Monday, 16 May 2011

today i'd save on... stella mccartney vs dorothy perkins

On left: Stella McCartney citrus print silk dress, £1,125 at Selfridges

Stella McCartney is not what you would call a Marmite designer. She's no Christopher Kane, polarising the masses into the lovers or the haters. Because how could you hate a designer who so absolutely understands what we want to wear? She knows how to dress women; she knows how to make them look good and most importantly feel good. She is a reliable, steadying influence in the often fickle world of fashion. We know that whatever is going on with the trends in any given season, Stella can always be relied upon to produce beautiful, flattering and utterly wearable clothes. And even when she pushes the boat out a little and plays with seemingly scary ideas, we know that we can trust her. That's why even though her bold citrus prints for S/S'11 may have at first seemed daunting, now none of us can get enough of them. The downside to Stella's clothes, however, is, of course, the prices. So for those of us who can't afford the real McCoy, it's just as well that the high street shops know full well the power of McCartney's designs, and are constantly churning out replicas. This Dorothy Perkins dress is easy, breezy and fun, which is pretty much all you can ask for in a summer dress. It demands simple heels and zero jewels. Alternatively, if you're not a dress girl, try Zara's printed top on for size. All the effortless beauty of a McCartney design with none of the debt.


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