Friday, 19 August 2016

How to Look Expensive, Without Spending Too Much!*

Floral Dress from LystAt least once a year, an invite will probably drop through your letterbox (or into your inbox, it is the 21st century), requiring you to wear something smart, formal and usually expensive. Whether it's a wedding, conference, or Christmas do, the remit is always the same; tailored, unique and extravagant-looking. This can pose a real problem, if you are not financially equipped to invest in a designer dress or, are reluctant to splurge on something which is unlikely to see the light of day again. There may be friends, colleagues, or relatives at the event, with whom you have not shared your financial affairs, and you would like to keep it that way. Or perhaps you just don't want to be the subject of other, judgier, guests comments. Whatever the reason, you need a posh outfit, on the cheap, and quick!

Pale Blue Dress from LystI have found the answer to this age-old problem, in the form of Lyst. The shopping website that gives you the opportunity to find the best of the designer sales and then compare items that you have your eye on. When you have found the perfect item to add to your wardrobe, one click will take you straight to the retailer's website, where you can purchase the item as you normally would. Lyst has taken all the metaphorical legwork out of internet browsing. You can customise your search to include your own preferences, such as skirt length, colour, size and, of course, price. It's like having a virtual personal shopper who you don't have to make small talk with! You will find a fantastic array of clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, and even jewellery, for both men and women, many at a fraction of their original price. This crepe dress from Talbots, is available in Santorini Blue, or Purple Hydrangea (a lilac-type colour) and is priced at just £21, a 70% discount of the original price tag of £113! I love the tailoring, and am sure it would suit any summer wedding or garden party. The prom midi dress from Jolie Moi in the picture above is also a steal, with 45% off the recommended retail price.

I have found so many beautiful dresses on Lyst's website, I wish I had more functions to go to! Another amazing bargain up for grabs is this exquisite sequinned dress, from French Connection. I just need somewhere to wear it, and I'm all set! The original price is £160, but it's currently on sale for just £39! For my perfect outfit, I would pair it with these pink suede shoes, from Ron White, £54 (RRP £181) and these gorgeous hoop earrings, from Macy's at £31 (RRP £121) This oufit would have everyone wondering if I'd won the lottery, or had a huge payrise! To put the fun back into internet shopping, let Lyst do the hard work for you!

Collage featuring pink shoes, pink dress and earrings

*Produced in association with Lyst



  1. I love how you have arranged the pics next to the copy, really nicely laid out! Must have taken you a while. I have had a look at Lyst and it is different, but I will definitely use it. Good review :)

  2. That blue crepe dress is beautiful. This website sounds like a great way to nab a bargain.


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