Recently I was asked by La Redoute to choose an outfit for £100 to showcase on my blog – obviously I said yes but in the interest of budget beauty (or style in this case) I decided to put together TWO outfits to who you how much you can get for your money if you shop a little savvy.
First I have to talk about the jeans – £17.40 – it’s not obvious from these pictures (darn artificial lighting) but they have a funky leather look stripe down the sides which means they lend themselves well to both casual and dressy outfits. These were the starting out point for both looks I chose.
Look One: Dressy
Top – £6.30 - I love my some draping jersey and this is no exception, super flattering and comfy, comes in various colours but of course I chose black because it makes up 90% of my wardrobe. I also liked the idea of adding a pop of colour with an accessory.
Shoes – £13.50 – Aforementioned pop of colour was added here, in the heel department. I was looking at necklaces and bags for a while before spotting these super bargainous shoes. Again there are a few colours available including a bright turquoise but I thought I’d get more wear out of pink. They’re really comfy for heels and look far more expensive that they were.
Total Cost: £37.20 (including the jeans)
Look Two: Casual
Sweatshirt – £39.00 – The most expensive item but I just couldn’t resist, the entire Soft Grey line is gorgeous actually but a little more pricey. Again this is really comfy and I will say that I wasn’t expecting the glitter print to transfer on everything (including the car – unhappy husband) but I think after one wash the glitter will be gone and not missed.
Hat – £11.00 – I’ve decided that for me 2013 will be the year of the hat.. or at least the winter of the hat. When I had my hair cut I did so with hats in mind.. I’m almost looking forward to the freezing cold so I can wear them. This is not to heavy a knit so could be worn in this transitional weather and looks cute, I hope you’ll agree.
Total Cost: £67.40 including the jeans
One last note on that outfit would be that I already owned the converse but they are also available from La Redoute – £49.00 – and would bring the total cost of that outfit to £116.40 – Also the total cost of both outfits is marginally over the £100 mark.. but close enough.
I don’t know about you but I’d not seen or heard much of La Redoute previous to this campaign and I always had the impression that they were a more expensive brand. I had no idea that they sold multiple lines for all budgets so hopefully this has been useful for my fellow online shoppers as well as those who are looking for outfit ideas. If you’re revamping your wardrobe on a budget my biggest tip is to buy pieces that will multitask and jeans are a perfect example.. it’s easier to dress down a smarter pair than dress up your super casual boyfriend jeans.. though it’s never impossible
I will have separate posts of these outfits coming up over the next month with clearer pictures.. the jeans are so flattering (and I find it really tough to find jeans I like) so I want to show you them in better lighting but I also really wanted to get this post up for you so couldn’t wait to re-shoot them