>> May 3, 2010
One of my first readers at Project Shannon, who also happens to be my IT ninja, asked me to do a little fashion scavenger hunt. She attended a wedding back in January for her brother and new sister-in-law. Her new SIL has re-donkulously fantastic taste, and picked out a killer dress for her engagement photos and rehearsal dinner. (She's secretly one of my fashion idols, even though I don't really know her.)
So I set out to find this dress (or a similar version) on the world wide webnets. When browsing for the dress, I specifically looked for options with the following characteristics: a sweetheart neckline, a short/mini skirt, a black waist band/sash, fitted through the bodice (structured boning was a plus), in an elegant and white fabric.
Here's what I came up with:
Option 4: Another option under $200. A bit more youthful than our original, this option boasts a tiered lace skirt. But it still has the empire waist, mini skirt, and a suggestion of a sweetheart neckline. This dress has its own belted waist, so adding a black ribbon might be over kill.
Option 5: Okay - I think this one comes pretty close, actually. Sweetheart neckline? Check. Black bow at waist? Check (well, actually, double check). Fitted through bodice, mini skirt, white? All checked. It's not the cheapest option, but if you are looking to replicate the original SIL dress - this one is pretty good.
Actually, ASOS had a few options that I considered. (here for $61, here for $58, here for $34, and here for $93.) They were all white, short, strapless, and had the fitted bodice. But the one above was the best in terms of exact match - although not the best "deal".
In the end, I think options 1 and 5 were the best reproductions of the original dress. But there were a few decent examples of similar dresses at a much better price. I wonder which one my ninja would choose?
By the way - If you have a scavenger hunt challenge, let me know! I will do my best to track it down!