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If you had £40 to spend on basics....

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Kayzr Fri 04-Sep-09 09:23:56

What would you buy and where from?

I have £40 going spare and I could do with some nice clothes. I am a 16/18 depending on the shop(or the cut). I am 5ft 8 and I have a 40E chest and a horrible fat stomach.

I usually spend my life in jeans and vest tops. I really want a nice cardigan but I can't as wool makes me itch and I just can't wear it. I am fed up of the same stuff all the time.

Any ideas?


missmelly Fri 04-Sep-09 09:28:04

for £40 I'd probably go to Primark. You could get a few pieces for that.
Have you thought of a boyfriend cardigan? They're not usually made of wool.

sorry, I dont really know what would suit you as I'm a different body shape

Kayzr Fri 04-Sep-09 09:28:47

No Primark anywhere near mesad I love Primark.

IrishDraught Fri 04-Sep-09 09:32:17

New look? They do some cheap cardigans I think. Or even browse the charity shops?

Kayzr Fri 04-Sep-09 09:33:51

Yeah I think I might go to New Look. I get most of my stuff from there. At least if I try it on I will see if it scratchs me.

badgermonkey Fri 04-Sep-09 09:54:44

I got a great boyfriend cardigan from New Look yesterday - think it was £20. Actually they had loads of really nice knitwear, especially long-line stuff, and cotton mostly, not wool, so not itchy.

HarryB Fri 04-Sep-09 09:59:36

Tesco has some very reasonably priced knitwear in this year. cardigans around a tenner and jumpers £10/£12.

Bettymum Fri 04-Sep-09 10:02:31

A really good bra, if you don't already have one. Will make whatever you wear on top look sooo much better. And I speak as someone who had a monoboob for years before getting properly fitted and buying proper underwired bras.
So...£20 on the bra and £20 on a nice new top .

mustrunmore Fri 04-Sep-09 10:05:11

I reckon Bettymum might be right smile
Oh but I do love Primark. Dont know where our closest one is, as I only ever seem to go to ones on holiday or days out!
I wouldnt get tescos stuff tbh, as I find them a very odd fit.

badbadbadCappy Fri 04-Sep-09 10:53:46

I'd keep an eye on charity shops

you can't find anything in there on the first look usually. It involves popping back, 5 mins each time you are in town, to snap up the best stuff

About half my wardrobe is charity shop - average about £4 a piece - inc a Boden wrap dress, a topshop dress, Monsoon cords, etc

You have to be savvy but charity shops are great

bodiddly Fri 04-Sep-09 11:12:41

slight hijack - if you wear a belt with jeans don't you find they give a big lump/line around your middle when you wear long tops or boyfriend cardigans?

Lizzylou Fri 04-Sep-09 11:18:28

Asda had some boyfriend cardigans (didnt look like wool) for £8.

madeupsurname Fri 04-Sep-09 11:54:09

Zara have some fantastic boyfriend cardigans - mentioned on another thread - I think they are £25, but very good quality and not at all scratchy. The Primark ones are v. v. scratchy.

IdrisTheDragon Fri 04-Sep-09 11:55:23

I have the belt with jeans and lumpiness problem. But as a pear shaped person it's either do that or have them fall down. Or find some other way to shrunk my bottom grin

bodiddly Fri 04-Sep-09 12:20:16

Idris ... do you wear long line stuff then and just put up with the lumps?

Kayzr Fri 04-Sep-09 12:33:01

I have some fab Bravissimo bras that I love!!

I do have the belt problem too. I have 2 size 16 jeans both from Dorothy Perkins and 1 pair is a bit of a squeeze and the other pair is always falling down!!

I will keep a look out in the charity shops. I don't go in much as it all seems to be old lady stuff. But will be keeping an eye out for something good.

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