3.23.2010

Tightwad Tuesday: Herve Leger Josephine One-Shoulder Foil Dress for Less

Kitty cats what is it that they say regarding the painless removal of band-aids – one should rip it off quickly, as opposed to slowly tearing it away from the skin, correct? If only removing thoughts of the bandage dress from one’s mind was as simple a task. But alas, so is not the case; and for good reason!

Darlings, the bandage dress is not something that should easily slip from one’s thoughts, as it is a style that every girl should have hanging in her closet, regardless of how often it is deemed appropriate to be trotted out to tantalize the senses of random passersby as you wow the world with your wardrobe during a daring girls’ night out or enchanting excursion complete with cute boy, a dozen red roses, and a candlelit dinner for two. Throw in a shimmering metallic hue, and there’s no question that you’re on the road to refined elegance in the fabulous frock department – case in point, Herve Leger’s Josephine One-Shoulder Foil Dress.

Try as you might, my loves, I truly cannot imagine unearthing a design which embodies the same sort of bliss proffered by the majestic Josephine, as she goes where no bodycon beauty has ever gone before.

Josephine does not feel relegated to sticking to just one seductive characteristic; quite the opposite in fact. Instead, she is constructed with thoughts of making the wearer feel as beautiful as she looks by not only hugging each and every curve to create a slinky silhouette; but by fulfilling the ultimate in come-hither techniques by allowing one’s shoulder to play peek-a-boo via the coquettish, toga-inspired aesthetic – a trait which ensures that you look like the glittering goddess we all know you to be. If only Josephine’s price tag were a little less influenced by the goddesses of yesteryear.

At $1,690.00 – now on sale for $844.99 – it is quite unlikely that we will have the chance to call Josephine our new BFF; nevertheless, we still have the chance to make her sleek style our own courtesy of the Metallic One-Shoulder Banded Dress from Express.

Only $79.50, Express’ elegant Metallic One-Shoulder Banded Dress is every bit as stunning as its high-end counterpart; with the added bonus of being priced just right for the beautiful bargain hunter!

Is today the day for you to please the big spender within; or will you play it cool and be thrifty?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Saks Fifth Avenue and Express for the pictures.


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Melanie's Randomness said...

Cool & thrifty! I love these Tuesday posts!! I'm trying to save money to move out of my parents house so if I can look great for less, well sign me up!! =)

Inspiration in Italy said...

Oooo this dress is so elegant and beautiful! The cheaper dress is just as stunning, so I would go for the bargain! This would be the perfect dress for a romantic night out, or just for cocktails!

Love this post, great find!!! :)
xx
Rachel

factsss said...

wow stunning outfit
this dress looks great

coolboy said...

hi dear this is very nice outfit coolest post


thanks for beautiful comment erika
enjoy

Scientific Housewife said...

I've seen the bandage dresses at Express and really want to get one. They are so affordable!

Maddy said...

They're both practically identical! But with a $79.50 price tag, you can't go wrong with the Express pick! I cannot wait to pull off a bandage dress! I think they're uber sexy!

Leah said...

The bandage dress from Express is definitely a great buy, not only does it look similar to the first dress but it is a lot cheaper. I can already buy me a bag with the price of the Josephine dress. hahaha!

Have a great day Erika! xoxo

J. said...

Express, here I come! I usually only head there for basic pieces, so this is a nice surprise.

That being said, after the loss of Mr. McQueen, I've been thinking about buying a piece of his just because he was absolutely genius and inspirational and it would be a piece of fashion history...what's your take on this?

Leia said...

Gorgeous dress!

COCAMIA said...

The greatest dress ever to show off every curve of a woman's body!

R. said...

Oh wow, that Express dress is divine and definitely closer to my price range. Your writing style is so impeccable and such a delight to read, so thanks for that! xo

Sara Lynn said...

oh shiny! lol I really love these dresses but I will have to lean with express. I know I typically lean towards the cheaper ones but they look so similiar that I can't say no to express. ~sara

daisychain said...

Great post! I so wish I suited this style dress.

SR@MyStyle said...

Hi there-thats a stunning dress my dear, really lovely!

Francy said...

Oh my god, these dresses are stunning! You always find the best things. I need a nude dress for this summer.

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Josie said...

What a fabulous find! Love, love, love this dress, but I know the color would wash me out.
xxoo Josie
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Miss Caitlin S. said...

I love how you write ( as always). I really love nude dresses so this is super cute but you're right, I would sooner die than purchase a dress for $850 dollars "on sale". Great find here Erika- they look almost completely the same to me.

Savvy Gal said...

I love the style and the color.

SabinePsynopsis said...

I've got to admit a Hervé Leger bandage dress was always a dream of mine (still is); but your cheaper version is a very attractive alternative. Golden gorgeousness!

SabinePsynopsis said...

I've got to admit a Hervé Leger bandage dress was always a dream of mine (still is); but your cheaper version is a very attractive alternative. Golden gorgeousness!

Savvy Gal said...

I love the color the the style. : )

nookie said...

omg,they are identical:)
thrifty of course...I'm so broke right now due to some shipping&custmos taxes:((:((

Tasha said...

I actually like the cheaper one better!

Terence Sambo said...

omg, they r totally d same thing, maybe except for fabrication...anyway ur not gonna wear it more than 5 times :o]

bananas. said...

You know what i look forward to most on tuesdays and thursdays...these posts. You're so good! And that dress is lovely!!

ellie said...

So exciting that you could find it at that low of a price.

Right..some girls have all the luck!

Joanne said...

I like the metallic look to the Express style, which gives the color some pop over the more subtle first style above. I'd choose Express!

Diane said...

i'll go for the express version!

Tights Lover said...

Love these dresses. Both are gorgeous! I think I might actually like the metallic look of the Express version a bit better, too.

Lemondrop Marie said...

Both are gorgeous, but the Josephine's sleeve is the more classic piece. Love it.
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Midtown Girl said...

OMG - this is such a great find Erika!! I love this color for Spring too ;-)

Elle said...

I love, love love the Herve Leger dress and Express option is such a steal... unfortunately it looked horribly on me :( There is just something about Herve Leger bandage dresses - i swear they make you look/feel skinnier than any other bandage material i've tried! But ohhh what a price...

Ms. Wife of the Year said...

Wow. Thanks for the tip. They look almost identical...

Jenn said...

I cannot believe how identical both look. An the express one is much cheaper! I love the express one more though! Love the post

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

The Express version rocks! The only thing is I would feel the need to wear shapewear with it (supposedly the original bandage dress sucks in everything right?)

Melmo said...

these dresses are gorgeous. i even prefer the express one.

S.Elisabeth said...

OOh perfect find! Definitely save when the save looks as lovely as this!

FASHION SNAG said...

I will take the Express one. Herve Leger dresses squash everything. xo

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Hope said...

I Love these posts! I kind of like the express version better, is that bad? LOL, but they are both gorgeous!

Charlie ♥ said...

find it hard to wear gold, doesnt look good on me at all, but cute dress!




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Jen said...

Oh, Erika! How could you make us choose between the utterly beautiful but hideously expensive Herve and this delightful copy? My heart says Herve but my purse says Express! :) x

Sherin said...

Such beautiful dresses. I can imagine a bandage dress to be a great and versatile investment. But it is so expensive. I willl definitely be a tightwad this week!

Clare said...

Girlfriend I am obsessed with Herve, but unfortunately he is way out of my budget. I love that there is a cheaper version. I am totally going to be a tightwad this Tuesday!

AH said...

i'd go thrifty for this one.. but my how i want a herve leger dress in my wardrobe!!

Dancing Branflake said...

Thrifty! I could never do a one shoulder though- even though I am developing Michelle Obama arms haha. But I love the bracelet the second model is wearing.

Alicia said...

omg i would LOVE to own that herve leger dress!!!

Emily said...

that dress is a beauty!
I'd obviously take the express version ;)

OceanDreams said...

Gorgeous dress and I always like the thrifty alternatives, Express is amazing!

Susu Paris Chic said...

This dress is a pure piece of magical, scintillating gold. I would love to slip it on.

I see that we have similar passions, wondrous big city life and glam gear frocks.

Thanks a bunch for your comment!

Mara said...

I was just thinking this weekend how I would love to own a Herve Leger dress so this post makes me extremely happy. although I'm not sure if I'm tan enough to wear gold yet :)

The Blonde Duck said...

Express baby!

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Fashion Court said...

you have SUCH a skill for finding the most amazing lookalikes! i love the express one!

Chandra Hall said...

nice dress style. I'd love it in a bright funky color with some dainty lil' heels. the fit looks v. flattering too :)

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Julia said...

What a stunning dress, if only had an occasion to wear it! Really great find for tightwad tuesday as they look nearly identical.

xoxo
FashionEye

City Girl Chicago said...

Fabulous! But how on earth do you find all these fabulous high-market / affordable-market matches?!

xox *cara*

sharonlei said...

I love bandage dresses... and I have yet to find one to fit my curvy shape. :)

xx Love & Aloha

Taj Acosta said...

Pretty!

Maggi said...

That is a beautiful dress and a great deal!

K said...

Wow, I have to say I like Express's better. The fitted bottom is just a bit sexier.

That Chelsea Girl™ said...

Love, love, love Express! Both dresses look wonderful, but goodness, the Express dress is just so budget-perfect! Take care lady, and I added some SXSW stuff as well :)

MizzJ said...

Love these posts of yours lady! These two options look so similar that it makes it easy to decide which one to go with - thrifty! My only warning would be with the colour and to make sure it doesn't match too too close to your skin otherwise that just looks odd :p

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Nikolett said...

Honestly, the Express dress caught my eye 100% more ... either because the image is better or because I like the fitted bottom of the dress more. Such a stunning find, you awesome fashionista :D

beckyxoxo said...

Oh my , if I have to choose , I'd definitely choose the Express one ! It looks just the same , but the price is so much different ! What a nice post , Erika ! Love love this :D Have a nice day for you ! xoxox

FASHIONconfectionairy said...

I'll go thrifty due to the fact that this dress would make limited appearances, limited but fabulous.
XOXOX
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FASHIONconfectionairy said...

I'll go thrifty due to the fact that this dress would make limited appearances, limited but fabulous.
XOXOX
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B a la Moda said...

Aren´t they the same? WOW! I like the idea of bandage dresses. They are really beautiful.

xoxo
B* a la Moda

Andie said...

ofcourse ill be thrifty! THEY LOOK ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME!! i mean you can tell the differences when the pictures are side by side, but at first glance, i seriously thought they were the same dresses!! so im definitely going with express

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The Owl's Closet said...

love herve leger! wow, that's quite the steal from express!! such a lovely dress! thx for sharing!

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Death Wears Diamond Jewellery said...

i love this section, even though i cant get any of the labels here.

this one is an awesome comparison! hot damnnnn

Anna Jane said...

Fabulous find!
The only thing that concerns me is that the panels, or bandage stripes, are considerably larger on the cheaper version and from previous experience this has often resulted in a failure to conceal "the bloat"! Still, at that price the dress is a definite steal, at least there would still be money left over for some magic knickers!

- Anna Jane xxx
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pixelhazard said...

I just love realisng i can suddenly afford something :)

Rachel said...

These dresses look so similar! And they're both gorgeous! I'll definitely be thrifty and take the version from Express. :) Plus, I like that the Express one seems to be shorter.

Tamanna A. Shaikh said...

Love the metallic Toga style more!

All Women Stalker said...

That is a nifty replica! Definitely go thrifty.

Andhari said...

Wow, that's an awesome replica of Herve Leger. :D Gotta love bandage dresses, I usually buy mine from Bebe :p

Style, via TIa said...

Oh my I really can not believe how much these two dresses look alike. I pretty much always roll with the tightwad choice but in this case I am soooo rolling with the tightwad choice. Good find!!

Herve Leger dress replica said...

This dress is a real beauty, anyone on wearing this will look hot . Golden color seems suitable on that lady. Such dresses really adds beauty to womens life.

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The Rank Herve Leger Dress fashion shows are often populated with celebrities and famous actresses dressed in Herve Leger bandage dresses.Famous fans, Lindsay Lohan, Rihanna and Kate Bosworth.

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