Fashion: Top 5: Affordable Highstreet Prom/Grad Ball Dresses

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Recently having my own graduation ball, I found that searching for the perfect dress was hard work. So I decided to write about a few of my favourites showing what I thought were affordable and easy to purchase as a high-street buy. I wanted to gather a collection of what could be for the specific occasions that are similar such as prom/college/graduation etc.

Here is my top five:

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1. // Blush Hour Tulle Dress 

 Nasty Gal //

// £137

Presented in the most mad blush, this dress can separate as a light pink bodice with a skirt as an attachment. The bodice features a sweetheart neckline and the skirt is made in floor length tulle. Perfect for prom.

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2. // Ariana Grande Cutout Body Maxi Dress

Lipsy //

// £68.00

This evening wear gown is my ultimate favourite, also the one I wore to my graduation. Cutout design with a rushing detail on the waist, team up with a pair of silver high heels and clutch bag for a classic red carpet look.


3. // Limited Edition Long Dress

Zara //

// £49.99

Zara’s limited edition, plunges from the neckline with a glittered tint to glam up the simple style of a maxi dress. Cut out back with detailed strap-lines.

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4. // Pleated Flutter Sleeve Maxi Dress


// £75.00

This lined body is pleated chiffon on the sleeves with a plunge neckline, open back with strap detail, nude colour is so in for this season. Grab while you can.

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5. // Premium Leaf Embellished Mini Dress Blue

Misguided //

// £95.00

Embellished detailing on this dress is something I’m crushing on at the minute. Nude mesh finish and mini dress for underneath works amazingly well together, also with a discreet zip to the side for a comfortable finish. Wear with nude heels to keep those eyes on the dress.

Hope this helps with ideas if you have a certain occasion cropping up soon! Let me know in the comments what your favourites are this season, or what your favourite is from my top picks.

Sharney x



Scanning through the same old online fashion shops/boutiques can certainly be a bore and a chore personally when it comes down to searching high and low for the perfect outfit; whether that be for a day out with friends, a night out on the town, a romantic meal for two, holiday or even a festival.

Yet I stumbled across the incredibly beautiful blogger Christina Topacio with her faultless fashion blog: ‘Profresh Style’. Completely falling in love with a design of a low cut maxi dress that she owned, I became intrigued to find out how much this dress is, and to see what the hype is around the online shop ‘Free People’. I can finally say I get the obsession and I’m all around in love with it.

‘Free People’ was founded by Dick Hayne in the 1970’s and opened the store to many within West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and then kicked off into other states as well as the UK. As it says on the website the demand was almost immediate. Keeping a theme throughout their designs with creativity and individuality, these pieces really do shine through femininity, courage and spirit and I honestly can’t believe it’s took me this long to find it.

Profresh Style 1Profresh Style 3Profresh Style 2(Above is Christina Topacio sporting the gorgeous Free People Maxi Dress I previously mentioned above. Unfortunately I cannot find the dress on the site, so if anyone knows where I can get this piece from or have seen it on the site with the price, please do hit the comment button and let me know, thanks!)

So I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone by telling you how much I have fell in love with this online fashion site, but also I thought it was perfect wear for festival season. Therefore I thought I’d treat you all to a fashion guide on festival wear with clothes from Free People.

Let’s start off with accessories:


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// Rosebay Cross Body


This stunning embroidery and all over mirror embellishments will capture any fashionistas eye, with a suede trim and shoulder strap along with beading, it screams festival wear all over. With fabric lining and interior pockets it’s perfect for a hot summer weekend.


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// Tribal Painted Oversized Scarf


Honey tones are in this season and if you want to rock ‘that 70’s’ look nothing is better than a headscarf with good vibes to finish off your statement look.


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// Dried Flower Tattoos


A free spirited look can be pulled off in no time. Although these temporary floral tattoos may be pricy, they are luxuriously hand drawn with handmade inspiration from sunny California on it’s side.


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// Hayden Flatform Sandal


Okay, so not quite an accessory… yet I thought I’d throw them in anyway! These flatforms are a must buy for festival season, nothing is worse than having just wellies and sweating your socks in the heat due to you British people thinking it was going to rain all weekend. Come on, be optimistic guys.


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// Abbey Road Sunglasses


These rounded shaped, Lennon styled retro sunnies with tinted lenses, are a definite accessory to complete our English summer.

Clothing guide:


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// Wanderer Mini Dress


This coral shift dress is taking you way back to the swinging sixties. Featuring bell sleeves and a scalloped crochet trim, heads will be turned no doubt.


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// Nirvana Tee


Wanting that 90’s grunge look? These are the boys you need to be pulling off. This soft and comfy tee is inspired by Nirvana’s 1991 USA concert tour. Featuring exposed stitching for that vintage worn-in feel.


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// Daisy Billow Sleeve Dress


This floral chiffon will take your breath away. Featuring side cutout detailing, pleating, along with a bandeau style bust, completed with a hidden back zip, this is for the brave ones out there.


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// Down To Earth Romper


This ocean blue, silky little romper number has an elastic drawstring waist and adjustable straps, making those portaloo trips just that little bit easier.


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// Santa Cruz Dress


If you want to go for that full blown fashion IT girl style, then knock em’ dead in this Santa Cruz polyester dress. Coral is flooding back in this summer. Finish off with some jewellery and you’ll be the best dressed.

Hope you like this post guys, let me know what you think! Hit the comment box below and if you’ve been loving anything recently feel free to share.

Sharney x