Monday 23 January 2017

Dresses for under €100

Published 04/12/2011 | 06:00

Vila dress,
€49.95,
Knight & Day
necklace,
€89.95
Vila dress, €49.95, Knight & Day necklace, €89.95
Black-and-white dress, €69, J’aime la Vie
Right: Striped dress, €26.95, Vero Moda
Black dress with sheer sleeves and collar detail, €89, Rise

Glamazon? Yes. Big budget? No. This week, we solve Christmas party dilemmas with some super, cost-effective frocks for less than €90.

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From razzle-dazzle, look-at-me frocks in jaw-dropping jewel colours to strong and sexy streamlined silhouettes, there's a tempting mix of desk-to-dancefloor looks, shot by Kip Carroll at Lillie's Bordello in Dublin.

If it's the bodycon look you crave, the draped and contouring teal dress from Vila (on page 27) is a complete showstopper for just €49,95.

This dress, also available in black, is a natural progression for those gals who like bum-skimming pencil skirts but find the secretary look too restricting for a night on the dance floor. The tulip hemline adds to its curvy credentials and the draping culminates in a very flattering gathered panel on the hip.

We found it at Carraig Donn stores along with two cute black- and-cream dresses from the French label J'aime la Vie, one of a number of wallet-pleasing brands such as Closet and Rise which piqued our interest as we watched those prices stay below €100.

With an eye on our budgets, it's worth noting that the website, www.carraigdonn.ie offers free deliveries on orders over €50.

For those of you reluctant to dispense with leggings or black opaques, the perfect solution is the Vero Moda tunic dress, a star buy at ¤26.95. BTW, it also comes in navy.

A really good party dress will make you stand out in the crowd.

Most women reach instinctively for slimming noir during the party season, but you won't lose any of the glamour quotient with the Rise cocktail dress (€89).

The puritan-style neck detail is offset by those sheer, see-through sleeves.

Don't you know that it's the flesh that you can't see that is the most alluring?

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