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Ask BB: Taylor Swift's Sheer Panel Dress Look for Less

Taylor Swift's sheer panel insert dress by Elizabeth & James

I was wondering if you could use your skills to track down a similar dress/shoe combo (shown above). I am in LOVE with this outfit but it's a bit out of my price range! —Abby

At Tim McGraw‘s Superstar Summer Night, Taylor Swift wore a sheer panel dress by Elizabeth & James ($375)...

...and Jean-Michel Cazabat heels ($320):

Here are some under-$100 look-for-less options that might work for us babes on a budget:

1. Lilly Mesh Exposed Top And Side Bodycon Dress, $40
This UK online fashion store has lots of affordable options - search by keywords like "mesh," "bodycon," "sheer panel" or "cut-out." sheer panel dress

2. Blaque Market "Reach For The Stars" Dress, $25.95 (down from $58)
Karmaloop's new women-only site Miss KL carries lots of little hot numbers similar to Taylor's like this dress with demure long sleeves plus racy cut-outs and mesh panels.

3. ASOS Midi Dress With Sheer Detail, $49.88
It's hard to beat ASOS' selection when it comes to cute, cheap and on-trend dresses. They have lots of sheer mesh panel bodycon dress options but this one is my favorite because it's seductive yet covered up at the same time - the perfect soft/hard mix!

4. BEBE Lace Inset 3/4 Sleeve Bodycon Dress, $69
This sultry dress by Bebe plays up the sheer paneling with feminine lace.

5. GUESS Ponte Mesh-Insert Dress, $89
If you can spend a little more, this dress by Guess offers better construction and might help hide minor figure flaws a bit better, too. It's unique yet versatile enough to wear mays ways depending on how you accessorize.

As for the heels, try Sole Society's "Stephanie" for $49.95 which has a similar cage cut-out feel and sexy high heel:

Sole Society Stephanie

Have a suggestion for Abby? Let her know in the comments!
I love Taylor's dress! Good finds my friend!! : )

#1 Kayla (Homepage) on 2013-04-16 13:34 (Reply)
That is a gorgeous dress, and I love all of your great finds for less. I am sure F21 it's working already in something similar too.
#2 Berty Morales (Homepage) on 2013-04-16 14:00 (Reply)
Thank you so much! This was super helpful :-) I am Canadian so sadly I couldn't get the shoes as they don't ship to Canada but they are perfect :-)
#3 Abby on 2013-04-17 13:10 (Reply)
Does Zara ship to Canada? I just saw they have a similar pair, too, you might try them!
#3.1 The Budget Babe on 2013-04-17 17:02 (Reply)
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