The Vampire’s Wife Dress for less

Want a dress by The Vampire's Wife as worn by Kate on her recent Caribbean trip but can't afford the price tag? We've rounded up the best lookalikes at a fraction of the price and shared the know-how on how to get top discounts on the real thing.

What is it about The Vampire’s Wife dresses that makes them so sought after?  Worn by everyone from Jennifer Anniston to Kylie, we own two dresses, both bought in the sales – top tip, sign up to their newsletter to get a heads-up on their sales and be ready to buy quickly as they sell out super fast.  Their allure is in the fit as while they might appear demure, the cut around the waist and chest is extremely flattering (Susie Bick, the founder, used to be a house model for Alaia so she knows a thing or too about great fitting clothes).   They also come up small so if you’re between sizes, we would advise to go up.  If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, the key is to find dresses that give the same great fit, particularly around the arms, waist and chest.

A Little Bird Aspiga The Vampire's Wife

Costing £220 and available in 3 colours, this cotton stretch needlecord dress comes with puff 3/4 length shoulder sleeves and double-ruffed cuffs.  Anna Murphy, Fashion Director of The Times, called it ‘One of my dresses of the season.’

When we visited Isabel Spearman’s brilliant Daily Dress Edit pop-up last year, she told us that this dress had been one of her best-sellers because it was so flattering.  Available in navy or forest green in pin-corduroy, making it a sure-fire double for The Festival Jumbo-Cord midi dress.

A Little Bird Cefinn The Vampire's Wife
A Little Bird Wyse London The Vampire's Wife

This 100% silk dress, costing £325, will see you from spring through to summer.  It has puffed shoulders with frilled cuffs and hem.  It also has a grosgrain belt for an added accent on the waist.

Available in four different colours (the hot pink is especially summery), this is more of a day dress but the fluted sleeves, frilled hem and belt give it extra style.  £320 from Beulah London.

A Little Bird London Beulah London The Vampire's Wife
A Little Bird Beulah London The Vampire's Wife

At £550, this dark blue velvet gown is on the more expensive side but it is a classic design and super comfortable to wear.   It is one of Beulah’s best selling dresses.

The Aimee Lame dress in soft gold is probably the closest you’ll get to the infamous Falonetti dress as worn by Jennifer Anniston, Sienna Miller, Emily Blunt and many others.  It has fluted, frilled sleeves and the gold lame sheen is incredibly flattering on the skin. Costing £325, there are two lengths available – regular and longer length.

A Little Bird Wyse London The Vampire's Wife

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