9.16.2010

Thrifty Thursday: French Connection Fast Bonny Cotton Dress on a Budget

My loves, to the left you will find French Connection’s stunning Fast Bonny Cotton Dress – the very same one seen hugging the svelte frames of Eva Amurri and Kayla Ewell; on the right take a peek at Charlotte Russe’s sassy Single Shoulder Satin Dress.

Though the charming Charlotte Russe piece is constructed out of satin, as opposed to the cozy cotton making up the fabulous French Connection; for $36.50, in comparison to the $172.00 price tag of the French Connection pretty, it is every bit as capable of adding a splash of Old Hollywood Glamour to your wardrobe – at a price that is far more pleasing to one’s bank account!

Will French Connection tempt you into being a big spender, or will Charlotte Russe inspire you to save?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Zappos and Charlotte Russe for the pictures.


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Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

I like the Charlotte Russe one better... but it may be because the model wears it better.

Maddy said...

I really like the Satin in the CR version much better!! Even though the FC color is just gorgeous!

And nothing wrong with being hooked on "Flirtexting" :) That's what makes you perfectly you!

fashiongrail said...

Charlotte Russe for sure! I was shopping there last night and picked up some great accessories that would look great with that dress.

Dancing Branflake said...

I love that you featured a Charlotte Russe item! I haven't been there in ages but now I remember how much and why I love that store. That dress is super cute!

Melanie's Randomness said...

I TOTALLY Love the Charlotte Russe one!! It's so pretty! I might go and pick that one up! The French Connection one is not as glamorous I think. Ooo Yeah! =)

molly said...

I actually, find C.R. much more elegant. ..and cheaper.

ori said...

I really like the cheaper one.

Anaiz said...

I'm liking the color of the Charlotte Russe one more than the other, but I like the band around the waist from the French Connection one. Decisions, decisions :D

FASHION SNAG said...

I like the CR one much better!

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ivy's closet said...

This cheaper version looks perfect for those holidays coming up.

AMK said...

I like the Charlotet Rusee one, but French Connection is not bad either!!


And I love the name French connection. :D

XOXO

Ginger said...

Charlotte Russe all the way! The FC one looks like it'll wrinkle easily and the CR one doesn't which doesn't seem right considering which is cotton and which is satin but nonetheless...

Valerie said...

I absolutely love this color blue. It looks amazing on everyone and it's such a fun color to wear. I'd go for the Charlotte Russe dress and maybe splurge on some fabulous shoes!

xo
Valerie

Meghan said...

A Vintage Belt would put an extra spice on the Charlotte Russe dress! Love it

The Favour Shoppe said...

LOVE them both....hard to choose which one.

Couture Carrie said...

Ooooooh gorgeous find, darling E!
Love this color!
I am totally inspired to save!

xoxox,
CC

Couture Carrie said...

Ooooooh gorgeous find, darling E!
Love this color!
I am totally inspired to save!

xoxox,
CC

janettaylor said...

Beautiful color!

briannelee said...

I def like the Charlotte Russe one the best. Does it come in white? I have been looking for a dress like that for my wedding next year.

vicky h. said...

I actually think the Charlotte Russe version looks better, I prefere the shade of blue and am a huuuge fan of satin!!

xox Vicky
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Paislea Elyse said...

i like the charlotte russe one better. no doubt about it. the color is way cuter!! it's just a bit different!!

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AH said...

i actually think the charlotte russe one looks better!

The Blonde Duck said...

How cute! I haven't been to CR in ages!

D. Marie said...

Wow for $36 that Charlotte Russe would make a great bridesmaid dress!! I love the one shoulder. I think I might have inspiration for a post! ;) ITS ALMOST THE WEEKEND!!!

Natasha said...

I love the color of the Charlotte Russe version better. Thrifty, all the way.

this free bird said...

Call me crazy, but I like the Charlotte Russe one better. I might even try a think little belt with it...sassy shoes a must!

xoxo,
Carrie

Sweet Confessions said...

i would have to say that i like the Frech Collection one better.. the other is pretty too

Ruby Mines said...

Great post! Im going with the Charlotte Russe - the bright color of the french connection dress makes the material look cheap. The CR one has a more flattering shade - I also like the volume added by the pleated shoulder. too bad that I cant wear any dress from those types of store (F21, charlotte russe, etc) they are all so short on me! i get envious when my shorter friends can pull it off! ;)

Tights Lover said...

I always love the styles you find for your Thursday posts! This one tempts the shopper in me. I love the style. And the price for the Charlotte Russe? Perfection!

chaoskontrolowany said...

Cute <3

meg said...

Incredible price. What a steal.

Joanne Faith said...

I prefer the color of the French Connection dress... but who knows if it is like that in person!

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A La Mode et Plus! said...

I think I like the CR version better! I like the satin, but the color in the french connection is beautiful!

Thank you for your sweet blog comments! We were only in Brooklyn briefly to see the bridge, but it seemed awesome and Williamsburg is on my list for next time!

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Theresa said...

I personally find the CR more appealing- but both offer such a gorgeous, flattering shape.
Oh and by the way dear, if contemplating between thigh highs and knee highs- definitely go with the thigh highs- they actually elongate the legs more and slenderize them as well, opposed to the knee highs. <3

Tasha Gregson said...

Ah, great find, love the style and the colour especially-I think I prefer the Charlotte Russe one as it looks better on the model than a mannequin. I wish we had Charlotte Russe over here, she's great !! :) xx

Sootjeelina said...

I really love the colour of both of the dresses, it reminds me of the late-afternoon skies...
Btw, thanks for your comment on my blog, I really appreciate it

xoxo Sootjeelina <3

Rosa&Carlotta said...

i like the charlotte russe better, the french connection one looks a bit cheap.

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sssdawna said...

wow, i wonder if CR was inspired by that dress because they look so similar?!

i started liking CR better than wet seal because they have a more mature collection : )

great post, thank you!!

ellie said...

Wow, I'm so glad the cheaper one is so pretty. Cool.

Shop N' Chomp said...

Girl, I'd save some dough on this one and go with the Charlotte Russe dress! :)

Josie said...

I heart the French Connection one -- I'm always drawn to cotton cocktail dresses over jersey or satin.
xo Josie
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MizzJ said...

Hmm I like the Charlotte Russe better, it has some prettier details to it that the French Connection one is lacking; however the FCUK dress' color is better.

Grace said...

Despite the color, I actually like the Charlotte Russe one better! I'll have to check the dress out next time I'm there.

Lily Johnson said...

The CR dress looks gorgeous! I prefer it and its cheaper too. Just accessorize and voila! you are a queen.

Elle said...

The color on the French Connection dress is just too gorg to pass up! Now if only I hada reason to wear it...

Erica said...

Amazing color!

Clare said...

Love this so much. The color is amazing. But alas, I have nowhere to wear this lovely frock!

OneCraftyFox said...

I love the Charlotte Russe dress and at a glance I thought it was the expensive one!

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Anna Gray said...

Oh, that's GORGEOUS! Love, love, love the color blue!

Caitlin said...

Now, on most occassions I would go for the cheaper versions you display. This time however, I must stray. French Connection is one of my fave. place to go for cute affordable dresses (Because I can't afford BCBG dresses) So I'm gonna go with French Connection on this one!

la petite fashionista said...

that shade is one of my favorites currently & i LOVE one shoulder dresses :)

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

Charolette Russe can really do some amazing pieces! Their quality is a little "meh" but some of my favorite things come from there!

Yes please to the satin affordable dress!

Lexy @ Quirky Explosion said...

NO WAY!! I'm pretty sure that my friend most definitely has that dress!

But now... I'm just not sure WHICH ONE. It's my inner-thriftiness calling at me! I hope she got the cheaper one! ;)

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Pixie Drive-In said...

Charlotte Russe, definitely. But I really love the single shoulder on both!

Cafe Observer said...

I Luv the colurs of blue in those dresses, Cafe Fash!

Never heard of Cambria Cove - is that in Cambria on the coast?

Mimi said...

why is it that the cheaper version almost always look better than the more expensive one? haha.

<3, Mimi
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vdcouture said...

fabulous <3

vdcouture

The Fashion Buzz said...

Always, always the cheaper one... doesn't mean it is CHEAP as such but still... you will have money left over for the shoes!!

Collette Osuna said...

Hello hunnie...I have alot of pieces from CH......this one is great!!!

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Keith said...

I actually like the Charlotte one better. I hope this finds you doing well. Enjoy the weekend.

Rachel said...

I actually like the Charlotte Russe version much better. The color is gorgeous!

Islandia Lane said...

oooh I surprisingly like the russe one better!

Ashley said...

That Charlotte Russe one is really cute, I might even like it better! Always love these posts :)

-Ashley
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Ashley said...

That Charlotte Russe one is really cute, I might even like it better! Always love these posts :)

-Ashley
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Emily said...

love love love the charlotte russe dress!

Cheryl: Oh to Be a Muse said...

i like both of them, but i'd probably go with the CR dress because of the more affordable price.

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Chic Geek (Devs) said...

I am so obsessed with one shouldered dresses right now! I actually like the cheaper version in this case!

lovelychicfashion said...

The Charlotte Russe dresses looks fabulous! The color is gorgeous too. I love this post because I never seen this brand before. After I saw your post, I clicked on the Charlotte website. There are many gorgeous dresses that I want to buy it. You’re very fashionable. Thanks again!


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Sherin said...

These blues are such a perfect colour. I really love the Charlotte Russe ones. It's so lovely.

Mallory said...

I think I'll be among the minority here - I actually like the color of the French Connection dress better! I think the cut of the Charlotte Russe dress is nicer though - the FC dress has a weird waistband bit that I don't like.

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