How Much Should I Pay For A Bandage Dress?

Last updated on : April 29 2015

How much will a quality bandage dress cost? Why do you see so many dresses that look the same but vary in prices from $10 to more than $1000? And most importantly, will the dress you see on the store's website be the same dress you get in the mail? 

As a online retailer that specializes in affordable, high quality bandage dresses we seek to set the record straight and help you buy smart and save at the same time.

Understanding Quality Bandage Dresses 

There are thousands of bandage dress retailers on the web - literally. Each offers you a range of dresses that vary in size, color, and styles. These retailers have varied shipping costs, return policies, and price points for each bandage dress in their arsenal depending on its quality.

The two most important aspects of any bandage dress (or fitted style) is its stretch and ease of wear. If the fabric is rough you will be uncomfortable. If the fabric is to loose your dress will look sloppy and you will appear unkempt. 

A high quality bandage dress can be made from a variety of fabrics. Regardless of the fabric of the dress your satisfaction rests in the thickness of the dress, its ability to stretch, how strong and durable it is, and its sheen. A thick bandage dress acts as shapewear. A stretchy bandage dress makes it super comfy and easy to wear. A durable bandage dress means that you can put it on and pull it up or down without tearing it or ruining its shape. A bandage or bodycon dress with sheen shows quality and gives you confidence.  

For comparative purposes and to be clear upfront, bandage dresses at price points below $70 are questionable and should be avoided as these dresses are typically made from polyester or cotton and thus fail to deliver adequate thickness, stretch, durability, and shine.

Are Dress Stores Online Selling the Same Cute Dresses? 

Think of it this way. If you need milk and eggs do you have to go to a grocery store to get them? Or can you get both from Walgreens, Rite Aide, or Walmart? You can get similar products online and offline from anywhere - it really just depends on your shopping preferences and time frame in which you need them. 

A reputable dress store or bandage dress retailer promising to offer high quality bandage dresses is likely selling a dress from one of the respected primary manufacturers we all use and therefore it is a similar dress (in quality at least) to what other reputable websites are selling as well.

Bandage Dress Manufacturers at a Glance

These manufacturers are mostly related either through history or family ties and produce about 95 percent of the high quality bandage dresses sold at price points between $90 to $250 on the web today. Thus one of the reputable online dress stores or retailers selling dresses within this price range is likely selling a dress made by one of the primary manufacturers we've mentioned. So whether you buy a bandage dress from dress store A or from dress store B; you're getting a similar bandage dress – albeit at a different price. 

Fashion brands and bandage dress retailers that offer dresses designed by them are almost certainly made by these same manufacturers and will be of similar quality - not better quality. Remember that exclusive brand lines and collections do not affect the quality of bandage dresses. In most cases you are simply paying extra for the label. Which leads us to our next question.


Manufacturing cost per bandage dress range between $35 to $55 depending on the dress and weave. Add to that expedited shipping costs of approximately $30 for the first two pounds and additional fees for related stock, packaging, and financing for around $5 and we get a base cost to get the dress to a customer's door between $70 and $90. So why are we seeing prices as much as $180 or even $250?

Why Are High Quality Bandage Dresses More Expensive? 

Quality control and returns influence price points the most. Although bandage or bodycon dresses have a similar manufacturing source; controlling the quality of each takes more than you would think. 

Manufacturers are producing thousands of quality bandage dresses a month but they are not necessarily all the same. Some will be finished very badly while others have different damage. Seams must align, zippers must zip, colors must match. In most cases manufacturers tend to regard quality as the buyers responsibility and that requires a bit more overhead.

Ever received a broken or damaged product in the mail? Worst case is that the dress store sources directly from a manufacture who ships it directly to your door. These dress stores never see your dress and it is quite a gamble for you and them. If the dress is all wrong and the zipper doesn't zip then you have the hassle of returning it - within an allocated time. 

Impacts of Returning Bandage Dresses on Cost

A reputable dress store offering a fair return policy sees returns in the region of 40 to 50 percent. Yep! Almost half of the bandage dresses sold are in fact also returned. Why?

  • A large component of returns is the "try-on" approach employed by many customers. It simply means that customers order a variety of bandage dresses not knowing exactly which styles they prefer as well as a range of sizes to be sure they get one that fits - then returns the rest.
  • There is also a high incidence of Wardrobing, where a customer orders a dress, wears it out for a night (or more) and then returns the dress. Yes - it's crazy but true. In fact, one in six customers admits to having done this at least once.
  • And lastly there is Friendly Fraud, where a customers buys something and then claims their money back on their credit card stating it wasn't them who made the purchase. In 2014, online retailers collectively forfeited $11.8 billion as a result of Friendly Fraud.

What Does This All Mean to You? 

Focusing only on returns means that dress store retailers cannot offer lower prices, good customer service, and easy, fast returns sensibly. If they do they will go bust. As a consumer you are compensating for the various factors we've mentioned.

Some retailers offer the standard 30 day return policy while others employ an inconvenient 7 days. In a nutshell, the easier and friendlier the return policy the higher the selling price is likely to be while lower priced bandage dresses are much more difficult to return or will not be accepted at all. The price of individual dresses are largely based on these factors.

What Should I Pay For A Bandage Dress? 

Keep in mind that a dress store or bandage dress retailer that promises easy returns does not mean that your dress is actually easily returned and/or exchanged. Do you have to pay a restocking fee? How many days do you have to decide if you want to keep your dress? Is there an actual phone number you can call to get updates about your purchase or simply ask questions? Is there any form of customer service? Does the store have prominent and verified customer reviews (like the ones found here)? Can you read what other customers are saying about the store from an unbiased source? Consider all of these things prior to deciding how much you want to spend on your bandage dress. Below we've listed what you can expect at varied price points at a glance:

$10 - $80

  • Made from polyester or cotton. 
  • Lacks stretch for a consistent snug and sexy fit.
  • One time wear for a night out with friends.
  • All sales are usually final.

$90 - $100

  • Made of primarily rayon with a remaining blend of nylon and spandex. 
  • Two or three wears for a special occasions.
  • Familiar with the brand's sizing and quality.
  • Not planning on returning your bandage dress but may. 
  • Possible restocking fee. 

$110 - $150

  • Made of 90 percent rayon with a luxe blend of nylon and spandex. 
  • Wear for many years with proper care. 
  • Verified customer reviews.
  • Possibly need to return for sizing. 
  • Free shipping. 
  • No or reasonable restocking fee. 

Overall, based on the cost of manufacturing, shipping, and returns prices beyond $150 including shipping for a standard high quality bandage dress is too high.

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Sasithon Bella is the kewl in The Kewl Shop. Co-founder, chief buyer, bandage dress guru and a lot more. If you like what you see at The Kewl Shop it is because of Sasithon Bella. You might know her better as Sasi.



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