If we IGNORE the weather over the last few days and think back to the weekend, the weather has been GLORIOUS. The sun got his hat on and ROCKED IT.
All over the country, people were pulling on their shorts and flipflops, cleaning out their bbqs, and shamefully shunning the sun tan lotion all in honour of some lovely lovely rays.
We may have had a bit of a blip over the last few days (with torrential rain causing a small flood in my back garden) but a blip is all it is. The sun is on his way back to us. And it is because of this that I have dedicated this month’s 10 best clothes under £10 to summer wear.
Let’s get summery.
And let’s do it on a budget because we can.
(But be quick because some of these lovely items are disappearing quickly!)
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Yesterday I cleared out my wardrobe. Again. I realised I was hanging on to tops that I’d love to wear but can’t with my current lifestyle and so the only clothes that are appropriate day-to-day I end up wearing to death.
I think the main reason why I’m wearing the same thing over and over again is that I’m waiting for the nice weather to arrive. I’m in limbo. I want to get my shoulders out. I want to show off my toes. However, the weather won’t let me. There will come a day when I can wear my lovely summery tops and sandals but for now, I’m resigned to warmer clothes. Warmer clothes that I’m bored of.
Is anyone else experiencing the same problem at the moment?
As a result, I decided to write a post on how you can get through the next few weeks until the sun decides to put his hat on with a few items of clothing that are not expensive but are very, very lovely. And by not expensive I mean cheap fashion! UNDER £35 EACH!
It’s on trend right now to be matchy-matchy but how do you avoid looking like you’ve stepped out in your pyjamas? Has that been a nightmare of anyone’s? No? Just me then.
Well, in case it becomes a nightmare of yours, here is my guide to wearing co-ordinated clothes, or co-ords for short, without looking like you’ve been locked out of the house during a sleepwalking adventure.
1 Make sure you don’t buy ACTUAL pyjamas.
This sounds like an obvious one but with pyjama-style shirts also a current trend, it’s confusing. To be safe, avoid anything that has ‘snooze’, ‘sleep’ or ‘restful’ anywhere on the label.
2. Buy a stylish coordinated set with a pattern that you like.
Again, this probably sounds obvious but if when choosing a co-ords set, you can stare at the print and see your nana’s curtains then WALK AWAY. A good rule of thumb is to go for either a detailed pattern that uses no more than 2-3 main colours or a simple pattern with bolder colours.
I’ve picked out six co-ords sets available in the shops right now which I think are fab.
Pyjamas are comfy because they’re baggy. Clothes on the other hand are cut to conceal/enhance where required, in order to flatter one’s shape. Therefore, opt for co-ords sets in styles that would match the cuts of clothes you would normally wear. For example, if you have narrow shoulders, a tailored jacket would add some shape to your frame. If your legs aren’t your favourite feature, don’t go super short.
The fun/tricky bit is choosing what shoes, jacket, bag, etc to wear with your co-ords. My biggest piece of advice? Don’t wear any UGG type shoes that resemble slippers. I’d also try to avoid long jackets that have belts you tie. Do you see where I’m going with this? Good.
The beauty of the outfits above is that they ALL go with simple plain white trainers so that’s one look sorted. Because, WHO GOES TO BED IN THEIR SHOES?!
If the top half of the set is a jacket and it’s a detailed pattern, I’d recommend pairing with a plain tee or vest top in one of the colours of the co-ords.
Conversely, if the top half isn’t a jacket, and a coat/jacket is required, then go for something in a contrasting colour. Bright would be good.
Bold jewellery and heels also work well with nearly all co-ords sets and below I’ve pulled together some pairing options for you to try.
The first few days of shopping sales are fab. But, as time passes and all the good stuff gets snapped up, I long for the new season stock to arrive. The shops are choc full of great spring fashion at the moment but if you look closely enough there are still one or two decent sales bargains around. Well, actually I’ve done better than one or two. I have found 10!
This is going to be a new monthly feature for Feast Style Thrive – 10 best clothing buys under £10. It will be tough but I’m up to the challenge.
As a finance and fashion blogger, it’s my responsibility *pulls serious face* to keep you informed of great buys, super deals and worthwhile wardrobe investments. I want you to know when to splash out, how to save (in order to splash out) and when to buy a bargain because the deal is so good that you’d be crayyy to miss it.
So, when a brand comes along which sells gorgeous bang-on trend clothing, that feels high quality, AND is incredibly good value for money, it is my job, nay my DUTY to tell you about it.
Nobody’s Child is a London based fashion brand with high ethical standards. Launched in October last year, the company designs and makes all of its clothing in-house, which means no sweat shops. So you can shop with a clear conscience.
I was introduced to the brand by fellow blogger Robyn Taylor (at Phases of Robyn) on Twitter when she shared a link to the top below. I immediately went online and bought it. For £16!!
But then….. I kept shopping and I bought this:
And this (eeek!):
And finally this:
I guess that because lovely retailers have made shopping online and returning items so so simple, there is a tendancy to overorder to qualify for cheaper delivery (come on, we’ve all done it once or twice) and then return the items that just aren’t right for us.
Well, my order from Nobody’s Child arrived – I’ll come back to that process in a mo – and I tried it all on and decided to keep not one item, or two, but THE WHOLE LOT. Never has that happened to me before.
Ok well, that’s not strictly true. I’m exchanging the chiffon skirt for a smaller size and the first top – the pink bardot – isn’t quite the right colour for me but as soon as the lovely people at Nobody’s Child release a version in a different colour, I’ll be ordering it like a shot! (Are you listening Nobody’s Child?)
Why am I keeping it all (mostly)?
The chiffon skirt sits so beautifully that it’s very elegant and looks like it could have cost 3 times what it did. It can also be worn with heels or with white trainers as in the picture above. NOTE – if you’re around 5ft 4, this will skim your ankles but for me that’s a good thing!
The bodycon dress is sooooo flattering. The material seems to elongate my body and even after a large-ish meal you don’t have to worry about a wobbly belly. Worn with a long baggy cardigan or jumper and ankle boots, or a simple chain and sandals, this looks AWESOME.
The cream off the shoulder top is probably not something I really needed. I already have a lot of white and cream tops in my wardrobe. But, it’s so so comfy and looks great with either my girlfriend jeans or my skinnies.
The black high neck bodysuit was a must for me as I have a narrow waist and wide-ish hips so all my jeans tend to gape a bit at the back when I crouch down. Very unclassy! This top avoids that and because it’s practically backless it’ll be great for getting some rays this summer.
Finally, the pink bardot. This looked great tucked into a skirt or jeans and the vertical stripes worked to elongate my top half. The only problem, as I said before, was the colour. But as soon as a blue or green one is made (hint hint), I’ll be in there.
And I must tell you about the delivery process. Firstly, Nobody’s Child shelled out on a top quality courier service for customers. This means you are given advanced warning of delivery and if you’re not in, a range of alternative options and then when it has been delivered in your absence, you receive a text AND an email confirming its location.
What you get when it’s delivered is actually the main reason I decided to write this post. With a typical online order, you get each item packaged in a flimsy plastic bag and some paperwork. Nobody’s Child clearly decided that they wanted to give customers a slightly better service. It’s as if they were saying “We don’t have stores but if we did, they’d be pretty and smell nice and a playlist of your favourite songs would be on repeat. Our staff would give you hugs and you’d feel special.” Actually, on reflection that might be a bit much.
Anyway, my point is that Nobody’s Child wants you to receive your order and feel good. So, inside the plastic postage bag, my items were packaged in lovely brown envelope things and more substantial plastic wrapping which I’m sure was better for the clothing. They also gave me a free bracelet! Finally, and maybe this is just me, but the fact that my paperwork told me my order had been checked by ‘Zoe’ was just a lovely touch because it made the whole thing seem more personal. Hello Zoe, whoever you are!
As I’m exchanging the chiffon skirt, I can also confirm the return process is very straightforward with two free options: the post office and Collect+.
I truly believe this is a brand that’s going to continue to thrive. Please please check it out (particularly as pay day has just been). You won’t be disappointed.