Frugal NOT Frumpy!


AHHHHHHH, The year of weddings! It’s happened to all of us, I once had 10 in a single year.  If you have not yet experienced the rush, watch out, because it’s on the horizon: wedding season ahoy! Do not run screaming, looking great for every single one is possible. For those facing the fashion debacle numerous events presents, I have created a guide to help you through the twists and turns of killing it without breaking the bank.

There are countless ways to look fresh and chic without spending a ton and still have cash for wedding present, bachelorette parties and bridal showers. Rock your jam the whole year through from Fall Nuptials to Spring Weddings: buy, borrow, rent, or camouflage.

Buy

You can trek the traditional route by patronizing your favorite boutiques or department stores and buy a gown for each event. Feeling fabric and knowing the exact fit  is invaluable, though can become quite expensive if you are attending a number of weddings in one season. And lets face it, who has time to shop? Plan ahead and subscribe to sample sale mailing lists of your favorite designers typically held biannual basis in fall and spring. Be forewarned garments are limited, tension elevated and locations shady as sales are usually held in warehouses, lofts or hotel rooms, but you can score designer duds at reasonable prices. I’d suggest stretching first, sample sale shopping is a sport. Surprised you didn’t know that.

Both Bluefly and ShopBop have a stunning array of dresses for all occasions and offer options for those with large discretionary amounts and those with very little in their change purse. In addition, you can take advantage of the many online sample sales that consistently provide subscribers with a plethora of deals, rewarding those who are willing to diligently search for their bargain.  You can also choose a hip new designer with a reinvented vision – I adore PRIM!

www.Ideeli.com – Current Sales include – stella & jamie, marc new york, 2b. rych, and Steve Madden.

www.RueLaLa.com – Current Sales include – Chanel, American Apparel, Betsey Johnson and DKNY.

www.Gilt.com –  Current sales include – Clarins, Vera Wang, Laundry by Shelli Segal and Badgley Mischka!

(If you need an invite to any of the above sale sites shoot me an email.)

Borrow

Hey brainiac – your friends are in the same boat: open up your closet and your friends will do the same for you.  Adding your personal flair to a frock that’s been worn to another event will render it unrecognizable to the uneducated eye. If your friend is voluptuous try a belt or add a sash. If she is petite, a belted silk top, funky fur vest or cardigan can disguise a gown that is not a perfect fit. Use your imagination, following fashion rules creates robots and robots suck.

Rent

Rent the Runway is a remarkable site and if you have not seen it, visit immediately. Perfectly suited for the Wedding season, designer gowns are available to rent for literally cents on the dollar. Prices range from $50-$300; you can wear Hervé Léger, Tibi, Helmut Lang, Philosophy, Alice + Olivia and many others.  The service provides you with two sizes and there’s no need to dry clean, providing a pain-free method for return, all included in the price. In addition to dresses, accessories are available too and they have a stunning variety of pieces that range from just right

to OH MY, what have we here?

Camouflage

Accessories can make or break an outfit and have the ability to transform a single dress for as many events as your imagination allows.  Here are 5 variations for one dress:

  1. Sport your dress with a bright pair of heels, matching clutch and complementary accent jewelry
  2. Layer a fur vest over your favorite little black dress (LBD) and pair it with textured platforms
  3. Wear a belted silk blouse over that same LBD with patterned tights and your favorite booties
  4. Display a bold statement piece such as a jeweled metallic collar with corresponding stilettos.
  5. Accessorize your staple LBD with vivid vests, fitted cardigans, bright scarves, wide or narrow belts, colored or textured sashes, boots, booties or heels.

You can take outdated dresses and have them tailored to reflect the style that has caught your eye this season. This can be achieved as easily as removing or adding sleeves, hemming, nipping a waistline, or adding embellishments. Don’t be afraid to play with your clothes and reinvent your look. There is no better time than the present to discover your inner fashion designer. The options are endless.

Don’t be afraid to go against convention and especially keep in mind: If you feel marvelous you’ll look fabulous. Don’t be too matchy-matchy and please throw caution to the wind! I have attended far too many weddings where my friends and I were all wearing different versions of the same dress. Stop the madness! Above all remember it’s not just about how you look; you’re there to celebrate and share the beginning of a lifetime of love for your friends. Go enjoy yourself while supporting their decision to take the plunge. I’m sure you’ll be magnificent!

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