When you have a special occasion coming up, whether it’s a ball, a birthday, a wedding, an engagement party or a fancy dinner, one of the first things we tend to think is: ‘what am I going to wear?!’ We all want to look and feel great for a big event but we don’t want it to come at an exorbitant price. After all, those preparation costs can add up quickly! Luckily, there are lots of ways you can look amazing for a special occasion while still sticking to a budget. Here’s how you can turn heads at your next event without breaking the bank.
Go Thrift Shopping
One woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure and this is certainly true when it comes to clothes! One way to find a unique outfit at a low price is to search out a pre-loved one in a thrift shop or charity store. Setting aside some time to have a proper hunt through second-hand stores can have great results and you can end up finding a one-of-a-kind piece that costs a fraction of what you would pay if you bought it full-price. While thrift shopping can take patience, dedication and a good eye for quality, it can be a fun expedition, especially if you enlist a few friends or family members. A great thrift shopping tip is to check out stores in an affluent or fashionable area where there is more of a chance of there being higher quality donations. You can also do some research online and check out some forums to see if anyone has recommendations about where and when to shop.
Rent Something Spectacular
A great, and affordable, option when it comes to picking an outfit for a special occasion is to rent one, rather than buy a dress that will just gather dust in your wardrobe after the event. Using a dress rental service, like The Volte, allows you to hire high-end, designer pieces that you might not otherwise be able to afford so you can totally look like you’re on the red carpet for a night. By renting a dress, there are a lot more options of brands and designers available to you and it also gives you the chance to step outside your comfort zone and try styles you might otherwise avoid. If it doesn’t quite work out, you won’t regret having purchased a really expensive dress you’ll never wear again.
Check Out Your Own Closet
Sometimes when we find out we have a big event or special occasion coming up, we think that we have to buy something new to wear when there might actually be a great outfit sitting right there in your wardrobe. Doing a quick wardrobe audit and shuffling some clothes around could result in you finding an amazing outfit that you had forgotten about. As well as this, you might find a great dress or item of clothing that just needs repairing or some slight adjustments. If this is the case, finding a good tailor and fixing the problem, rather than splurging on a whole new outfit, isn’t just better for you wallet, it’s also better for the planet!
Keep Your Eyes On The Sales
Since we live in the digital age, it is easier than ever to stay up-to-date with what stores are having sales. If you have an important event coming up and you’re looking for an outfit, make sure to keep your eye out for any big sales, online discounts, outlets nearby or warehouse sales happening. You can also subscribe to newsletters and email alerts, like Facebook pages and do regular research to find out where you can make the best savings. Knowing how to be a smart sales shopper can help you spend a lot less on high-quality clothes. Being prepared for big events in advance also makes a difference if you buy something as soon as you see it’s on sale.
Organise A Clothes Swap
Do you have a super fashionable friend or family member? Is your whole circle of friends looking for some new outfits? A clothes swap can be a great way of exchanging clothes and finding new outfits while getting rid of some of your clothes that you no longer wear. You can host a swapping party where everyone brings clothes they no longer want that are still in wearable condition. Set a few ground rules, like a minimum and a maximum number of items each person should bring, prepare some snack and start swapping! You might find the dress you’ve been looking for amongst the pile of clothes.