Do you remember last year when I entered Money Supermarkets blogger competition to win £1000 to spend on the ultimate wardrobe update? Well, it’s back! There are less categories this time around, but the process is the same; create a Casual, Party and Holiday outfit for under £200 in the hope that you might inspire a reader, a stranger, or the brand new judging panel *waves*.
My last casual outfit was a typical everyday outfit for me consisting of jeans, a Breton striped top, classic trench and tote bag with trainers. This time I opted for something from the other side of my wardrobe; the one brimming with dresses and cardigans! (seriously, I’m a sucker for a good cardigan). I built this look around the dress – a gorgeous drop waisted number from the recent Celia Birtwell for Uniqlo collection – teaming it with a cardigan in my favourite colour, grey. I actually already own this dress but I’m already thinking of buying it in another colour as it’s so comfortable and flattering, not to mention a bargain at £29.99! I added a pair of sturdy but stylish ankle boots that will last through to next season and a pretty oversized bag to carry all the crap I tote around with me during the day, finishing off the look with subtle jewellery and a rich purple nail polish.
*GEEK SIDE NOTE
If the TARDIS turned up on my doorstep, this is probably what I’d be wearing to run around the universe with the Doctor, so I guess you could call it my companion outfit…
Zara Basic Cardigan £19.99
Topshop Ample Heavy Sole Boots £70
Monki Claire Bag £30
Urban Outfitters Black Stone Rings £16
Illamasqua Faux Pas Nail Varnish £13.50
TOTAL = £179.39 (£20.61 left over for lunch with the girls)
ASOS Print Fuller Bust Halter Bikini Top £16
French Connection Jersey Maxi Dress £48
Topshop Hermione Geek Sandals £22
& Other Stories Lipstick in Ninon Pink £12
Sam Ubhi Charm Necklace £35
ASOS Tortoiseshell Round Sunglasses £10
TOTAL = £159 (£41 left over for ice creams and duty free)
This Prada-esque skirt from Topshop keeps making its way into my shopping basket – I LOVE IT – and to me, it’s the perfect swishy skirt for dancing. As it is so bold I’ve dressed it down with a loose fitting tee (tucked in at the waist of course) and added a statement necklace to balance out the outfit. To finish off the look, I threw in some wonderful pointed cats eye sunglasses (only £12!) along with an on-trend metallic clutch and classic heels from Zara, who I can always rely on for stylish shoes on a budget.
Zara Metallic Clutch Bag £19.99
ASOS Pretty Tough Necklace £50
Zara Leather Sandals £39.99
I hope you like my outfit picks – if you want to see more, Money Supermarket have created Pinterest boards full of inspirational entries, or you can search for the hashtag #PassionForFashion2 on Twitter. Good luck to everyone who’s entered!