Playing dress-up was a game that many people loved to play throughout their childhood, and for some of us, we never really grew out of it. While choosing your daily outfits can be fun, there’s something much more exciting about dressing up for a formal event. From your hair and makeup to the clutch and heels you choose, fashionistas can’t deny how much we love getting glammed up for a charity ball, wedding, and other formal occasions. But what is probably the best part of it all is the fancy dress that does right by your figure and makes you feel like you’re about to walk the red carpet.
Unfortunately, the thing about formalwear is the crazy high prices, which has you splurging on items that you’ll probably only wear once or twice in your lifetime. Financial experts from WiseBread have indicated that the smarter option would be to rent out your dresses to give your bank account a break, but some of us are too stubborn and would rather figure out more ways to incorporate the frocks into our everyday wardrobe, instead of having to give stunning clothing back to the store.
Luckily, a number of startups have heard our cry for affordable formal wear, so if you’ve got a fancy event coming up, here are your options for looking elegant while sticking to your budget:
Needle & Thread
Although it had a rocky start, this British label has finally found its groove in offering affordable luxury wear in the last couple of years. The fashion experts from Lyst describe Needle & Thread as a company that, “fuses cool London styling with an ultra-creative to design its range of embellished dresses and occasion wear.” They also recently launched their first bridal collection.
LC Lauren Conrad
The ex-reality TV star is an expert on beauty and fashion, and she always makes it a point to ensure that her collections are accessible to everyone. While her brand is not specific to formal wear, she offers a range of dresses from evening, party, bridal and wedding guest, using a lot of rich velvets in black, burgundy and plum, as reported by Fashionista.
Fashion news and features editor Bibby Sowray explains to a The Telegraph journalist that lovers of Valentino and Erdem will enjoy the cocktail gowns at Self Portrait, which can also double up as wedding dresses. Founder and designer Han Chong’s vision for his company was to provide beautiful clothes that aren’t ridiculously expensive.