9.02.2010

Thrifty Thursday: Rebecca Taylor Petite Fleur Tunic Dress for Less

My loves, to the left you will find Rebecca Taylor’s romantic Petite Fleur Tunic Dress; to the right feast your eyes upon Forever 21’s wondrous Woven Peasant Shirt.

Though there’s no denying that the Forever 21 offering lacks the shimmering rhinestone detailing and silk construction of the irresistible Rebecca Taylor; for a mere $19.80, as opposed to the $345.00 asking price of its couture cousin, the nearly-identical pintuck pleats, self-tie waist, and six-button placket adorning the front provide the frugal fashionista with a similar style – at a far more budget-friendly price!

Your turn loves…will you be thrifty or suckered into putting on your spendthrift cap?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Shopbop and Forever 21 for the pictures.


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FASHION SNAG said...

I love silk so I am going to go with the real deal! x

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Collette Osuna said...

WOW.....I totally love these kind of posts!!!
Of course its not a RT...but for the price.....you cant go wrong if you are looking for a similiar look....bravo!

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

The spendthrift one... but neither are my cup of tea.

Emily said...

I happen to like the real deal with this one!

xoxo

janettaylor said...

Love them all!

lucy and sarah said...

I have to admit I like the way the expensive one is made. Maybe I'll be inspired and find that style made out of Rayon..somewhere.. Really, a beautiful color.

Dancing Branflake said...

Forever 21 does not disappoint! I am going there tomorrow with the sister and mother. So excited now!

The Favour Shoppe said...

LOVE them both!! <3

Chic Geek (Devs) said...

I love both of them! Loving this kind of style for for fall!

thebankofmylife said...

I'm so getting the Forever 21 version of that tunic. I like the gauziness of it and it's just so awesome.

Couture Carrie said...

Might have to splurge on this one... I am a shopbop addict, as you know!

So glad you like JJ in Versace, darling :)

xoxox,
CC

Saretta said...

I can't help thinking the Forever 21 version looks like maternity wear!

Bella *Bellgetsreal said...

Okay I really need to see what is going on with Forever 21. have not been by for the longest time..... tunic under 20.00? Sold.

Josie said...

Must go with the Rebecca Taylor this time -- it's just too pretty to pass up!
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

ediot said...

I like the rebecca taylor one more- but its always interesting to see these posts, sometimes the knock-offs/the look-alikes that are cheaper look so much better than the expensive ones..
thanks for always updating darling


xxx

Fashionography. said...

To my eyes, the Forever 21 tunic looks a bit shapeless so I'd go for the splurge!

Pixie Drive-In said...

Wow, love the color and flowy-ness of both of these!

briannelee said...

I think both are cute so I would go w/ the cheaper option in this case :)

Sootjeelina said...

I don't really like the dress... But good thrift!

xoxo Sootjeelina <3

Tights Lover said...

Is there anything better that Forever 21? That peasant shirt is gorgeous, and what a fab price. Yet another lovely find, Erika!

Ebony said...

Making the splurge or not for me would depend on the purpose of the purchase. Even in silk the top doesn't look incredibly dressy to me so I'd wear it to school ... no need to pay the splurge price for something the will be horribly wrinkled and perhaps irreparably damaged because I somehow manage to get highlighter on me.

Stephanie said...

I love the details too much on the Rebecca Taylor dress so that would be my pick!

Kisses,
Stephanie

Toutou Ly said...

I don't personally have anything from Rebecca Taylor, but I definitely digg that tunic!

Rachel said...

I'm gonna have to splurge this time. I don't think I could resist that silk Rebecca Taylor!

The Blonde Duck said...

I love Rebecca Taylor's dresses.

ellie said...

Really am the thrifty one. Both are very elegant.

ivy's closet said...

The color is just so fall. Really, why not thrift.

Sherin said...

Is it wrong that I nearly always pick the more expensive one?? The Rebecca Taylor one is seriously amazing.

Valerie said...

So so cute, Erika! I love the freedom and comfort of wearing a tunic over leggings. It really improves my mood to feel like I'm wearing my pajamas. :) I'd definitely go for the Forever 21 tunic, it's ridiculous how much of a price difference there is! Then I'll put the money I saved toward a new bag.

xo
Valerie

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

Great find- what a $ difference! I love the color...perfect for fall's military trend!

nookie said...

I'll go for the forever21 one:)

Anna Gray said...

I like the Rebecca Taylor one MUCH more than the other one, anyway! Great find! ♥

style'n said...

ok was going to say Rebeccas Taylor but then saw the price! ouch..

Paislea Elyse said...

shut up erika!! that is so gorgeous! forever 21 has THAT!?!?!? i'm impressed!!!

they usually have really cute things, but sometimes i feel like they don't! i just went the other day and was not in luck. i didn't find anything that i just fell in love with!

♥ i hope that you're having a great day miss!!

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Chas said...

You gotta love Forever 21, they are alway so on-trend. I would definitely buy their version!

http://fromdenimtodessert.blogspot.com/

Melissa Blake said...

LOVE it...looks good for fall! xoxo

AH said...

oh, i'm gonna have to put on my spendthrift cap and go for the rt one!

Times of Delight said...

They are both great but I am heading more towards the real one

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The Owl's Closet said...

Sigh...I've been lusting for the Rebecca Taylor version. Perhaps, I'll splurge on a shopbop sale? hehe

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WeShop said...

The Forever21 dress is perfect, why pay more? xx
http://www.weshopthereforeweare.co.uk/

Grace said...

Ooh, that Rebecca Taylor one has my heart today!

L'Amour et la Paix said...

Love the Rebecca Taylor version much more, but I would not spend $300+ on it. Great find! xo

http://lamouretlapaix.blogspot.com/

Kristin said...

I think RT takes this one. So pretty!

Ginger said...

Forever 21! It's not really my style so it would be better to buy it cheap and only wear it until it falls apart. Not really an investment piece for me :)

Clare said...

Totally would get the Forever 21 one! I love forever they have such great deals!!

Dina's Days said...

Awesome find, one of my favorite thrifty thursday. I would totally wear the F21 top! Especially with that price tag. Oh I can just see it, on a fall day with boots and a pumpkin latte!

Jen said...

See, this is exactly why I love F21... great prices and stunning styles! So glad there's a F21 a block away from me ;-)

Daniela said...

i love that Forever 21 downright copies other brands.. lol (cause I can afford forever 21!!)

E said...

I have to say I really like the collar on the Rebecca Taylor one better, but that might just be the photo, Love the color on both of them though!

Shop N' Chomp said...

The Rebecca Taylor one is so much nicer!

Audrey Allure said...

Both are really cute!

Susu Paris Chic said...

I love the waist-hugging belted lines that are enchanting us from left and right this sweet wake of the fall.

Sara Lynn said...

I like the first one better, I think the second one is cute but the model looks preggers in it. I guess if i was pregnant I would wear it though :P

Purses Pastries Etc... said...

I love the Rebecca Taylor tunic so much!! The fabric... the detailing -- perfect! I have to go with the Rebecca :)

the chirpy bird said...

Great finds! Great splurge and save alternatives!
Hope you're having a great weekend
xo tash

angela said...

Don't spend money on a non-classic piece that you won't be wearing next year. Buy the inexpensive one and add the details yourself. Save your money for a high-end classic item that you'll be able to wear year after year.
Angela Sobien

Ashley said...

Oh I loooove the Rebecca Taylor one, but it's so hard to go for that one when the F21 version is only $20! If only money grew on trees... :)

-Ashley
http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

devilishlypleasurable said...

great find. . tunics would be great for fall :)

Becky Regina said...

Not a fan of tunic , but still I love Forever 21 ! Haha .

CJ said...

I am loving that tunic! Have a great weekend.

Kara said...

I'm definitely going with the spendthrift tunic. They look so similar that there's really no need to overspend on something as simple as a tunic.

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