Splurge or Save? Dreamgirl Vs. Made by Niki Fringed Lingerie

by Estelle Puleston

Firstly, sorry for the blog silence recently. I didn’t plan to take a break but I simply haven’t had any time to write stuff lately as I’ve been finishing up my next collection – I sewed the final stitch today, so all shall be revealed tomorrow! Now, onto today’s post…

I spotted this Midnight Sky chemise yesterday on Yandy, a shop which sells lingerie unbranded but this is a Dreamgirl design in case you’re wondering. Fringing is a fairly standard thing, but it’s usually hung vertically so the cut ends swoosh about. Seeing it used horizontally with the ends sealed inside seams like this, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Made by Niki.

Made by Niki’s famous String collection is the stuff of lingerie-collector dreams. It’s stunningly original, and the quality is impeccable. I bought a String mini skirt from the brand’s Hansel & Gretel collection (review here), and I love it so much that I recently got my hands on the longer, blue version pictured here too. If funds allowed, I’d have one in every colour!

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Made by Niki SS13 Renaissance String Draped Skirt in Azure Blue

Made by Niki SS13 Renaissance String Draped Skirt in Azure Blue

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Made by Niki SS13 Renaissance String Draped Skirt in Azure Blue

Made by Niki SS13 Renaissance String Draped Skirt in Azure Blue

Sadly, Made by Niki seems to be closing down. They’ve not made an official announcement to that effect (and I really hope I’m wrong), but everything on their site has been reduced for quite some time and I’m being bombarded with daily ‘final clearance sale’ emails.

This means you can currently get your hands on a Made by Niki string skirt or bodysuit at a fraction of the original cost. It also means everything is rapidly selling out, quite possibly forever – I’m kicking myself for not picking up a String mini dress whilst they were still in stock.

So… Made by Niki or Dreamgirl? I have to recommend choosing Made by Niki if you can – my String skirt is beautifully made, with thick, silky cords and metal hardware. If you’re looking for a luxury statement piece, it’s worth every penny. And remember, this may be your very last chance to own a little piece of lingerie history!

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Dreamgirl Midnight Sky Chemise

Dreamgirl Midnight Sky Chemise

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Dreamgirl Midnight Sky Chemise

Dreamgirl Midnight Sky Chemise

However, with these highly-discounted sale prices still starting at £60, it’s understandable if Made by Niki is simply out of your reach. The Dreamgirl chemise is a much more affordable $34.95 (roughly £25) and still looks super gorgeous. It’s a fun, flirty and unusual design – I particularly like the shape at the back, and I’d definitely buy it myself if I didn’t already own other fringed pieces.

Which of these two pieces do you like best? If you’ve bought from either brand before, I’d love to know what you thought of the quality and value for money too.

Estelle


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