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The Look for Less: Self Portrait Dress

I'm literally obsessed with Self Portrait and their dresses - just browse their Instagram feed and you'll see all the fashion bloggers and celebs who are equally enamored. With their cut-outs and lace, they are the perfect combination of sweet and sexy. Self Portrait's silhouettes seem modest, but are actually quite fun and youthful. This Self Portrait Cutwork Layered Dress is a perfect example of their vision and style. It has a great underlayer of what would appear to be a bodycon dress, with the top layer being an intricate, sleeved lace. I could see myself wearing this absolutely beautiful dress with a really fabulous red lip and sleeked-back, middle-parted hair. The even greater part about this dress is that I found a very similar one for significantly less. The major difference being the silhouette of the skirt. The Self Portrait skirt has more of an A-line look, while the Rule One London Dress appears to be more bodycon. For the most part, however, the intricate lace overlay seems to be very very similar. What do you think...would you splurge or save on this style?

Self Portrait Cutwork Layered Dress, $335

Venice Black Netted Midi Dress, $65

For more Self Portrait knockoff dupes, search "mesh lace dress" on to find dresses like this one. Thanks to alert reader Heidi (@Wishes_Reality) for the tip!

Throwback Thursday: Kerry Washington's Black Top and Leather Midi Look for Less

Kerry Washington Look for Less
Fashion flashback! I'm in love with Kerry Washington's minimalist look...and though she rocked this outfit in 2012, it's just as trendy today. Leather is making a huge comeback and my favorite way to incorporate this fabric is with a sophisticated midi skirt that just grazes the knee. Kerry paired her midi with a stunning gold belt, nylon tote, black tee and leather pumps. This ensemble is amazing head-to-toe, but I wanted to update the silhouette a bit by swapping Kerry's scoop neck tee with a turtleneck sweater, perfect for winter wear. Read on to get Kerry's look for less...