Save or Splurge: Sailboat print dresses by Stella McCartney and New Look

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Similar prints, but different shapes for these two dresses: the New Look dress on the left is a sheer fabric with a drawstring waist, while the Stella McCartney version on the right (which is presumably where New Look took their “inspiration” from) is silk, and comes in a slimmer shape.

Of course, the price tags are different too: one dress is just £25, while the other is £553. Which would you buy, though? Would you splash out a few hundred on the designer label, or would you be content with the cheaper high street version?

14 Comments

  • February 6, 2009

    Mousy

    The McCartney version has a much nicer print. I like that it is clear and crisp. I prefer the cut of it, too, and the fabric. Oh, and the shoulder details!
    Doesn’t mean I’d buy it, sadly. Though I would like it.

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  • February 6, 2009

    holly

    I would buy the dress on the left way before the one on the right.

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  • February 6, 2009

    Janine

    The New Look dress is like a million times nicer than the Stella one!

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  • February 6, 2009

    Am

    My initial reaction was the New Look version was better – but I’m not so sure now… I think I’d have to see them both on, and then decide.

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  • February 6, 2009

    nj

    I don’t like the gnarly anchor on the stella version and of course a double digit price always beats a triple digit one in my books …from the photo alone it also seems like the cheaper one has a cuter cut

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  • February 6, 2009

    Evelyn

    I like the New Look one better too!

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  • February 6, 2009

    Rock Hyrax

    In a “wear or die” scenario I’d go for the splurge – the New Look option is clearly a “shress”!

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  • February 6, 2009

    Rock Hyrax

    If I had to buy (and wear or die) either I’d splurge – the New Look option is clearly a “shress”!

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  • February 6, 2009

    gokarm

    I wouldn’t buy either. Nautical is just an ever-present “trend” that I try to avoid (though I still dig a seersucker and rope trims). Ultimately, these are two very different dresses. Stella’s is predictably more stylish, but I think the new look dress is quite nice.

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  • February 6, 2009

    Theresa

    I don’t know that I would wear either of them, but I like Stella’s the best, and I would rather splurge on something I love than buy a lot of cheaper dresses that I don’t.

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  • February 6, 2009

    Mousy

    Blergh. I still stand by preferring the designer one. In my experience, shress-y fabric in New Look can be a little rough.

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  • February 6, 2009

    Amanda Nicole

    I actually like the cheaper one. Actually, I love it.

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  • February 6, 2009

    b.

    I’d rather make a combination – the fabric of McCartney & the shape of New Look.

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  • May 30, 2009

    Diandra

    Honestly, I love both! They’re both adorable!

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