3.02.2010

Tightwad Tuesday: Pleasure Doing Business 5 Band Stripe Skirt for a Steal

There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it dolls, a bandage skirt is to a girls wardrobe what waffle cones are to a heaping scoop of Ben & Jerry’s Turtle Soup on a sweltering summer day, what hay rides and apple cider are to the first day of fall, what the red cups at Starbucks are to the holidays…an iconic necessity that one is completely unfulfilled without.

It doesn’t matter if it rarely sees the light of day, or only makes appearances under the harsh fluorescent glow of a nightclub dance floor during an outing with your besties; simply knowing that your wardrobe harbors such an essential accoutrement provides you with the peace of mind required to accomplish any obstacle that may be cast in your direction. Hence the reason why I am clearing a space in my closet specifically for Pleasure Doing Business’ 5 Band Stripe Skirt.

The typical navy blue and white sailor stripes have received a rebellious makeover, my loves; for the 5 Band Stripe Skirt flaunts a duo of midnight hues mingling side by side in the form of navy blue and ebony shades – a delightful black and blue mix that would look just as striking with a simple boyfriend tee tucked into its waistband, as it would paired with a sparkly tank speckled with a haphazard mix of shimmering embellishments.

Snug in its aesthetic, the 5 Band Stripe Skirt plays into the bodycon trend, coiling itself around your shape bandage style to hug every last curve; yet maintaining resilience courtesy of the elastic construction. All necessity, sassiness, and adoration aside, however, the 5 Band Stripe Skirt, while gentle and flexible in its design, is extremely rigid and steep in its price tag.

Sorry darling, you know I love you Pleasure Doing Business, but I do not love your $99.00 asking price for such a simple style. Forever 21, on the other hand…welcome to my world!

At $14.80, Forever 21’s Banded Stripe Skirt looks nearly identical to Pleasure Doing Business’ pretty, with the simplistic difference of enormous savings!

Tell me, kittens…will you be a big spender and go for Pleasure doing Business, or be thrifty and spring for Forever 21?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Singer22 and Forever 21 for the pictures.


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82 comments

Leah said...

This is such a fabulous alternative... I didn't spot any difference between the two skirts... F21 wins my vote without any hesitation.

Happy Tuesday Erika! xoxo

Francy said...

Oh, I'm definately a thrify girl. $99 is just wayyy too much for that skirt. It's a great summer look though. I have one that only comes out in July and August, but I couldn't get through those months without it ;-)

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Jacqueline said...

I have to go for the Forever 21 version! It looks cute and identical to the more expensive one. xo

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Melanie's Randomness said...

I have one from H & M with the red & black. It hasn't seen the light of day in a while in the winter, but I will bring it out for the spring!!!

Hey girl I'm currently running giveaway too, if you get a chance stop by my blog!

"Wine Glasses Giveaway"

Melanie's Randomness said...

I have one from H & M with the red & black. It hasn't seen the light of day in a while in the winter, but I will bring it out for the spring!!!

Hey girl I'm currently running giveaway too, if you get a chance stop by my blog!

"Wine Glasses Giveaway"

michelle_ said...

you always find the greatest steals !
and i do agree it looks almost identical !

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Rachel Scarlet said...

bodycon skirt! always my favourite!!! You always know what to post darling. :)

Jamie Jenson said...

Wow, they look like pretty much the same to me! Go with the cheap one, ladies!!

The Anthology said...

And that is why Forever 21 will be my forever favourite. That skirt is amazing! I can only imagine how gorgeous it would be on.

*Kelsey

gleenn said...

wow girl, what a coincidence, I found the same brand of skirts very alluring too. they're very enticing :)

Jaime said...

Love the bandage skirt look! $15 is awesome!

Nicole Marie said...

i have a grey and white striped skirt like that and i love it!!

Scientific Housewife said...

Cute skirt!

Diane said...

such a fabulous find!!! bring on the F21 version!

Maddy said...

At $14.80, the F21 wins hands down! Especially if you use it for going out to the club. I rather have a good time, then be paranoid about some clumsy person spilling their drink all over me (and my $100 skirt) ! ;o)

Jamie said...

I am of the theory that forever 21 is great for temporary trends...things that will be out of style next season. I save my splurges for more classic pieces that will be around for awhile.
This skirt could go either way, but honestly the forever 21 version looks exactly the same. $14.80 sounds good to me!

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Kajal Couture said...

I have seen these bandage skirs everywhere and am not sure I can pull it off, but for $15, even if I try and fail and it sits in the closet, who cares!!

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Blicious said...

Love the F21 one!!! ;)

xoxo

The Style Revolution said...

Yeah... I would have to go for the F21... Unless its timless ... I'll go for the cheaper version

Cindy Whitehead said...

was just in F21 and pulled a lot of "nautical" looking apparel for a shoot we are doing on a yacht this month - great prices and it all looked great! Fun stuff and affordable (which we all like)

janettaylor said...

Mhmmmm....yepp! I want...

MamieGirls said...

The Forever 21 skirt is such a steal! So cute!!

xoxo, MamieGirls

Melissa Blake said...

gosh, how i do love striped clothing!

facts said...

hi erika

how are u doing

oh beautiful skirt, i think it looks so short , i have a doubt girls never feel shy while wearing short dress

love yours comment

sharonlei said...

I love this skirt and totally bodycon, so maybe after a few more visits to the gym, my bootie will look amzing in that!! hee hee. I'll go for the F21 version. :) My wallet will be ever so grateful. Hope you're having a fabulous Tuesday, Erika! My day is just starting.

xx Love & Aloha

Tasha said...

As soon as I saw the skirt I thought for sure I've seen something like that at Forever 21!! And I was right! I like Forever 21's version better. The price is also a way better deal too!

nookie said...

I like the forver21 one,it looks better;)

SabinePsynopsis said...

If I had a bondage skirt I'd wear it every day. Forever 21's is fabulous. Great find, Erika!

Elaine said...

I actually like the F21 better And for the price, it IS better!!

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(always)alanna said...

definitely f21. if it comes down to shoes or purses, the more expensive is the way to go. but with this? totallyyyy f21!
xx

Alicia said...

Super cute, I would have to go with F21 on this one! ;)

Leia said...

I need a bandage skirt in my life!

Hope said...

Thanks for doing this post! I would have never thought of buying one but now I might! I like the forever 21 one because you still have the style, but you don't break the bank!

Thank you so much for you sweet comment on my blog! It's people like you who encourage me to keep writing and doing what I love!

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Marit said...

Once again I would have to go for the budget alternative;) You are so good at finding alternatives that fits into my budget, thanks!! I love it:)

Aury said...

Oh darling how in the world did you find such a fabulous alternative?! Just one of the many reasons I love you dearest:)
xoxox

Jen said...

Yay for Tightwad Tuesday! My favourite post of yours. I love the F21 version - feeling thrifty this week! :) xx

That Chelsea Girl™ said...

What a great alternative as always, dear! We have that kind of skirts where I work (Wet Seal), but I've never bought them...they always look great on other people, not me! Haha. Anywho, take care!

ellie said...

What a deal on that skirt. How cool!

Oh..to answer your question...Amanda has had a baby already, Rosie. Kyle is her dad who pretty much raises her.

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous skirts, darling E!
On this one, I have to be a big spender ~ I just love the way Pleasure Doing Business skirts suck everything in - I have 3 of them; clearly I am addicted!

xoxox,
CC

chaoskontrolowany said...

So pretty!;))

xoxo M.

Haute World said...

Another great alternative! Such a shame F21 isn't available here, but I agree that this bandage style is a must and I probably wouldn't shell out almost a hundred dollars for this either.

COCAMIA said...

Naturally, I would always want to buy the more expensive/better quality product but i have to say that the Forever 21 version is fab!

Terence Sambo said...

Forever 21 is doin great things, d skirt is amazing :o]

FashionJazz said...

Hey hun!! I luved what u said, every girl needs this item!! Hope u well xxx

molly said...

i love anything striped and when its under $20, who can resist??

Mara said...

wow such a good deal! I can't for Lent to be over so I can do shopping. There are SO many things I want!

Sherin said...

I really need a bandage skirt. They look so great. I'm going to have to be a tightwad: the Forever21 one looks like it would be more value for money.

bananas. said...

Gotta love forever's lack of creativeness or should i say gift of fabulous knockoffs. That is identical to the original and so cheap!

Robyn said...

Definitely the F21 find-- love!

Dancing Branflake said...

Thank goodness for Forever 21. Just curious, can they please make a Forever 31? I'm inching my way up there.

Josie said...

Shockingly similar -- pretty skirt! I am in love with your analogies... And also, the red Starbucks cups absolutely SCREAM "holidays" to me!
xxoo Josie
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Rick said...

"...a duo of midnight hues mingling side by side in the form of navy blue and ebony shades..."

never heard blue and black described so wonderfully!

would you be mad at me if you saw one more sparkly item posted before the weekend ended? it would be just for you :)

Design Darling said...

what a great find! loving that we've abandoned the old taboo against blue and black together. thank you so much for commenting on my blog — now i've found yours!

Emily said...

there is hardly a difference! I'll take the $14.80 version any day! :)

Ansley said...

I love the skirts!
I might actually like Forever 21's better because of the deeper colors. thanks for posting :D

Julia said...

I believe I will be going straight to forever21 and not leaving till that skirt is in my hand! I love the back and navy combo and the much smaller price tag.

xoxo
FashionEye

Sara Lynn said...

lol I seriously almost picked up a skirt just like that at f21 Sunday!! But It was not on clearance so I skipped it :(

Elise said...

ohmygoodness!! Im sorry but I just have to say your blog is awesome!! I just stumbled upon it and read this post. Not only to you have an amazing fashion sense but you can write too!! ... Can't say that about a lot of other fashion bloggers out there!! Your blog is definitely one of my new faves!! So glad I found it!! :D

E said...

I love Forever 21 so much sometimes, it hurts :-)

Lima said...

Those Forever21 Buyers are on point!

Bonnibella said...

Wow they look almost identical! Forever 2 for sure.

Jessica said...

F21 gets this one without a doubt - they're identical! I'm sure there are quality differences, but I don't think I'd wear it much past this spring anyway.

And thank you so much for suggesting Tuesday Treats. I gave it a whirl this week - what a challenge to find low-priced goodies!

the "L" spot said...

That skirt is fabulous! I need another 100 days at the gym for it to look good on me though!!!

Nina said...

F 21 without a doubt!

Elizabeth Marie said...

F21 for sure!! I really want one of these, I think it would be uber flattering! And if not...it's only $15! haha. xoxoxo

her waise choice said...

Thanks for the link! Have you tried it on? How is the fit? I love the ones at BCBG (fits as well as their expensive Herve Leger ones) but even those are too much for my college student budget.

Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog :D

xo

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BarceloMIA said...

Oh you wouldn't believe how much I wish we had Forever 21 in Europe... hopefully soon. Thanks for cheering me up this morning btw! :) LOVE U!! xxx

Join the Gossip said...

I literally can't tell the difference!

madeleine said...

Beautiful alternative! Who would've known! Thanks for the comment, I love you too! Haha, and I am definitely planning on making "classy vs. unclassy" a weekly type thing :]

stay classy!

Vinda Sonata said...

i pick to go for F21. fun shopping!!
the bandage skirt is really great. i like body-conscious clothes which embraces figures perfectly. they make a woman look more stylish!!

Anna Jane said...

Have to say I much prefer the shape of the Forever21 version anyway! fantabulous!

- Anna Jane xxx
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Inspiration in Italy said...

Erika I love this skirt and $14.80 is a steal for the Forever 21 version!!! I agree, this item is essential and you have found such an amazing bargain. Thank you for sharing with us all! Oh and I just had to tell you that I laughed when I read your comment on The F Word Online blog because I can't believe that I'm not the only one who carries vaseline in my purse! haha :)


Rachel

Death Wears Diamond Jewellery said...

oooh i love forever21. australia has nothing in the cheap and cheerful fashion department. cute skirt!

sexylegsandbody said...

That is a lovely skirt, I can picture it with black stockings and heels... very sexy.

Thanks for sharing, and thanks also for your input on my last post, I agree with you on Marissa, she is a lovely girl.

Have a super day Erika!

Colin.

Audrey Allure said...

Those are really cute!

The Blonde Duck said...

Thrifty, of course!

Giovanna&Roberta said...

Love this skirt girl!
According to me black and blue it's an amazing matching!
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Talk Pretty To Me said...

What a great steal doll! I have been on the look out for a bandage skirt for some time now. I have my heart set on this yellowish lime green one at Express, but I positively refuse to spend $60 on a bandage skirt. So, I'm holding out for a killa sale :)

xoxo
J

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Rachel said...

Great finds, Erika! I'm definitely gong to be thrifty and go with the Forever 21 skirt. It looks just as good as the $99 one, so why spend more money? :)

Melmo said...

a wonderful post again darling, I have one in black but the blue stripes make it so much more adorable. But I'd definitely go for the F21 one. xx

Tamanna A. Shaikh said...

Gosh is this a margin?! Those ones are twins!! go for f21 Erika!

Mark said...

Another gorgeous and delicious post, darling! Lovely post. shopping is soo much fun!

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