Plus Size Partywear: Budget Edition

It’s the 10th of December, you’ve just been invited to a last minute Christmas party but you’ve been busy flashing the cash on holiday gifts and hadn’t budgeted for having to get a new outfit. Fear not! This week I’m doing the Plus Size Partywear Budget Challenge.

I’ve found three outfits that go up to at least a size 26 in UK sizing, for less than £50 (That’s around $80 for US readers or 60 Euros for European bargain hunters).

Outfit 1: Wassailing green

Plus size partywear on a budget - this outfit comes to less than £45!Dress: £27 from Simply Be. Also available in black and claret. This is a brilliant bargain – reduced from £45, reviews of the dress say that the material is a heavy jersey that drapes really well. It’s also very versatile and could easily be worn for other occasions.

Shoes: £14.99 from New Look. These are a great price, especially for shoes that come in wide fit. They’d also go with any of the other outfits in this blogpost, or even work as a smart office shoe.

Nail polish: £3.95 from Superdrug. Ok so nail polish isn’t strictly speaking a garment, but it is a cheap and easy way to bring an outfit together and add a dash of colour. The oil effect in this polish stops it from being overwhelmingly green, so it’s not too matchy matchy. I also think it’s a more wearable shade that the bright, solid greens, which always look faintly mossy to me!

Outfit 1 total cost: £45.95

Outfit 2: 1940s Glam

40s Glam with beaded wrap top, pencil skirt and vintage look bagTop: £19.99 from New Look. There’s something very vintage about this outfit, and the ruching in this top is very Monroe-esque. It would go equally well with a pair of wide leg trousers, if a fitted top and skirt is all a bit too clingy for your tastes.

Skirt: £14.99 from New Look. This skirt is midi length for a more sophisticated look, but the pencil shape will enhance an hourglass look. Again, this is a garment that could be worn with an office-friendly top for workwear.

Bag: £11.50 from ASOS. This vintage look beaded clutch will add interest to the outfit. It does come with a detachable silver chain strap though you can’t see it in this shot. The rigid shape means it’s perfect for storing lipstick for the essential mid-evening touch up!

Outfit 2 total cost: £46.48

Silver and lace style prom dress and matching shrugDress: £35 from Yours. This is a really pretty dress that would be ideal if you want something a bit more interesting than black or monochrome, but aren’t a fan of screamingly bright colours, as the silver is quite subtle. The wide ribbon around the waist is very flattering too. I’m normally a bit dubious of 2in1 dresses as they can sometimes look like 2 halves of totally different outfits, but this one is done very well.

Shrug: £12.50 from Yours. This is fairly plain to balance out the detailing on the dress, but there’s a bit of ruching going on for balance. This is a nifty way to keep your arms warm while still showing off the dress. It also comes in blue and red and would be equally usable for casual outfits.

Outfit 3 total cost: £47.50

What do you think? Would you wear one of these outfits? Also – I’ve noticed that I seem to show a lot of dresses and skirts – would you like to see more trouser outfits reviewed in future? Let me know.


I love all things fantasy, from fiction to films to games. Mostly books though. I also love cooking and plus size fashion. Find recommendations for great fantasy reads and general fangirling here! If you want to get in touch with me, the quickest way is by Twitter @dorristheloris

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