Let’s face it: clothes are expensive. Buying a simple outfit can quickly go from being a bargain to costing over £50 or £100, and most of us can’t afford to keep spending that, yet still want to stay fashionable.
I gave myself the challenge of finding an entire outfit including a top, something on the bottom, a handbag and shoes, all for under £40. For some that may seem an impossible task, but it’s all about knowing where to look and what to piece together for the best price. I’m a self confessed bargain hunter who will deliberate buying anything if it costs over £10, I’ve been taught well by my mom who is practically the queen of bargains, so I’d like to think I’m well prepared for this challenge.
The first place that instantly sprung to mind when I thought of writing this post was, of course, Primark: the home of outfits on a budget. I picked up this gorgeous white sleevless blouse for only £6, I’ve paired it with a simple white vest top to stop it being a little too revealing, which you can pick up for a couple of quid from practically any shop. This one is from H&M’s basics range from last summer and I think it was about £2. Alternatively, you could wear this blouse with a pretty bralette underneath and embrace the underwear as outerwear trend.
Shockingly, the trousers and shoes for this outfit aren’t actually from Primark! These slim fitting navy trousers from H&M are comfortable, practical and for only £8.99 they’re a complete and utter bargain. I wore these all the time whilst I was away in Lourdes where I was doing active work all day and they remained easy to move in. Unfortunately these are only available in store and aren’t online so I can’t link them, however I’ve found some alternatives here.
These gorgeous navy wedges were the ‘splurge’ of the outfit at £19.99. I actually found these in the wide fit section in New Look and although my feet are far from wide, in fact I usually struggle to find shoes thin enough, these fit well. The adjustable ankle strap means that I can tighten them to fit so they won’t slip off and the heel height is great for walking around in all day.
This beautiful white bag was only £5! It is compact, perfect for carrying around all day and fits all of the essentials like my phone, makeup and a purse. The ruffles down the front are right on trend and match the delicate ruffles on my sleeves.
So, what was the total expenditure for this outfit?
Blouse – £6
Trousers – £8.99
Shoes – £19.99
Bag – £5
This outfit comes in just under the £40 mark, meeting the criteria I set myself when starting this post. I think you’d agree that this outfit looks far from cheap, proving that you don’t have to sacrifice style when working with a low budget.
I’ve decided that I’m going to make a series of posts all focused on finding an entire outfit for under £40, for all those fashionistas living in a budget. Let me know in the comments if that is something you’d be interested in reading!
Love Chloe x