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REAL vs STEAL | Mint lace dresses by Dolce & Gabbana and RoseGal

Docle & Gabbana mint dress

L-R: Dresses by Dolce & Gabbana and RoseGal

Today’s edition of “Real Vs Steal” features a very literal interpretation of that phrase: the lower-priced dress isn’t simply “inspired by” its designer counterpart – it’s such an exact copy of it that it could be said to be literally “stealing” the designer style.

The designer dress in question is this mint beauty by Dolce & Gabbana. Our sister site ShoeperWoman featured this dress earlier this week, and we instantly fell in love with it. As it costs a bank-breaking £1,885, however, we resigned ourself to the fact that we’d never get to wear anything remotely like it – until Fashion Police informer, Claudia, emailed us the link to the RoseGal copy, which is a whole lot cheaper at $32.09.

What can we tell you about RoseGal? Well, not a whole lot, as it happens. We’ve never shopped from the site ourselves, but we’ve been aware of it for a while now. It’s one of a growing number of Chinese retail sites (see also Choies, ChicWish, etc), all of which manufacture very low-cost fashion items, some of which are startlingly similar to clothing found in our favourite high street stores. (And which possibly ARE the same items we buy from the likes of Zara, Topshop etc, just with a different label sewn inside: who knows.)

Of these sites, RoseGal markets itself as catering to the “vintage inspired” market, and carries a lot of 50s-style dresses, one of which is this Dolce & Gabbana dupe. It’s identical in style, although the fact that it costs just $32 (and that’s WITH shipping from China) makes us very much doubt whether it’ll be of a similar quality. With that said, although we haven’t, as we mentioned, shopped from RoseGal before, we have bought or been sent items from both Choies and ChicWish, and while the quality wasn’t outstanding, it wasn’t terrible either, so you never know. Unless, of course, you decide to order this dress, and report back to us.

Would you, though? How do you feel about made-in-China dupes of designer clothing? Would you purchase one of these dresses?

[Thanks to Claudia for the report!]

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