A Fashion Blog By Gemma Talbot

Monday, 5 September 2016

Dressing For An Occasion On A Budget: The £40 Self Portrait Dupe You Need In Your Life

It's very rare for me to find a dress that actually makes me feel like a real life princess. For some time now, I have been longing to add a self portrait dress to my wardrobe but haven't been able to justify the hefty price tag nor had the occasion to wear one. I mean lets face it they are pretty fancy schmancy as far as dresses go. When I stumbled across this beauty I had to do a double take as it bears an uncanny resemblance to the Self Portrait Azaelea dress I loved so much. You want to know the best part? It a mere £40 compared to a heftier £240 for the real deal. If you don't believe me check it out for yourself here. Without sounding biased, I don't think I've ever seen a dress so pretty. Not to mention, it literally makes me feel like a million dollars when I have it on which is something so hard to find on the high street or shall I saw world wide web. Admittedly, this is a very girly look by my standards but I absolutely love it and that this outfit needs very little accessorising. 

Suitable for any special occasion, I don't care if this dress sits in my wardrobe because quite frankly I wouldn't mind taking it out once in a while just to stare at it. It really does have that affect on me. I don't know about you, but I often feel frustrated if I spend money on something and simply don't get the wear out of it. It doesn't feel like money well spent. If you have a summer wedding, graduation, friends birthday or just a special occasion where you want to feel amazing then this dress is for you. Did I mention it's just £40! I still can't get my head around that part. Some of you may not like the fact that this is pretty much an identical copy of the Self Portrait Azaelea dress. I say this because a few people commented on this when I posted a photo of me wearing it on my Instagram last week. Realistically, you may love this dress but not want to spend over £200 for something your going to wear once. I personally love it and think it's a bargain worth sharing with you guys. I hope you agree. 

I'll get down to the nitty gritty details of the dress, for any of you considering a purchase. The dress itself did come from China but don't be put off because it was delivered in under 10 days and this was with free shipping! I'm wearing a size small and would say it is pretty true to size as I usually wear an 8. The quality is quite frankly amazing and I like that it features a thin underskirt, not the cheap netting you often find on dresses of this kind. I think the photos speak for themselves in conveying just how much I love this Self Portrait dupe. It really is a dress fit for a princess. 

Dress - Choies
Shoes - Public Desire

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Photography by Rebecca Spencer


  1. Oh my golly golly gosh! That dress is beautiful, you look incredible Gemma! Just gorgeous x


  2. You look gorgeous in this baby blue Gem - I need a wedding to wear it to ASAP! xx


  3. That dress is so stunning! I'm in love xx
    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  4. WOW Gemma you look absolutely freaking beautiful! The colours, the silhouette EVERYTHING, suits you to a T... Utter babe x

  5. Beautiful dress, i love your photos!


  6. I love this dress! I recently picked up a self portrait style dress for a similar price and wore it to the races. It is one of my favourite dresses by far xx

  7. Hello, what size did you buy? And what is th normal size you wear. Thx


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