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Festive Frocks for under €50 With Tanya Grimson

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Tanya went in search of recession - friendly party dresses for the festive season. She's here today with a selection of the finest frocks for under €50.

Tanya Grimson- Frugal Fashionista!
Tanya Grimson is a Fashion stylist based in Dublin. Since graduating from London college of Fashion and working in leading publications such as Marie Claire in London she returned to Ireland to pursue her career as a fashion stylist.
Tanya has been actively working as a stylist in Ireland for 10 years and has worked for various publications such as The Gloss, Irish Tatler, Sunday Independent's Life Magazine, U Magazine, Confetti, VIP magazine, The Irish Times, Social and Personal and the RTE Guide, she has also worked as the Deputy Editor of Prudence magazine and was the Fashion Editor of Ivenus, Harmonia's online magazine and is currently the Fashion Editor of Irish Brides magazine.

Commercial clients include: Samui boutique, Sasha, Diffusion boutique, heatons, Peruzzi, Pulse accessories, Dunnes Stores, Michael H, Simply B, Oxendales, Applebe jewellers, Mad Flowers, Aer Lingus, Airwaves, Pulse, Lucinda Grey, Tricot Marine, Club Rugby, Dylon, Sheseido, House of Colour,
Tanya has also worked as a fashion journalist for publications such as Prudence, Ivenus, Irish Brides and The Irish Times and is currently involved in fashion production for many of her clients.

Tanya's Bargain Blog:
With the credit crunch firmly in place at the moment, it is great to see how some high street shops are catering for the party season, without having to break the bank. Shops such as Penneys, H&M, A/wear and Tesco have hit this trend strongly featuring some stunning dresses for under €50.

The most popular on the streets for this category seems to be the little 'prom style' cocktail dress which is always a favourite for the party season, coming in a range of style from strapless styles, asymmetric shoulders to capped sleeves.

For the slightly more mature woman a more streamlined 'galaxy style' dress made famous two years ago by Roland Mouret hits all the right notes, by streamlining your body and creating curves when curves don't exist.

Another thing worth bearing in mind is that when you reach a certain age, your arms become your problem area and women can feel very self conscious about exposing them and unfortunately most Christmas style dresses are either strapless or with thin straps so the best thing is to find a little shrug or bolero that can cover your shoulders and upper arms without distracting from the dress.

And of course once again accessories are key to creating a real wow factor, corsages are one of the biggest accessory stories of the season, thanks to sex and city so wear them on your dress, attach to a ribbon and wear as a necklace or wear in your hair for some Spanish style glamour. And complete your look with a killer clutch and some fantastic heels for extra party fever.

Sarah, Faith, Niamh


Faith look 1
Headpiece, €10, A/wear
Black dress, €50, at awear
Pink shoes, €20, at dunnes stores
Gold clutch, €20, at awear

Sarah Look 1
Print dress, €29.90 at H&M
Blue satin shoes, €110, at Carl scarpa

Niamh look 1
Purple corsage hair piece, €8 at awear
Jade asymmetric dress, €50, at awear
Purple suede shoes, €40, at dunnes stores
Black fringe bag, 14.90 at h&M
Faith look, 2

Faith look 2
Black lace prom style dress, €45, by Florence and fred at tesco
Red belt, €7.75 at marks and spencer
Black shoes, €110, at coast
Black clutch, €14.90 at H&M

Sarah Look 2
Black chiffon dress, €45.95 by Villa
Purple corsage necklace, €14.50 at Marks and spencer
Black silk shrug, €22, at dunnes stores
Black beaded bag, €15, by Florence and fred at tesco
Black slingback shoes, €110, at carl scarpa

Niamh look 2
Black and white tartan bustle dress, €40, at awear
Black beret, €6, at dunnes stores
Black belt, €34, at oasis
Black shoe boots, €94, at oasis