An old dress restyled.

Friday, June 06, 2014

As soon as I knew we were going to a ball I started to plan my outfit. I love dressing up and often find the planning of my outfit almost as exciting as the event itself. Having the chance to dress up and wear something that I normally wouldn't feels like such a treat!

I was so tempted to buy something new, but having had this ASOS dress for ages and only having worn it a few times when we'd had friends over, I decided that it was time to give it it's first proper outing. Andy bought it for me but it was so long ago, he didn't even recognise it.

It's light and drapey and perfect for a summer ball. It does have thin straps though and, disliking my shoulders in the way I do, I always wear it with a cardigan of some description.

"Oh, you're off to a ball are you? Lovely. What's your outfit like?"
"Well, I've got myself a smashing cardy..."

It doesn't sound very dressed up does it?

I searched eBay for a beaded shrug but didn't find anything quite right, so I hit the charity shops in town. In the first one I found this fine knit bolero which is practically the same colour as the dress. I was so chuffed, but the best bit? It was only £2.80.

I wore a pair of wedges that I've had for at least 3 years - the only ones high enough to enable me to walk in this dress - and an Accessorize bag I won on eBay for £2.79 in 2012.

You've gotta love a bargain outfit! We're off to another ball tomorrow night, so expect another bargain outfit post soon.

Left: August 2011, not long after we moved and we were still in the midst of decorating.
Right and middle: May 2012, I seem to remember watching Eurovision in this.

How would you style this dress?


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  1. What a lucky find to match it!!!x

    1. I know, I saw it and practically pounced on it!

  2. oh it's perfect, I love the colour. I'd probably dress it down with a jumper or something or a light summer jacket.
    Love your bargain finds to go with it.
    And get you,... another ball! x

  3. That's a perfect match too, what a find. Loving the colour, it's so vibrant.

    I would team it with a pair of killer heels and a pretty kimono.

    X x

    1. A kimono would be lovely wouldn't it? Love that idea!

  4. I love that dress - it's so pretty. And those shoes are a perfect match.


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