Sunday, 7 April 2013

Passion For Fashion: Part Two

Do you remember last year when I entered Money Supermarkets blogger competition to win £1000 to spend on the ultimate wardrobe update? Well, it's back! There are less categories this time around, but the process is the same; create a Casual, Party and Holiday outfit for under £200 in the hope that you might inspire a reader, a stranger, or the brand new judging panel *waves*.

CASUAL
My last casual outfit was a typical everyday outfit for me consisting of jeans, a Breton striped top, classic trench and tote bag with trainers. This time I opted for something from the other side of my wardrobe; the one brimming with dresses and cardigans! (seriously, I'm a sucker for a good cardigan). I built this look around the dress - a gorgeous drop waisted number from the recent Celia Birtwell for Uniqlo collection - teaming it with a cardigan in my favourite colour, grey. I actually already own this dress but I'm already thinking of buying it in another colour as it's so comfortable and flattering, not to mention a bargain at £29.99! I added a pair of sturdy but stylish ankle boots that will last through to next season and a pretty oversized bag to carry all the crap I tote around with me during the day, finishing off the look with subtle jewellery and a rich purple nail polish.

*GEEK SIDE NOTE
If the TARDIS turned up on my doorstep, this is probably what I'd be wearing to run around the universe with the Doctor, so I guess you could call it my companion outfit...

 

Celia Birtwell For Uniqlo Dress £29.90
 Zara Basic Cardigan £19.99
 Topshop Ample Heavy Sole Boots £70
Monki Claire Bag £30
Urban Outfitters Black Stone Rings £16
Illamasqua Faux Pas Nail Varnish £13.50

TOTAL = £179.39 (£20.61 left over for lunch with the girls)

  BEACH/HOLIDAY
I'm going on holiday in a few weeks time, although unfortunately I won't be anywhere near a beach! I say unfortunately as ASOS have some amazing swimwear this season which I've been drooling over for a while now. My holiday look is inspired by the Sixties and Seventies style seen across the SS13 catwalks; these round framed glasses teamed with that high waisted bikini (which goes up to a 34FF by the way!) would look amazing with a slick of pink lipstick and a beachy beehive...

I wanted to create an outfit that could go from beach to bar, so I included a beautiful blue jersey dress (which would fit easily in the large metallic tote bag without creasing too much), a sleek pair of white sandals and a pretty charm necklace. 


ASOS High Waisted Bikini Pant £16
ASOS Print Fuller Bust Halter Bikini Top £16
French Connection Jersey Maxi Dress £48
Topshop Hermione Geek Sandals £22
& Other Stories Lipstick in Ninon Pink £12
Sam Ubhi Charm Necklace £35
ASOS Tortoiseshell Round Sunglasses £10

TOTAL = £159 (£41 left over for ice creams and duty free)

PARTY
My last outfit may not be particularly daring or typically 'dressy', but then I'm not really the type of girl to party in tight dresses and sky high platforms - this look is very true to my own style with a few trend pieces throw in.

This Prada-esque skirt from Topshop keeps making its way into my shopping basket - I LOVE IT - and to me, it's the perfect swishy skirt for dancing. As it is so bold I've dressed it down with a loose fitting tee (tucked in at the waist of course) and added a statement necklace to balance out the outfit. To finish off the look, I threw in some wonderful pointed cats eye sunglasses (only £12!) along with an on-trend metallic clutch and classic heels from Zara, who I can always rely on for stylish shoes on a budget.



TOTAL = £177.97 (£22.03 left over for a cocktail or two...) 

I hope you like my outfit picks - if you want to see more, Money Supermarket have created Pinterest boards full of inspirational entries, or you can search for the hashtag #PassionForFashion2 on Twitter. Good luck to everyone who's entered!

3 comments:

  1. I love your looks, especially the party. And I love that you called it your companion look - haha!

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    1. Thanks a lot Amy :)

      Congratulations on your party outfit win - I LOVE those Zara sandals x

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