Saint Laurent vs Topshop

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Saint Laurent’s green jersey skater dress (3590 euros, left) costs 56 times more than Topshop’s green jersey skater dress (64 euros, right.)

Most of you know that I am not a fan of what Hedi Slimane has been doing for Saint Laurent and I’m not sure I believe that the product is doing so well at retail level (although the media is reporting otherwise.) My suspicions were even stronger after I checked out the collection when I was in London a few weeks ago. I thought, given the steep prices for clothing that looks like Topshop, that Saint Laurent would at least be incredible quality and made from beautiful fabrics. I wasn’t impressed. While the fabrics and quality were certainly better than most fast fashion retailers, I wasn’t wow-ed by the construction, and that made me even more confused about how the brand could be doing so well. The clothes look like Forever 21, the quality isn’t even that great, and they are really expensive.

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Saint Laurent’s leopard print skirt (990 euros, left) is 16 times more expensive than Topshop’s leopard print skirt (60 euros, right.)

After writing about overpriced denim last week, I decided it was time to do another visual price comparison of two brands. Last time I looked at Rodarte, and the results were shocking. Today, I am comparing Saint Laurent and Topshop. Now, I know that the quality and fabrics of Topshop are not as good as Saint Laurent, and neither are their cuts. I also know they aren’t made under such good working conditions. Keeping in mind that Saint Laurent has much better photography – have a look at the cost comparisons. And if you scroll down to the bottom, you’ll see that my diagrams show just how shocking the price differences are.

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Saint Laurent’s black blazer (1790 euros, left) is 28 times more expensive than Topshop’s black blazer (64 euros, right.)

I’m not saying we should all go buy 56 dresses instead of 1, because I believe in quality over quantity. But when said “quality” resembles the cheap stuff and the materials aren’t that much better, I start to wonder how much of the Saint Laurent price tag is just about the label. I am beginning to think you are paying to keep Hedi Slimane and his ego in a job, not for beautiful clothes.

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Saint Laurent’s trench coat (1990 euros, left) is 19 times more expensive than Topshop’s trench coat (103 euros, right.)

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Saint Laurent’s leather leggings (1490 euros, left) are almost five times more expensive than Topshop’s leather leggings (325 euros, right.) And both are real leather!

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Saint Laurent’s grey sweatshirt (550 euros, left) is 9 times more expensive than Topshop’s grey sweatshirt (59 euros, right.)

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Saint Laurent’s sleeveless biker jacket (2990 euros, left) is 33 times more expensive than Topshop’s sleeveless biker jacket (88 euros, right.) Ok, I know Saint Laurent’s has a nicer cut and it is real leather compared to Topshop’s pleather… but still.

So if you bought all this from Saint Laurent…

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You’d get all this from Topshop.

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  • Alicia

    LOVE the graphic at the end. Thank you !

  • Maggie A

    I really like the Topshop trench and leather pants.

    xo
    Maggie A
    LOVEMAVIN.COM

  • Rei Fujita

    omg love what you did there at the end ! it really shows the gap in prices and definitely makes one rethink about the prices and quality ! I don’t mind paying more for clothes if its for quality but not just for the brand name for sure!

    xoxo
    Rei
    couturecrush.net

  • @Elaryen

    Blimey, that’s a lot of green dresses. Could last me … almost 5 decades allowing for a change every year and some spare ones?

    Funny thing, I actually prefer the cut of the Topshop dress over Saint Laurent. Wouldn’t want either of the miniskirts.