Save or Splurge? Erdem vs Topshop red lace 3/4 sleeve dresses

Two very pretty dresses with two very different price tags!

Ok, so we’ll admit that the lace on the Erdem dress looks finer, softer, that little more delicate than on the Topshop. But to justify the price tag it would need to be bought for a somewhat special occasion. And the Fashion Police being the clumsy sort, we can almost guarantee that the lace would get caught on something or someone at some point in the evening, resulting in much wailing and teeth-gnashing in anguish…

Yup, from our perspective it’s better to be on the safer side and go for the save. But what about you? Would you splash out on Erdem’s Margot lace dress, or hover under £50 with Topshop’s three quarter sleeve red lace number?

8 Comments

  • March 23, 2011

    Daisy

    I think the quality really shows in the orginal piece: the lace is nicer and more delicate, there are more details (the overlapping on the bust and the scalopped edges) and I just love the colour and the general draping of the skirt better. But, just like you, I don’t really have lots of occasions and am quite clumsy, so I would have to settle for the Topshop one. But if you ask me which one is nicer, I’d definitely say the Erdem dress.

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  • March 23, 2011

    Natasha

    The splurge version – is that the dress Michelle Williams wore with leopard print shoes last year? Does anyone remember that? I loved it on her, and I still love it. (Amber, where did the search field for the archives disappear?)
    The lace of the Topshop dress looks kinda cheap, and cheap lace is definitely NOT a good look. Of course, that doesn’t mean I find £2000 a reasonable price for a dress.

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  • March 23, 2011

    andrew

    I wouldn’t go as far as to say one is better than the other really. sure the more expensive one looks higher quality. but the difference in sleeve and dress length make them different looks that most likely only two different types of women can pull off. I’d say the one on the right is for a more flirtatious girl, who is a bit more wild. while the dress on the left looks like it would suit a well reserved woman, not as casual and fun as the girl wearing the dress on the left. needless to say I’m not a fan of the material used for both, but they are nice dresses

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  • March 23, 2011

    Tatch

    Personally I’d splerge. It just looks so much nicer ♥

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  • March 23, 2011

    Moni

    I like the execution of the right one better. It looks more complete. And there’s no underwear visible…
    The left one has the much nicer colour though. This dull orange on the right is just not pretty. And the lace on the left one seems softer.

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  • March 23, 2011

    Dani

    Is it just me, or is the Erdem one a… a SHRESS? Eek!
    Ah well, maybe that white tank top-looking thing is actually part of the dress. It doesn’t look like it though.
    The lace on the Erdem one IS nicer, though.

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  • March 26, 2011

    Emily

    Can’t find the Topshop one now.

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  • April 7, 2011

    amanda

    Super cute and a great way to save! I and really into sewing and so I actually made my own version of Erdem’s red lace dress. Mine is blue (to go well with my blonde hair), but it looks a lot like Erdem’s dress! Check out my pictures of the finished product on my blog! 🙂 http://amandasphotogarden.blogspot.com/2011/04/my-lace-dress-is-finished.html

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