Which One is the Designer Crochet Dress?

Take a look at the two dresses featured in the photo above. One of those dresses is a designer brand dress that retails for close to $300. The other is available at Victoria’s Secret for about $50. Which one do you think is the pricier dress?

PhillyBurbs.com explains that the one on the left is the designer dress by Los Angeles fashion designer Bianco Nero whose work is sold through Neiman Marcus. Interestingly, I actually like the one on the right more. Go figure. I think it has terrific crochet detail and a lovely flattering shape.

A few of Nero’s other crochet pieces:

Crochet and Lace Dress

Chiffon Dress with Crochet Trim

Now here’s a better question – what do you think the dresses are actually worth? Remember that crochet items can’t be made by machine. I can’t tell from these pictures if these are true crochet but if so then they were made by hand and $50 definitely seems way too cheap for a handcrafted crochet dress. To me, $300 seems closer to a fair price but of course that assumes that the crocheter is the one that gets that money, which is something you’re rarely guaranteed of when you buy crochet in the stores … which is why buying from the designer/ crafter makes the most sense.

Here are some alternative white crochet dresses available on Etsy that range in price from $70 to $700:

via bellasboutiqueshop

via krittenart

via Mamta

via tanya1458

That said, I do love enjoying the eye candy of designer crochet like this even if I don’t necessarily advocate buying it.

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Kathryn

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16 Comments:

  1. I find I don’t like “designer” and “runway” clothes. I feel like they aren’t really made for normal people to wear or look good in.

    • A lot of runway clothes are definitely not made to be wearable – they’re more like art pieces – but I enjoy looking at them for their creativity. These two dresses do seem wearable to me, though – no?

      • I would think that the runway dress would look worse on someone that actually has boobs. :) It would end up looking a bit dumpy. If it has shaping into the waist from the chest it’s pretty subtle.

        The VS dress is made to flatter chests and waists. It’s shaped to outline a woman’s breasts to look fuller and then comes in with a little faux belt at the waist to emphasize any curves. I guess since I’m shaped a bit closer to the VS model (though not nearly as thin haha) I feel like the designer dress is virtually unwearable for me.

      • I would think that the runway dress would look worse on someone that actually has boobs. :) It would end up looking a bit dumpy. If it has shaping into the waist from the chest it’s pretty subtle.

        The VS dress is made to flatter chests and waists. It’s shaped to outline a woman’s breasts to look fuller and then comes in with a little faux belt at the waist to emphasize any curves. I guess since I’m shaped a bit closer to the VS model (though not nearly as thin haha) I feel like the designer dress is virtually unwearable for me.

      • I also want to note that I like most of the etsy dresses you displayed here. They just look much more like something you might actually see someone on the street wearing than all the Nero dresses.

      • I also want to note that I like most of the etsy dresses you displayed here. They just look much more like something you might actually see someone on the street wearing than all the Nero dresses.

        • @Calophi – Thanks for sharing all your thoughts on this. Sounds like you have a great eye for fashion – what works and what doesn’t on different bodies. I don’t have much of a full chest to speak of so I guess that might be why I feel like the runway dress would be wearable. And I think I’d actually be more likely to see that dress than the maxi dresses I chose from Etsy on the street here but I could be wrong. Definitely fun to look at them all!!

  2. Me too. I like the one on the right way more better!
    But I like Nero’s Crochet and lace dress! Gorgeous!

  3. I like the dress on the right better – it’s prettier. I also like the last dress – I could never wear it though. :)

  4. I like the dress on the right better – it’s prettier. I also like the last dress – I could never wear it though. :)

  5. I have bought the second dress from the victoria secret’s. It’s gorgeous. I’m also wearing it with a cotton lace jacket, same colour, a very thin brown belt, brown sandals and a small clutch in cream and brown. It’s a perfect outfit for a day event :)))

  6. Hello. I am someone who is crocheting everything that you can immagine but it is biggest problem to get real price because of what you just sad. 50€ for so much hours of hand work? I can create miracle but who will pay that :'(

  7. @TeaG Yes, it’s very true that there is a big gap between the time that goes into making a handcrafted item and the price that people can afford for the beautiful work. I always encourage people who can afford to do so to pay a fair wage to the makers! And I encourage everyone to buy direct from the makers so that you know you’re not getting crochet handcrafted in poor working conditions.

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