Sunday, 21 April 2013

Ask Vydia - Formal Dresses Under $250

Firstly, I absolutely love your blog! I know you have amazing taste in fashion so I was wondering If you could kindly help me. I have my year twelve formal coming up in a few months and I always struggle to find dresses. I am looking for a long formal dress that is chic and unique. I also have a budget of $250. I know this question may be a bit too specific but any help at all, or even suggestions would be of great help. Sara

Hey Sara! Thanks so much for your question, would love to help you find a dress for your formal! I spent ages thinking about what I'd wear to my year 12 formal and even to my Uni Commerce ball. I'm so glad you've chosen to wear a long dress, if you've got any excuse to wear anything maxi, do it!! The hardest choice I had to make regarding my dress was definitley the colour. The way I thought about it was, I didn't want to look like I usually do, which meant one thing, NO BLACK! If I look back on any of my formal/ball pictures, I've always worn white.

I've found a few of my favourite pieces, all from Australian designers, that I'd consider wearing to my formal (given I had to go back to school again!)...

Cameo The Label Heartlines Dress - $179.95 

I love Cameo and I absolutely LOVE this dress. I'm always a massive fan of uniquely cut pieces but in monochrome solid colours. Love the cutout neckline, peplum waist and high low hem on this dress. It may seem like a lot's going on but the solid colouring makes the dress look chic and allows the silhouette to do the talking. Like I mentioned before, it's always nice to choose a colour that you wouldn't normally wear, in saying this though, both colours look just as amazing! I love the high low hem because it allows you to show off your shoes, and thanks to the neutral colouring, you can go crazy with whatever shoe colour you'd like. The cobalt blue ankle strap heels look perfect against the black on the right! Likewise, shoes with a little neon pink or yellow detailing would look amazing with the ivory. 

Shakuhachi Draped Silk Asymmetric Dress - $280
Shakuhachi Robo Mesh Maxi Dress - $240

The next two dresses are by Shakuhachi. I picked these two dresses once again for their amazing cuts. Love the draping and asymmetric detailing on the dress on the left, and although the colour is orange, the solid colouring makes it works. In other words, this dress is great if you think monochrome is a bit boring and want to wear colour, the orange would look great against any skin tone! I chose the dress on the right because of the mesh detailing which I think is really in right now. I do think that mesh only looks right in either black or white however. The double slits ties in with the current trend and like I mentioned with the previous Cameo dresses, your shoes get a chance to stand out as well! 

Bless'ed Are The Meek Ritual Maxi - $149.95

This is such a beautiful dress! Very ethereal and feminine and perfect for that effortless look. The white is simple but chic and the gold hardware at the front (which almost looks like a harness) adds the perfect detailing. This dress would look great styled with tan leather or gold coloured heels, I think black would be too much of a stark contrast against how delicate the dress is. I'm not a huge fan of accessorising formal outfits but a simple cuff, in gold would go really well with this look as would a gold chain headpiece if you were especially feeling the hippie vibe. Something I love about this dress is that it can definitley be worn again during the day with some minimalist sandals. Great day to night piece!

Hope this gave you a little inspiration, have a great time and don't forget to take heaps of photos at your formal!