2.11.2010

Thrifty Thursday: Alexander Wang Slinky Wrap Skirt for Less

Darlings, as bizarre as it may sound to some, when it comes to life it seems that everything trimmed with wrapping is better. Wrapping harbors the ability to conceal wonderment. It keeps you guessing about the surprise hiding out within the confines of that petite box lurking upon the varnished surface of your boyfriend’s desk; makes your eyes dance with curiosity at what mesmerizing marvel could be ensconced underneath the large, overturned box inside your parents’ garage; and creates intrigue regarding the pile of bow-adorned bins tucked away between dirty laundry and weighty outerwear in the hall closet. Therefore it should come as no surprise that, in the world of fashion, wrapping retains the ability to take your wardrobe to new heights; hence the reason Alexander Wang’s Slinky Wrap Skirt is my current obsession du jour.

Like the wrap dresses perfected in the seventies by Diane von Furstenberg; the Slinky Wrap Skirt steals a slice of historical style sublimity yet modifies it in a way which makes the look more casual yet every bit as elegant as its predecessor. Similar to the tulip skirt in terms of aesthetic, the Slinky Wrap Skirt is constructed out of jersey and manages to look quite a bit like a slightly slouchy pencil skirt from the back; yet when glimpsed upon from the front there is no question that it is just as seductive as its title would have you believe.

Knife pleats and wrap detailing create a sinewy construction which effortlessly take center stage when styled with anything, be it a cream-colored button-down garnished in lace or a sequin-embellished tank allowing a scintillating sparkle to emanate from your form. All this aside, however, the true crème de la crème of the Slinky Wrap Skirt is the obvious fact that, like the mini, maxi, and A-line, it is a barebones necessity for your closet; a basic which runs the gamut of creating a stir everywhere from the boardroom to the boardwalk.

‘Tis a shame that, amidst all this fashion-forward fabulousness, the $395.00 price tag prohibits my inner seductress from indulging in such sauciness. Luckily, LA Made’s Anuk Drape Skirt is there to save the day!

While slightly shorter than its Wang counterpart, at $70.00 apiece, Anuk gives one the chance to embrace their slinky side, and even allows the opportunity to pick it up in two other dazzling shades – night and smoke.

Will Alexander Wang tempt you into being a big spender, or will LA Made inspire you to save?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Shopbop and Revolve Clothing for the pictures.


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65 comments

GraceFace said...

ooh, I'm liking the wrap skirt idea!

Style (R)evolution said...

Hmmmm I may be swayed towards Wang....

Jacqueline said...

Big spender. I am a Wang-aholic.

Congrats on your feature Erika! I love you and your blog. xo

www.FashionSnag.com

bananas. said...

Did you hear? Alexander mcqueen killed himself! Sorry...hate to be a downer but i'm still in shock. His work was my favorite, just look at that skirt. Its just so sad :(

sootjeelina said...

I love wrapped skirts, too bad I don't own one myself :(
but I think that if I'm going to buy one (wich I will) I'll choose the budget-skirt because when it doesn't look nice I spended $395.00 on a skirt that doesn't look good on me, but I both like them :D

xoxo Sootjeelina

kpeach said...

I've been eyeing that skirt for months and hoping it makes the sample sale xo

Diane said...

i have to admit...i'm loving the Alexander Wang version more. the draping is so beautiful.

joei said...

oh this is cute!!!

joei
http://i.am/joei

S.Elisabeth said...

ooh I quite like the LA Made on better!!

janettaylor said...

I want so bad!

Little Miss Southern said...

Thats adorable!! But.. I think my treetrunk legs would fall out!
xo

Leah said...

I think the length of the second one will just be perfect for me... I'm not that tall so it'll fall just like the Wang's version. So I will definitely choose the second skirt. xoxo

Lottie said...

loving both!

Couture Carrie said...

Exquisite find, darling!
I am psyched to save!

xoxox,
CC

Jen said...

oooh another fabulous and cheap alternative to a designer piece! i love this design so much. oh alexander wang, you're amazing. :)

Sara Lynn said...

wow that skirt rocks! I really want it for this weekend now! lol

naveen said...

wow it looks so beautiful great

B a la Moda said...

Oh, in this case I like the Alexander Wang better! I can feel the difference. But still I have no enough money! ;)

xoxo
B* a la Moda

English Rose ♥ said...

I love the idea of a wrap skirt - congrats on your feature (below)

Merci beaucoup for your wonderful comment on my blog darling, I’m so glad you enjoyed reading it half as much as I did writing it and I absolutely loved hearing your opinion. Its comments from lovelies like yourself that make blogging worthwhile =]

I love the new background - wow a book! How exciting - I want a signed copy! What's it about?

Stay safe and chic ma chérie,
English Rose x
http://iamanenglishrose.blogspot.com

Danielle Barbe said...

love it! looks great with the cage shoes. i always appreciate a thriftier version of my favorites.

http://www.daniellebarbe.blogspot.com

Jen said...

Whenever you do a Thifty post with an Alexander Wang option I always choose it! I just love, love, love his clothing - so beautifully made. I'm blowing the big bucks on this one!

nookie said...

I like them both,but both are expensive for me:)

Alicia said...

oh I love the Alexander wrap skirt! :)

Terence Sambo said...

i live for drape skirtssss, there was one in MAKI-OH collection that was presented recently in lagos

Emily said...

I'll have to go with the $70 find on this one! the skirt is absolutely lovely :)

Mimi said...

You changed your background! Awesome, I love it! I love the skirts also. The draping is gorgeous!!

Pop Champagne said...

I don't own a drape skirt yet, but I would like one, that seems to be the upcoming fashion wear for the summer!

And yeah I'll be raiding through the chocolate isle on the 15th, hehe, have a great valentines day weekend!

wonderfelle said...

NEED the thrift version ASAP! and i love your new background! its like a perfect polka dotted present :) xo

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

i'm certainly enticed! i wonder if it is a bit too peek-a-boo in the front?? all the more reason to wear cute panties!
xoxo alison

J. said...

I do need this in my closet! But I may have to go with the $70 version as well...It's reasonably well done.

Lily Johnson said...

Oooh I like! Would look so good on me.

Viva La Fashion said...

so cute. :)

City Girl Chicago said...

gorgeous balance of classic and sexy ~ xox ~

All Women Stalker said...

I can sew this! Haha
Thanks for the inspiration, love :D

roxanne said...

lovely finds, the both of them!

Zanah said...

These skirts reminds me of harem pants :) Mon Mode Blog

sb said...

that alex wang skirt is really marvelous, isn't it?

i just read your profile description and felt like i found a blog kindred spirit. our mutual adoration for music, writing, cafes, fashion and everything in between makes me happy.
i look forward to more wonderful posts :)

cheers,
sylvie of silver lining

Cindy Whitehead said...

either way its a great look!

Clare said...

Oh my word! I need this skirt! They are both fantastic! But, of course, I will pick the save :) :)

Congrats on your feature! You deserve this :)

ANN said...

I love that skirt, and the shoes in the first picture aren't bad either haha

Sarah @ Pandora's Box said...

You know, I'm actually digging the budget version more than the expensive one. Also, I get this sort of exotic Egyptian vibe from it, love it!

Nikolett said...

Both of them are great ... I just don't know if I could pull it off, I have no clue what I'd pair it with haha. Either way, amazing finds :)

Meg said...

Those are a super close match. Both are great and would look really nice.

Closet Full of Nothing said...

Love both of them!!

xoxo,

Coco


http://closetfullofnothing.blogspot.com/

Nina said...

Need that skirt!

Lorena @ the Velvet Report said...

I looove this skirt!...Saw you're feature on IFB, good for you!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Lady, your Alexander Wang picks are awesome!

I love the Anuk alternative - I'm definitely putting it on my shopping list!

Midtown Girl said...

Love the Anuk option - you are a genius frugalista!!

AND - sooo happy you are able to get back on MG, darling - it's been too long since I've seen you!!

Heart you tons, Erika ;-)

XOXO

Schnappy said...

Very beautiful! Skirt is yours?

miriam said...

oh my, more Wang. love that skirt. need that skirt!

The Blonde Duck said...

It would look amazing on my little sister! She could pull it off!

Samantha said...

Haha, you totally made my day with this post. I was *just* discussing to my friend how I LOVE Alexander Wang's latest look, and how I want to marry him. If only he weren't gay.

Something about his approach to design is what I really like. If only I could own his entire collection!!! (So for the first time, I say I'd rather own the original than the cheaper counter-part)

alwayslistentoyourart said...

Love that skirt! and the Anuk alternative...
great post!!!!!
xoxo
B&C

alwayslistentoyourart said...

Love that skirt! and the Anuk alternative...
great post!!!!!
xoxo
B&C

Joanne Faith said...

I love this skirt, the Alexander Wang one looks so much more appealing...which sounds funny to say because they do look quite alike!

http://www.joannefaith.com

Audrey Allure said...

ooo i love the wrap skirt; both of the skirts look good :)

FashionJazz said...

Luv them both! Hope u have a good wknd! xx

Alice said...

I could never get enough of basic black skirts! $395 seems a bit excessive for a skirt, even if it is Wang one but I could part with $70 if the fit is perfect. It is a classic after all!

I like your write up Erica, or shall I say wrap up?

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MissNeira said...

I always wanted a skirt like this! I wonder if its flattering

Maddy said...

Lovethis look on someone else, but this looks like a no-no for my pear shaped body.

daisychain said...

yet another fab frugal find darling, you are the best.

Rachel said...

I'm loving both of these skirts! They actually look quite flattering. As far as which skirt I will pick... I'll choose to save today and go with the LA Made option! :)

Ela said...

Love, love, love that skirt. It's gorgeous!
It's very similar to the purple suede one I plan on wearing this weekend :)
Happy weekend, hon!

Kero said...

I bought a silver tulip/wrap skirt at Topshop last year and it remains my all time favorite. i really recommend it for ladies who have small hips (yet gorgeous gams) as they make you look curvaceous.

my husband too likes the fact that i first wore it on his birthday and that the inner thighs play peek-a-boo =)

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