Thursday 19 January 2017

Formal Dresses: It's a long game

Published 23/02/2012 | 05:00

€202 Jenny Packham Debenhams
€202 Jenny Packham Debenhams
Maeve dress Bastyan €465 Brown Thomas
Blouse €150, maxi skirt €160 Hobbs Unlimited at Arnotts
Batik vest €59, maxi skirt €45 Wallis
column dress €80 Wallis
Maxi dress €238 Dorothy Perkins

There's nothing like being armed and ready for a stylish invite. So often, the formal long dress proves to be our downfall and those expensive panic buys -- usually on the eve of a wedding or ball -- lurk at the back of your wardrobe, sparking guilt each time you spot them.

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So, always pounce when you spot a gem because, doubtless, it will get you out of style dilemmas down the road.

Case in point is the white 'Marie' dress from Bastyan (far left) -- a long, fluid gown with Grecian-style draping and attractive shoulder embellishment.

This €385 beauty hits the rails in Brown Thomas at the beginning of March.

April 9 sees the arrival of the brilliantly priced green column dress in Wallis. It's €80, and the €10 necklace amplifies the impact. A no-brainer of a buy.

If you are a total posh-frock junkie, you cannot afford to miss the new No 1 Jenny Packham label when it arrives in Debenhams in April.

There will be 19 dresses available in soft metallics, floral or intricate graphic prints, and bold block colours, priced between €120 and €240.

They feature her signature wrapping, pleating and gentle draping in a variety of styles, from floor- sweeping maxis to organza prom dresses.

In the meantime, solve your immediate wardrobe needs with the 'Hayley' pleated dress, in either orange or blue, from Ted Baker.

The edgy Hobbs Unlimited two-piece is available to buy now, as is the Jay Ahr gown from Brown Thomas -- a luxury buy at €4,375.

It is well worth waiting until April for the exceedingly well-priced Dorothy Perkins, gold-embellished maxi with chevron Deco beading, when it will be available in sizes 6-22.

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