4.29.2010

Thrifty Thursday: Alexander Wang 'Goddess' Jersey Dress for Less

Darlings, while it may not be etched in stone, it is an unwritten rule of sorts that every girl is entitled to feel like a goddess. She may not find herself stretched out languorously along a gilded chaise longue being fed grapes one by one by cute boys whom cater to her every desire; nor may she be the wearer of a Roman Head Wreath woven of freshly-grown foliage a la Cleopatra, but there is no question about it…goddess is as goddess does. And you, my loves, are all goddesses…just ask Alexander Wang. Or rather, merely feast your eyes upon his ‘Goddess’ Jersey Dress.

Many may try and fail to create an aesthetic which embodies the true beauty of a goddess – from elegant draping to ravishing ruching, and rich hues to clever cuts – but Alexander Wang, as I’m sure you were all aware, succeeds in every manner of the word; bringing a fabulous frock to the forefront which highlights Grecian inspirations of yesteryear juxtaposed with modern midtown decadence – a coupling that is both cosmopolitan and urbane in the very same breath.

The epitome of asymmetric allure; the ‘Goddess’ Jersey Dress is festooned with folds of plum-colored smooth knit that swoop, droop, drape, and flutter in a fashion that follows the movements of your body so that one never knows what shape will be haphazardly created courtesy of your very next step; a charismatic characteristic that forever keeps your many adoring admirers guessing.

But I digress; while undoubtedly fabulous in terms of design, the asking price of $590.00 truly leaves much to be desired – even if you do have the bank account of the Hilton Sisters. Luckily, Victoria has a little Secret she’d like to share with all of us via the One-Shoulder Dress.

Yes kittens, you’ve presumed correctly…the One-Shoulder Dress from Victoria’s Secret lacks the plum hue of its runway-ready predecessor; but at $98.00 apiece, you can scoop it up in both colors – jazzberry and black – and still have enough left over for a stunning pair of strappy sandals!

What’s the verdict, lovelies…will you be thrifty or spend, spend, spend?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Nordstrom and Victoria’s Secret for the pictures.


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73 comments

Diane said...

this dress is so fabulous! the cheaper version is great...but is it bad that i would rather have the splurge?

FASHION SNAG said...

I have to go for the Wang. I have gotten some stuff from Victoria's Secret and the quality was terrible. Their bras and stuff are okay, but the clothing was poorly made. The Wang one is overpriced though. x

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Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Wow, they're so similar. I'm always worried about Vickie's clothing though. But both are beautiful and I love the color.

Jamie said...

Oh DEFINITELY the VS dress! I actually think I'd even venture to say I like it better!! FAB!

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Melanie's Randomness said...

I'd rather buy the cheaper one because its in black!! =)

Leah said...

I don't mind the color... it's the style I was looking at and that VS dress is gorgeous as well. So I will definitely go the VS way.

Have a lovely day Erika! xoxo

anhesty said...

i would def go with thrifty since they look so similar. but i always have trouble fitting into VS clothing. they dont fit me right :( i try all the time and buy stuff from them and then i end up returning it. *sigh*

Josie said...

I love the plum color of this dress -- I think it's lovely and so fresh and unexpected for summer!
xxoo Josie
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vicky h. said...

I think they look identical but I might splurge on something like this because its one of those things your just want the real deal!

xox Vicky
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Little Bear Stories said...

the Wang one is my favourite, all the folds just hang in the right places and the colour is so luxurious x

janettaylor said...

U have a great eyes for the superb bargain/alternative! :)

December said...

OOh - that VS dress is cute. It makes the model look slightly paunchy, so I'd have no chance, but maybe in black!

Couture Carrie said...

Another amazing find, darling! Loving that VS dress!

xoxox,
CC

Dancing Branflake said...

Alexander Wang please! I love the color and she looks so cute. I love how you always have a cheaper alternative though. It makes fashion so much more accessible.

Sara Lynn said...

I love them both but I really love the color on the Alexander Wang one more! You picked a great cheaper option though, and Vicky's merch is pretty fab :)

Elizabeth Marie said...

Im obsessed with Victoria's secret dresses right now! I've yet to order one though...this one is sooo cute! xo


Did you get your PLW shirt? Juuust checkin :)

Jen said...

I am in total and utter love with the Alexander Wang version, so I'm gonna splash out and plump for it. I love the grape shade!

MOLLYKT said...

the wangs gorgeous, i would go for the spend if i could!
xxx

Maddy said...

These look identical, but I bet is more precise on the Alexander Wang version. But maybe I'm biased, I'v never been a fan of the VS clothes. What looks great on Gisell Bundchen never seems to look so great on Maddy :(

ellie said...

Thrifty always for me....=D
they have some great scents there too.

Oh..well, I must admit, I was inspired to write...when the kid showed up in our neighborhood in his werewolf costume..so I had to get him in the story somewhere & of course those horror stories of my baby brother who's now 18, used to bite my Mom. Now you'd never know he was so lethal.

Joanne said...

The VS color name alone has got me sold ... Jazzberry! What a happening color, sounds fun :)

Sherin said...

That colour on the dresses is so perfect! I think I'll go with the Victoria Secret one: it looks like it'll fit much better.

Cat said...

All I can say is that I want to be a Grecian goddess!!! :)

akaCola said...

seriously considering buying the VS dress since we cant afford wang! it just looks too beautiful to be left at the store!

Charlie ♥ said...

i actually prefer the colour of the second one!


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meg said...

wow! I guess it would depend on what you needed it for, but I would certainly go for Victoria Secrets since I don't have anything major in mind for the outfit. Very cool!

Luna said...

i like the color of the cheaper dress better.

Tights Lover said...

Oh. I really love jersey dresses. Enough to drop 590 on the Goddess? Ugh, maybe not, but it sure does look divine...

dasha said...

i love these dresses, especially wang's!

Ela said...

Oooh I know it's Spring but I do love that plum hue!

Hope you are well, Erika!
xo

AH said...

i'd be thrifty, so i could get it in different colours:)

The Blonde Duck said...

In this case, I'd have to spend. Damn it.

Francy said...

Ohhh, I'm so in love with the drapey-ness. Both are fabulous dresses!

Zanah said...

Love the VS dress... especially the deep plum color !!!

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Hope said...

That looks like something Blair on Gossip Girl would wear. LOVE it! :) xoxo

ediot said...

aaaa! i love that knock-off for less. its gorgeous. but id love to own an wang piece real soon- his collections are so interesting and look so comfy!
hope youre having an great week?- ive been so busy making tee-prints and working at an preschool i had no time for blogging.

still got a lot of tees to be made- but im gonna make it- i have to- the place where im showcasing and selling my design starts next thursday :) cant wait!!take care darling you.
thanks for the comment- and the compliment on my tee :)

xx ediot

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Hot dress, gorgeous color and draping! I would do the less because I really want it lol :)

Julia said...

Oh my both of these are divine! I think I like the color better of Wang's version, but i'd go for either. I love the asymmetrical sleeves!

xoxo
FashionEye

Luana said...

Wow the first model is gorgeous. I'd go with VS though, I can't allow myself 590 on just one dress right now!

Clare said...

Wow this dress is amazing. I would pretty much buy either of these dresses just to have something this amazing in my closet

Le Sigh of a Fashionista said...

Wow, those two looks are identical!

Little Bow Prep said...

Oooh! I haven't visited in a while and just saw your new layout - it's darling!

Also, what an awesome dress!

previouslyinaudible said...

This is great! I love finding cheaper alternatives. I just put a few cute things up for sale on my blog, thought of you: http://previouslyinaudible.wordpress.com/
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Joylynn said...

Love the VS find and the jazzberry color.

junghwa by amy stewart said...

Wow. Those two look so similar. It's so hard to tell them apart! :)

xoxo said...

Mmmmm I love that dress, it's the prefect color, the prefect shape--where did you say it was at again??

Lions, Tigers and Fashion OH MY! said...

what a cool dress and I love the color! xoxo

Dina's Days said...

Beautiful dresses, these are super sexy!

Tiffany said...

great find! I love the color of the dress. I think I would still stick with the Wang as every one of his pieces that I've tried on just has fantastic construction and fit however, the VS version is so close that it would be a hard choice!

Elle said...

Ooo that plum color is so pretty! But I must be thrifty on this one :)

Join the Gossip said...

While the alternative is a great comparison, I think I'd go with the real one in this case...if I were rich ;) haha

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

Ooooh pretty pretty. I agree about the goddess theory. I totally deserve to feel like a goddess and so does every woman I know.
When I feel like engaging in some goddess behavior, I put on a strong scent early in the day and a bright lipstick.

Thanks for your fantastic comments =) You are so fabulous.

Fashion Court said...

confession time: i love the hue of the VS one even more!

Midtown Girl said...

Oh Em Gee!! What a great find & from the pics they look almost identical - the color is gorgeous ;-)

MizzJ said...

I'm going with A.Wang on this one! The color is just more jewel-toned and I think the draping is more artistically done. The VS one makes the model look a little tubby.

Susu Paris Chic said...

I'll have to go for the sparing option... After all, a gal should always stay reasonable. I just love the shape and the hue of these golden drops!

Your fashion cupcake instinct never fails my dear!

coolboy said...

hi erika how are you

this is fab dress looks great i like your post

gleenn said...

i honestly love this shade of color. and how fun, to have such color and style. grecian goddess!

kumar said...

this is damm good i like it i like the color of this outfit looks cool

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kirstyb said...

oh wow that dress is gorge xxxxxxxx

Audrey Allure said...

Wow, they both look almost identical! Although, I kind of like the long sleeve on the Alexander Wang more :)

Christina Lee said...

They almost look identical!

Rick said...

Erika, you continue to amaze with these selections. these are soo hot. Love the exposed shoulder and asymetric design!

have a fantastic friday and weekend. missed being around this week!!!

Sara Bentley said...

See, I knew the name "Alexander" is one of my favorites for a reason! :)

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SabinePsynopsis said...

Oh, I want to feel like a goddess and if it needs 600 quid to do that, oh well... But your cheaper version is so great that perhaps I could feel heavenly even for under 100? Wishing you a lovely weekend, Erika!

Rachel said...

Both look great, but I'm gonna have to splurge on the Alexander Wang. That dress is to die for!

Shop N' Chomp said...

I say spend, spend, spend on this!!

OceanDreams said...

What a gorgeous dress, I have been wanting to try an off shoulder once since I've seen the style. Happy weekend love!

Emily said...

my goodness! there is barely any difference!
I say the cheaper one :)

Midnight Cowgirl said...

I really like that Alexander Wang dress, but the Victoria Secret dress is such a steal :)

Sarah @ Pandora's Box said...

Another very similar find! I think I like the color of the splurge better tho. It reminds me of eggplant.. in a good way!

All Women Stalker said...

Interestingly, the ruching of the cheaper dress looks so much better :)

Savvy Gal said...

wow they both look so good. I will need to try both on to see which fits better. Sometimes I find the more expensive piece does not necessarily work out better.

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