Little black dresses under £30

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It’s 80 years since Coco Chanel decided that black should not just be confined to mourning and funerals and thus created one of the most iconic fashion items of all time – the Little Black dress. Since then, this item has become the stuff of legends, with more iconic, immortal reincarnations worn by the likes of Audrey Hepburn (Breakfast at Tiffany’s), Princess Diana (that famous dress which stole the thunder from Prince Charles), Angelina Jolie (that dress which made a sticking out leg pose an internet sensation) and Demi Moore (worth a million dollars in ‘Indecent Proposal’.

The little black dress comes in all shapes and sizes, from a simple shift shape to a flattering maxi dress. It can be long sleeved or strapless, a flirty mini worn by a teen, or a sleek evening dress worn by a celeb. It is still the colour of choice for funerals, but is more often than not to be the choice for evening wear, since it is the epitome of sophistication and effortless chic. It can be minimal and classic, or adorned by a statement necklace for the ultimate in glamour.

With Christmas season upon us, it is fitting that Little black dresses are having a style moment – not that they ever went away of course. So this post is dedicated to a feast of little black dresses which have one subtle difference. None of the styles chosen cost more than £30. Effortless style on a shoestring – what’s not to love?

Celeb Inspiration

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jonathan Hordle/REX/Shutterstock (6954419e) Lily James Harrods Christmas tree lighting ceremony, London, UK - 03 Nov 2016 WEARING BURBERRY X HARRODS COLLECTION

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Drew Barrymore launches Shutterfly Holiday Gift Collection at Seasonal Shopping Event on November 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Shutterfly)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Fashion designer Nicole Richie attends Who What Wear 10th Anniversary #WWW10 Experience on November 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage for Fashion Media)

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Little Black Dress Bargains – and it’s not even Black Friday yet!

Chi Chi Evie Dress £29.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Evie Dress £29.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Jodie Dress £29.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Jodie Dress £29.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

V-Neck Lace Dress £20 Click to visit George at Asda

V-Neck Lace Dress £20 Click to visit George at Asda

Lace Overlay Dress £20 Click to visit George at Asda

Lace Overlay Dress £20 Click to visit George at Asda

Cold Shoulder Dress and Necklace Set £14 Click to visit George at Asda

Cold Shoulder Dress and Necklace Set £14 Click to visit George at Asda

Plus Theresa Strappy Wrap Front Dress £18 Click to visit Boohoo

Plus Theresa Strappy Wrap Front Dress £18 Click to visit Boohoo

Diane Strappy Wrap Detail Midi Dress £18 Click to visit Boohoo

Diane Strappy Wrap Detail Midi Dress £18 Click to visit Boohoo

Annora Oversized Bardot Midi Dress £20 Click to visit Boohoo

Annora Oversized Bardot Midi Dress £20 Click to visit Boohoo

Black Glitter Spot Bodycon Dress Was £28.00 Now £25.20 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black Glitter Spot Bodycon Dress
Was £28.00 Now £25.20 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Gunmetal Sequin Shift Was £38.00 Now £28.50 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Gunmetal Sequin Shift
Was £38.00 Now £28.50 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

*Izabel London Black Dress Was £26.00 Now £20.80 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

*Izabel London Black Dress
Was £26.00 Now £20.80 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

**DP Curve Black Self-Tie Wrap Dress Was £24.00 Now £21.60 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

**DP Curve Black Self-Tie Wrap Dress
Was £24.00 Now £21.60 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins



Further shopping

 

Shopping for Shoe Queens

When it comes to shoes, I go totally weak at the knees. I just love shoes so much, and whether they have a designer price tag, or are a bargain basement find, shoes are something I can’t resist buying. And I’m not the only one, with the global footwear industry annual revenue put at $52,175,000,000 – and I’m not even sure how you say that!

For me, when it comes to womens shoes, the bigger the heel the better, although I do find that I have to have flat days now just to give my feet a break. This time of year is perfect for those who like shoes to be high, glamorous or glittering, as the shops are just filled with designs that are ready to wow at Christmas parties, or to elicit screams of delight when they are found in Christmas stockings.

This post is one that works on two levels. If you are currently writing your letter to Santa I have featured designs from two of my favourites when it comes to footwear, Sophia Webster and Valentino and the iconic Rockstuds. Sophia is famous for her theatrical shoes, with the Evageline design a modern classic, complete with your own butterflies. Of course, these have the designer price tag to match, but it is nearly Christmas, and you are so worth it.

However, as it is nearly Christmas, the budget might be slightly on the tightly stretched side, so I have added some great designer dupes currently available at Brantano which are certainly more purse friendly. There are also some examples of celebrity inspiration, whether you are planning to wear your shoes on a red carpet, or just on a living room carpet.

Let me know your favourites!

Gal Gadot in Sophia Webster

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 SOPHIA WEBSTER Rosalind crystal-embellished heeled sandals £395.00 Click to visit Selfridges

SOPHIA WEBSTER Rosalind crystal-embellished heeled sandals
£395.00 Click to visit Selfridges

Monica Brown in Sophia Webster

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 SOPHIA WEBSTER Chiara leather butterfly heeled sandals £435.00 Click to visit Selfridges

SOPHIA WEBSTER Chiara leather butterfly heeled sandals
£435.00 Click to visit Selfridges

Jourdan Dunn in Valentino Rockstuds

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 VALENTINO Rockstud leather ballet flats £585.00 Click to visit Selfridges

VALENTINO Rockstud leather ballet flats £585.00 Click to visit Selfridges

Dakota Fanning in Valentino Rockstuds

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 VALENTINO Rockstud patent leather heels £620.00 Click to visit Selfridges

VALENTINORockstud patent leather heels
£620.00 Click to visit Selfridges

Get the Celebrity Look for less

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Lotus Ginny £70.00 Click to visit Brantano

Lotus Ginny £70.00 Click to visit Brantano

Georgia May Jagger

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 01: Georgia May Jagger attends the launch of the Tommy Hilfiger Flagship Store Launch on December 1, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

 Lotus Hallmark Eulalia £49 Click to visit Brantano

Lotus Hallmark Eulalia £49 Click to visit Brantano

Kourtney Kardashian in Louboutins

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 Lotus Colombina £50 Click to visit Brantano

Lotus Colombina £50 Click to visit Brantano

Olivia Palermo

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 Lotus Lobelia £65 Click to visit Brantano

Lotus Lobelia £65 Click to visit Brantano

Get the Celebrity look with Victoria Beckham, Kylie Jenner and Soru Jewellery

This week’s Friday fashion feature is a focus on celebrity style. Autumn is bringing all sorts of fabulous looks, style collaborations and celebrity style picks that are both stylish and, in the case of TOWIE fashion and Dorothy Perkins picks, affordable too.

This post is a little different in that I have also featured some Celebrity make up picks. We know that Kylie Jenner is a bit of a beauty maven herself, but it seems that she is a major fan of Charlotte Tilbury products, particularly the Cheek to Chic blusher. Another style icon, Victoria Beckham, is branching into cosmetics with her collaboration with Estee Lauder – check out the stunning packaging that makes this an ideal Christmas gift.

In terms of fashion, we have a few picks from Rare London including Rosie Fortescue in a stunning, military inspired dress. Continuing with the Made in Chelsea theme is the gorgeous Dorothy Perkins edit as collated by Toff.  We also have a great budget find from Select fashion, as worn by Georgia on TOWIE.

Moving away from reality tv, the Duchess of Cambridge has again been wearing beautiful jewellery from Soru Jewellery, this time in the form of gorgeous earrings. They are currently out of stock, but you can click through to see how to reserve your very own pair. I have also featured a couple of looks from one of my favourite labels, Self Portrait, as worn by Naomi Watts and the one and only Madonna.

Finally, in the season when Bridget Jones made her comeback, we have a maternity look direct from the movie from Seraphine.

Enjoy your Friday!

Casey Batchelor and Rosie Fortescue in Rare London

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**Multi Cross-Strap Midi Dress by Rare £39.00 Click to visit Topshop

**Multi Cross-Strap Midi Dress by Rare
£39.00 Click to visit Topshop

Rare Limited Edition Cross Strap Lace Pencil Midi £85 Click to visit Next

Rare Limited Edition Cross Strap Lace Pencil Midi £85 Click to visit Next

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Rare Military Button Dress £49 Click to visit Next

Rare Military Button Dress £49 Click to visit Next

Kylie Jenner Loves…Charlotte Tilbury

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 CHARLOTTE TILBURY Cheek to Chic blusher £30.00 Click to visit Selfridges

CHARLOTTE TILBURY Cheek to Chic blusher £30.00 Click to visit Selfridges

Victoria Beckham and Estee Lauder

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 ESTEE LAUDER Victoria Beckham eye palette £68.00 Click to visit Selfridges

ESTEE LAUDER Victoria Beckham eye palette £68.00 Click to visit Selfridges

 ESTEE LAUDER Victoria Beckham Moroccan Heat lip gloss £28.00 Click to visit Selfridges

ESTEE LAUDER Victoria Beckham Moroccan Heat lip gloss
£28.00 Click to visit Selfridges

 ESTEE LAUDER Victoria Beckham eye ink £36.00 Click to visit Selfridges

ESTEE LAUDER Victoria Beckham eye ink £36.00 Click to visit Selfridges

Bridget Jones wears Seraphine

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 Navy Polka Dot Silk Maternity Dress £129.00 Click to visit Seraphine

Navy Polka Dot Silk Maternity Dress £129.00
Click to visit Seraphine

Georgia Kousoulou in Select

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 SUEDETTE BIKER JACKET £24.99 Click to visit Select

SUEDETTE BIKER JACKET £24.99 Click to visit Select

Toff from Made in Chelsea in Dorothy Perkins

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Burgundy Lace Fit And Flare Dress Was £40.00 Now £30.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

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**Petite Black Lace 2-In-1 Top Was £28.00 Now £21.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

**Petite Black Lace 2-In-1 Top Was £28.00 Now £21.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

The Duchess of Cambridge Wears Soru Jewellery

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Baroque Pearl Double Sided Earrings, Gold £130.00 Click to visit Soru Jewellery

Baroque Pearl Double Sided Earrings, Gold
£130.00 Click to visit Soru Jewellery

Naomi Watts and Madonna in Self Portrait

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 SELF-PORTRAIT Prairie floral-embroidered midi dress £300.00 Click to visit Selfridges

SELF-PORTRAIT Prairie floral-embroidered midi dress £300.00 Click to visit Selfridges

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 SELF-PORTRAIT Victoria flounced tiered lace dress £300.00 Click to visit Selfridges

SELF-PORTRAIT Victoria flounced tiered lace dress
£300.00 Click to visit Selfridges

Kate Garraway wears Coast

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JACKIE WIDE LEG VELVET TROUSER £95.00 Click to visit Coast

JACKIE WIDE LEG VELVET TROUSER
£95.00 Click to visit Coast