Mossimo dress from Target | size medium – not available online, also in more colorways, including black
Rag & Bone Quinn Sandals | size 38 – they run true to size
3.1 Phillip Lim Ryder Satchel | large
Of course there’s not Raquel Allegra at Target, and I do feel sort of bad even saying that, but when I spotted this dress (near the James Perse knockoff below), I knew I needed to at least try it on. I had sort of been looking for a white dress and you know I’m obsessed with Raquel Allegra, and this dress is such an obvious copy of the Raquel Allegra original that I’ve been coveting.
I definitely don’t advocate buying knockoffs, and mostly I steer away from copies as well, but sometimes I have to give in…and this was one of those times. Actually, the mossimo dress really makes me want to try and find the original Raquel Allegra one now, because I’m pretty sure I’d wear it a lot. Although we’ll have to see about that.
The Mossimo dress is sort of a slubbed, fleecy material, lightweight, and thin, sort of cheap-looking close-up for sure. And it’s brighter white than the Raquel Allegra original, sort of bright for wearing alone, but I wanted to show it to you without anything on top. Otherwise, I’d probably layer it with a lightweight black cardigan or cropped tee; something to tone it down a bit…
I do love the way it looks, which ultimately makes me think I’d love the real Raquel Allegra one as well if I can ever get it for 50% off.
Oh, and I definitely did not buy this next dress, but I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you James Perse fans about it…
It’s absolutely NOT similar in any way to the quality of James Perse (its’ not made in the US, not double layered, or stretchy at all), BUT it’s a great way to try out a similar style without spending a lot of money. If you try it, and you really like the style, and ruching, then you will LOVE the ruched James Perse dresses. I’m wearing a medium in this dress, and it also comes in a navy/black/gray version that was pretty nice.
Overall, both dresses from Target are good, easy, inexpensive summer dresses that you really don’t have to worry so much about. And even if you do already have a closet full of James Perse, it’s nice to sometimes be able to grab something you don’t have to worry about if you stain it, or get a hole. These would both be good for a beach vacation…
Have you ever purchased something that was an obvious copy of a more expensive item you’ve been coveting? Did it lead you to purchase the more expensive one eventually? or stick with the cheaper version?