like it
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