Designer Vs High Street: Leather/wool dresses from Theory and Topshop


This is technically a case of Stuck Together Clothes: they’re dresses, but they’re masquerading as skirt/sweater combos – and goodness knows, it’s hard to pair a black skirt with a black sweater, isn’t it, readers?

Ignoring the flagrant breach of the “skirts should be skirts and tops should be tops” rule for the moment, however, let’s take a look at the similarities between these two dresses. The one on the left is by Theory, it’s a leather/wool mix, and it’s £555 at Net-a-Porter. The one on the right, meanwhile, is good ol’ Topshop, and while the skirt is also leather, the top half is jersey, rather than wool. It’s also significantly cheaper, at just £70, and is lacking the batwing sleeves of the Theory dress.

Which do you prefer, though? Would you choose designer or high street: or would you chose neither?

6 Comments

  • October 6, 2010

    Roisin

    I wouldn’t wear either because a)stuck together and b)I’m really not sure how I’d get on with a leather skirt. That said, I like the look of Topshop’s version much more. Jersey is much easier to wear than wool and you might even be able to dry clean or steam clean the jersey bit, which you might not be able to do with the wool. £550 for a dress thing that you can’t even wash or anything seems a bit steep for me. The Topshop version is much sleeker looking as well.

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    • October 6, 2010

      The Fashion Police

      You know, I didn’t even think about that, but you’re right – the jersey/wool part would need to be washed frequently, but the leather part couldn’t be: yet another reason to hate stuck together clothes!

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  • October 6, 2010

    Karen

    At first glance, I liked Topshop’s better. When I looked more closely, however, I had to concede that the Theory dress looks like it is of much better quality (it better be, at that price!), and cut to be more flattering. Also, I find jersey to be very unforgiving- give me wool any day.

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  • October 7, 2010

    Jaynie

    I’d rather have the material of the designer one in the pattern of the topshop one, actually (though really I’d rather have neither). The Theory dress is just a little bit too 1980s — I’m seeing a peroxide-blonde perm with mall bangs and loud makeup, actually. Maybe that’s just me?

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  • October 7, 2010

    Janers

    Neither, I don’t wear animal

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  • October 7, 2010

    Serinde

    wear or die… topshop. dullsville in comparison to hideous

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