Designer look for less: Bottega Veneta Spring 2013

25/02/2014

Bottega Veneta floral dress Spring/Summer 2013 collection, designer look for less
Oh, yes, I am going for the biggest names now... Who would have thought that I will have guts to try and create a look inspired by one of the most exclusive fashion houses out there and yet, here we are. 

I've always loved this Bottega collection. I wrote about it, blogged about editorials featuring two of the dresses and generally never stopped dreaming of discovering one of these pieces on sale, some day, some where...

Bottega Veneta floral dress Spring/Summer 2013 collection, designer look for less
In a mean time I give you my idea of Bottega Veneta on a budget - as I am typing the words I am starting to turn beetroot red for combing "budget" and "Bottega Veneta" in one sentence feels really, really strange and wrong. (I am saying this in case Tomas Maier ever discovers this blog and doesn't like this word combination either). 

I know how special Bottega is. I was lucky to experience it a little bit. Unfortunately, it really is a luxury brand, which means that in monetary value this particular outfit would cost the wearer about £8000. I managed to get it down to £460 (should you wish to reduce it by another £100, try KG Brooklyn courts or KG Hibiscuss t-bar sandals, both are around £45 at the moment and although they aren't as ideal for reproducing the look, they are beautiful and will be a joy to have). Now I am going to take a bow and leave you to judge the result for yourself. 

Bottega Veneta Spring 2013 inspired designer outfit for less
Dress, £185, Belt, £25, Bracelets, £6 each, Nail polish, £12, Shoes, £175,  Bag, £60

Photo source: Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2013 via style.com

43 comments:

  1. I also want a dress! it is magnificent!
    Diana
    dianadaron.ru

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  2. Bottega Veneta is probably the best 'silent luxury' house out there! Unfortunately their prices are not in my budget either... I always love their collections and I remember this dress! The one you found is sooo similar, wauw! That bag I couldn't distinguish from a real one haha (until I touch it probably :p). And when Mayer discovers your blog he will be blow away by the way you write about clothes so he won't mind those two words in one sentence haha I'm sure :) If I was on Twitter and he was as well I would send him this link right now hahha :) xxx

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  3. Bottega Veneta always have the most beautiful, sensual, romantic and feminine collections. Love those flower applications

    Xx

    Alexandra

    www.fashion-bridge.blogspot.com

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  4. You did an excellent and brilliant job Natalia, you recreated the look in a perfect way which Id love to wear. The Nine West bag is to die for, Im looking for a bag as this you know :) Kisses! xo

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  5. I love the first dress!
    Alessandra
    www.alessandrastyle.com

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  6. that dress is gorgeous! Oh my. thanks for sharing an affordable version with us.

    Hope you are having a great week so far:)
    XO, Gina

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  7. As I am not fashion addict I am not such a deep in all famous fashion names but I have my own style I devide the fashion into I like it or not. This dress is really nice, elegant, floral and pleated what I like. Light terracotta colour is really nice. I would like to wear it.

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  8. That Phase Eight dress is beautiful! I don't think I'd ever spend 8k on a dress, even if I was rich.

    Tara xo

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  9. Great post! You so often find that if you just wait a bit you can find what you're looking for on the high street!

    JUSTADDCAKE

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  10. I think you've done a really lovely job of recreating the look and actually I think your version is more accessible not only in price, but in styling as well!

    Well done!

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  11. love the inspiration look! Thanks for sharing!

    www.laurinawong.com

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  12. Incredible post!! Love that bag <3

    Love
    Charu
    http://www.myglossyaffair.com/

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  13. That dress is a really good dupe, it's gorgeous! xxx

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  14. Great post. The dress-oh, I have no words. It´s perfect. :)
    Thanks for your comment.
    Fashion Happenss

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  15. Love the dress!

    www.shineonsilver.blogspot.com

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  16. i really liked the collection! but your collage is great! love the prefect dress match ;) great job!
    very nice blog by the way :)

    kisses from Russia,
    Juliet
    RUSSIAN DOLL

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  17. Wow. Natalia. You always do looks for less brilliantly but this one is something else - the dress looks so much like the real thing, is just incredible! Beautiful work.
    xox,
    Cee

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  18. Me encanta el vestido, es muy dulce y romántico!
    Besitos
    Elena

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  19. whaaaat you nearly found a near duplicate- BUT HOW? i am so impressed! feel free to find more cheaper versions for me please :)

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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  20. Great selection !!
    Bisous
    http://lironsdelle.com

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  21. I've always loved BV bags but that dress in the first pic is really quite stunning. I think the "cheaper" version is great too, but oh my....to have the designer one....sigh....

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  22. You recreated the look perfectly! I'm very impressed!

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  23. This is amazing <3
    http://coeursdefoxes.blogspot.com/

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  24. Yes, unfortunately Bottega is really expensive! I don´t know if I would have the patience to save for one piece :) I like your result really, especially the wonderful dress caught my attention x

    www.dressedwithsoul.blogspot.de

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  25. Such a gorgeous look! I love that dress :)
    xoxo

    Novelstyle

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  26. I love very much the Bottega Veneta's bags! this dress is beautiful too!
    kisses Gi.
    new post
    http://f-lover-fashion-blog.blogspot.it

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  27. Absolutely beautiful! Come along and check out or blog, honey. We are looking forward to you!

    All the best from charming Berlin,

    Jana & Vanessa

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  28. Like your choices,Natalia! Like them really much,that's true!

    This dress looks so precious and looks amazing!:)*
    Especially I like the pleated skirt and the draped torso,so cute!

    Oh,thankyou so very much,sweetheart Natalia for your always stunning posts,

    Hugs to you,
    V.

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  29. Stunning! :)

    http://shareasecretmag.com/

    xoxo

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  30. Wow, I think you did an amazing job!!!! The floral design on the dress you selected looks just like the design on Bottega collection. I love the pieces you selected. Such a chic remake and definitely cheaper than buying the real thing! : )

    xox,
    anna-lamode.blogspot.com

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  31. Natalia, you are simply BRILLIANT! HAHAHA You did it! I LOVE that dress. I never thought there would be a close dupe. Love it and the accessories. Great job!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  32. Nothing is better than the beautiful look but pay less. Gorgeous outfit set!

    xx

    http://www.attraction2fashion.com

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  33. Wow, the dress is a fantastic look for less as is the rest of the look! Love it!
    x.o.x.o

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  34. That's great! I think you did a great job with that outfit!

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  35. Fabulous!!!!!
    http://fashiondiarylooks4.blogspot.com

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  36. So cool look for less :)

    Kisses
    http://www.mademoisellemode.com/

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  37. Brilliant, and I love it! you did a great job and I am going to shop that dress for myself ! I like BV mostly for his clothes: that is where I see the true genius, consistently wearable, luxurious clothes,
    XX, Elle

    http://mydailycostume.com

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