Award Season & Special Event Dressing on a Budget

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With the build up to the Oscars this week, many of us are getting ready for viewing parties at home or with friends.  Just in time, Rent the Runway is introducing a nice selection of adorable dresses for rent from designers Trina Turk, Parker and Yumi Kim for just $40.00.  I love both Trina Turk and Parker with their colorful prints.  And to get to try one of their designs for a mere $40.00 is a great deal.   Parker is always so elegant looking, and I like their vintage styles.  The line is still difficult to find in boutiques, so Rent the Runway is a great way to explore this designer at a low prices.  Click here to read my earlier review of Rent the Runway.

Services like Rent the Runway help to make  fashion accessible to the mass market.  If you want to check it out, click here to join the website and browse the goods. You can also join using my referral link.   If you use my link, I receive a referral fee when you rent, and you can also refer your friends and receive a credit to bring the cost of your rental down.  Discount shopping and credits are some of my favorite recessionista tools. 🙂

Pictured: A chic dress from the Macy’s Impulse collection by Kinder Aggugini (photo: M. Hall)

 Another  low priced options for dressing up are the new Kinder Aggugini collection at Macy’s.  I saw Kinder’s show from  London Fashion Week, and the Macy’s collection is true to his design aesthetic and very good looking.  The draping of the dresses is very attractive and comfortable too.   I’m be writing a review of the entire collection soon,  Have any of you seen it in the store? What do you think?


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.

1 Comment

  1. Sherbygirl

    February 24, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I got one of the dresses online (BTW, boo on Macy's for saying it was going to make available one day online and then it only being there a few days later – they're customer service people didn't even know what I was talking about). It's the purple floral one that is gathered at the bust and I love it. It fits perfectly, falls perfectly, and the fabric feels divine. I love it as well because I pulled it our of the envelope and it was ready to wear; in other words, perfect for travel. I am probably going to pick up one of the other two long-sleeved draped dresses in the near future. I hope they are all as good as this one!