Trying to budget for everything related with Christmas at this time of year can be hard - not least when we want an outfit to wear to the office Christmas party (and let's face it, we usually want something new to wear, don't we). So when Matalan asked me to take part in a style challenge to create a complete Christmas party outfit for £50, I jumped at the chance because it seemed an impossible task!
The two main "ingredients" for a party outfit are a great dress and shoes, and this is where most of your budget is used up. After looking at their website, I found this fabulous patterned midi dress on sale for the princely sum of £8 (now sold out, sadly) - it's a great fit and because of the pattern (i.e. not being sparkly or sequinned) will be a great summer dress as well. And with ankle strap heels for just £15, it left a fair bit to spend on accessories, and this is where the sparkle comes in.
I spent as much on the necklace as I did on the shoes, but it's a beauty and we all know how I'm a sucker for a statement necklace! Adding a crocodile-effect purse as a clutch and earrings (set of three), the whole outfit came in at a smidge over my budget: £51 in total. But to be able to get a head-to-toe outfit for that price is truly astonishing; I was was a little worried what the quality would be like, but I was pleasantly surprised to be honest and really pleased with the final look.
How about you - do you have a Christmas party lined up and are you on a (clothes) budget this year? Let me know what you'll be wearing!
All items c/o Matalan: Printed jersey midi dress (sold out) £8, Beaded collar necklace (sold out) £15, Mock crock purse (used as clutch) £8, Ankle strap sandals £15, Round stud earrings (set of 3) £5. (Nails: Barry M Cyan Blue)
All the midi dresses below similar to mine are less than £30!
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