Beware of the Inexpensive LBD

8 Mar

Sometimes things are too good to be true. I was recently combing through a recent issue of Glamour where there was a feature on LBDs (Little Black Dresses) for under $79. These dresses looked like something that crawled out of the Junior’s section at a cheap department store. They didn’t even hang well in a staged photo shoot. Imagine what they would have looked like on a real person?? Here’s the thing – I am all for finding a good deal as there are many good deals to be found. And I do believe that you can dress well on a budget. I don’t, however, believe in buying inexpensive wardrobe basics (especially evening wear). For context:

Here are two dresses that Glamour suggested are great finds for under $79…

Satin dress with mesh top – $35 at Charlotte Russe

Spiral maze dress – originally $78 at Modcloth

Satin ruffled dress – $80 at Express

The satin is cheap, the hem is confusing and the look is a little too high school. The LBD is supposed to be classic! Sophisticated, sexy, sharp – all of the above. Now let me show you a few dresses  that are SO much better and SO worth the extra investment…

Sexy shift from Max Mara

Great Spring cotton dress from J. Crew

Pretty neckline and cute with flats from Ann Taylor Loft

Cool crepe from White House Black Market

Asymmetrical number from David Meister

So look for the deal but be careful of the cheap…you’re worth the money!


Style Girl


One Response to “Beware of the Inexpensive LBD”

  1. Maria March 10, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    ooooh so true. after a certain age it’s quality that matters not quantity!
    i love your J Crew suggestion

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