Thrifty fashion – Dress right for Saturday night

It’s Saturday night and it’s time to party, wooo! But just what should you wear for a glamorous night out if you don’t have a budget to spend on a new outfit each week? Luckily for you, I have the answers. Or at least, I can help you discover some thrifty ways to come up with a super-swish outfit that hasn’t cost a fortune, leaving you with more cash to spend on cocktails and blackjack! Oh wait, I’m thinking of Bond girls again, aren’t I?

Loving the simplicity of blogger Amy Jackson’s LBD

TIP 1 – GO LONG

If you’re not sure of a dress code for a particular location or special event, it’s always safest to go for a longer dress rather than a shorter one. I’m not talking about wearing a floor-sweeping gown for a night at the pub, but if you’ve been invited to an event and can’t be certain what to wear, a longer-than-usual dress is always the classy option. Let’s face it, there’s no danger of flashing too much thigh in a midi dress, is there? I would personally choose a knee-length (or just below) dress, as this is usually acceptable for most types of occasion or establishment. If you’re comfortable in long-long dresses, go for it! In terms of dress length, it’s better to be overdressed than under-dressed.

A single colour in a textured fabric works beautifully on blogger Krystinย 

TIP 2 – KEEP IT SIMPLE

I believe that the classiest dresses are usually one – maximum two – colours only. No prints, no patterns and no stripes. If it’s more than one colour, make sure it’s a colour-block dress rather than a busy design. The only exception to this rule is monochrome, because black, grey and white are all in the same palette. But that doesn’t mean to say you can go all flouncy with a floral monochrome pattern. Nope. Again, blocks of colour are where it’s at if you want to keep your outfit looking classy and appropriate for all events. In terms of colour, it’s better to be under-dressed than overdressed in this instance!

Amy nails it again by accessorising a long navy dress

TIP 3 – ACCESSORISE

Now that you’re in a simple dress of an appropriate length, you can really go to town on the accessories. It’s a thrifty way to create a new outfit each Saturday night because you can change the whole look of a little black dress with the accessories you choose to wear. Add neon costume jewellery and head to a club with all the youngsters, wear a wide-brimmed hat and wedge sandals to create the ultimate beach-bar outfit for your winter sun holiday, and pile on the sparkles and stiletto heels for that awards ceremony.

Basically, if you’ve got a knee-length dress in a single colour and pretty accessories, you can pretty-much go anywhere this Saturday night. Bring on the restaurant and the opera! Let me know if you have any ideas to create a go-anywhere outfit using items you already have in your wardrobe and tell me what you like to get up to on a Saturday night – I’d love to hear your plans and ideas ๐Ÿ™‚

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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