Last Updated on 19th October 2013

Dare we mention the current economic climate? Well, we can’t pretend it doesn’t affect the way we shop. We can’t justify a wear-once piece any more – our purchases need to serve us a greater purpose; they need to act as a long-term investment.

But believe it or not, this feature actually isn’t about world economy, it’s about a little challenge TK Maxx have approached us with. They’ve been thinking about investment buys, too – so much so, they’ve asked us to take part in a dress challenge with a few other folks to prove our styling skills.

Now, eagle-eyed readers may remember we did something similar earlier in the year, and the premise is very simple: TK Maxx give us a dress (in this case an on-trend black lace shift falling at fashion’s favourite midi length) and we re-work it to suit four different occasions for the party season, hence proving its wearability and our discerning eye for style… or something.

So, without further ado, below are our four looks:

1. Girls night out

Items: Acne Rita aviator jacket, £745, Browns; Lipstick in Beguild, £8, Topshop; Peeptoe cuffed suede shoe, £95, Urban Outfitters; Reiss Dilys chain bag, £195, ASOS

2. Work Xmas party

Items: By Malene Birger Pipina sequinned mademoiselle jacket, £209,; Yves Saint Laurent Rouge pur Couture lipstick, £22, Debenhams; ASOS Black gunmetal box clutch, £36, ASOS; Surface to Air toe cap court, £240, Urban Outfitters

3. First date

Items: Armand Basi camel coat, £353,; Reiss Leopard Satchel, £245, ASOS; Carvela Sophia boot, £150, Kurt Geiger

4. Birthday party

Items: BADgal kohl pencil, £14, Benefit; Low Luv by Erin Wasson feather ring, £38,; Mulberry plum Margaret clutch, £450,; Lexi suede block heel sandals, £50, Topshop;

Starting from this morning, TK Maxx will be uploading one look each day from everyone involved in the challenge to their Facebook page, where fans will then have to vote for their favourite look – there’s nothing at stake other than our pride, so keep your eyes peeled and, y’know, pledge your support, please.

Let us know which look is your favourite…

Black lace dress, £49.99, coming soon to

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