Take this folklore inspired dress seen pinterest as an example, so pretty, yet when we click through to its link source, the description listed as embroidered tulle may not be the first thing we see, one can't help but notice the phenomenal price tag:
"Was £3,133.39 Now £1,253.35 60% OFF"
An originally price tag of £3,133.39? I appreciate the work that may go into making a dress like this, but £3k worth?
So I start to look for alternatives, because I'm sure I could find a similar dress at a lower price, and possibly even one second hand.
There is a dress on etsy, a hand embroidered Mexican white frock from Aida Coronado, not recycled, but handmade, all the way from Mexico city. Not full length, but still very pretty:
$127 from Aida Coronado
Then there's this vintage beauty, a 1960's mod dress, whilst not embroidered, its folk art graphic print is pretty special:
$85 from gogovintage
And another vintage frock, a folk maxi dress with full sleeves, 100% cotton, with embroidered front bib, and this time made in Greece:
$42 from VelouriaVintage
Lastly, a British eBay seller Bang Bang Vintage, has this bohemian 1970's folk maxi dress for sale:
GBP 45.00 from Bang Bang Vintage
Whilst the examples above are all quite different from the original inspired designer piece, their colour and style are a little similar, the cost saving is vast, plus, it would be far better buying old 'new', than brand new.
Readers have you replicated a high priced fashion piece, buying a similar item second hand? What is the most expensive item of clothing you've purchased?