Chic little non-label dress. Wear anywhere for under $50.
Classy little peeptoe slingback with modest heel. Wear anywhere for years and years for around $150.
Fabulous hat by local milliner Flora Fascinata...nice with above dress and shoes for Raceday or a wedding...email Flora at her Contact Page here. Or buy a plain black hat and gussy it up yourself. I know Flora. She would approve.
Or for a more subtle effect, there's this metallic cutie if small and neat is more your style. Although I'd probably then go with the plain black version of the above dress, available for the same price.
Now. Here is a designer dress by a very famous, much loved and adored house. Honestly. Even the model looks unhappy wearing it, so what hope is there for we mere mortals?
Same designer. Ummmm.....Tea Cosy anyone?
And for the last word in 'I can only wear them once' shoes...yes, same designer.
So to my way of thinking, you could go out and spend about $5000 and look like a dogs breakfast but be able to say you're wearing....well...a famous designer.
Or you could go out and spend $250-
$300 absolute maximum, and look uber classy and chic.