12.10.2009

Thrifty Thursday: Diane von Furstenberg Lace Top for Less

Kitty cats, I’ll be blunt. There are very few designers in the world of fashion who have the power to make me go completely gaga in the blink of an eye; whose mere creations can make me weak in the knees or produce butterflies in my teeny tiny tummy with little more than a quick glance. Diane von Furstenberg, however, is at the top of my list of individuals who can do just that. Her aesthetics are flirty and feminine; her creations are mysterious yet mind-blowing; her choice of everything from runway music to patterns is downright impossible to resist. Hence the reason I have fallen madly in love with her simple yet sophisticated Lace Top.

I’ve told you time and time again that I’m a sucker for lace; but the fashion in which this particular piece is styled and cut is positively prim, proper, and just the slightest bit devilish – perfect for those times when you must look completely polished for an event that is destined to be dull and boring; but just as easily transformed into a hot to trot top for those moments when you’re ready to leave your cares behind, slip on a pair of red-soled stilettos, and dance the night away!

Black three-quarter sleeves constructed entirely out of lace allow your porcelain skin to play peek-a-boo through the dainty cut-outs, and move upwards to meet a wide scoop neckline embellished with a gathered front which slides gracefully down to a scalloped trim hem. It’s a romantic piece with a vampy element of seduction that channels old-Hollywood glamour juxtaposed with the tantalizing traits of alluring undergarments.

Of course, as much as I love this versatile sliver of frippery, at $255.00, my nearing-the-negative-numbers bank account most certainly doesn’t. Non, my wallet much prefers the $49.00 Jennie & Marlis Lace Tunic, DVF look-alike.

While the Jennie & Marlis is devoid of the Victorian-inspired scalloped hem that finishes off the DVF piece; it does possess the same lacy arms and gathered scoopneck to add a splash of ladylike loveliness to your look with minimal effort. Besides, its affordable price tag may just let you splurge on a new pair of skinnies to pair with it!

Your turn loves…will you be thrifty or suckered into putting on your spendthrift cap?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Neiman Marcus and Dillards for the pictures.
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43 comments

Leah said...

Oh Erika, it seems that you have been reading my mind. I was searching for a long-sleeves lace top to wear under one of my dresses but I can't find any. Thanks for the link to Jennie & Marlis. Have a lovely Thursday!

Inspiration in Italy said...

Oh the first one is sooo pretty but so expensive...why oh why? I think I would have to splurge on this one. This beautiful lace post is so fitting for the holidays, my dear! xoxoxo

Jamie Jenson said...

If I were to buy either, I think I would splurge and go for the DVF!

kpeach said...

so obsessed with lace lately-and no need to spend too much for it! Being jobless in NYC can be tough but I had a lot of fun learning the city xo

Jacqueline said...

I love DVF. Hard decision. I would have to be a sucker and go for the real deal =) I have way too many lace tops aldready. Major obsession and you are leading me into dangerous waters =) xoxo

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Melissa Blake said...

Oh my gosh, that is beautiful! LOVING it to pieces!

Jaime said...

Lovely- def the thrifty version for me! Can't see a difference at all. You always have great finds!

J'aime said...

Lace, lace lace, speaks such flirtiness, and elegance! I'm glad I'm a woman!

J'aime

Couture Carrie said...

I will definitely be thrifty on this one ~ that lace tunic you found is divine!

xoxox,
CC

Closet Cravings said...

Girl, you know how I feel about the loveliness of lace. I so heart DVF. =)

Keith said...

I love DVF. She's fantastic. I really love all her collections. She's an amazing designer.

The Blonde Duck said...

I love this top!!!

LML said...

oh i love that - i will keep my eyes peeled for one like that in stores

Diane said...

love them both! great picks today!

Style, via TIa said...

I love the details on the DVF they are so special so, I choose her!

janettaylor said...

I want it, please! So timeless

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ana said...

I think this time I'll go for Diane von Furstenberg Lace Top
it's so beautiful!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Oooh lace. I'd go with the real deal if I could find it at the DVF sample sale!

Kristin said...

I gotta go with DVF on this one. I can't resist her! So so divine are her designs!

Elizabeth Marie said...

Ahhh! I can't say no to DVF. She is my icon. This one is unfair! hahaha!

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diana said...

I love DVF too! It's definitely a splurge but it is so worth it!

Fashions By Lozano said...

DVF is so amazing. I love to watch her talk about her collection and life because she immediately brings me up with her passion and love for fashion.

can you imagine a world with no fashion?

bananas. said...

hi lady! first time here...thanks for visiting my blog so i can meet you :)

i love the way you write. "kitty kats"?! haha. love it!

great job on that top. looks just like the DVF one.

Jen said...

DVF wins every time for me... her designs are classic elegance personified.

Toothfairy said...

DVF for sure!!! I would totally be a sucker on this... and to be really honest, I don't think it's that expenive...

loves

issa said...

great lace tops

Miss Caitlin S. said...

Very pretty but for some reason on me, it makes my arms look fat - perhaps my arms are just fat? haha. I love them on others though, very pretty!

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B a la Moda said...

Lace is one of my fav materials too. It can be very elegant.
xoxo
B* a la Moda

Joanne Faith said...

Ohh, long lace sleeves are so elegant. I would love a black mini dress with the aforementioned sleeves

Savvy Gal said...

I adore DVF. Both are great!

Emily said...

I am always attracted to anything lace - I would go with real deal on this one :)

michelle_ said...

the lace top seems to be everywhere these days ! in indo, we can get these kinds of tops for like us$20 ! good bargain eigh ?? ;)

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Nubiasnonsense said...

So elegant, they both look great thanks for the options

Treacle said...

I am a sucker for "Look for Less" posts. Nothing like finding the trends you love at a price that works for your budget.

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Nina said...

Still figuring out how to wear lace ... Hold on ... Gosh, Erika, you're putting too many ideas in my head, ha, ha, ha!

Nina

Dylana said...

Gorgeous lace top!

Lovely blog!

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AudreyAllure said...

i love lace! but i'm not the type of person to wear 3/4 sleeves. but if i saw this in long sleeves i'd totally jump on it lol

Stéphanie said...

That's so pretty !

FabBlab said...

Mustmustmust have this.

Rachel said...

Ooh, gorgeous lace tops! I think they both look great! I'm going to have to pick the DVF one this time though!

ediot said...

H&m has some really nice budget friendly ones too :)

All Women Stalker said...

My mom would be all over those! Haha. If only she knows how to navigate the Internet, I will surely show her this link. :D

-meream

Grace said...

i just adore lace--it's so dainty and feminine and elegant and pretty. yes, i love it, but not enough to pay out the wazoo for one simple shirt! :)

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