Dressing Up On A Budget

Going out can be so expensive. I go to the ballet on a regular basis, and by the time you’ve bought your tickets, a parking voucher, dinner beforehand and a program, you’ve forked out more than some people pay for rent in a week. Likewise with weddings or parties. Sometimes travel costs are involved, a present etc, and before you know it your budget for the month has been blown, and that was before you looked in your wardrobe and decided you have nothing to wear.




asos fairy dress 122-2

asos fairy dress 124-2


Some of these events require black tie or formal wear, and most people don’t have that kind of thing just sitting around the house (and if you do you’ve probably already worn it enough times that you are desperate for something fresh).

When I’m looking for something to wear to events like this, I look for a piece that’s a little bit special. A little bit of sparkle, some embellishment, a really striking colour or delicate lace are all things I’m attracted to. I want to be able to look at an item hanging in my wardrobe and be transported back to happy memories and feeling confident and pretty, and I want all of that to not break the bank.

Over the last few years, whenever I’m on the hunt for something that fits my budget, demands and tastes, I jump onto ASOS. It’s such a massive online store that searching for something can be really overwhelming, but after much trial and error, I stumbled across ASOS Edition- a niche sub brand that has the most incredible event dresses, and doesn’t cost the earth. I’ve yet to be let down.







Dress, ASOS Edition (similar here and here), Shoes, Mimco, Clutch, Ted Baker, Earrings, Swarovski, Rings, Pandora and Mimco (similar here)

The dress I’m wearing in this post is my all-time favourite ASOS Edition buy- actually maybe my all-time favourite dress. I missed out the first time it was on the site, but was so diligent at checking for a restock that I managed to scoop one up just 3 minutes before they sold out.

I’ve listed a few other dresses here, here, here, here and here that are perfect for your special event, but it’s worth looking sporadically if you are searching for an end-of-year formal in case you spy exactly what you’re looking for.

Be quick- they don’t last long!

Heidi xx


  1. You look absolutely beautiful! I adore the dress and thank you for the tip! xxx


  2. You are looking very beautiful & pretty in the outfit. I love your dress color, All the pictures are stunning, kisses:)
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  3. This dress is absolutely beautiful!


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