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WARDROBE WONDERS: Dressing for a charity ball on a budget

Posted on: January 29, 2013

January is a rather dreary month. With Christmas and New Year now a distant memory, it is important to look forward to the little things like cinema trips, long walks, and (most importantly in my eyes) good food. Last weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to a charity ball up in Lincolnshire, which not only brightened my mood, but also gave me a great excuse to buy a whole new outfit, which, although not entirely necessary, only aided in my January blues-busting mission. The fact that I was restricted by a rather tight budget didn’t dampen my spirits, if anything it made me think a little bit outside the box!

Here at Dressipi we love trying new things and going a bit out of our comfort zone – most recently for me it was being given a gorgeous pair of Ash wedge trainers. A look I normally would never have gone for, but one that has injected a bit of fun into my wardrobe. When browsing for a full length dress on ASOS for the aforementioned ball, I firstly came across this quite ‘out there’ stripey number.

stripe dress

In the end however I decided to go for this black jersey dress. Although slightly concerned with its revealing nature (nothing a bit of lingerie tape can’t sort out!), I felt I could have much more fun with accessories given the colour. And it had an ever so slightly friendlier price tag which always helps!

        black dress

Having asked the brilliant Dressipi stylists advice on accessories, it was decided that I jump on the metallics bandwagon and go for gold. I have had these New Look shoes for a pretty long time but they are still as on trend as ever and can be worn for a variety of occasions. Although they are old stock there are loads of fantastic gold shoes around at the moment. After umming and ahhing over whether to go for a necklace or earrings I thought earrings were a safe bet and bought these Topshop statement ones. One of the perks (and dangers) of working just a stone throw away from the Oxford Circus Topshop. If you’d rather a more subtle look, then these drop earrings tick the box.

Final shoes pic for blog                                            Final earrings pic for blog

All that was left to find was a clutch to go with my gold and black ensemble. After having a good rummage around in my wardrobe I pulled out my trusty vintage envelope clutch with gold detail on the corners. Another item which is just so versatile, and the mock snake-skin makes it that little bit more interesting.

Final clutch pic for blog

Below is my completed look. I’m sorry the photo quality isn’t great but a phone was all I had:

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So all in all I was very pleased with the outfit I managed to put together on my rather tight budget, and I had a fantastic time. Was a slit, low back, plunge neck and side cut outs too much? Maybe so, but fashion is all about having fun, and if you can’t do that at 23 then when on earth can you?!

Pip x

2 Responses to "WARDROBE WONDERS: Dressing for a charity ball on a budget"

Hi love your dress u look stunning Xxx

Thanks Jules, hope its given you some inspiration! x

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