Save or Splurge: Temperley London vs H&M

save or splurge temperley vs hennes

If you’re going on holiday to sunny climes this summer (and yes, we’re thinking about our summer holidays already…) a white cotton maxi dress is an easy-wear addition to your suitcase. The only question is how much you want to spend on your summer-weight dress.

Yes, the detailing on the Temperley is absolutely beautiful – but we can’t imagine feeling too comfortable at the prospect of trailing a near £700 dress in the surf! Meanwhile, H&M’s lightweight alternative has all the pretty without the price tag…

What do you think? Worth the splurge or better to save?

Temperley London Aliza cotton silk-blend maxi dress, £695 from Net-a-Porter.
H&M crochet detail long flared dress, £34.99 from H&M.


  • March 2, 2011


    Well, of course I wouldn’t pay that much for the Temperley, but I wouldn’t buy the H&M either. I actually have a dress very similar to the H&M one, and it makes me look pregnant, so I wouldn’t like another one that does exactly the same. It’s because of that awkward seam below the hips. The Temperley has a much nicer waist and is generally way prettier.

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    • March 2, 2011


      That H&M dress would look really awkward on most people. The Temperley one has a lot nicer structure, not that I’m going to spend that much on a transparent white maxi.

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  • March 3, 2011


    Oh, easy! Anything with beading on the bodice makes my chest look strange, so the H&M one. I actually love the simple, floaty look of it better than the beading on the Temperly.

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  • March 13, 2011


    ok the one on the left looks way too much like a wedding dress, so by default it would be wise to choose the h&m dress. although, I’m not too fond of the h&m one either

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  • March 23, 2011


    I’m not too fond of either myself, but if I had to make a choice, I’d definitely choose the H&M

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