My love affair with leather has been clearly documented in the past (here, here, and here) so it was no surprise that when I caught a glimpse of this Betsey Johnson laser cut dress at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ($198 regular price, $130 during sale which ends August 4th), I swooned. The cutouts remind me of lace and it’s a nice play on mixing feminine with something masculine like black leather. You can imagine my surprise and delight when I found a similar dress from Forever 21 for $30. When you compare the two, both are faux leather and have nice detail at the neck and hemline. However, the Forever 21 version is a little shorter in length and incorporates fabric in the bodice. I went with the Forever 21 dress because I wanted a shorter length for summer and because I already have many leather-bound books. Which would you choose?