Have you ever bought an outfit that you loved in store and then instantly disliked as soon as you’ve got it out of the bag? This look, which I picked up in Primark, stood out in the store and then as soon as I tried it on together I just thought I looked fat. I was going to take them back, life got in the way, I forgot, and as you do I fell in love with the pieces again. It’s weird when that happens, I just chalk it down to the craziness of being a woman, we all have body confidence wobbles.
Also do you find that your mood can change the way you think about a look? My opinions can change with the weather, who I’m with, and with my mood whether I’m happy, sad or stressed. Last weekend was seriously fun as I got to spend time with my besties Jim and Sarah, who had fun photobombing their silly friend posing away in the name of fashion blogging, and I think the fact I was happy made me see this look in a new light.
I have to be honest I loved wearing it, I’m obsessed with floaty looks in the summer, and I love the cool silhouette of this with the dip-hem of the skirt and the ruffle of the off-the-shoulder style of the top, which worked really well with the breeze in Salisbury, this look certainly needed a little movement and I hope that comes across in these pictures.
There is something so comfortable and chic about this look, but also so fun, perfect for a sunny weekend checking out the tourist spots of Salisbury, and I love how it isn’t overly revealing, yep I have my legs out and shoulders, but it there is a sophistication about the look.
I also didn’t realise until I went to write this post that this is a budget outfit, sometimes it just works out like that, as the skirt, top and belt come under £20 from Primark, and the gladiator flats, which are about 4 years old from Tesco’s F&F collection were no more than £10 when I bought them. It seems the only thing, not budget are my accessories, my Rebecca Minkoff bag that I have recently rediscovered, it has been packed away in my archives, and my sunglasses also designer by Jil Sander, but they were a discounted price as they are from Glasses Direct.
I find summer is when you can work more budget-friendly pieces into your wardrobe, maybe because there are more trend-led items on offer, maybe because it’s all about those summer holiday pieces, or maybe I’m more adventurous when the weather is nice and I don’t want to go crazy with pieces I might only wear once. On this occasion, I think I will be wearing these pieces a lot.
Do you turn to budget stores for your summer wardrobe?