Save or Splurge: 2-in-one dresses from Nanette Lepore and Dorothy Perkins

2in1_dressesTwo-in-one dresses are absolutely everywhere right now. Most are of the “shirt-attached-to-a-pencil-skirt” variety, but there’s also a lot of the “t-shirt-worn-under-a-strapless-dress” variety around too, and it’s this style that’s the subject of today’s Save or Splurge.

Now, we quite like these dresses. At first we were a little suspicious of them on account of our reservations about Clothes That Are Stuck Together, but we soon got over it, and started to really like this casually dressed-up style. But which dress do we like most, we ask ourselves? Well, the Nanette Lepore Gin Sling dress is the more expensive of the two, at $260, and we like the striped t-shirt top. At just £30, though, and available in either red or white, we think the Dorothy Perkins dress is the better buy, and we prefer the shape of the bodice, so that’s the one we’d go for.

What about you, though? What do you think of these dresses? And if you’d buy one, would you save or splurge?

15 Comments

  • September 15, 2008

    emmao414

    I’d Save today, and totally agree with the comments, the bodice is much nicer on the DP one, although the striped top is nice, and the bodice is a bit unusual, I just think it would make you look like your boobage was round your belly, no matter what!!

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  • September 15, 2008

    Alex

    One of those rare occasions where the cheaper version actually looks better cut and more flattering (the Nanette Lepore is doing strange things to that poor model’s bust). I’m still uncertain about the combination, but I’d be more likely to be convinced by Dottie P and there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write.

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  • September 15, 2008

    Kate

    Save version is definitely my favorite–I don’t like the shaping on the expensive one at all!

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  • September 15, 2008

    Arielle

    Save. I also think the bodice is far more flattering on the Dorothy Perkins’ version.

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  • September 15, 2008

    Natasha

    I’ve noticed that we all usually prefer the save version. Are you doing this on purpose to make us feel better about the fact we usually can’t afford the splurge one? 🙂
    What bothers me about the splurge dress are actually the sleeves which are too wide, so the “top” doesn’t really look like something you’d wear under a dress.

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  • September 15, 2008

    Mousy

    Definitely save, for all the reasons already addressed!

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  • September 15, 2008

    Am

    yes, me too – save all the way! For the same reasons already expressed above. – the DP one is a nicer length – though I’d have it in black and white rather than black and red.

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  • September 15, 2008

    Danielle

    I think we prefer the save because we think that it actually looks better than the expensive one. Personally, I prefer the save one because it actually fits the model instead of hanging off her frame like in the splurge version. It just goes to show us that we don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to look good.

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  • September 15, 2008

    Amanda

    I can’t seem to warm up to the t-shirt and dress combo. It reminds me of Kelly Taylor’s white t-shirt and bicycle shorts under black spaghetti strap dress outfit.

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  • September 15, 2008

    J.

    I usually don’t like top-attached-to-skirt type things, but this is so cute! I’d rather save too – it’s cuter!

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  • September 15, 2008

    Alina

    cheaper one is nicer, but i wouldnt buy either, just buy a strapless black dress and wear whatever tee you want underneath! easy. i already have a plain black strapless just like those two.

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  • September 16, 2008

    Steph

    Save, it’s much prettier.

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  • September 16, 2008

    gokarm

    yes, both are crimes, because seriously, where’s the versatility in these? There’s none. Buy the seperates and put them together if you like.

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  • September 7, 2009

    Diandra

    Save, it’s much cuter anyways!

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  • October 8, 2010

    Roxy

    I love the save version so… save!

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