Herve Leger is owned by BCBG Max Azria, and BCBG actually has another version of bandage bodycon clothing that costs a lot less than Herve Leger. BCBG's cheaper version of bandage clothing is commonly called power skirts or power dresses. Because BCBG's power clothing is much better than any other Herve Leger dupes, I thought it would be a great topic to share with other Herve Leger lovers!
I wore a shaper with the BCBG power dress. I really dislike body smoothers, but this dress did not look nearly as good without it. This Herve Leger dress on the other hand provided more shaping and sculpting even without any undergarments to assist. The waistline is smaller and more sculpted and the bust area also got quite a bit of a lift.
BCBG power clothing uses very similar fabric to Herve Leger bandage clothing. This makes BCBG power dresses far more flattering than other brands that I've tried like French Connection, Guess, Bebe, and more who have all tried to copy Herve Leger's bandage style.
But, BCBG is still not nearly as flattering as Herve Leger. The fabric tends to be thinner, and not banded in any way. Here are some examples of BCBG power clothing if you're interested: sleeveless jacquard, BCBG power skirt, and peplum dress.
In Herve Leger, I usually purchase dresses in all colors. But, for BCBG power clothing where the hold is not as firm, I highly recommend choosing dark colors over light colors and to especially avoid white. The lighter colors don't do much to disguise little bulges here and there. :P
One positive about BCBG compared to Herve Leger is that BCBG power dresses are easier to put on than Herve Leger bandage dresses. No need to have someone assist you in pulling up a zipper! Also, many BCBG power dresses tend to look a bit more casual than most Herve Leger dresses.
I personally think that Herve Leger is worth the extra money, ESPECIALLY when many of them are around $300-$400 during resale. Herve Leger dresses are so incredibly flattering compared to other dresses and never fail to turn heads. What do you think?