Frugal Fashion, with links

(53 Posts)
cheeseandchive Sat 09-Mar-13 23:12:54

In the spirit of the original Frugal Fashion thread (see here), this is for those of us who want to make the most of what we've got and spend carefully.

Hopefully this will be a thread where we can share links to support our ideas/opinions/examples, with the purpose of helping each other spend our money more wisely.

For those of us that want to, we can flick between this thread and the original and the two can work together!

Mumof3men Sun 10-Mar-13 12:22:20

good idea, looking forward to joining in x

FrugalFashionista Sun 10-Mar-13 12:34:41

Thanks Cheese fantastic!

FrugalFashionista Sun 10-Mar-13 12:40:47

To kick things off, here's a link to Hopefully's blog (linking here instead of the other thread because it contains some brand names and prices). She's an expert long-term planner and the antithesis of an impulse shopper, so we all might learn something from her.

Awks Sun 10-Mar-13 16:10:42

Good one cheese. I've written a list of the 8 items I need to sort my wardrobe out till Christmas so that's what I'm going to use this thread for. And am not going to buy anything else. In order of importance, too grin
denim shirt
nude silk shirt
khaki shorts
wool/boucle chanel type jacket
leopard pumps
gray jersey blazer
sequin jacket.

And that will see me right through. I have a list but that's where I go wrong, I get so confused about what type of denim shirt I should buy - light blue, dark indigo, fitted or baggy style, round hem, straight hem, heavy or light fabric. Then I go off and buy some floral monstrosity from Matalan.

Great stuff. My list is:

Tan or neutral flats (probably pointy toe as feels more current) for work
Navy slim leg work trousers
Cropped silk cotton mix cardigan
(orange or orangey red)
Tan flat sandals
Black maxi skirt
Denim short shorts

Most urgent is the work flats as returning to work soon and I haven't got anything suitable already. I've got a few contenders - if I link later I'd love your thoughts.

I need:

Black flats (leather if poss)
Black jeans (skinny and bootcut)
Basic vest tops (variety of colours, basically everything but black)
Cropped black cardi
Black maxi skirt
Black maxi dress
Red wedges/sandals

That should be enough to see me through with everything else I have

ChablisLover Sun 10-Mar-13 20:10:14

Hi ladies

Just marking my place

So far I could do with one new triumph super soft bra. I wear no other kind so comfy

So researching cheapest place - usually they are £30 +

suebfg Sun 10-Mar-13 20:38:08

I've just discovered the Polyvore website and I think it's amazing to help you fill in the gaps in your wardrobe. I've added the following items to my wish list:

new pair of indigo skinnies
leopard print pumps
cream jumper
camel coat

cheeseandchive Sun 10-Mar-13 20:59:02

Oooh, loving the lists!

I'm currently saving towards;

- these Marilyn M+S jeans

OR these fatface ones

FF are lovely but I seem to remember they go baggy at the knees.

Also, one or two of these from hush to layer.

If anyone can advise on quality/value of any of these brands, that'd be much appreciated!

Cheese I really rate fatface denim. It's good quality and fits my shape well (apple). I tried on a pair of their super soft super skinnies the other day and they were lovely on. But I don't need any more skinnies so resisted <halo>

Oh and I know Hush is popular here but I've been disappointed with the quality. A dress looked tatty quickly and a pair of knitted harems bought a couple of months ago came apart at the waistband after two washes.

TiredyCustards Sun 10-Mar-13 22:07:00

Hello, can I join in? Here's my list:

Jersey biker jacket
Havaiana type flip flops in black, navy or grey
Black + tan satchel
H&M linen t-shirts in rust and black
A non-sheer white vest

GeorginaWorsley Sun 10-Mar-13 22:10:38

Marilyn jeans great imo

Morning all

OneLittleLady have you had any luck finding a black maxi? I've only searched online so far. Mine needs to have an elasticated rather than zip waist, lightly gathered, somewhere between a tube and a maxi and with no splits. And cotton or cotton rich, or perhaps lyocell.

Ok shoes. Starting to panic a bit as need these quickly (denial about returning to work and has crept up on me).

So far I like:

Boden pointy sling backs Like the colour and the shape but leather soles which slip make me fall over. Also may be wildly impractical as I can walk a lot at work.

Dune LOVE the colour and the shape but synthetic. Although lining is leather.

dependable Clarks Will be comfy but is the shape and style a bit boring? Or is boring good, I.e. classic and the pointy toe thing will go the way of slipper flats in 2013.

Aldo Love colour and shape.

For info I wear a lot of navy to work- mainly dresses as easy. Think just above knee dresses (more 40s tea shape rather than formal shift) with cropped casual jackets. Or navy trousers and cream silky top, cropped cardigan.

I'm confusing myself now so would love some input! thanks

Also KG in the running too

FrugalFashionista Mon 11-Mar-13 08:37:00

Adding my list of planned puchases for April here.
These basics fill some gaps:
Gray wool silk trousers
Gray 34" leather belt
Cream mercerized cotton or cotton silk short-sleeved knit top (some other neutral color good too)

cheeseandchive Mon 11-Mar-13 09:04:09

Love those shoes, Bill! Just a few thoughts to help you decide;
- would the Clarks ones and the Boden ones go with tights? Just as they've got those cut-out bits (Clarks) and show the heel (Boden), they might well do but just wondered!
- Also, would either of those ones be weather-proof? I like the Clarks ones but if there's an April shower might you get wet feet?!

My personal favourites are the Aldo and then the Dune.

Good point Cheese about tights and rain - hadn't considered either!

I'm leaning towards the Aldo ones. Leather with a rubber sole so non slippy (I've slipped over twice at work wearing leather soled shoes, very embarrassing!). Also do really like the pointy toe, and prefer the non patent leather.

Thanks for your help!

mollymole Mon 11-Mar-13 09:40:29

Woolovers has some lovely silk/cotton cardi and jumpers at very good prices. Just had 3 and they are lovely, they have a huge colour choice.

Does anyone know where I can get 50's style pointy shoes in a 35 or 35.5 and don't say M&S as I tried 4 pairs of their 35.5's on last week and they were all big !

issimma Mon 11-Mar-13 10:03:55

I love the KG ones bill.

PenfoldRocks Mon 11-Mar-13 10:19:29

I've been looking at maxi dresses here
I had a navy vest-style maxi from DP last summer and wore it a LOT and am considering another for this year in another colour, possibly orange? - BUT
a) is it necessary to get another in a different colour
b) is this going to be rubbish quality?
They also have maxi skirts here OneLittleLady

Have ordered the KG ones.

Went for the Aldo ones originally (with 10% off for signing up to newsletter), but site kept chucking me out so after 4th attempt gave up.

Got 25% off KG ones with Vogue25, plus free returns so will give them a go and report back.

suebfg Mon 11-Mar-13 11:21:12

I've just ordered these and had a free delivery code too. Lots of other bargains too

Limoncellolovely Mon 11-Mar-13 11:26:32

Billstickers Re your black maxi skirt haveyou tried Planet ? <yes I know> but bear with me. I bought one from their sale shop for a bargainous £19.99 it is lined <eliminating any underwear issues> tis some sort of manmade fibre but is heavy and good quality so hangs exceptionally well is machine washable has an elastcated waist which means I can wear it high waisted with a white shirt tucked in al la Victoria Beckham for work or on my waist with biker jacket t-shirt and ankle boots for a casual look. For a classic item like a maxi skirt it is sometimes better to go a little off piste with your search sometimes brands known for ladies of d'un certain age can turn up a real gem and the quality is usually spot on !!! Think the Windsmoor group have a sale site called just last season or something like that but if you can get to one of their outlet stores prices are better and you get to try on. Sorry it would probably help more if I could learn to do links I'm a luddite I know !!!! blush

Ooh will have a look thanks Limoncello. Also wondered about <whispers>> Country Casuals. blush

Limoncellolovely Mon 11-Mar-13 11:47:01

Billstickers Shhhhh yes to CC <looks round to make sure no-one is listening> I have some pure wool black wide legged trousers and from there they are great. Just stay away from the florals and the fascinators and you will be fine !!!! They all (Windsmoor ect) do go a little wild and do some <ahem> trendy stuff from time to time their buyer is probably some young twentysomething hipster and the odd thing must slip through the net got some silky grey loose fitting hareem type trousers for a tenner obviously not a good seller with their regular clientele !!!! but look great with my <lowers voice again> Austin Reed black blazer and sky high KG shoes and simple white T.

Funnily enough, my most complimented and best fitting maxi dress is a white and blue flowered creation by BHS blush Usually, I wouldn't look twice at their stuff as it's usually for the older more mature lady but it caught my eye and was fabulous on.

Ihatemytoes Mon 11-Mar-13 11:58:03

I bought my maxi skirt from last year. It's washed well, and isn't see through. i also ordered two maxi of the maxi dresses that penfold linked. Quality wasn't that great, and they were very narrow at the hem making it difficult to walk in them without waddling!

BeCool Mon 11-Mar-13 12:08:37

Cheese I am wearing my M&S Marilyn's today (I wear them A LOT). They are brilliant. I wore bootleg jeans for years and (ex)P talked me into trying straights - they so work.

These were the best ones I found for my shape and I got them during a 20% off denim offer so win win. No knee bagginess, good mid weight denim, comfy & holding shape well.

FrugalFashionista Mon 11-Mar-13 20:10:44

Swapboard here!
People who have provided swaps or posted on this thread (or the other Frugal Fashion thread) can reserve items tonight. Reserve by commenting on Pinterest. Happy swapping! wink

cheeseandchive Mon 11-Mar-13 20:17:17

Thanks for the reviews on the clothes, definitely helps me make my mind up! Love thinking about other people's purchases too, I'm getting a sense of satisfaction as if it were my own money being spent well.

Just checked out the swap-shop FF, it's brilliant! I won't be on it much I don't think, don't have much to swap - chucked out two massive bags of stuff just before you started this thread! Well done FF, great work!

FrugalFashionista Tue 12-Mar-13 10:21:09

Vintage Dior skirt for a frugalista. I see these in chichi shop windows and fashion parties right now and a fashion insider bought one last year, so if you want to do demure on a shoestring, go for it. (Not my item obviously and no idea whether authentic but my friend found hers in a thrift shop for a song.)

Awks Tue 12-Mar-13 12:07:15

Re the Hush long vests for layering, I think that long vests are the best invention but as you usually just see the bottom i wouldnt pay that. Matalan have some really long vests in for £4 and I've bought 3 colours and can honestly say they are brilliant. They aren't on the website but they are £4 in store and they have black, ecru and khaki - worth a look at that price anyway.

Just seen this thread, marking place to read and get some minimalist shopping ideas smile

Some extremely cheap Iris and Ink cashmere in the Outnet clearance here. Just bought a jumper and a cardigan for £45 total!

issimma Tue 12-Mar-13 13:33:44

Fellow frugalistas, I'm looking for slouchy knits in muted (summer) colours. Send links this way!

I am working on my list, having lurked on the other thread.

Can anyone help me with this one in the meantime?
Suggestions for outfits to go with this jacket, I'm 5.6, sz 14,really big bust.

issimma Tue 12-Mar-13 14:49:36

Outnet Clearance is a PITA, but I did just score some Falke tights. Trying to buy less, buy better but am still shock at how expensive tights are. Still, I am (soon to be) the proud owner of two good pairs in my colours rather than a drawer full of scrotty black ones they'd better make my legs look amazing.

In other frugal-ish news, I got underwear via ebay (new, although was quite an eye opener at how much 'needs laundering' sets go for - BOAK).

Just dropping in to say KG flats arrived, elegant but I don't love them (reminiscent of barbie feet) and 100% PU (frugal fail - read the label before ordering!).

Aldo ones on their way.

Limoncellolovely Wed 13-Mar-13 10:48:09

Bill Know exactly what you mean about KG how do they get away with charging so much for pu ???? Make your feet really sweaty !!!! glances down at faux suede ankle boots accusingly

Ilovemyteddy Wed 13-Mar-13 15:30:09

I bought some Eva jeans from M&S today and they are amazing. Perfect fit, give you a lovely shape and hold in the bits that need to be held in. In my defence at buying something when I am trying to be frugal I needed to replace two pairs of jeans that were given to me by a friend, which are now too big, and I just sold some clothes, which i was planning to eBay, to another friend grin

The new Eva's fit in perfectly with other things in my wardrobe and I won't need to buy anything else for ages. Frugality rocks.

cheeseandchive Wed 13-Mar-13 18:28:30

Hurrah teddy, another great review for M+S jeans - these are definitely shaping up to be my next buy.

Bill, are you making sure to return the KG ones? Just a friendly frugal reminder ;)

Awks, what is the quality like on the matalan vests you mentioned? I have some vouchers for there, but I wear cotton under-vests so much I wanted to make sure I got ones that wash/wear well and will last me a long time.

FrugalFashionista Thu 14-Mar-13 06:20:28

Well done Teddy, I'm so happy about the jeans!
Being frugal means that you think through the options and only make a purchase if it really fills a gap. If the jeans enable to wear the rest of your items well and feel good about yourself, purchase justified!

It's good to remember the false lure of duplicate/triplicate items. That's where the slippery slope starts and that's where I struggle. I'm always tempted to get more than one of the items I like but almost never enjoy the 2nd/3rd/4th similar item as much as the original.

And yy to remembering to return items that don't fit.

Yup, back in the post yesterday.

Fingers crossed for the Aldo's, otherwise it's back to the drawing board.

Good news about the M & S jeans.

teta Thu 14-Mar-13 09:47:01

Cheese...,i also have the Matalan vests.I wear mine every day and have several for the gym-they wash brilliantly with no signs of fading.Matalan is really good for basics but is definitely not a luxe shopping environment!
Frugal,you are so right about multiple purchases.I bought 5 Charlotte Sparre silk scarves the other day.The colours are lovely but i think i will keep 2 and return the others[love the pale blue one with swans on and a coral one].I also bought the one that Amber has shown on her blog[with lizards].Black however is draining on me and dd2 said it was suitable for halloween onlyconfused.

Aldo ones turned up, 'packed with care by Magda'. Well Magda, you weren't that bloody careful as they're the wrong flipping colour.

Lovely shoes, but I don't need a black pair. Returns are a faff (registering online and printing out label).

Think I need to get into town and try on. Easier said than done.


Maybe Magda is a secret frugalista? wink

FrugalFashionista Thu 14-Mar-13 18:06:26

Bill @Magda.
Adding white jeans to my planned puchase list. Have resisted them for a long time (am a mother of two toddlers) but they will go with many items I already own. Looking for a frugal eBay alternative first.

Ok, confessions of the serial nonreturner continue.
Oh Father I have sinned but I'm making penance now:
two returns, one customer complaint, plus four swaps packed up and ready to go <whew> What does Hell look like? I think my personal hell would be all about making returns and queuing at the post office for all eternity wink

Teta excellent reasoning - one or two is just right. <my Hell will also be cluttered with multiples>

FrugalFashionista Sat 16-Mar-13 09:00:27

I'm clearly the queen of atrocious typing <sigh>

Adding one more planned purchase to my list: versatile simple nude/silver/poudré party shoes. Possibly pointy, kitten heel or slingbacks.

Not sure if these are helpful, but I find the following three blogs useful for keeping up with trends --but not mindlessly rushing to buy anything--:

Le Catch (I love her on Pinterest, she pins the best looks), South Molton St Style and <guilty pleasure - she's a reality star> The Style Diary by Millie Macintosh.

NotMostPeople Sat 16-Mar-13 09:15:31

Can I be your friend too?

I've been after some chunky white brogues and just ordered these asos. I'm a bit concerned about the soles, but at that price I think it's worth a try.

Hi all - this thread is slow which I guess is A Good Thing. Well done on the not spending!

I managed to get into town today and bought these Aldo flats Have a slight concealed wedge, very simple but will go with most of my work outfits. Lovely soft leather. Shop Assistant (another Magda - or perhaps the same one??) very helpful.

Got home and thought the shoes reminded me of something.. not a million miles from these Lanvin flats.

Also tried these which are a contender for summer sandals.

Sorry, hello to NotMostPeople!

Asos usually have really quick delivery so please let us know how you get on.

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