Saturday 3 December 2016

Style Dilemma: Where can I buy unique style for a wedding?

Roxanne Parker

Published 02/07/2010 | 05:00

1. Dress by Hoss Intropia
€325, Costume Boutique,
Castle Market, D2; Harvey
Nichols, Dundrum Town
Centre; Country Boutique,
57 O’Connell St, Ennis, Co
Clare and Mac Bees, 25 New
St, Killarney.
2. Peep toe shoes, €199 from Karen Millen.
3. ‘Bella Coat’, €240, and
‘Lola’ dress, €185, both by
Ella Boo from the Design
Centre, Powerscourt Town
Centre, D2. Also, see
www.ellaboo.ie.
4. Dress, €335, and clutch,
€125, from Kohl, Slane, Co Meath, and Rapport,
Dundalk, Co Louth.
Shoes, €225, The Shoe
Room, Adare. Cardigan,
€180, Rapport, as above.
All by Hoss Intropia.
5. Clutch, €33.50,
available at River Island
nationwide.
1. Dress by Hoss Intropia €325, Costume Boutique, Castle Market, D2; Harvey Nichols, Dundrum Town Centre; Country Boutique, 57 O’Connell St, Ennis, Co Clare and Mac Bees, 25 New St, Killarney. 2. Peep toe shoes, €199 from Karen Millen. 3. ‘Bella Coat’, €240, and ‘Lola’ dress, €185, both by Ella Boo from the Design Centre, Powerscourt Town Centre, D2. Also, see www.ellaboo.ie. 4. Dress, €335, and clutch, €125, from Kohl, Slane, Co Meath, and Rapport, Dundalk, Co Louth. Shoes, €225, The Shoe Room, Adare. Cardigan, €180, Rapport, as above. All by Hoss Intropia. 5. Clutch, €33.50, available at River Island nationwide.

I'm looking for an elegant outfit to wear to a summer wedding in late July. I'm nervous about buying from the high street. I did this for a wedding last year and ended up wearing the same outfit as another guest which was very embarrassing!

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I'm prepared to pay more to avoid making the same mistake again. My budget is €500.

Roxanne replies:

Boutiques are the way to go if you don't want to arrive in the same look as another guest as they tend to buy small quantities of quality labels and they give you more one-to-one attention.

With the sales, many dresses are reduced by 50pc so your budget will cover a dress from a serious brand previously out of your budget. Check out labels such as 3.1 by Philip Lim, new Irish label Ella Boo and my personal favourite Hoss Intropia, a Spanish label with some great detailing.

L.K. Bennett in the Dundrum Town Centre and Arnotts have dresses and suits in nudes, neutrals and black, all at half price. These would look chic and timeless for a wedding especially when enlivened with a pair of show-stopper heels or a beaded clutch.

Hoss Intropia's fuchsia dress would also fit a summer wedding. Tone it down with a nude cardigan as a modern alternative to a wrap. They also have a coloured dress with pretty puff sleeves.

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