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Chic for Cheap: Frugally Formal

It’s formal time, collegiettes. November brings many stresses: the anticipation of finals, midterm papers, performances, and, of course, “OMG, mountain weekend is coming and I don’t have an invite!” to name a few. But amongst these worries is one beautiful night of stress-free relief to look forward to: formal.

Be it a fraternity semi-formal, a sorority My Tie, or another organization’s special night, this event gives collegiettes an excuse to get all dolled up, try out that new make-up tutorial found last week on YouTube, and have their hallmates curl their hair (and maybe buy some new shoes?).

With this fabulous event comes a special edition of Chic for Cheap. One might call it “Frugally Formal.” In any case, here is your guide to looking trendy and hot for formal, featuring not one, not two, but THREE fancy looks for less!


Option A: The Jumpsuit

Jessica Chastain, actress



Wide-Leg Surplice Jumpsuit for $27.80 at Forever 21


Cutout Y-Back Jumpsuit for $27.90 at Forever 21


Option B: Winter White with Cutouts

Gigi Hadid, model




Cut Out Bodycon Mini Dress for $26.99 at Charlotte Russe


Cutout-Side Bodycon Dress for $22.90 at Forever 21


Crisscross Strappy Dress for $24.90 at Forever 21


Option C: Channel the Weather with Leather

Kerry Washington, actress




Faux Leather Crisscross-Front Dress for $32.90 at Forever 21


Faux Leather Grommet Dress for $29.90 at Forever 21


These options keep color to a minimum while bringing classy elegance to an all-time high. Make the look your own with your choice of shoes. Never neglect the powers of a bright lip, too. Stay chic, collegiettes, and, as always, it’s not what you wear but how you wear it!


*Cover image from worlddresses.net

Isabelle Vail

Wake Forest

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