Tag: midi dress

Some Everything 5 Pounds buys

My regular-ish round up of what I’ve been buying from the cheapest clothes website on the internet!

Blue and green fringed kimono

E5P blue & green kimono

I’ve always loved blue and green together. I wore this over a black vest and turned up indigo skinny jeans this week (I also managed to “lose” two of the fringes as I ran over myself with my office chair at work!). Looking at the label, it’s originally from Matalan. It will also work well as a beach cover up when I’m in Greece next month.

Multi maxi skirt

E5P print maxi skirt

I loved the colours and pattern on this, although I do find that drawstring/elasticated waists make me look a bit thick around the middle. OK, so it’s actually my love of food and wine that makes me look thick around the middle.

Floral midi skirt

E5P floral full skirt

This is so pretty! Love the colours and the shape, and the thick scuba-ish fabric mean that it’s pleasingly full and also doesn’t crease (possibly the most important consideration of all in any clothes purchase). Unfortunately it doesn’t have the same effect on my midriff as it does on the model which, for £5, I would have sincerely expected, but hey ho.

Denim tunic dress

E5P zip denim dress

This is looser than I would have usually worn in a dress this style (it’s hard to gauge sizes in a lot of cases on the E5P website because you don’t know the manufacturer – and we ALL know that different manufacturers have different sizing – plus sometimes it’s just an S/M or M/L choice) but I like it. It has a tabard feel, and the husband said it reminds him of Game of Thrones armour (?!) which is apparently a good thing! It will also look good layered over a black polo neck jumper in winter.

Black cold shoulder midi dress

E5P black sundress

This is a Primark one I think, and I need to shorten the length a little I think as it’s too in between on me, but I really like the style and think it will be lovely with some wedge sandals.

Annoyingly, I haven’t really been wearing any of my new purchases recently, because we’re so upside down at home that I can’t get into some of my wardrobes, lots of things are still packed up from the move and we’ve had to empty the bedrooms for the workmen. So at this rate I’ll have a whole heap of new stuff ready for next year!

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

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Some more sale buys

Here are some of the things I’ve been buying from various places over recent weeks, collated into what looks like a rather greedy list, when I put it all together!

Cheesecloth boho top – F&F

Tesco F&F boho blouse

This is my current favourite item. I love it! I love the tassel neck tie, I love the sleeve width and length, I love that it’s crinkly cheesecloth that you can just wash and wear. And I love that I also got 20% off the £16 price tag. With a pair of battered denim shorts it’s the ideal summer outfit.

Speaking of battered denim shorts…
Falmer mid blue denim shorts – Matalan

Matalan Falmer denim shorts

My perfect denim shorts. I find they tend to be either too snug, or too short, or too long. These are ideal; they sit on the hips, are the perfect colour blue and come pre-distressed. £14 well spent (I think I had 20% off as well).

Tan heeled sandals – Deichmann

Deichmann tan heeled sandals

These were a bargainous £8 in Deichmann’s half price sale (a shop that’s definitely worth a look at – they have some crap but the odd gem pops up). I like these with turned up tatty boyfriend jeans; the contrast between laid back and dressed up really works for me.

Boyfriend jeans and tan heels

They’re not leather, but they are mega mega comfy (in fact I’m wearing them today and they’re like slippers. If slippers had heels and peep toes)

Little Mistress midi skirt – Dorothy Perkins

Little Mistress stripe skirt

I had a Carrie Bradshaw moment when I put this skirt on. It makes me want to twirl! It was half price in the DP sale; reduced from £50 to £25. Husband said it looks like something his Mom would wear (I’ve known his Mom for 10 years, and no way!) and I don’t have anywhere to wear it but I can’t let it go. It was all packed up ready to be returned and I retrieved it last minute. Too pretty (and pretty classic too). I’m thinking black Bardot top and black heeled sandals. Luckily enough, I have both!

Black and white stripe dress – New Look

New Look stripe dress

Another one I have no occasion for. Oops. But it was only £15 and is so lovely! One of my very first blog posts was about buying bargains when you see them so you don’t have to go hunting when an occasion arises. Well so far I have a plethora of bargains and sod all places to go! So I think I’ll try dressing this one down and wearing it that way. Or just dress it right up and prance around the supermarket like a loon.

Tooled leather belt – New Look

New look tan tooled leather beltNew Look tooled leather belt

My previous tan jeans belt is getting a bit tight (or rather I’m getting a bit bigger – I’d like to say it’s because I’m wearing my jeans lower than when I bought the belt but that would be a lie). This one was reduced to £7 in the New Look sale and has small metal studs and a silver buckle (silver…hurrah…be gone gold hardware!)

Lace and feather print scarf – New Look

New look multi lace print scarf New Look multi lace print scarf

I like the colours, I like the mix of patterns, I like the £4 price tag. Done. Wore it at Download as the Sunday felt more like March than June <<insert grumble about British summertime here>>

Ah, I do love the sales!

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Be Prepared

It’s very rare that I get invited to an event and have to buy something new to wear. The main reason for this is that I buy suitable things when I see them, usually at a bargain price, and then I have a choice of outfits when the time comes. The great thing about that is:

a) it’s cost effective
b) the chances of someone else wearing the same thing are very slim

Case in point is this dress from Tesco F&F.

Prom dress 1

Because I can’t resist a sale email (I try, but get suckered in “just to have a look”) I had a root through the dregs of the Tesco F&F sale, and ordered a few bits. Most were consigned to immediate return, as was this dress on first sight, but trying it on “just out of curiosity” it became a keeper. The picture doesn’t do it justice (what a cliche)  but it’s too much of a bargain and a lovely item to return. Costing the princely sum of £10 (reduced from £35), for someone who can pop into Poundland for one thing and come out £15 lighter in pocket, this is a no brainer.

Prom dress 2

It’s not a length that I would usually go for, but there’s something quite unusual about it.. It’s made in panels, and the fabric has a metallic sheen which catches the light. I’m far from boobilicious, but with a good strapless bra I think there could be some decent curves going on.

So, how and when will I wear it? At the moment I don’t know. I don’t have an event in mind, but it would be perfect for a wedding (full day or evening only), or a summer party. It would look lovely with metallic accessories (shoes and clutch) or I could add a thick black waist belt and very pointed black court shoes to toughen it up a little. It would also work with a black velvet short jacket for a winter event.

But, I’m thinking I may wear it for something left of centre – like Download Festival with a pair of chunky boots. That would be fun!

It’s always good to have things in your wardrobe that you love and look forward to wearing, and it certainly takes the pressure off trawling round the shops in a blind panic and throwing money at the situation.

On the other hand, it can also make you question your social life when you spot stuff in your wardrobe that’s been there for quite a while and no event has arisen. I’ve just realised this applies to me…

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