Charity / Fashion

24Hr Party Dress People

Just around the corner in every woman’s mind – is a lovely dress or entire costume which will make an enchanting new creature of her.  ~Wilhela Cushman

There’s always time for a party! Magazines tend to focus in on a party dress collection around October/September ready for the Christmas party season. However you can pick yourself up a cute party dress at any time of the year. Charity shops will often bring out the big guns closer to Christmas and dedicate a larger space to the beloved party dress, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t grab yourself a bargain in August.

Got a wedding to go to? Perhaps it’s the wedding of your boyfriend’s ex’s twin sister who’s getting married to your boyfriend’s best mate (yes that actually happened!) and you want to look your very best, but you don’t have £80 (minimum) to blow on a beautiful dress.

Get thyeself to a charity shop m’Lady, where one can find the loveliest dresses in all the land, and you don’t need to kiss a frog or be rescued from a huge tower by a dragon, or is it a Prince? If you want to lose a shoe half way through the party and leave sharpish to avoid embarrassment that’s up to you.

Singing crockery aside, finding a dress for an occassion can be daunting, you spend a mint, feel uncomfortable all night and then stuff it in the back of your wardrobe never to see the light of day. Well I can’t solve the second bit, that’s up to your therapist, but the first bit (spending a mint) is easily avoidable. Take a peek through my selection of glamorous gowns and coquettish cocktail dresses all for under £20:

When in doubt, wear red.  ~Bill Blass


A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to want to take it off you. 

~Françoise Sagan


The dress must not hang on the body but follow its lines.  It must accompany its wearer and when a woman smiles the dress must smile with her.  

~Madeleine Vionnet




Fashion is architecture:  it is a matter of proportions. 

~CoCo Chanel


Fashion can be bought.  Style one must possess. 

~Edna Woolman Chase


The prettiest dresses are worn to be taken off. 

~Jean Cocteau


All women’s dresses, in every age and country, are merely variations on the eternal struggle between the admitted desire to dress and the unadmitted desire to undress.  ~Lin Yutang


Never wear anything that panics the cat. 

~P.J. O’Rourke

So that concludes my selection of dresses found in the charity shops of Union Street, Aberdeen. I always found that the less my dress cost me, the more proud of it I am, and therefore the more confident and comfortable I feel. Whether rightly or wrongly, I mentally one-up everybody in the room. Some people will apply the same thought process to the large amount that their dress cost, but in my opinion and rather ironically, I have better things to spend my money on than dresses, and I managed to help a charitable cause. 

Don’t forget that you can follow me on Twitter @meggiemaie where I will update with the bargains that I find. However, given current mobility issues, there may be less of that than normal!



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