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Hate summer - always look cheap - have no money to spend. Help!

(17 Posts)
clemette Tue 23-Jun-09 22:47:08

I was at a toddler party the other day being all judgy (I blame the heat, it makes me crotchety). I was thinking how cheap all the other mums looked in their summer dresses - and then realised that I looked exactly the same!
Has anyone got any tips on how to wear not many clothes but also look stylish/classy? I am frantically saving so have no real money to spend (hence three Primark dresses and two from Peacocks in my wardrobe!)

More generally, what do you think gives "cheap outfit" away. Can you hide the fact? Top tips desperately wanted!

mrsmaidamess Tue 23-Jun-09 22:49:12

Bad fit. Poor fabric. Bad shoes. Good accessories can save a crappy outfit IMO. Bad colour choice can cheapen anything.

kitkatqueen Tue 23-Jun-09 22:54:05

Lucky you! i'm 32 weeks pregnant with 2 pairs of shorts.

Buy a hat that goes with all of your outfits neutral / navy - something classic looking. Make the outfit look more stylish that way??

Have had loads of comments about my hat - all nice and when the dc keep taking their hats off I can do the "but mummy's wearing hers"!! grin

mrsmaidamess Tue 23-Jun-09 22:54:44

A hat? At a party?

kitkatqueen Tue 23-Jun-09 22:58:21

Is there something wrong with a hat at a party?? I'm constantly in danger of burning at the mo - its not a pink paper crown grin honest!!

mrsmaidamess Tue 23-Jun-09 23:00:08

Well there's hats and there's hats.

Granny23 Tue 23-Jun-09 23:03:00

My answer is Thrift Shops. I'm a regular browser, not looking for anything in particular, just some classy/classic items at a bonus price. e.g. classy, good fabric, swirly skirt £2.50 + supermarket T shirt picking up one colour from skirt £2.50 = good basic outfit. Same skirt + strappy top = night out outfit; skirt + jacket = formal outfit. Similarly, this seasons primark dress + Thrift Shop £5.00 neutral linen jacket = go anywhere stylish outfit. One or two good pieces - silk blouse, plain black/white/navy trousers - can add class to otherwise 'cheap' outfit.

Final Tip: I always remove any unneeded bits of flash - bows, huge buttons, ties, etc. from cheaper clothes. Less is definately more in the style stakes.

AnybodyHomeMcFly Tue 23-Jun-09 23:10:55

A little cardi or scarf. A couple of chunky bangles. Some light make up, esp powder. Nothing too small or showing grey white bra straps (not that you would of course!)

kitkatqueen Tue 23-Jun-09 23:13:05

its black and pointy grin only joking !

blinks Tue 23-Jun-09 23:17:43

vintage belt on top of cheapo dress.

mannish blazer.

one piece of interesting jewellery.


treedelivery Tue 23-Jun-09 23:22:21

White or cream machine washable linen loose fit pants - £20 Next

Navy/white sailor stripe top, pref 3/4 sleeve and boat or slash neck - anywhere

Sorted! smile

treedelivery Tue 23-Jun-09 23:23:38

<<treedelivery reflects on day spent in dh's joggers and a vest with bm stains hmm>>

clemette Wed 24-Jun-09 10:10:11

Thanks everyone.
Wails - I just want to wear black!!!

clemette Wed 24-Jun-09 10:11:03

mrsmaidamess can you clarify what makes a bad shoe? wink

kitkatqueen Wed 24-Jun-09 13:46:04

You can borrow my hat if you like grin

wolfnipplechips Wed 24-Jun-09 16:37:25

lol at your hat kitkat. I would also like to know whats wrong with a dress at a party. I like a floppy straw sun hat.

kitkatqueen Thu 25-Jun-09 22:44:49

wolf, I think it would be fine for both of us to wear the hats, just so long as I don't bring my broom and you don't bring a rake i't'll be fine !!! grinlol!

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