I have been looking for the perfect lace top to add to my wardrobe because it is definitely a closet staple. One of my favorite brands, Self-Portrait, has a beautiful one but the price point gets me every single time I go to purchase an item from their line. This beautiful lace Self-Portrait top has been sitting in my shopping cart for weeks and I haven’t been able to pull the trigger on it. So when I discovered this almost identical version on Nordstrom I knew I had to try it out! I’m always hesitant about items that feel like a knock-off but in this case it feels like its worth saving your money. I compared the two tops below so you can make a decision for yourself on whether or not you want to splurge or save on this season’s essential, the lace top.
Save or Splurge:
The Lace Top
The ruffle details on the less expensive top are not as stiff as the details on the Self-Portrait top. Which I actually appreciate. I’m not a huge fan of super stiff material because let’s be honest comfort is key.
My biggest concern for a lace top priced at $99 was it looking cheap. However, you would never know that is a 1/4 of the price of the Self-Portrait top because it looks so much more expensive.
The Self-Portrait top has a beautiful ruffle down the sleeve whereas, the less expensive style has a bell sleeve detail. Again, another detail that I actually prefer because it allows me to wear it under a blazer.
If you are looking for a classic that will not go out of style, I feel like you can’t go wrong with either option. However, bell sleeves are a trend. If this trend is not for you, than I would suggest the more expensive option or a style like this one, it’s under $200.
The less expensive top comes with a cami to wear underneath it whereas the more expensive Self-Portrait option does not. The more expensive option is meant to be worn with a bra peeking through from underneath. Again, not a look that is for everyone, so if this is not for you, choose the less expensive option.
Both options will look great tucked into high waisted denim and will look as pretty when left untucked.
So if you are still torn, here is how I think about it, by purchasing the Wayf top you will be able buy a pair of high waisted denim to pair with it from the money you will have saved from choosing the less expensive option. Ill take the full outfit, please!