2.04.2010

Thrifty Thursday: Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Ruffle Front Strapless Silk Dress for Less

Let’s be honest dolls; ruffles are one of the most romantic yet playful embellishments one can find themselves styled in. They are a whimsical inclusion to any look that possess the ability to proffer sheer elegance in a manner that is ever so slightly flamboyant juxtaposed with complete unfussiness.

Truth be told, however, a light smattering of ruffles trimming one’s flirty frock or slouchy tee is not always enough. Sometimes you feel the desire to be resplendent in frothy layers of ruffles, ruffles, and more ruffles. Thus, when such a craving strikes, it is up to you to uncover fabulousness that caters to this precise pining – Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent’s Ruffle Front Strapless Silk Dress is it!

Forgoing the typical tiny ruffles so often seen upon flowy tanks and glittering gowns, the Ruffle Front Strapless Silk Dress casts all cares to the wind, embracing big, bold ornamentation in the form of luscious folds of fuchsia-hued silk layers that magically cascade down the front from the bust line to the hemline creating a coquettish splash of volume which only serves to make it more reminiscent of something worn by a princess in a fairytale. Yet even with such over the top decorations, the Ruffle Front Strapless Silk Dress manages to retain all semblance of classy sophistication given the fact that the back is as simple and subtle in its styling as the front is ostentatious and, to put it bluntly, in your face.

But I digress; darlings I suppose there’s no point in getting sentimental over such a sensational aesthetic. No matter how much I long to make the tantalizing Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent pretty my own, or the many stylish daydreams I find myself in the midst of – all of me, of course, encased in this saucy number – the $275.00 price tag stands in the way of me and sassy sublimity. Hence the reason why I have set my sights on Lulu*s’ Set the Mood Dress in Coral.

While constructed out of a polyester/rayon blend as opposed to silk, the sparkling jacquard paisley print, pockets flanking each side, and, the true piece de resistance, $33.00 valuation, make it an absolute cinch to be brilliant without going broke!

Which role are you playing today, darlings…the frugal femme fatale or the sassy spendthrift?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Piperlime and Lulu*s for the pictures.


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Dream Sequins said...

I wish I were more frugal! I mean I've been very good about curbing spending this year, but when I really fall in love or let's face it lust with an item, I MUST save and go for it! An occasional splurge is ok... And ruffles are wonderful. The more the merrier!

Diane said...

i really love them BOTH! i'll take one of each :)

Catie said...

While I adore the color and beautiful silk of the first dress, $275 is way out of my price range. Plus I'd probably be too afraid I'd ruin it to actually wear it out to places. But I also really like the Lulu's dress. It's very cute. I'd love to wear it in the spring when it's finally warm again!

Scientific Housewife said...

That pink dress is gorgeous!

Fashion By He said...

that first dress is really sexy

-He approves

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

I adore ruffles! tough decision... but $33 is very inviting... xo

Jaime said...

Great find. Lulu's has it all! That coral color is gorgeous. I would like that with tanned skin please :)

Maddy said...

Loving the playful magenta color!

Lottie said...

i love them both!have to be sassy atm, the camera i got took up all my money! lifes tough :(

Leah said...

They are both so pretty. I love the pink and the coral. Now, I'm having a difficult time deciding which one I like best. xoxo

Dancing Branflake said...

I love ruffles but then I think... is this guy pretty or girl pretty? I know it shouldn't matter but sometimes my guy gets so confused by what I wear.

STYLEEZTA said...

I love Ruffles!! :) I think Arden B. has a cobalt gorgeous one.

http://www.ardenb.com/catalog/product.jsp?categoryId=136&subCategoryId=583&productId=30784

Jacqueline said...

I love ruffles, but they never look good on me. I like the color of the first dress more than the second. xo

www.FashionSnag.com

Sabine said...

Oh wow, I think I like the cheaper even better - perhaps it's the colour? Great finds, Erika!

The Blonde Duck said...

Pink!!!! PINK!!!!!!!!!!!

Adela said...

i love the pink dress!

http://pinkchampagnefashion.blogspot.com/

joei said...

i love the pink one! been fascinated with ruffles lately, too ;)

joei

betz said...

i love the the ruffles. the pink one is so pretty! but that $33 is sweet!

xx,
betz
http://herarmoire.blogspot.com

Andhari said...

I love ruffled dress. Always ever since I was 4 and started wearing dresses :D I'm glad they're still in.

B a la Moda said...

You always make me like more the cheapest version. Although I tend to always pick the expensive stuff in the stores.

xoxo
B* a la Moda

K said...

Ooh la la! Again, something that would still be preferable in pink, but I guess we don't always get our way.

WendyB said...

I'm playing the "looking terrible while hanging around the house" role today.

Jen said...

I must say, I'm the spendthrift today! I love the rich pink colour of the Twelfth Street dress. I can imagine it looking gorgeous for a night out with the girls!

MizzJ said...

The Silk and color of the first one is gorgeous, but you can't beat that price of the frugal one, especially when it looks so similar! I say go cheap this week ;)

Sherin said...

Such a gorgeous dress. I can imagine wearing it in the summer and looking amazing. I actually prefer the thrifty option. The colour is so beautiful and the price tag is much better.

Xisca said...

I love these 2 dresses! Love alive colours, they make me feel good :).
I follow u.
xxx

MrJeffery said...

i like these. you prob. would have to have the right skin tone with those colors.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

THat is soooo pretty. I wonder if it would add about 10 lbs to me though? If not- SOLD!!

Couture Carrie said...

Oooooh ~ love the coral! I'm thrilled with your thriftiness - fab find, E!

xoxox,
CC

J. said...

I forget how good Lulus is! A very good value!

Bonnibella said...

You are right, ruffles are whimsical, a little princess without the attitude. The $33 price for Lulu's dress is certainly unbeatable.

All Women Stalker said...

The material of the cheaper one looks a bit cheap, though. BUT this looks easy to make and I can sew my own Haha

Style (R)evolution said...

Love the pink!!!

Mara said...

ah I love ruffles! These dresses are beautiful (just what my wardrobe needs!) And as nice as NYC is I say let's stay in California where the weather is a bit nicer!

Jessica said...

Always the Frugal Femme Fatale, true style doesn't need a millionaire's bank account. True style can make any budget work.

On that note, Erika, I believe we are quite the same person in two different bodies. Your About Me, along with your posts, exactly sum up me in every shape and form, I always look forward to your fashionable prose! I believe I have found my Bloggin' Buddy Twin. haha!

Damsels said...

i am not big on rufffled dresses. they go in and out in my head .. i like em then hate them .. for these purposes i would go with the 33 dollar dress ONLY because it does actaully look prettier than the other .and i like the color

Iva said...

ohhhh I love them BOTH though ;)

Lady said...

As a child I hated ruffles because I thought they were too dressy and formal, but now I can't get enough haha. I added you to my blogroll, because you are definitely a blog worth visiting everyday

Fashion Court said...

LOVE lulu's and love your selection darling!

(ps: i have a lulu's code valid for a few more weeks to get 15% off!)

Zanah said...

I love these ruffle dresses and want one :) Mon Mode Blog

Lily Johnson said...

I really love ruffles and i adore the dresses. Both of them are just divine. But my pocket finds the second dress lovelier.
Nice post Erica.

dandelion daydream photography said...

I LOVE the color and ruffles on that second picture!

Katie said...

So girly and GORGEOUS x

Le Sigh of a Fashionista said...

I like the pink more than the coral, but the look is exactly the same. It's unbelievable.

Cindy Whitehead said...

I'm loving the colors - so pretty!

Emily said...

they are so similar! I'll take the cheaper version ;)

bananas. said...

i have a dress that looks like the first one, kinda...same color but it's a sleeveless not a strapless. i got it from lulu's :)

lulu's rocks.

Clare said...

OH I love how you find all these frugal pieces. I am gonna need you to be my personal shopper!!

Sara Lynn said...

ohh now I want one! lol those are so darling! They remind me of a while ruffled wedding dress that I saw once. Only bright! :)

Elizabeth Marie said...

Ruffles are so fun but not for meeee hahaha, ruffles + boobs=whoa.

Rooooooaaad trip!

michelle_ said...

how in the world are you able to brownse through these amazing bargains ??? you seem to be able to find sooo much bargain versions of those designer pieces ! sad that i dont have a credit card, so i cudnt buy these online :(

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

that fuchsia dress is EXACTLY the color i've been looking for...so glad i stopped by and saw this!!
xoxo alison

FashionJazz said...

These colours are stunning! I luv both!! Hope u have a good wknd! xx

naveen said...

good collections red is too good

Inspiration in Italy said...

Ruffles are SOOO pretty, you are right! The 1st dress seems to be for a dressy occasion whereas the 2nd dress seems like a fun and comfy beach dress. I think I see myself actually wearing the 2nd comfy beach dress more in the summer, and choosing a different style for a more dressy occasion. So the bargain wins for me!!! :)

Thank you so much for your kind words...you are always making me smile. :) Have a wonderful weekend, Love!!!! ♥
xoxoxox
Rachel

dasha said...

i love ruffles!

gleenn said...

wow! i'd love to get this pink dress girl. im sure they'd look great on me ;) happy weekend.

Alice said...

That is a great post on ruffles! But I think I will keep my ruffles and frills on the level of detailing, I am such a bore!

Rachel said...

Oh now how can I resist a ruffle like that?! Both dresses looks quite nice, but I think I'm going to go with the Cynthia Vincent dress. I just love the color of it!

Nicole Marie said...

obviously love anything with ruffles!

Fashionography. said...

I love the ruffles!

Marz said...

Very true; sometimes you just need ruffles upon ruffles! This dress is so cute and flirty, I want it for valentines day!
-Marz

The Owl's Closet said...

wow they look almost identical! such a beautiful dress, too:) i'm definitely playing the frugal femme fatale;) thanks for sharing!

TheOwlsCloset.blogspot.com

Jessica said...

Nice find! The second one is so budget-friendly that it's hard to resist!

Catie said...

If it changes your mind... Piperlime is selling the dress on sale for $189.99!

http://piperlime.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=51827&vid=1&pid=746769&scid=746769002

caffeinerd said...

Ooh would love that coral dress! Beautiful.

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