Designer Vs High Street: Stella McCartney Vs Mango

Black dresses by Stella McCartney and Mango

All rise for the case of Mango Vs McCartney!

Actually, it’s OK, you can sit back down: there’s really no case to be answered here – this is a straightforward case of “designer inspiration” as opposed to “blatant copying”, and while you can clearly see where the inspiration from this Mango dress has come from, there are enough differences between it and the Stella McCartney original to make it very obvious which is which.

Unfortunately for Mango, the side-by-side comparison doesn’t really do their creation any favours. We’re sure it probably looks nice on, but next to the Stella, it does look a little… well, cheap, really.

IS it cheap? Well, it’s £34.90, so we’d say yes, it is. As for the McCartney dress, you’ll pay £1285 for the privilege: ouch.


  • October 3, 2011


    I’ve noticed that I usually prefer the design of the cheaper version when I see these side by side comparisons. When you guys had the Zara skirt vs. the expensive one, I preferred the Zara. On this blog: , I prefer the Aldo to Dolce & Gabbana.

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  • October 4, 2011


    I also prefer the mango version. It looks more wearable (for me) than the other. Perhaps this is because I am on the shorter side, and as such prefer a skirt above the knee, but I also think that the Mango neckline is more universally flattering.

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  • October 4, 2011


    Mango, definitely. The Stella McCartney one has a bit of a Cruella DeVille vibe to it.

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