Steep vs Cheap: Erdem’s Bianca silk maxi dress

Flora and fauna was the blueprint for this season’s blossoming affection with prints. Prada made monkeys play with bananas, Stella McCartney assembled a citrus-inspired cocktail and Dolce & Gabbana expressed a flowery fixation. But with a riot of vivid colours and strong floral prints taking over the catwalk, we love Erdem’s subtle take on the trend.

This garden silk Bianca dress in a soft, multi-tone shade ticks all the right trend boxes for summer: full length, sheer, flowing layers – and did we mention fabulously floral?

The perfect piece for a spectacular summer soiree, this dress is entering our dreams all too frequently alongside nude heels and a vibrant clutch to create a cool pop of colour.

But if this blissfully leafy creation’s lofty price tag of £3,360 is disrupting the serenity in your paradise garden, we’ve found an equally beautiful, less-pricey version to restore the sartorial harmony.

To recreate Erdem’s floral grace on a budget, Miss Selfridge’s lily print maxi dress should be your saviour. Modestly priced at £75, this ethereal maxi perfectly references Seventies retro glamour with a hint of romance, thanks to its subtle print and creamy hue.

We’ll be teaming ours with wooden heels and a perfectly bronzed glow for an amorous summer look. Creating catwalk glamour on a carefully constructed budget? All in a day’s work.

Erdem Bianca silk dress, £3,360, available at BUY NOW!

Miss Selfridge lily print maxi dress, £75, available at Miss Selfridge. BUY NOW!

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