Tuesday 23 May 2017

How can I find a debs dress on a budget?

1. Principles by Ben de Lisi, from
Debenhams, €132
2. Evening dress, €230, Dorothy
Perkins
3. Strapless dress, £24.99, from
www.bonprix.co.uk
5. Clutch, was £59, now £29
from www.ebay.co.uk/fashion
1. Principles by Ben de Lisi, from Debenhams, €132 2. Evening dress, €230, Dorothy Perkins 3. Strapless dress, £24.99, from www.bonprix.co.uk 5. Clutch, was £59, now £29 from www.ebay.co.uk/fashion

Roxanne Parker

I'm looking for a dress for my debs. I'm on a budget of €250 to €300, but every store I visit has evening dresses from €400 to €600 and upwards!

I hate traditional dresses in awful jewel tones with sparkle and diamante detailing. I'd love something different that wasn't predictable.

Can you give any on-budget recommendations?

Try theoutnet.com, netaporter's sister outlet website. Visit regularly and look through all entries. Although prices can start from €4,000, there are pieces within your budget such as the sunset blush jersey dress by Allegra Hick. It was €467.83, now it costs €163.74.

For something more elegant, look out for the Armand Basi black silk strapless evening dress. Originally €473.92, it's now priced at €189.57. There are even some Alberta Ferretti evening dresses reduced to €255!

Next I'd trawl eBay's new outlet site on outlet.ebay. co.uk/fashion for accessories. Here you can find thousands of un-worn designer and high-street clutch bags from €6.

For a high-street alternative check out Principles by Ben de Lisi's one-shoulder silver dress. Go online and take inspiration from '90s Gucci ad campaigns and style yourself with your hair back in a sleek bun with an oil slick of black eye liner -- make-up can be an affordable and dramatic accessory.

Check out Dorothy Perkins' gold sequins dress (€230) which would make an impact with little else except a boxy clutch.

Finally, for a shoe-string budget look get a plain dress such as this navy maxi from bonprix.co.uk which also comes in black, white, and cherry. Add drama with gold-drop earrings a bold cuff and a gold clutch for a look far more stylish than the acres of satin in your bog-standard debs dress!

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