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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, 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?

Oblomov Fri 15-Mar-13 13:23:13

Was reading this thread last week and thought it was fab. Was just about to order a couple of tops then ran out of time. Searched today, and had trouble finding it.

So benchmarked.

Will this be a runnign thread? Part 1,2 and 3 etc. So that I can come back every few months and find out what other cheap things you are buying? Hope so.

loveonashoestring Fri 15-Mar-13 16:33:28

Great thread for reminding myself that not only one who wears cheap and cheerful/second hand stuff. All the mum's on the school run seem über glam like the ones in the New Easy Living feature that shows mums At the school gates with their mix of designer and high street combos! In my dreams!
Best purchase recently has been the Gok Wan Skinny jeans from Sainsburys. Have a black and a blue pair. Really nice dark navy denim, with the just the right amount of stretch and so far no baggy knees. Wear them to death with the latest charity shop find. Top tip from a friend was to scour the charity shops on a Tuesday as they get in and sort their new stock on a Monday. Have become such a bargain addict not sure I could ever go back to spending loads of money on clothes even if we did ever have any money again!

landofsoapandglory Fri 15-Mar-13 21:35:47

Since I have washed my New Look khaki skinny jeans, they fit better and I love them, so much so I decided to order a couple more pairs in different colours. They came the other day and they are huge! I am not joking, they are a 10 and are about 3 inches too big on the thighs and hips and about 2 inches too big on the waist. How can the sizes vary so much it makes no sense?

So, then I tried on my 'telephone dress' from M&S. It fits perfectly on the waist and hips, but the zip won't meet by about 4 inches across my boobs. The print is lovely, but the material is nasty, like something that a bank worker would wear, so it is going back!

MimikosPanda Fri 15-Mar-13 21:52:05

Land I haven't washed my Khaki ones yet so hopefully mine will fit better too. They are ok as they are but just a little tight over my thighs, I do have rugby player thighs though blush so can't really blame it on the jeans. You're right the sizing is crazy. I have the same ones in burgundy so just ordered the khaki in the same size but they were really tight. I ended up swapping them in-store for another pair of the same size that fit, very weird that there can be that muchy variation.

Oblomov For a while it looked like the thread would be a long running thread but I think the steam ran out last week, I think the Frugal thread is more active now.

stefb Sun 17-Mar-13 01:41:43

I love this thread, it's a great way to see what other people are wearing. Do any of you go in zara? I never went in it appeared too expensive. I went with a friend a few months ago and found a few nice things not expensive so maybe I need to broaden my horizons now! I like internationale as well but as my daughter is 14 and she loves the shop always feel a bit old for it. Not bought anything this last week as I have been in hospital having surgery on my back again, although recouperating is a great way browse on line! I have to wait until I get paid at the end of the month now to buy anything new

bleedingheart Sun 17-Mar-13 13:08:14

I've been on the Frugal thread but it isn't in my nature to build a classic capsule wardrobe, I just get so bored of wearing the same things. I want to cut down on buying things but I still love the high street (or ASOS!).

Today I am wearing:
*Black jeggings (M&S)
*Khaki boyfriend cardigan (Florence & Fred)
*Black l/s top (Primark)
*khaki, coral and black scarf
*black studded ankle boots (matalan)

And a bright red nose due to a horrible cold!

landofsoapandglory Tue 19-Mar-13 21:24:08

Just incase you ladies are interested Gap have a flash sale on.

I Have just bought these in navy and khaki.

OneLittleLady Tue 19-Mar-13 21:41:25

Today I am wearing
- Cornflower blue skinnies (new look)
- Black shoestring vest (new look)
- Russian doll print white oversize vest (primark)
- Pink and yellow Little Miss socks (sports direct)
- A green fleece slanket (xmas gift)

I know, I know, I am so ultra stylish.

JemimaMuddledUp Wed 20-Mar-13 14:25:22

Just to give you the heads up if you don't already know - the Next mid season sale is this weekend. I've looked through the preview and there isn't that much that is really exciting, but you never know what you might find in store.

stefb Thu 28-Mar-13 01:41:31

I've been paid so I'm off shopping tomorrow, I just don't know if I have the heart to buy spring clothes given that we are still ankle deep in snow here! If I don't though I know that as soon as the weather turns nice (she says with her fingers crossed) I won't be able to find anything. So what should I be buying for spring?

MummyIsMagic79 Fri 05-Apr-13 03:55:09

Is this thread dead/finished?? I hope not. I loved it. Delurked to ask advice about what top would go with a skirt I just bought! Anyone there?

YourHandInMyHand Fri 05-Apr-13 19:49:00

Just hopping on board! Only just found this thread but loving it. smile

I bought some wine skinnies from New Look a few months ago and wore them so often I wore them out. blush Went back for more, and also got black and navy. The person who said about the sizes, my first pair were a perfect fit but when I put several pairs next to each other in the shop that were supposedly the same size, they were all visibly different! Definitely need to try on in advance.

My favourite cheapy purchase at the moment is a scarf from Primark. It's oversized, mostly cream, with birds on. It was £4 and I get loads of compliments on it.

OneLittleLady Fri 05-Apr-13 20:15:04

Today I bought a lovely sugar skull print scarf from Primark. Chuffed because I love sugar skulls and at £4, it was a bargain too.

spottymoo Fri 12-Apr-13 13:19:27

Has anyone seen any nice studded black ballet pumps looking round the £10-£20 Mark.

Also i'm quite liking the denim shirt idea but i'd like to wear them with black trousors all the trousors i have a boot leg would like something that finishes at the ankle and strightish but with some style any recomendations

YourHandInMyHand Fri 12-Apr-13 14:38:40

I got some nice ones from New Look SpottyMoo but they don't seem to have them on the website, they did have some other black studded online though.

Mine a little flat studs all over, I also have them in red with gold studs - those ones are called my strawberry shoes! smile They are soo comfy, wish I'd doubled up but couldn't afford to.

spottymoo Fri 12-Apr-13 15:26:09

We have a new look in town ill have to pay a visit tomorrow also like the idea of your strawberry shoes grin

spottymoo Thu 04-Jul-13 19:08:02

Anyone bought any bargains recently

I got a couple of t shirts from gap reduced to £4 each and they hang really nice.
Finally purchased some jeggings from m&s but I got the buttoned ones and had a few compliments in them.

Uggs purchased for winter as well I know lots hate them but I love them and at £100 off couldn't resist grin

browneyedpixie Thu 04-Jul-13 19:19:17

I blog with a budget like this as I couldn't find anything that I fitted in with either grin I love Next and topshop although I saw some lovely basic tshirts from Whistles in the John Lewis sale for £25

browneyedpixie Thu 04-Jul-13 19:19:55

I often forget about Gap as I am not near one, off to check the sale out!

OneLittleLady Thu 04-Jul-13 19:45:40

I bought myself a pair of leopard print skinnies for three pounds in Internacionale grin

spottymoo Thu 04-Jul-13 19:50:28

New next range is out 13th July I'm hoping they have some nice parkas as in need of a new winter coat now I'm 3 sizes smaller grin
Ooo leopard print skinners sound nice we don't have any Internationale shops they all closed down.

I'm after cardys at the mo that aren't to thin and will take me into autumn because if we do get a summer it will probably only last a week

MollyBerry Thu 04-Jul-13 20:53:57

browneyedpixie where can I find your blog?

browneyedpixie Thu 04-Jul-13 21:25:21

sale goes live on 13th too I think!
blog is

browneyedpixie Fri 05-Jul-13 11:06:34

spottymoo they do have a nice metallic parka in the AW13 here just had the email through

browneyedpixie Fri 05-Jul-13 11:08:10

spottymoo another one

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