Thanks for all your replies. Having just moved to Seaford, I have found there is an abundance of charity shops which I have enjoyed searching through. Have just bought a smashing leather blouson jacket for £8.00, which is a Yves St.Laurant. I will certainly look for evening wear in the months leading upto Christmas as we are hoping to go on Arcadia for a christmas Carribean cruise.
We also love dressing up on our cruises. i have never bought any evening dresses on line as i prefer to try them on. i buy most of my dresses in the sales at debenhams after christmas. i have bought some really nice ones in the last three years. just returned from the panama canal on the arcadi.
Try Grey and Osbourne. Wonderful things for Ladies.
Also Rowlands, Classic clothing.
I haven't bought anything personally but if you type in Evening Wear there are hundreds of sites to choose from.
Snap I look in the shops at xmas and then buy in the sale after xmas,,,, i saved around 400 pounds last year...you can buy on marks and spencer on line ...debenhams.you get more bargains on clothes at the shops ...
Hi there, hope you get this as I'm fairly new to this site and have only recently read your question so this is a sort of delayed PS! Have you ever considered charity shops? This where I buy all my posh frocks and they are not at all dated or naff. For instance, about 18 months ago I got a brand new (still had the label and a pack of small beads on) full length/fully lined Jacques Vert evening dress for £12.99 at help the Aged; similarly, I got another JV evening dress, nearly new, for £7.99 at the British Heart Foundation. Two more, both velvet, one green, one plum, were £5 each and only last year I bought a brand new full length beige skirt with a lovely top for about £8, also from help the Aged. Most of my semi-formal attire also comes from the same high street 'boutiques' and is all new or nearly new and all good quality - M&S, Debenhams etc. Whilst you may never have considered this option, please don't dismiss it out of hand as there are some very good bargains to be had in these shops. The best time for formal evening dresses is Oct/Nov/Dec which is when they put these garments out for Christmas/New Year; if you like black you'll be spoilt for choice as there are loads. Do give them a whirl - after all, what have you got to lose and it's a great feeling when someone looks with envy at your lovely evening dress which you bought for a fiver!
Happy shopping! Regards - Jane.