So firstly and most importantly, the dress! The point of this challenge was to pick a dress that is both affordable and versatile, to prove you don't have to break the bank to look nice at Christmas, and that you can re-wear a party outfit. I was tempted to go with a very plain, very predictable LBD, which would no doubt be easy to style in different ways, but then I realised that would be very boring and not too much of a challenge. Of course, this is still me we're talking about, so unsurprisingly I did go for a black dress, but I think the one I picked is quite fun and unusual still.
After hours of online window shopping and contant moaning at my boyfriend that it was too difficult because there was far too much to choose from, I went for this long sleeve off the shoulder dress from Motel Rocks.
The dress is £32, which is a good price to begin with, but because this challenge was set by Voucher Codes, I decided to see if I could find a discount code on their site and came up trumps with 30% off! In the end the dress only cost £22.40, which is a complete bargain! If anything on the Motel website catches your eye, it's definitely worth popping over to Voucher Codes to see if they have any Motel Rocks discount codes and save yourself some pennies!
Once I'd decided on my dress, it was then off to the shops to pick up some accessories with my remaining budget to style the dress into three different looks. Here's what I got!
Furry bag £14.99 H&M, Black and gold socks £3.50 Topshop, Elf hat £5 Claire's, Studded hairband £2.50 Primark, Ear cuff £4.50 Claire's, Christmas socks £2.50 (for 5 pairs) Primark, Cat ear hairband £8.50 Topshop, Cross motif tights £3.50 Primark, Necklace £5 Primark.
Total (including dress) = £72.49
So there we go, three party outfits for under £80. I hope I've given some of you some inspiration, although I am aware I may have just provided you with one fancy dress look and two ways to look like a crazy person!
If nothing else I hope you can all take two things away from this post:
1) Re-wear your party dresses, they need to be loved more than once!
and 2) ALWAYS check to see if you can find a discount code before shopping, it can save you a pretty penny!
Disclaimer: VoucherCodes.co.uk gave me the £80 for this challenge, but I chose the dress and accessories myself. I was not obliged to use VoucherCodes.co.uk to get a discount on any of my purchases, and I was not paid for this post.