Not everything in my closet is Lilly - or expensive. Interestingly enough , the more formal an outfit is the higher the chances that I paid less for it. Although formal wear tends to be expensive I feel like the clothing I wear the least should cost the least. Plus, formal wear tends to be more of a timeless style so it's easier to buy on sale one season and save for another. This was the case with the dress I wore to a formal event last weekend.
This dress is so great there was another party goer in it, my friend DLB!
I scored my navy version at Ross Dress for Less for $39.99 last spring. DLB bought her black version over a year ago at Macy's on sale for $60ish. I absolutely loved this dress on me and DLB looks fabulous as well. I'm 5'10 and wearing flats while DLB is in heels, she's obviously a much smaller size than me. Hurray for universally flattering dresses. Plus, it's made of a heavy jersey material - super comfortable.
To complete the look I did my own hair with a bump it and $10 headband from Charming Charlie's (which won the seal of approval from multiple stylist at the event) , wore a pearl and aquamarine necklace and earrings I've owned for years and put lace covered flats on my feet because I knew I'd be standing all night. I couldn't have been happier with how it turned out.
If you're not attached to a particular label or style than Ross is a great place to stock up on dresses. I really hate searching for an event specific dress so always keep one formal dress that fits on hand. In the past I've spent way too much on a dress because it fit and time was of the essence, and I tended to not really love those dresses. If I was to find another great dress for a good price tomorrow I wouldn't hesitate to buy it, but until then this one will be chilling in my closet waiting for the next nice event.