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Got An Event Coming Up? Find The Perfect Outfit For Under $300

23/02/23

Author: RIISE Team

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There it is, your calendar filling up for another year.

Birthdays, engagement parties, weddings and work events are all on the horizon. But with a packed social schedule comes a touch of panic because what are you going to wear to all of these events, without blowing your budget?

Start planning now. With a handful of key pieces on standby, you’ll have every upcoming soiree sorted without the stress. Here are our top picks for under $300.

Dresses

Luna Dress – Del Villar

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Luna Dress – Del Villar

The kind of smooth number you can have on standby for a party or a picnic. Made from 96 per cent Tencel Lyocell with a touch of spandex, the feel and fit of Del Villar's Luna Dress score big on comfort. Plus, all the hard work of dressing up is done for you with the fitted bust, open back and adjustable drawstrings that can be worn in different ways. Our favourite look: looped around the neck halter style. 

Tulip Dress – Kowtow

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Tulip Dress

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Tulip Dress – Kowtow

A dress that leaves enough room for hors d'oeuvres while still being flattering? Sign us up. Kowtow’s Tulip Dress is great for anyone who doesn't love figure-hugging dresses, but still wants a bit of shape and definition. It has a similar high crew neckline as the brand's Tank Swing Dress, but a slightly dressier feel thanks to the semi-detached bodice. Viewed from the back, this gives the impression of a beautiful two-piece. It’s easy to style up too, just add some chunky gold jewellery, red lipstick and whip your hair into a slicked-down bun for an elegant event look.

Bella Midi Dress – Frederic

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Bella Midi Dress

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Bella Midi Dress – Frederic

The dress you’ll want to wear to every event…except maybe a wedding. When it comes to the Bella Midi, it’s all in the details: delicate pleating at the front and a subtle shirring panel at the back are what make this plain white number event-worthy. It’s strapless too, leaving plenty of room for a statement necklace or dangly earrings.

Tops

Bailanta Top – Del Villar

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Bailanta Top – Del Villar

If you love the Luna Dress but have your heart set on a two-piece for your next event, allow us to bring the Bailanta Top into your world. It’s basically the dress reduced to top form, with ruched detailing around the bust and the same halter straps. We can confirm this top is dance floor approved and will score plenty of compliments with a pair of trousers or silk pants.

Kashmira Linen Cami – Dominique Healy

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Kashmira Linen Cami – Dominique Healy

Who needs to go all out on a dress if you have a great cami (especially one with a square neckline). Cut from breathable flax linen, Dominique Healy’s Kashmira Cami has a gorgeous fitted silhouette and delicate thin straps, a combination that has you covered no matter the dress code. Pair it with the matching Sonia Pants and a glass of champagne for a sophisticated – but not overdone – event look.

Faye Top – Arnsdorf

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Faye Top – Arnsdorf

We couldn’t talk about tops with knockout necklines and not give Arnsdorf’s Faye Top a mention. The softly draped cowl neckline, combined with the lustrous shine from the hemp and silk fabrication, has understated elegance well and truly down pat. Compliment the earthy tone with gold jewellery and finish the fit off with your favourite high-waisted pant.

Universo Top – Del Villar

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Universo Top – Del Villar

A basic boob tube can do a lot more than you might think for an event. Del Villar’s Universo Top hits the right note with its simple design because it can be paired with just about anything. Throw it on with a bright pair of pants (like the Astral Pant pictured here) for a party, style it with trousers and a blazer for a dressier event or wear it with high-waisted linen pants for afternoon celebrations. Cut from ultra-soft bamboo jersey, it’s a staple that equally covers comfort and versatility. 

Bottoms

Wray Skirt – Dominique Healy

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Bottoms

Wray Skirt – Dominique Healy

If you’re perpetually struggling to find a skirt that suits your shape, Dominique Healy’s Wray Skirt will be your saving grace. Made from linen with an elasticated high waist cut on the bias, it slims and flatters different body types with its A-line shape. Grab extra attention by pairing that sweet berry shade with another bright block colour, or tone it down with a neutral piece like Del Villar's Universo Top in Sand (always a good staple of have closeby).

Sonia Pant – Dominique Healy

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Sonia Pant – Dominique Healy

We’ve had enough pre-event wardrobe meltdowns in our time to know how important it is to have one quality all-rounder on standby – like these black linen pants from Dominique Healy. Cut from soft linen, they sit high on the waist with a flat band front that falls through to a loose straight-leg cut. Keep it chic with the matching black Kashmira Cami and add extra length to the look with a pair of strappy heels.

Panneau Skirt – Par Moi

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Panneau Skirt – Par Moi

Par Moi’s Panneau Skirt has “I’m here to have all the fun” written all over it. Made from a deadstock wool blend, it’s big on comfort and style, which are basically the only two boxes you need to tick for a night of partying. We recommend styling it with a crop, like Fredric’s Van Crop Bodice, or a simple tank like Arnsdorf’s one-shoulder Pia Tank. And a pair of cowboy boots if the occasion calls for it.

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