5.18.2010

Tightwad Tuesday: Haute Hippie Ostrich Cocktail Dress for Less

Dolls, on the left we have Haute Hippie’s hot to trot Ostrich Cocktail Dress (LIKE); to the right we have Forever 21’s Avant Garde Little Black Dress (TRY).

(WHY?)Though the skirt of the Forever 21 version is constructed out of layers of crepe chiffon embellished with strands of beads as opposed to feathers; for $44.80, in comparison to the $415.00 price tag of Haute Hippie’s stunner, it is just as decadent as its chichi high-end cousin – and a satisfying way to save!

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 Forever 21 and Shopbop for the pictures.


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Anna Gray said...

Yep, I think I'd go towards Forever 21 instead. Much better price! LOL! =)

CC said...

I was admiring this dress just the other day! Fabulous. :)
Xx

Little Bear Stories said...

i actually prefer the dress from Forever 21, it's lovely ♥

anhesty said...

as always i play it thrifty. cute dress!

Claire said...

Forever 21 rocks!

daisychain said...

aw so so sad we dont have forever 21 here now!

CC said...

I was admiring this dress just the other day! Fabulous. :)
Xx

Luana said...

Oh how I've missed your posts! All this studying has got me pretty busy and far away from the internet :(
I'd go with Forever21 on this one for the price tag, but then again their quality is so poor that I'd probably have to end up without it!

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

Great find! You can def save a lot of money going with the F21 version. Also, if you check out ...lovemeagan's blog, she did a tutorial on a diy feather skirt. I suggest trying it out!

Theresa said...

Being the feather obsessed girl that I am, I absolutely LOVE the Haute Hippie dress! The forever 21 one would have to do for my budget, but I think I will now have to dwell on that first one. :]

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

This is such a fun cocktail dress! I would do the F21...I just hope the feathers don't look cheap!

J. said...

Wow, this one is hard! In some way, the feather dress may be destined to be somewhat iconic, so investing in the HH dress could be a good move. But the F21 is pocketbook friendly right now...Hmmm, I think I might save up and go for the real deal...

Joanne said...

Definitely cool and thrifty. I also like that, visually, the F21 dress seems to have a longer line than the Haute Hippie.

Oana Roxana said...

They both look nice,almost the same,but is a 'litlle' difference between prices. I wouldn't pay that much for a dress,thinking that so many people are starving,so 'we' choose Forever21(Sorry for my English!)

SogniSorrisi said...

Great find. They look exactly the same!

Diane said...

i really love the feather version...but i have to say, the F21 knockoff is a great alternative!

Audrey Allure said...

They look identical! Love the dress :)

FASHION SNAG said...

I love Haute Hippie so much even though their prices are ridiculous. I love that dress. x

www.FashionSnag.com

Princess Liberty said...

This dresses are beautiful but I'ld like to buy the forever21 which is cheaper !

Lexy @ Quirky Explosion said...

You, my friend, are simply a GENIUS at finding "Looks for Less" (as I'll cheesily entitle it). Both the looks are fantastic - I'd definitely be going with the F21.

I'm frugal to the point where it's almost a problem!

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meggasus said...

Wow those dresses look identical! I absolutely love forever 21!! I'm making my way over there today and I plan on doing some major shopping!!

Josie said...

I'd definitely get the Forever 21 one; I think that the Haute Hippie makes a super dramatic statement but don't know if I could actually wear ostrich feathers... Birds freak me out...
xxoo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Couture Carrie said...

That f21 dress is truly impressive ~ I will be thrifty on this one!

xoxox,
CC

Ladyulia said...

hello dear
nice to see u and ur blog again
I'm kinda busy lately

cool post by the way
:D

LifestyleBohemia said...

I love your inexpensive find, and they are almost identical!

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

It must be the models because I prefer the Forever 21 dress.

Leia said...

great alternative!

Alicia said...

oh i am totally having a forever 21 shopping spree urge!!! that dress is so great.

Sara Lynn said...

I love the idea of feathers, but the F21 dress is just so cute! Wahat a pretty twist on a LBD :) Great pick this week my dear!

Valerie said...

They're identical! Today is definitely my day to be thrifty with this. I love them both, so I'd definitely save and go for the Forever 21 dress.

xo
Valerie

Leah said...

I love the Forever21 dress... it looks as gorgeous as the Haute Hippie version. Have a great Tuesday Erika! xoxo

J-Diggety said...

God bless F21... :)
xoxo J

Melanie said...

You always find the BEST lust-must items. I don't know how you do it!

Melanie@Unravelled Threads

Style with Benefits said...

You always manage to find such a great and comparable copy! I'd never spend $400 on a dress! Outrageous. The F21 is def. a great find!

xo, becs

Sherin said...

Both are so lovely. I do love how adorable the Forever 21 one is!

MOLLYKT said...

i actually prefer the forever 21 number!
xxx

goldandcitrus said...

That's funny, I've been eyeing that Forever21 dress and actually just posted it on the Gold & Citrus blog! I think I might actually be getting it soon!

http://goldandcitrus.com/blogs/blog

Claire Kiefer said...

WHOA! These are identical. Nice find, lady! It's so funny how sometimes I'm like "sweet, you can get that for a fraction of the price!" but when it comes to designs I REALLY love, I'm all "that's plagiarism!" hahaha.

Maddy said...

This is super cute LBD! And my pick would be the F21 dress hands down! I always find cute pieces there!

Sootjeelina said...

I love it :D And perhaps I need an LBD :D This is defenintly on my wish-list!

xoxo Sootjeelina <3

ediot said...

hi loveLY. thanks for sharing these- i almost cant spot the difference- i would definitely pick forever 21 if i were to get one of these-

xx ediot
www.ediot.org

Tights Lover said...

Gorgeous dress. Love it at the Forever 21 price!!

ellie said...

I got something similar to this..but a tank instead of strapless..and it was definitely on the cheap. Still I haven't worn it anywhere. I'm afraid I'll tear it up. I guess I'm rough on clothes or either my date is..and I mean that in our many adventures that might have to do with fixing the car or running through a cornfield to find a big sunflower. So..I'm really waiting for a special occasion. Just I'm not sure there is one special enough.

Clare said...

I firmly believe Forever 21 was put on this earth by the fashion gods themselves to make us fashionistas happy ;)

I will TOTALLY be tight wadding this!!

Jules said...

Great cheap chic find at Forever 21 and from first glance, the dresses look almost identical! I would definitely go from the one from Forever 21. This is a great little cocktail dress.

WeShop said...

The Forever21 dress looks nicer I think. Shame we don't have it (yet?) in the UK. xx
http://www.weshopthereforeweare.co.uk/

The Pink Tutu said...

Cute! These would be so fun to dance the night away in.

COCAMIA said...

The Forever21 dress is so much nicer than the other dress. Love it!

Maria at Bachman's Sparrow said...

Love the dress! I'm a sucker for feathers, but I think the F21 version is very cute :)

xoxo Maria

AH said...

i'd be thrifty on this one - the f21 dress looks great!

Stephanie said...

both dresses are beautiful and while i would love the haute one, i would probably settle for forever 21, i love that store!

Kisses,
Stephanie

Pixie Drive-In said...

Oohhh, I love both these dresses so much! Although, I'd probably have to go for F21. Still, it's such a great look!

The Blonde Duck said...

Cheap and chic!

Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes said...

I've been dying over that Haute Hippie number for months! NEED the real feathers. Good find, though! xxSAS

Shop N' Chomp said...

They look almost the same so I'd go with the F21 one!

Hope said...

I love both of these dresses! I would have to chose the cheaper one, just because they both look so similar! xoxo

Mara said...

such a fun dress! Now I just need an event to wear it to :)

Punctuation Mark said...

style for less... always a winner!

Nubiasnonsense said...

Wow you never stop outdoing yourself lol I would DEF go with forever 21 they are WAY to similar for me to pay full price for the other.

S.Elisabeth said...

Oooh I actually quite adore the Forever 21 dress better!

E said...

I"m such a fan of fringy things right now! I need to get my ass to F21!!

Emily said...

no doubt, forever 21!
xoxo

City Girl Chicago said...

these are both so cute ~ I actually think I prefer the F21 dress, it reads more "real life" to me, less fru-fru :)

Chandra said...

i love the Forever 21 one! cute skirt on it + the flower in the model's hair drew me in ;)

<3

Chandra said...

i love the Forever 21 one! cute skirt on it + the flower in the model's hair drew me in ;)

<3

Melanie's Randomness said...

I actually like the Forever 21 one better too!!! Woa!!

meg said...

I just wonder how it would hold up after a wash. Of course, thrifty for me.

Dancing Branflake said...

Forever 21 for sure! I am a chiffon girl!

Death Wears Diamond Jewellery said...

LOVE the dress! the comparisons are fantastic! i think the difference in quality would be too large thou

fashion_nerd said...

As much as I would die for the Haute Hippie dress, I don't think I could ever spend that much on a dress! I didn't even spend that much on my wedding dress. I would go for the F21 version and never look back!

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Amber's Notebook said...

Oh my gosh! I loved that dres what a fabulous Look for less!

B a la Moda said...

Without knowing which brand was which I liked the Forever 21 more! Great catch!

xoxo
B* a la Moda

Rick said...

Erika,
I can totally see you rocking this dress on a beach walking along the shores to your favorite song! great selections. and you can't go wrong with that Forever 21 option!

thanks for the wonderful msg today! :)

Rick

Haute World said...

Beautiful dress! I think spending over 400 is a little too much for something you won't get to wear every day, so the F21 option is the better one. And they look pretty much identical!

Romany said...

Oh my god, that's almost an exact duplicate! Ha. I guess that's the thing about high st chain-stores...
Romany
xx
p.s. oh yes, I've only just begun on the trivia. Much, much more interesting facts to come!

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Anna Jane said...

There's hardly any difference! I think anyone would be mad not to opt for the Forever21 version. Love the feathers :D

- Anna Jane xxx
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Imogen said...

These dresses are both beautiful. The F21 is excellent for the price so definitely go for that one!

Cindy Whitehead said...

I say go for the F21 dress! Looks almost the same in every way!

Blicious said...

i love the F21 version!!

xoxo

Midnight Cowgirl said...

That forever 21 dress is an awesome find!

Rachel said...

What a fun dress! I think I'm gonna have to splurge and go for the Haute Hippie one! It looks perfect!

monica said...

such a cute dresss

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