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Hot high street buys on a budget

From the start, my client and I were guaranteed to have a fun shopping session.  There is nothing more satisfying for a personal shopper, than working with someone who is keen to step outside their comfort zone and have fun with it!

We found lots of hot high street buys on a budget yesterday. We didn’t do disposable fashion.  We stuck to our 5 step plan to shopping on a budget (see link)

Firstly, we had to fill a wardrobe gap.  No accessories! Zero. Nada.

Our solution was in Oliver Bonas.  This shop is a great place to stock up on accessories that are interesting and unique. How lucky are we in Tunbridge Wells to have one of its 54 stores around the UK.

Starting life in Fulham in 1993, Oliver Bonas has a fresh and unique approach to design from fashion to home wear.

To add a contemporary edge, we bought this geometric 3D necklace with marble pyramids.  The vibrant and radiant grey tones make your eyes pop. Price £22.

White Luxe Marble Pyramid Necklace

Then we bought this soft pink scarf with its splash of neon in a digital gingham print. Promising to amp up the colour in any outfit. £18.

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How do you wear a scarf?  I tie it once behind my neck. This keeps the bulk of the scarf behind you.  Then drape the two ends around your neck at the front. Easy.

Next a wardrobe staple. A blazer. To ensure a good fit blazers must come fully lined. However, its not always an easy find. There’s been such a decline in how clothing is manufactured. We found this fabulous fully lined blazer in Miss Selfridge. £29 (was £39).

 

Our cornerstone wardrobe item was leather shoe boots. The colour would tie in perfectly with the accessories we bought earlier.  They would luxe up any outfit.  £160 in Fenwicks.

 

Here’s how it all looks together.  This is just one of the many looks we created.  For a full list of what we bought check back here for my next post.

One outfit complete.

One outfit complete.

How do you shop on a budget and what do you look for when building a capsule wardrobe?  Shiv x

4 Responses so far.

  1. Helen Hobden says:

    Hello! I shop on a budget by going during sale seasons. Spring sales are my favourite because the shops are getting rid of their winter clothes in March, when the British winter hasn’t really finished! They’re also much less crowded and stressful than the big January ones. I also shop at outlets as I’m not too bothered about getting up-to-the-minute fashions. I’m lucky to have Clarks Village in Street near me, which has great discounts in Monsoon – my favourite shop there! I also buy second hand a lot from ebay.
    x

    • wellstyledstylist says:

      Hi Helen, thanks for your message! You’ve made some great points. I agree with you, why buy at full price when the discounts are amazing. I am totally with you about buying up-to-the-minute fashion items too and love a good potter in TK Maxx : ) Funnily, I was only tweeting about Monsoon earlier today and saying its such a great high street shop that is also ethical and sustainable in its philosophy. x

  2. Julie Davies says:

    Hi Siobhan, what a great post. It’s inspired me to buy a more contemporary necklace and it works really well with my outfits. I’ve probably played it a bit safe and really need a push to “go bold”! Julie x

    • wellstyledstylist says:

      Hi Julie

      So glad you found inspiration! It’s fun and easy to jazz up a simple outfit with accessories! Shiv xx

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