There's nothing like the feeling of being dolled up for a fancy event . . . until you get the bill! Although heading to a black-tie affair can add up quickly, it doesn't have to with a few simple tips and tricks. From scoring a designer gown for less to creating your own glamorous up-do, you can look Oscar ready and pretty on a penny your next night out, here's how:
- Rent it!: If you're having a hard time justifying the price tag for a dress you'll probably only wear once, rent it! Similar to a suit rental, you can now rent gowns for a fraction of what they could cost you. Websites like Rent the Runway allow you to wear designer gowns and accessories for your big night, without breaking the bank. They even send you an extra size to ensure the right fit!
- Turn to your friends: Ask a few of your close friends if they have a formal gown they'd be willing to lend you. Try a few options and add accessories to make the look your own. Just be careful around the drinks and return it dry cleaned.
- Get thrifty: Consignment shops are a great place to score deals on gowns and assure that no one else will have your dress! Don't be afraid to do some digging and remember to start your search weeks in advance. If the fit isn't right, a few adjustments from the tailor — maybe even a hem — will make the gown look custom and truly unique.