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
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
Top: £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
Dress: £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.