What I Wore : The Ball

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Those of you who read the first of my May Challenge posts, you would have seen a glimpse of my bargain Coast dress, purchased back in October, for a ball I attended in mid May.

It was on eBay and when I saw it the bidding was due to end. I knew it was too much of a bargain to ignore. I waited until the last few seconds, made my bid and won. I love it when that happens!

The dress is second hand and so is the clutch bag, so I decided that this outfit should be my entry into Ceri's Ethical Outfit Competition. I was so pleased to find this dress, as a piece that won't get worn very often I was glad that I could find something second hand, rather than buy new, from both an ethical and a financial point of view.

The whole outfit was a bit of a bargain actually.
Coast dress (worn once) £20.00, eBay
Shoes £29.99, Zara
Oasis bag £15.00, (used once) eBay
Pilgrim ring £15.00 in the sale, Debenhams
The necklace and earrings I've had for ages, even my nail varnish - Dangerous Affair, Ciaté - was free on the front of a magazine.

That's a total of just £79.99 - £40 less than the original price of the dress alone. I love you eBay.

I'm pondering what to do with this dress now. I'd love to think that I will wear it time and time again as I'd hate something so pretty to just hang in the back of my wardrobe. A dress like this should be worn, but I doubt that I'll be presented with many occasions to wear it, however, I'm a little reluctant to part with it...

What is your best eBay win? Are you entering Ceri's competition?

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  1. A Coast dress for £20? That's amazing!

    It's absolutely beautiful as well. Maybe you could take it somewhere to have it shortened so you can wear it more often? Don't know if that's possible or not!

  2. It's a gorgeous dress, can't believe you got such a bargain! You look stunning in it too x

  3. I can't believe I've still never bought anything from Ebay! The dress is such a bargain and looks so perfect on you. The colour, in particular, suits you so well.

    1. I'm not always so lucky I have to admit but you can find some amazing bargains, I'm slightly addicted!

  4. I am amazed, I always find Coast items fetch loads of money, so well done and it looks gorgeous on you! Great outfit, love it all!

    1. I was so lucky with this one, I have to say I felt fabulous in it :)

  5. You stunner, that dress is AMAZING!

  6. You look gorgeous Hazel, an outfit of excellent value too.

  7. You look gorgeous!! Positively statuesque. Such a bargain too x

  8. That dress is lovely. I wouldn't alter it at all. Keep it in your wardrobe. It's so timeless you could pull it out in 25 years and still look amazing!


  9. It is an absolutely beautiful dress, you look stunning! :) I also think it's great to have a second hand evening dress or else so many would go to waste! I definitely want to enter Ceri's competition.

    Florrie x


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