Off The Shoulder Little Black Dress: Save vs. Splurge

When I found this off the shoulder dress through Octer, it was game over. I saw my girl McKenna Bleu rocking a VERY similar pink version at NYFW by Milly. I swooned over the gorgeous designer dress and then quickly came back to reality when I saw that it was $400+. What’s a girl to do when she has designer taste on a beer budget? Story of my life.

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Octer was nice enough to give me $100 towards whatever I wanted on their site to really test out their website and let you know what I thought. In complete honesty, I really loved the functionality AND the business idea behind the website. Shopping by category, filtering and sorting by my favorite retailers and being able to easily find like-items made my online shopping experience so easy. I can guarantee that I would have NEVER found this off the shoulder little black dress by sifting through the hundreds of pages on Nordstrom. So here is how I found this dress:


All of the categories are broken down into sub-categories, which makes finding the perfect dress really easy. I picked “party” dresses since I was planning an outfit for a holiday party. I was actually searching for a party dress when I found this off the shoulder dress. I really like that you can choose by occasion, type or hem length. So many options for easy browsing.

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Easy Filtering & Search

Once you click your category, you can search by price range and retailer. Also, as you scroll down the page, the options keep loading, which for me is so nice because I hate clicking “next page” and waiting 3 seconds for it to load. First world problems, I know.

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Recommendations For the Win!

When you click the text link for the item you like, Octer will give you an “alternative products” view as well, which can be dangerous. It also shows you if the item you’re browsing is on sale at other online retailers. Don’t you hate when you find something on Nordy’s only to find that it’s on sale at Bloomie’s? I don’t have time to do all that research, so this is a life saver for finding the BEST price. Side note: look at all those amazing off the shoulder picks!!

Online Shopping with Octer

Make a Wish List

You can make a virtual wish list and “heart” items that you might want to purchase later on (I’m totally into off the shoulder this season). Octer is like a search engine for fashionista’s, so when you click the photo of the item you want to buy, you purchase it through that retailer’s website. Everything is searchable in one place and then you order directly from the retailer you know, love and trust. I think that’s a pretty cool business model.

Online Shopping with Octer

The Dress

This bell sleeve off the shoulder dress looks even more amazing in person and I am obsessed. For 1/4 of the price of the designer version, I am MORE than happy with my purchase! Octer made it super easy for me to find this dupe for my upcoming holiday party. 🙂

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PS: Octer is having a TON of sales for Black Friday! They are top secret until the holiday gets here though. 🙂 But I can imagine that having all of these search and filtering features will make it SO easy to find the BEST deal for the items you really want, because let’s be honest – Black Friday shopping really is a shopping holiday for yourself! You know you’re guilty of it! No shame. 🙂

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