Affordable Formal Dresses – What To Look For & Where To Find Them

Affordable Formal Dresses - What To Look For & Where To Find Them

Affordable Formal Dresses - What To Look For & Where To Find Them

Dress Up Time!

Whether it’s prom, a gala, a wedding, or a black tie event, finding the perfect glam look is my jam! And who wants to spend a lot of money on a dress you’ll only wear once or maybe a handful of times if you’re lucky? Don’t get me wrong, you want to look good, & I mean really good. In no way do you want your dress to look cheap or not well made. But how do you know if the dress is going to be good or not when shopping online? I’m here to teach you my tricks. I’m a strong willed, dreamer who is determined to find great quality & affordable prices to create the perfect glam look.


Affordable Formal Dresses - What To Look For & Where To Find Them
Affordable Formal Dresses - What To Look For & Where To Find Them


Affordable Formal Dresses - What To Look For & Where To Find Them

Watch Out For…

Time to become a bit of a detective when it comes to finding the perfect affordable formal dress online. This time of year, most online stores have either a prom section or a bridesmaids section & that is the best way to start. At this point, I can browse all dresses, or I can filter by color, price, or dress length. That way I am only seeing viable options. I do not recommend filtering by size, & you’ll see why in a moment. Once I’ve clicked on a potential dress, here is my checklist to see if it could work for me:

  1. Check sizing – First, I check the size chart & look for areas I know need to fit well. For me, I always check the waist size. Then I chose the appropriate size with the correct waist size & see if it’s in stock. If it is, then I check…
  2. Model info – Most websites now have information about the model wearing the dress in the photo that is so helpful when wondering if the dress will fit you well. Usually the information listed contains some of her dimensions & what size she is wearing in the photo. If she happens to be wearing the same size as I’m hoping to buy, I look at how it fits on her & try to envision what it would look like on me. For instance, I have smaller boobs & broader shoulders, so I look to see if those things specific to my body would work in this dress. It’s also important to look at the height of the model to determine if this would be a good length for me, or if I would have to get it hemmed.
  3. Is it see through? – The majority of the time, if I look close enough to the photos, I can determine whether they are see through or not, but if I have the option to watch a video of the dress (like I know you can on ASOS), I always take advantage of it.
  4. The wow factor – I believe that if you’re looking for a formal dress, it needs some sort of wow factor. The dress must either be flowing, figure flattering, embellished, or have an interesting silhouette. Then I zoom in & inspect the details.

Where To Begin

My favorite place to shop for affordable formal dresses is ASOS. They do great sales, have amazing customer service, & provide the easiest free returns I’ve ever seen. They also provide video for all of their clothes so that you are able to see how they move, which can be make or break for me. I have no fear when ordering from them, because I know returning something is a piece of cake. Other great places I’ve found for good quality, affordable formal dresses are Forever 21, Chicwish, & Akira. As long as I go through my checklist, I always find the perfect glam dress. (Scroll down to see some of my favorite affordable dresses & hover over the photo to see the price.)


Affordable Formal Dresses - What To Look For & Where To Find Them
Affordable Formal Dresses - What To Look For & Where To Find Them

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A Touch Of Sparkle

A Touch Of Sparkle

A Touch Of Sparkle
A Touch Of Sparkle

The Look I’m Loving

You know that perfect outfit you own that you can wear to grab brunch with your girlfriends? Now imagine that look gently sprinkled with touches of sparkle. Do you smile at the thought of that like I do? I just love a little shimmer! Personally, at the moment I’m not into wearing necklaces, but items on my radar include earrings, bracelets, rings, hair accessories, & even hand bags. I am on the hunt to find the best affordable sparkly bits. These little pretties know how to catch people’s eyes & elevate any look.


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My 3 Favorite Styles

Bows

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I love bows. The more the merrier. Bow earrings add the sweetest feminine statement to a look. For dramatic shine, these long black bow earrings easily pair with any outfit. My smaller white bow earrings are a great dupe for the Oscar de la Renta bow earrings. When I don’t want anything flashy, my gold bow studs are the perfect go-to earrings.

Gold + Stars

I’ve had my second piercing done for years now, but I don’t always take advantage of it. I’m really into the look of huggie earrings (dainty gold earrings that “hug” your ear) layered up on the ear. Especially if they are asymmetrical! The star + moon set I’m wearing in these photos is one of my favorite sets at the moment. On the other side, the star & moon are reversed! I also have this larger pair of affordable star + moon earrings that are great for making a statement. Earrings that are asymmetrical like this are also seen from some of my favorite designers such as Dior, Gucci, & Oscar de la Renta.

(Shoutout to my Dior Studded Lady Bag dupe that’s under $20!!!)

Another great way to add a touch of sparkle to your look is with bracelets & rings. I’m typically drawn to items that are mostly gold with a few sparkles thrown in the mix. Like this dainty nautical charm bracelet I’m wearing here. Old school charm bracelets are making a come back you guys! Time to whip out your old ones or find new affordable ones such as this. There is something so satisfying to having a little jingle on your wrist.

Pearls

It’s no secret that I love love love pearls right now. And how could I not? They are everywhere right now & so perfectly feminine. Designers like Jennifer Behr are influencing the accessories scene in a major way. Her use of pearls in bows, headbands, & clips for your hair is just stunning. Ever since seeing her work, I’ve been searching for similar pieces that give that same feel, but at a more affordable price point. This pearl headband (also seen here) is one of those pieces, & I can’t stop wearing it! Also pearl hair clips like these & these are so gorgeous & are currently on my shopping list. As far as earrings go, some trending pearl pieces include these pearl heart earrings (under $5) (worn here), & these super fun shell + pearl statement earrings.


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Holiday Dresses

Holiday Dresses

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Holiday Dresses

It’s Party Time!

This time of year brings holiday parties & gatherings just about every weekend. I always like to have plenty of dress options available to choose from so I don’t have to worry when something comes up out of the blue. This gorgeous holiday red dress is my favorite dress I will be wearing this season. It’s feminine, chic, so flattering, & perfectly festive. I love that the bow can be worn in the front, in the back, on the side, or around your neck depending on your own personal style. What a fun way to customize your look. 

Today I’ve rounded up some of my favorite holiday dresses at every price point. A good fashion statement does not have to break the bank. Find a look that you love at a price you’re comfortable spending. I’m also adding some of my favorite party accessories to the bottom of this post, so don’t forget to check them out!

Holiday Dresses
Holiday Dresses

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Holiday Dresses


Holiday Dresses
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Holiday Dresses

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How To Perfectly Wrap Your Gifts This Year

How To Perfectly Wrap Your Gifts This Year

Hello Everyone!

Wrapping presents is one of my very favorite things to do year-round, so when Christmas time comes around, I get giddy with excitement. Today I want to share with you how to perfectly wrap your gifts this year. I love letting my creativity run wild as I plan out color schemes & mood boards for my Christmas wrapping vibes. This year, I went with simple, minimal paper with feminine touches of gold, bows, & sparkles. Adding every small detail gives each gift a personal touch as well as decorates your home while living under your tree until Christmas.

Now grab a cup of hot cocoa (recipes here) & let’s get wrapping!

How To Perfectly Wrap Your Gifts This Year

How To Perfectly Wrap Your Gifts This Year

How To Perfectly Wrap Your Gifts This Year

The past three years, I have used the gorgeous Rifle Paper Co. wrapping paper for my holiday wrapping, & I absolutely loved it. I love Anna’s designs, but I decided to make a change this year because I remembered how lovely Target’s Sugar Paper products were last year. Recently, I went to Target, making a beeline for the Sugar Paper display, & quickly filled my cart with all of the beautiful holiday wrapping things. I decided to stick with red, pink, white, gold, & navy, letting the tree be the only green. The metallic touches to these Sugar Paper products are what really speaks to me. They are minimal, elegant, classy, & still very festive.

Once each gift is perfectly wrapped in paper, now the fun really begins. Adding different colors, textures, & sizes of ribbon helps set each present apart. I love this white ribbon with a gold metallic edge as well as this skinny pink velvet ribbon. For a bigger statement, I pull out the big guns with these large glitter bows that are sure to be show stopping.

For packages that need a little extra something, I will tie on a little gold bell or one of these tiny Christmas ornaments for extra embellishment.

My biggest wrapping tip for you this year is to try to make each gift unique & special. Getting creative, & putting that little extra thought into the presentation of each gift is something your loved ones will cherish & appreciate. Plus, just think of how gorgeous they will look under your tree this whole holiday season!

How To Perfectly Wrap Your Gifts This Year

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