O’Neill: Looking red carpet ready on a dimeWritten by Lauren O'Neill | | email@example.com
The Oscars are one of the most important times for celebrities to show off their fashion sense. There is a lot of pressure to not only look great, but to also set the stage for hot new patterns and color trends in the fashion world. Celebrities spend months working with designers to create a certain look —soft and feminine, loud and colorful, sexy and spontaneous — and the results are usually breathtaking.
As we gather around our televisions Feb. 24 to see all the amazing looks, we can only imagine what it would be like to have top designers at our fingertips and the kind of money to design anything we want. The idea is so magical, almost untouchable, that it makes watching the Oscars almost an adult fantasy world.
For the women out there who want to dress like a celebrity for a special event, but don’t have a celebrity’s budget, there still is hope.
One of the best websites that offers real — yes, real — affordable designer dresses is
renttherunway.com. What is the catch, you may ask? The catch — if that’s what you want to call it — is that you rent the dresses. Think Netflix for dresses. There are hundreds of designers to choose from and Rent the Runway helps you narrow down what type of dress you are looking for with categories like wedding guest, gala or party. Once you decide on a dress, Rent the Runway sends it in a couple of sizes to ensure that one fits just right and after a couple of days you mail back the dresses. Easy, fun and very affordable.
Another website, theoutnet.com, offers a variety of beautiful gowns, mostly designer, that are marked way down, some down from $1,000 to around $250. The gowns are gorgeous and affordable.
The difference between THE OUTNET and Rent the Runway is buying versus renting. Rent the Runway may be nice if you have a lot of different events around the same time; it gives you the option of wearing different dresses to each event without breaking the bank. THE OUTNET is good for that one-time special event or if you think you might wear the gown again.
Last but not least, vintage is always a good route to take. Whether it’s bidding on eBay, visiting vintage-inspired websites like modcloth.com or going through a family member’s closet — it’s always fun to reinvent the old and make new. Plus, vintage allows you to show off your personal style and have something no one else will have.
Wherever you are going, remember that you can dress like a celebrity, too. There are affordable options for the everyday woman that look good. Use this year’s Oscars for inspiration, and have fun creating your own Oscar-worthy look on a dime.
Lauren blogs about fashion at www.mypinmoneyfashion.com. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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