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Look for Less: McQ Exposed Zipper Tank

There's a certain beauty to be found in the utility of a given object. In the case of this McQ by Alexander McQueen Exposed Zip Tank (left), brought to our attention by the astute author of Cupcakes and Cashmere, the functional zipper takes the spotlight as a purely decorative element. The stark black zipper contrasted against the bold red tank heightens the effect for a look that's edgy, modern and practically perfect. The price, however, leaves something to be desired even though it's from McQueen's more moderately priced line. For a similar look, why not try Forever 21's Zipper Pencil Dress? Obviously, I have no way of knowing whether or not Forever 21 got the idea for this dress from Alexander McQueen, but it wouldn't surprise me in the least if they did. McQueen's star just keeps rising and the designer is enjoying more press and recognition than I think he's ever been given before in his career. High time.

Left: McQ Exposed Zip Tank at, $213
Right: Zipper Pencil Dress, available in magenta, yellow or blue at, $19.80

It's a tough call, because the dresses are so different - it's not like McQueen has a patent on zips but then Forever21 aren't know for originality!
#1 Imelda Matt (Homepage) on 2008-08-30 17:16 (Reply)
I hear you, and I would never suggest that something from F21 is comprable to McQueen BUT for the majority of us, buying and wearing real McQ is unrealistic so we must take our inspiration where we can find it. The craftier among us could simply add an exposed zipper to a dress or top they love, too.
#1.1 The Budget Babe on 2008-09-02 08:50 (Reply)
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