2.02.2010

Tightwad Tuesday: Alexander Wang Silk Tank for a Steal

Dolls as a child brought up during the nineties, I am quite well-versed in the world of Tetris. Much of my formative years were spent pounding away at the petite purple, gray, and black keyboard of my bulky, oversized, and downright unattractive original GameBoy system. As such, despite the fact that countless years have passed since I last indulged in the guilty pleasure known only as gaming, I have never been able to shake the vision of the tiny colorful block pieces falling gracefully into place upon the pitch black screen. Perhaps this is why I have fallen completely head over heels for the Alexander Wang Silk Tank.

There is something quite elegant about racerback tanks which float over your form as opposed to encasing one in folds of constricting material which make you look and feel like a stuffed sausage; an ethereal quality to their design that takes on the role of sassy sophisticate when styled alongside ebony cigarette pants and sky-high stilettos, or a teeny tiny pair of faux leather shorts coupled with suede over the knee boots.

While intended to be adorned with a glimmering gold design reminiscent of roughhewn yet sublime savory studs, I cannot help but feel that the brilliant Alexander Wang’s Silk Tank is more of a subtle salutation to the gaming world, highlighting the fact that gamers need not adhere to geeky forms of dress when armed with a controller. Quite the contrary, in fact, they can be downright glamorous!

But alas; the Silk Tank is not destined to be a part of my world, for I am neither gamer nor heiress, and at $265.00 apiece, one would most definitely have to be the latter to claim this charming top as her very own. Regardless, you know me quite well darlings; I am not a quitter. I shall forage on in the world of fashion without Alexander’s ambrosial bit by my side; but I will most certainly not be alone. I shall be accompanied by Forever 21’s Bejeweled Woven Tunic.

Though lacking the sinewy silk texture; for a mere $22.80, the Bejeweled Woven Tunic is a tantalizing way to add a splash of Wang wonderment to your wardrobe, at a price that won’t wig out your struggling bank account!

Tell me, lovelies...is it your day to be a big spender and spring for Silk, or are you determined to be thrifty and go for Woven?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Nordstrom and Forever 21 for the pictures.


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77 comments

Diane said...

oh how i love tetris :)
i'd definitely go with the Alexander Wang Silk Tank

Jacqueline said...

I have to go for the silky fabric, but wait for a sale =) I spent many years playing videogames also and Tetris was one of my favs on Gameboy and Nintendo. I hope you liked Super Mario Kart as well Erika =) I would love to race you, but I get Koopa Troopa! xoxo

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J. said...

Forever 21 it is!

Really love your blog!

Style (R)evolution said...

LOVE IT!!

Sabine said...

Alexander Wang is so young, I guess I grew up in the noughties... But you found a great alternative, Erika, and this time I would certainly be thrifty!

Leah said...

The F21 version looks exactly the same except for the fabric... it's my choice. You know I don't splurge in clothes... bags maybe yes. xoxo

ClassAct said...

You blog is so lovely. I came across you over the summer but stopped blogging for a few months to settle into college! You've inspired me to start again!

Tasha said...

I grew up playing Tetris too! With only having brothers I grew up playing a decent amount of video games but Tetris was my favorite one! I could play it for hours! lol

I also remember how fun Donkey Kong and super mario were, but those were for super Nintendo, and I am such a dork! lol

Love the tops though!

COCAMIA said...

I would love to go silk but woven may be what i can afford at the moment.

elledee said...

love this post!

Princess Liberty said...

I love this top ! If i coulds buy it, I would wear it with a leather jacket

Joanne said...

I actually prefer the cut of Forever 21's better, so I'll cast my vote there!

Sarah @ Pandora's Box said...

Girl, you're so good at find these super close knock-offs! Love it.

Couture Carrie said...

The resemblance is shocking! Great find, darling!

xoxox,
CC

KIRAFASHION said...

I do love the prints, love studs so much!!

sara said...

i vote thrifty!

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Tamanna A. Shaikh said...

I'm so for tanks this time around especially! And loose flowing ones , teamed up and down with tight hot coats/jackets and leggings/jeans and accessories! Love the Vera Wang one but you got pretty close! :)

Lovely blog! xo

Valentine Devlieghere said...

You have a great blog!
Best of luck! ;)

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x Valentine

Sherin said...

I loved Tetris as a kid so much. The Alexander Wang top is divine. Its so gorgeous, but I'm going to be a tightwad this week and opt fot the forever 21 version!

Jen said...

I spent endless, endless hours on Tetris. SO addictive! Just thinking about that music makes me want to organise my furniture so each piece fits neatly inside the other! :)

I actually much prefer the Forever 21 tank. So pretty!

Maddy said...

I had to chuckle with glee at the mention of Tetris! How I loved that game back in the day :o) My vote goes to the silk print top!

Lady said...

Thanks for the luck!! I feel like the times you have commented, you have related a lot to what I have written, we're probably the same person lol. Its very interesting how you can relate a video game to that top. Some of the boxes even make the shapes of those blocks from the game haha

LENORENEVERMORE said...

My, they do look very similar!
Tetris game music is in my head now
;)

Bonnibella said...

I love how you found the correlation between the Wang top and tetris, I'm feeling a little nostalgic. I would go for the Forever 21 tank because sometimes, attitude and confidence makes a piece.

bananas. said...

That is a straight twin of the a. wang top. it's identical! Why even bother with the expensive stuff, right?

Clare said...

Woah these are literally like the exact same top! How do find this stuff?? You are so amazing!

janettaylor said...

I agree with Lenore. Those look so very similar. U have a good eyes, Erika!

:-)

Leia said...

You really do have an eye for spotting a couture-inspired bargain!

Jennifer Fabulous said...

This is actually really cute!! I love the cheaper version too. Yay! Siiigh I wish I had money to hit up F21!! :P

City Girl Chicago said...

love this look!

Emily said...

I'm with the F21 buy :)

And I love tetris! so addicting.

Margaux. said...

very nice alternative!

Fashion Court said...

that is seriously a KILLER find! i neeeed it! haha ;P

Cindy Whitehead said...

interesting print!

Melissa Blake said...

Oh how pretty! The pattern sort of reminds me of Tetris...one of my favorite games!!

The Blonde Duck said...

It's so cold here I can't even think about a tank top!

AVY said...

I can't get over that name, Alexander Wang...

XOXO AnnNicole said...

I do love Tetris as we all do! And even though the F21 top may not have the same one of a kind texture, they did a pretty amazing job of creating a similar shirt for a way cheaper price! Your blog is inspiring as always :)

XOXO, Nicole

Elizabeth Marie said...

You find the best stuff at f21. I get so freaked out in there sometimes...have you heard of the new one in Cerritos?! I keep hearing it's AMAZING and scary haha!

Meg said...

I love tetris. I definately go with the Wang, I like the print a lot more.

xo, Alexi said...

i loved carrie's outfit too, and i was actually surprised because i didn't expect a big fashion statement from her for some reason. haha, i can't help but think about tetris every time i look at that tunic now.
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sexylegsandbody said...

Hi Erika, very interesting, the top pattern and Tetris... but you are so right, and a great post. Those tops are really stunning.

Thanks for your kind words on my last post, you made my day...! Speaking of which, you certainly have a very special way with words, and I hope you consider becoming an author of fashion columns or maybe even your own novel... you have the talent.

Have a lovely fashionable day!
Colin.

Jessica said...

teehee ... before I even read your post, my first thought was "Heeeey... that looks like a Tetris screen!" Haha.

Le Sigh of a Fashionista said...

I love both, but Heidi from The Hills wore the Wang!

Lily Johnson said...

I love silk but hey,the Bejeweled woven tunic looks beautiful.

la petite fashionista said...

oh how i love the 90s! i like the faux studs on the forever 21 tunic!

K said...

lol I never played Tetris. Maybe my childhood was incomplete?

joei said...

hi there!

thanks for visiting my page. added a link to your blog so i can visit you more often, too :)

btw, the alexander wang silk tank looks lovely :)

joei

Kristin said...

The dude and silk do not mix. Ah ha ha

wonderfelle said...

F21 for me this time... maybe if it were a dress i'd splurge, but i wear casual separates so rarely its hard to justify a splurge!

E said...

Score! totally want this!

That Chelsea Girl™ said...

Both look great, but silk is so nice! Hope you are having a wonderful day, dear.

Iva said...

Erika!! OMG!! IDENTICAL!!! seriously. wow.

her waise choice said...

Hi there,

Thank you so much for your sweet comment! Your writing style is very impressive :)

Jen

Midtown Girl said...

Silk is soooo luscious against the skin...so I vote for LUSH!!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

I heart racerbacks too!!!! I love the design on this one but would prefer a different color... Hmmm.

easter revision courses said...

The top is stunning, I like the texture if the silk fabrics.

Web Designing said...

This is stunning shirt, it looks fabulous.

Haute World said...

A great alternative to the A. Wang tank top! And as much as I love silk, the woven material may actually be more practical, considering you can't wash designer silk (not even hand wash or dryclean).

Oh, and I used to be so addicted to Tetris ;-)

gleenn said...

oh, how i love the top. I sure I won't be ab;e to resist bringing this home :)

Inspiration in Italy said...

The bargain for sure!!! :) It looks like an elegant and still comfortable beautiful tank.

By the way, thank you so much for your recent comment, it means a lot to me! :)

xoxo
Rachel

CC said...

Tatris, FTW! ;)
Alex Wang's collections are so always so painfully fabulous. And while a $250 tank is a tad above my budget, I'd love to get a similar pair. Thrifty, all the way! =)
Xx

Marta Represa said...

Both are actually really cool... But I think Wang's silk is so much more chic. It really makes a difference.
xx

Hannah @ LONDON--ROSE ♥ said...

Oh I ADORE this! As much as I love the silk, it's wayyy out of my prie range, so would have to settle for the woven copy

♥ Hannah

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xx

yiqin; said...

I'd love to own anything from A Wang!! :D

goodwillgirl said...

I choose Forever 21. Simply because I like it better. And it seems more feminine to me. But I'm thrifty through and through anyways. ha

annoiii said...

I say go for the Alexander Wang piece because it's silk!

liz said...

I wish I could go back to the 90's..in that silk tank.

daisychain said...

oh man I used to be SUCH a tetris addict.

Nina said...

I neeeeed that tank!

kirstyb said...

that tank is so pretty x

Rachel said...

Oh how I remember the days of playing Tetris on that original GameBoy. Those things were massive compared to the new GameBoy systems. My how things have changed...

I actually love both of these tops. So how about I just take both? :)

Emily Anne said...

Looove Forever 21 and this tank! :)
Cute look.

Xoxo- Emily

Jaime said...

Such a cute top! I love it. Would pair with skinny jeans and thigh high boots for a night out.

All Women Stalker said...

Cheap one and alter it to have better shape? :)

Dina's Days said...

I would never think to buy that, but the more I look at it the more I like it!

Hanako66 said...

wow, the save version is a winner!

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