Tis’ the season to party, tra la la LA LA LA LAAAAA!! This festive season, fashion magazines have gone into Product Placement overdrive and we are being shown all sorts of Glittery, Sparkly wonders to purchase for the Party Season. However, if you find your purses a tad pinched for size due to all your spending during the course of the year; here are my 6 tips on how to source and create your festive party looks on a budget and still have that W-O-W factor:
1. Flirting With The Sixties
Nothing beats a trailing, eye-catching retro dress, so why don’t you head to your local vintage shop to see what they have. With a retro dress like this, you are bound to not bump into anyone in the room sporting a similar style. The dress was £80, and due to its timeless print and design I can wear it to the end of time. So this is very much a- Budget!
Dress- Peekaboo, Vintage, Belt- Portobello Market, Face sticker- Claire’s Accessories, Headbands- Claire’s Accessories.
2. Lace et Chiffon
Mixing High Street pieces with pieces from the market helps to keep your ensemble more personalised, as well as on the lower end of the scale. Also a cheaper way to put some festive sparkle into your ensemble is through your accessories, I have done so with my belt and hairband (gift).
Lace body, bolero and belt- Portobello Market, Skirt- Topshop. The lace body was £10, bolero- £10, the belt-£10 and the skirt- £40 which comes to £70 for the ensemble- Budget!
3. Stripes and Tings
Break the rules- find pieces and turn them on their heads. Case in point, the ‘top’ I’m wearing is actually a swimming costume. As such bandeau style dresses can be folded into skirts and so on.
Swimming costume worn as top- Beyond Retro, London, Pleather skirt- Topshop, Belt- Portobello Market. The swimming costume was £8- Budget!
4. Carmen meets West Side Story in Harlem
If you look at the picture above, you will see that I’m wearing the same belt; wearing your accessories in different ways instead of buying an entirely new one can help ‘renew’ an existing piece, whilst taking the strain of your finances.
Dress and belt- Portobello Market. I got the dress for £50 and the belt for £10- Budget!
5. Batik Prints for Him and Her
DIY- as I have done above, find a piece of material and turn it into a top with the help of strategic knots and a belt.
Print material worn as top- Lagos, Nigeria market, Belt- Portobello market, Skirt- Topshop. The material I turned into a top, when converted to pounds would be about £15- Budget!
6. Florals, Lace and Pearls
Accessories have the power. Use that power for good by co-ordinating the colour palette of your outfit with your accessories. For e.g. for the event I went to above, instead of buying another outfit; I went to my local market and bought some faux pearls which I thought would offset the black lace to perfection.
Dress- Peekaboo Vintage, Belt- Portobello Market, Sandals- Topshop. The dress cost £85, and due to the high end, luxury detailing, it’s very much a- Budget!
From the credits you will see I love Topshop (Peekaboo Vintage) and Portobello market. A lot. This is because it is these two hotspots that tend to provide me with fabulous pieces I can buy on a budget and which I can wear time and time again.
Which is your favourite look? What are your dream festive buys for the Party Season?