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Anyone interested in a 'what we are buying'wearing' thread for those of us who love clothes but have a New Look/Dorothy Perkins/Primark/HM budget?

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MimikosPanda Sat 02-Feb-13 21:03:27

I love following some blogs and I liked lurking on the AW threads but I can never afford the clothes, shoes and bags that are talked about. I love looking at different styles and then have the challenge of trying to find a cheaper look on the cheaper end of the high street. I'd love to hear what others are finding to give me some ideas.
One of the blogs I follow is doesmybumlook40.blogspot.co.uk, I love Kat's style and whilst she has the odd bit from Primark or H&M there is a lot of Toast, Massimo Dutti, Jigsaw, Whistles and these are just too expensive for me.
So, does anyone fancy sharing tips on good finds on the budget highstreet?

Jelloonsprings Fri 15-Feb-13 19:26:25

Spottymoo - I wear lots of those very pretty but way too short dresses that New Look, Primark etc specialise in as tunics with leggings/jeggings - does that help?

Today I'm wearing cream & black lace print tea dress - pearl lowe at Peacocks, black opaques and irregular choice fresh cut grass shoes

Hair half up and backcombed and hair straightener curls in the bit that's down, and red lippy as felt quite a lot like Jabba the Hut this morning after over indulging last night...

Roopoo Fri 15-Feb-13 19:47:54

Today I work
Very old flowery peacocks dress
Black tights
Black flower in my hair smile

AlwaysReadyForABlether Fri 15-Feb-13 19:48:56

AShoeThing I think you need to start putting some photos on your profile as your outfits always sound fab!

cocolepew Fri 15-Feb-13 20:02:02

I've taken a liking for sweatshirts all of a sudden hmm. I like the spotty ones in Next, the spots are sequins. I'm a classroom assistant in a special school so I don't need to dress up for work, which is good because I'm a scruffy bugger. It's jeans and converse everyday.

I like skulls on things and have a skull sweatshirt and t shirt from Primark, so does my 15 year old DD! I'm not worried about looking mutton, I wear what I like grin.

I know they are everywhere at the moment but I really like to wear scarves with things as well. Primark has an excellent selection at £4 ( they hide your belly too blush)

freddiefrog Fri 15-Feb-13 20:09:09

Jelloonsprings I LOVE those shoes!

AlwaysReadyForABlether Fri 15-Feb-13 20:09:29

I get paid tomorrow so very excited about being able to treat myself to something new. It seems ages since I bought any new clothes. I actually don't know what to buy. Think I'll have a look in Matalan as they seem to have some nice stuff just now. Might also look in H&M - although I never see things I like in the shop, usually go online.
Where else should I be looking? Would like to get some skinnies but not sure if they'd look daft on me as a size 16.

HalleLouja Fri 15-Feb-13 20:20:48

I have recently found these two good tips.

www.shoeaholics.com/ This is owned by Kurt Geiger and is legit.

Also on ebay there is a Boden outlet. It is very tempting and I bought these www.ebay.co.uk/itm/200886689674?var=500141295500&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649.

I managed to get some 7 for all Mankind jeans from TKs yesterday for a good price. Not totally bargainous but £50 for £200 jeans. For cheap jeans I used to buy New Look as they fitted nicely and looked good too.

I love TU tops. They have nice tops and the tights I bought recently were really nice.

spottymoo Fri 15-Feb-13 21:03:05

Thanks jellon that's perfect and will look good with ballet flats once the dreaded cast is off smile

Always ready - I'm a 16 a d find that asda skinnys suit me well but I am 5ft 10 the really skinnys are to tight on my cakes but normal skinnys lion great and tuck in boots smile

Jelloonsprings Fri 15-Feb-13 21:04:00

Thanks Freddie. They were via New Look who had a half price offer on all their shoes (sorry I think it's ended now) maybe worth keeping an eye out for again though or there's these at half price and similar...

Doshusallie Fri 15-Feb-13 21:51:10

Black boots from barratts update - they looked awful and I have sent them back. sad

Another Blogger here on a.budget. I love a good thrift throughcharirt.shops

Typo-awful phone!!

AlwaysReadyForABlether Sat 16-Feb-13 08:37:46

I'm so excited - pay is in the bank and I can go clothes shopping for the first time in ages. Going to try and be sensible though - try everything on and if I don't love it then it won't do. If that means coming home with nothing then so be it. I may struggle with that one though so am planning to get some skincare at least.

Doshusallie Sat 16-Feb-13 09:00:19

Indigo jeggings a from primark
Blue long vest top, also primark
Long brown leather boots with buckle on ankle, clarks
Long clinging navy wool cardi with mother of pearl buttons on cuffs and down front , next
Long leopard print chiffon scarf, accessorise. this one

freddiefrog Sat 16-Feb-13 10:24:01

I've got a thing this afternoon so a bit smarter today

Cream dress with black butterfly print - New Look
Black opaques
Black 3/4 sleeve blazer - H&M
Black suede wedge ankle boots - EBay

Jelloonsprings Sat 16-Feb-13 13:02:34

Not entirely sure about today's effort - but this dress with navy tights and these shoes. Hair up in a smallish beehive.

landofsoapandglory Sat 16-Feb-13 13:13:59

I've been to the hospital with DH and shopping to Primark.

I am wearing

Black, grey, red, cream, teal paisley tea dress Tesco
Red Cardi
Black Opaques
Black leather riding boots Asda (had leg warmers insides from Matalan cause I have got really, really skinny legs so boots are flappy otherwise!)

At Primark I bought

Raspberry skinny jeans
Teal skinny jeans
Navy skinny chinos
Grey longish dip hemmed shirt
Cream cutout pattern longish shirt
Black long sleeved stretch T
Blue long sleeved stretch T
2 white & 2 black stretch vests
2 nude bras
smile

MimikosPanda Sat 16-Feb-13 14:07:55

Not had a chance to read and catch up, will come back later to read about shopping trips.
Today we've been walking round a wildlife park so wearing:
Fleecy tights - Primark
Knee high socks - Matalan
Gap Straight leg jeans - Gap Outlet
Vests
Long sleeve top - Matalan
Hoody - Roxy
Hoody - Republic

Everything is now covered in mud and the DC are more mud than child so off to do laundry now.

Doshusallie Sat 16-Feb-13 15:33:00

That's a very pretty dress jelloon.

I bought a pair of black mid calf boots with three buckles up the side from clarks today.

MelodyBaker Sat 16-Feb-13 15:41:57

Can I join this thread? I like clothes but am skint.
Today I am wearing...
Blue jeans - Dp
Grey t-shirt - primark
Hoodie - roxy
Bodywarmer - eBay
Boots - Clark's half price sale!

Does anyone now were to find nice summer Dresses on a low budget? I never find any I like

Ashoething Sat 16-Feb-13 16:14:41

I wish I could post pics ladies but am a complete div when it comes to tech stuff-I cant even do bloody links properly!!

Today I am wearing-

a pearl lowe for peacocks blue floral print 40's style dress
navy crochet style tights-new look
navy cardigan-primark
denim jacket-peacocks
small cameo style necklace-primark
tan boots-new look
navy blue strawberry print cath kidston bag

Bought a couple of bits too-

red 3/4 sleeve cardigan-reduced to £3!
nude quilted ballet flats-£2!
black tights with gold studs-£3
A cute small black kelly style bag from charity shop-£2
A barbara hulanicki dress from charity shop-£4

Jelloonsprings Sat 16-Feb-13 17:35:38

Have been window shopping online and getting very grumpy at all the beautiful high necked dresses. Am still BFing at the moment so I need dresses with a neck I can pull down or unbutton. Still I s'pose it's saving me money, and I'm also trying to lose the baby weight so shouldn't be spending a fortune.

Very impressed by your hauls shoething and landofsoap smile

CointreauVersial Sat 16-Feb-13 17:57:11

Wearing today:

White long sleeved HeatTech top, Uniqlo
Navy and white striped cotton tunic jumper, Next
White skinny jeans, Gap Outlet
Navy, white and silver massive scarf, River Island
Long brown boots, Clarks
Teal tweedy jacket, Wallis (a hand-me-down from my stepmum)

I can't believe how many shops still have sale stuff knocking around. Some bargains still to be had.

MimikosPanda Sat 16-Feb-13 18:22:10

Here is a random question for you, who wears Jack Wills clothes? Is there an age that makes you too old for that brand, stereotypically speaking?

4TheLoveOfBob Sat 16-Feb-13 18:25:52

Very late to this thread, but as a fully fledged high street whore, I love it!

Today I wore:
Camel and black aztec print mini dress from Asos w/ thin brown leather belt
Underneath, I had a long sleeved black tee from Topshop (dress is sleeveless)
Extra long black heavyweight leggings from Topshop
Over the knee, flat, black leather boots from Fashion Union

I just did a raid of Boohoo.com and bought six cheapo dresses to wear over leggings/thick tights and with long boots...should see me through the rest of the cold months <lies to self that will not shop again soon>

Yay to being cheap n cheerful!

AlwaysReadyForABlether Sat 16-Feb-13 18:36:52

Mimikos my nephews (age 13 & 15) have quite a few t-shirts and hoodies from Jack Wills. I don't think I would wearit for that reason although I do think they have some nice things. I do have a lovely candle from there - its called Cavalry Twill and smells like mens aftershave!

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