Because I am really proud of these outfits. They both look great, even if I say so myself. The reason I am particularly proud of them is that I spent just £267.50 on the two of them. Now I say it like that, it doesn’t sound that thrifty, but that is for both whole outfits, including the shoes, accessories, hair and everything. Not too bad isn’t it, considering most proper wedding dresses are a grand, and everything with the word wedding in it is marked up about 300%.
Because I truly believe if you just think about these things a little differently, and let go of what a wedding dress should look like you can do amazing things with not too much money. Neither of the dresses are wedding dresses, but it’s not as if I looked completely normal and un-wedding-like either.
Anyway, enough rambling, lets have some pictures and some outfit stats!
The dress is from the Brick Lane Beyond Retro. It was only £30, and I bought it thinking I wasn’t going to keep looking for another, more fancy/eveningy dress, and keep this one as a back up. But although I did look for a bit, I quickly started thinking of this dress as my wedding dress, mainly due to the lucky arrival of the main accessory: the hat.
I kept scouring etsy for a hat and nothing was quite right, and then I saw Sarah Misfit wear this wonderful thing in an outfit post. And it was exactly what I was looking for, so as you can see from my comment, I got right in there and enquired as to its origins. And, being the wonderful person that she is, she sent it to me! Thank you thank you thank you! Hurrah for blogger friends!
The bag is also vintage, from Circa Vintage in Glasgow. Its from the 1930s according to the lovely seller lady, though it goes perfect;ly with the 50s/60s dress! It was £35.
The most expensive thing were the shoes, which are Clarks Originals and the exact same type as a pair I already had (and wore to the reception) but in a different colour. I got them off the Clarks website for £70. If I’d been a bit more organised I might have found them cheaper elsewhere. There’s a person on ebay that has half price new Clarks Originals, but there weren’t any decent colours when I was looking.
The earrings I got off etsy from the seller sammi84 and they were $14. One of the few places where wedding appropriateness did not mean exorbitant prices.
The tights were £2 in the topshop sale and the fake pashmina I already had.
So there you are, total £151! I’ve gone on so much now that I’m going to leave the reception outfit until part 2 tomorrow.
Did anyone else have a thrifty wedding or other special occassion outfit? I’d love to see them!