1.19.2010

Tightwad Tuesday: Yumi Kim Athena Dress for Less

If there is one thing that I cannot stress enough kitty cats, it is that, above all else, we, as the gorgeous girls that we are, deserve to be held in the same type of high regard as the glittering goddesses who graced the earth so many years ago. The very same individuals who taunted and tantalized the hulking Gods of Greek Mythology using little other than their seductive feminine wiles, and beguiling good looks; with the occasional splash of spellbinding enchantment thrown in for good measure.

Save your lectures for another my loves; I am well-aware of the fact that we are not all armed with the stop-them-in-their-tracks beauty of Aphrodite, the domestic talents of Hestia, or the wild child rebelliousness of Artemis, but there is no question that each and every one of us retains the wisdom and reason of Athena. And with Yumi Kim’s Athena Dress, we now have the chance to steal a splash of her style, as well!

As if the short hemline, saucy spaghetti straps, and royal blue hue were not enough to create a feminine silhouette and truly flirty aesthetic; the layers of oversized ruffles shimmying across the bustline, and cascading down either side of this dance-the-night-away frock in an inverted U-shape manage to do just that. Yet despite the whimsy and coquettish factors put forth, Athena retains sophistication in every sense of the word, creating a smart style which adds a touch of clever to your chic; a bit of brilliance to your beauty; even a splash of precocity to your pretty. Now if only she had the good sense to extend a more becoming pricetag to her many adorers.

Don’t get me wrong darlings; I fully understand that Athena is a magnificent marvel in the making with the ability to turn anyone’s evening from blasé to brilliant simply by slipping her on, but $195.00 is far too extravagant an amount to pay for something that may only be worn a handful of times. Hence the reason I have set my sights upon New York & Company’s Tiered Party Dress.

The fact that it is not available in the punchy blue shade is truly not a problem; at $67.96 I can pick it up in both red and black, and still have enough left over for a pair of strappy silver stilettos to truly complement such a sassy look!

What are you doing today, kittens? Will you be a big spender, or tighten the reigns about your wallet and take the thrifty route?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Yumi Kim Shop and New York & Company for the pictures.


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74 comments

Rachel said...

Oh, I must have this dress! They both look fabulous! Since these two look practically identical I'm definitely going to go for the New York & Company dress. I love the blue shade of the Yumi Kim dress, but I like the idea of snatching up both the red and black New York & Company dresses for less. :)

Couture Cookie said...

I love Grecian style dresses... drapes, ruffles, the more the better! For this one, I would actually go cheap and buy the NY & Co version. You got me when you threw those silver stilettos in the mix! Because what fun is a new dress unless you have new shoes to pair it with? :)

Couture Carrie said...

Greek Goddesses, indeed!

Love both these dresses, but am happy that one is totally affordable (though I do so adore Yumi Kim!)!

xoxox,
CC

Anna Jane said...

Fabulous post and thanks for sharing! I'm usually a bit funny about ruffles because they have a tendency to look either too fussy or somewhat cheap, but these Athena ruffles are absolutely fabulous and so well-placed. I'm loving that blue colour too!

- Anna Jane xxx
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AspiringFashionista said...

Great find! I love finding less expensive substitutes. It's like a drug! Haha.

I've sent a little blog-loving your way in my most recent post. Enjoy!

Dream Sequins said...

LOL to tightwad Tuesday. I like this idea!

J @ The Look 4 Less said...

I prefer the NY & Co. version.

Diane said...

the tightwad version looks almost identical to the original...
i'd probably go with the cheaper version here...then again, we're comparing apples and oranges here. poly/spandex blend vs. 100% silk.

janettaylor said...

Hello darling Erika,

I love it so much but nor for me, because those ruffles are lot for my bosom size.

Xx

All Women Stalker said...

It seems that I am drawn to the expensive one. Probably because the model is not emaciated. Haha

PS. We have posted your guest blog. You are an angel! :)

Platform Princess said...

Love the blue dress.

PP x

sootjeelina said...

I realy love that dress :D And I also love your blog

xoxo Sootjeelina

Mimi said...

I just love mythology. It's so interesting and full of drama. Makes for a good soap opera. Those dresses are so pretty! Ruffles and blue, two of my favorite trends.

daisychain said...

I love both of these far too much!

Midtown Girl said...

Huge fan of Yumi Kim - and that is such a great shade of blue!

Loving your Tightwad Tuesday posts, darling - what a great way to find fabulush deals! ;-)

XOXO

Leia said...

Love this! And you've found such a great alternative. I think I may actually prefer the red to the blue!

MJ said...

Always going for the cheaper option myself - student budget says I have to! Props to you for hunting down a cheaper alternative. :)

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The Trendy Fashionista said...

I love the red dress. Amazing blog, I'm following !

-The Trendy Fashionista
http://thetrendyfashionista.blogspot.com

Leah said...

I love both dresses... they are so gorgeous but of course, I'd choose the cheaper version. I'm just so cheap. Hahaha!

Leah said...

I love both dresses... they are so gorgeous but of course, I'd choose the cheaper version. I'm just so cheap. Hahaha!

Jacqueline said...

Oh, tough one. I love silk so much. I would maybe wait for a sale on the silk one and buy the cheaper one if I wanted to wear it right away! xoxo

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MrJeffery said...

these are cool!

sharonlei said...

Ooooo I love the blue one!! But my wallet wouldn't. :(

Love & Aloha,
S

http://elisharon.blogspot.com/

COCAMIA said...

Beautiful dresses! Would make any woman feel like a Goddess! Thanks for the uplifting message!

Joanne said...

There's nothing like finding a great fashion piece at discounted prices. I'd go for the less $$, in black, and go monochromatic with it.

K said...

What a lovely alternative!

Polished Sense said...

I wish I could just figure out how to grow a money tree, then I could spurge on all the fashion items that I've always wanted...I'm hanging on tight, waiting for the moment when I truely deserve to buy the nice stuff. For now, I'm trying to save. Cute blue dress though, love the details :)

*XO*
Jessica

nookie said...

I love this dress, I like the red one better...
so thrifty route for me:)

Sherin said...

The Yumi Kim Athena dress is WOW! I love the colour and the way its made. It is a bit pricey, but I think I'd pick this one over the New York & Company’s one (which is still gorgeous!).

Sabine said...

I'm normally a sucker for luxury, but since I'm not such a big fan of the blue I don't see any problem with saving a few bucks and still aspiring to look goddess-like in the RED cheaper one. Sabine x

Damsels said...

no ma'm that dress is not worth any thing close to 100 dollars

Jen said...

I should be a tightwad, but today I want to splurge on those wonderful waves. I love the seaside shade, the spaghetti straps - everything!

Erika, thanks ever so much for blessing us with your beautiful blog. I'll whisper something to you now - it's my favourite! :)

The Pink Tutu said...

Goegeous dresses! I'm really into ruffle detailing right now.

LML said...

it always amazes me how you find the great deals!

Stéphanie said...

I adore !

That Chelsea Girl™ said...

While I do love the blue color, it's much better to get the cheaper item because what fun is having a good party dress when you don't even have enougn money to throw a party after buying the dress? Have a lovely day, dear!

Elizabeth Marie said...

Ohhhh I am loyal to Yumi on this one!! Such a big fan. But you found a great alternative, of course!!!

bryna said...

love the ruffles.

Tasha said...

great deal!

And those coffee pictures in the previous post look amazing!!

wonderfelle said...

i bought the yumi kim dress b/c it was on sale and i loved the color! i wear dresses like this pretty much year round so it's worth the investment for me!

Emily said...

I love this dress - I'm a bargain hunter..so you know what I would go with :)

btw..I got the book, thank you so much!

Faux Naif said...

aww, thanks for your sweet comment! i've always loved your blog, but i've been too shy to comment, heh. hope you're well!

xoxo said...

Pretty chic dresses, but its too cold where I am right now for me to consider anything that is not a Parka.

Mara said...

such pretty dresses! They make me want to be strolling around in a beach town :)

Nubiasnonsense said...

Hello missy how are you?

Hope all is well. I really like the dress. OO my I would love to get my hands on a red one =)

diamondsinchampagne said...

Gorgeous dress, it looks like it will be very flattering and perfect for cocktail hour!

Bonnibella said...

The red dress is killer. Killer enough to rival Athen as Helen to wage the trojan war.

Sammy said...

I'm grabbing any dress or shirt that has the ruffles and layers. they are gorgeous and add something to an otherwise plain dress. Love 'em! xx

Victoria-H said...

Aww Thank you soo much !! :)

Nina said...

I love goddess inspired dresses ... they make me feel so feminine!

Sandy said...

Hey Erika,
Just wanted to let you know I've left you an award on my "I've been awarded #1" post.
Have a great week!

bananas. said...

i absolutley adore yumi kim but the prices are so redonkulous! that ny & co is almost identical. great job with your tightwad tuesday...as always :)

ellie said...

looks like a great find. really sweet.

MissNeira said...

I love the ruffles!!

WendyB said...

But why would you only wear it a handful of times? And does that matter? I guess I wear things two handfuls of times if I keep them for 10 years as I often do. I think that's pretty great to have something special for that long!

Cafe Pasadena said...

Well, CF, I have to agree with your viewpoints in this posting.

However, the blue dress, at least from the foto, looks awkward on her. Looks simply like it's a covering. This is one case where I believe she wood look better off with it off.

michelle_ said...

i totally dig these ruffled front dresses :D

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michelle_ said...

i totally dig these ruffled front dresses :D

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dancinginchiffon said...

love the ruffle details!

CC said...

LOVE tiered dresses! Great steal. ;)
Xx

B a la Moda said...

I want to feel like a Greek Goddess!! Love the Athenea dress. Hopefully I will find something similar around here.


xoxo
B* a la Moda

Etrapar said...

I think every woman is feminine in her own style and a dress just complets her ^.^
kisses

Libby said...

Does it come in white is my only question? I can just imagine the possibilities.....
XOXOX
Libby
http://fashionconfectionairy.weebly.com

as told by kiki said...

arrrgghh...absolute gorgeousness!! that's one hot dress dear! :) x

CMA said...

LOVE the dress
fun, kicky shape for spring
beautiful
thanks for sharing as always
and thanks for your lovely comments, i appreciate it

-cma
COSMICaroline.blogspot.com

Treacle said...

Oooh...I would never have considered these dresses, but after looking at them, they're party perfect! The red is my favorite.

wulanasihsetyarini said...

I think ruffled in breast area is not suit me :(
coz my top side is bigger than down side... :(

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AudreyAllure said...

beautiful dresses, i really like it in the red :)

Inspiration in Italy said...

Hello Darling,

I love your description of the Greek gods and my how much knowledge you have my dear! A great dress can DEF produce some jaw-dropping goddess power... :) This dress is beautiful and I think the cheaper one is just as stunning!

xoxo
Rachel

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Love Yumi Kim and love the price friendly alternative.

Elizabeth said...

Oh but the blue is so nice :)

Hanako66 said...

great alternative!

FashionJazz said...

I luv the dresses,luved ur post and I luv ur blog! xx

Jessica said...

This dress is beautiful and it'd be incredibly versatile - heels for evening and a pair of sandals for lazy spring and summer days. But even for a dress I'd wear regularly, I'd rather not pay nearly $200. Love the alternative! Just wish the cheaper one also came in that gorgeous blue.

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