Primark Fashion Challenge with The Fort

Like most people, I am a bit of a fan when it comes to Primark, or Primarni, as it is often referred to. When the budget for shopping is a little limited I know I will be able to find myself a lovely wardrobe addition that will also be purse friendly. I love the shoe collection, which even has wider fit shoes now, and also the jewellery, particularly the necklaces, which often belie their bargain price, looking far more expensive.

I was recently asked to take part in a bloggers style challenge with the brand new Primark store at The Fort shopping centre in Birmingham. What outfit(s) could I put together on a budget of £50, could I show that Primark appeals to a wide and diverse audience and create an outfit that would surprise people when I said, ‘Yes, this is all from Primark’. I hope I have been able to do this.

My Outfit(s)

Regular readers of this blog will know that I tend to live in skirts and dresses, I’m really not a trouser person. But I have been steadily losing weight for the past couple of years, and now feel more comfortable in trousers and jeans, so I decided to try something outside my comfort zone by opting for trousers, and teaming them with a couple of this seasons Bardot style tops, the striped one costing £10 and the floral one £8. The trousers were just £8, and with green being a huge colour for next season, I reckon I will get a lot of wear from them.

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I chose to accessorise with nude coloured shoes and handbag, and chose both heels and flats within my budget, along with a neat clutch bag that would match with both pairs of shoes. The flat design were £6, the heels £13, and the clutch bag £5 – complete bargains that will go with so many outfits.

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All the pieces came to £50 combined so I stayed within my budget and I was really pleased with everything.

If you are near Birmingham I would definitely recommend trying out the new Fort branch of Primark which is just full of great bargains like these.

*With thanks to Gung Ho and The Fort and Primark for the invite to take part in this challenge.

 

Boohoo embrace the 70s with Kimonos and flares

When we look back at the summer of 2015 in fashion terms, we will remember it as the year the 70s had a revival. It has been virtually impossible to escape 70s style this season, almost all High street, online and designer brands have done their version of the fashion of the 1970s.  A decade that used to be considered one that style had forgotten, it is now seen as a era when new and vibrant designs by the likes of Zandra Rhodes, Bill Gibb, Halston and Betsey Johnson all contributed to a really exciting time in fashion.

This post is contributing on two key items that have been style staples this season. The kimono jacket was a big story in the 1970s as Japanese designers like Kawakubo and Yamamoto emerged onto the international scene. Oriental prints were popular, and the wide sleeves and obi tie belts of the traditional Japanese costume became key fashion statements, something that is still the case in 2015.

1970s Kimono style and Japanese fashion Influence

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Boohoo Kimono Style

Eloise Scarf Print Long Kimono Product code: azz01031 £18.00 click to visit BOOHOO

Eloise Scarf Print Long Kimono
Product code: azz01031
£18.00
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Naomi Floral Kimono £15 click to visit Boohoo

Naomi Floral Kimono
£15 click to visit Boohoo

Scarlett Zig Zag Print Crochet Trim Kimono £18 click to visit Boohoo

Scarlett Zig Zag Print Crochet Trim Kimono
£18 click to visit Boohoo

Kelly Crop Tassl Paisley Kimono Product code: azz20506 £18.00 click to visit Boohoo

Kelly Crop Tassl Paisley Kimono
Product code: azz20506
£18.00
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Boohoo Catlin Maxi Lace Kimono £18 click to visit Boohoo

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Catlin Maxi Lace Kimono £18 click to visit Boohoo

Boohoo Skye Printed Kimono With Fringing £18 click to visit Boohoo

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Skye Printed Kimono With Fringing £18 click to visit Boohoo

 

Just add flares…

Flares are cool once again, and look great teamed with a vest and kimono jacket. Jeans are a staple, but you can also add fabric options for a holiday look that looks great with wedges, cork heels and clog style sandals.

Saffron Flared Trouser £15 click to visit Boohoo

Saffron Flared Trouser £15 click to visit Boohoo

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Hilary Blue Floral Wide Leg Trousers £20 click to visit Boohoo

Boohoo Blue Jennie High Waisted Skinny Flare Jeans £20 click to visit Boohoo

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Jennie High Waisted Skinny Flare Jeans £20 click to visit Boohoo

Boohoo Blue Hetty High Waisted Skinny Flare Jeans £15 click to visit Boohoo

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Hetty High Waisted Skinny Flare Jeans £15 click to visit Boohoo

To view all the fabulous Kimonos at Boohoo, click here.

To view all flared jeans click here.

To view all flared trousers, click here.

 

 

Cutting the Cost of Designer Handbags

Designer handbags are an important accessory for the fashionable woman.  They are a symbol of status and social mobility. Several high end handbags tip the pricing scales at just over £20,000. Those, of course, are extreme examples, but there are a great number of designer handbags that can set a person back anywhere from £2,000 to £4,000. Even the lower end stock of reputable handbag designers price out at the £300 to £500 range.  Needless to say, many designer handbags are so expensive that they remain but a dream for a large portion of the population. A Payday Loan could help make your dream a reality by providing the funds needed to purchase the bag of your choice.

If you have had your heart set on the more expensive handbags, you might be feeling a bit hopeless at this time. Fortunately, there are ways for you to style yourself beautiful with these types of handbags even if you are not part of the social elite.

Rent Them

Did you know that film and fashion companies regularly hire out designer handbags? Since they only need the bags on a short term basis it does not make sense for them to buy the bags outright. This is something you can do as well. Many companies that once only rented designer handbags to companies are now renting them out to individuals as well. If the idea of hiring out a handbag appeals to you, here are a few places to check out:

Elite Couture

Elite Couture was one of the companies that started out by renting designer handbags to the film and fashion industry.  You can join Elite Couture for free or take a paid option and get additional benefits, such as discounts on bag hires, complimentary gifts, and providing insurance for the handbags. You can see Elite Couture’s membership options here.

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Classic Chanel 2.55

Designer Handbag Hire

Designer Handbag Hire’s membership plan is listed at £9.99/month but frequently reduces the price to £4.95/month. Membership provides you with significant discounts on bag hires. You can take a look at some of the member versus non-member prices here.

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Love! ANYA HINDMARCH CARKER IN NAVY PATENT

Swap Them

If you are fortunate enough to already have one or more designer handbags, but are on a quest for a different style, there are places where you can swap your handbag with other handbag owners. You can either swap your bags with other people or list your bags for sale, and buy designer bags from others at lower prices than you would if you were to buy them new. Here are a couple places where you can swap designer handbags:

Big Wardrobe

BigWardrobe.com is a site that allows you to swap designer items from people all over the world. You can sign up for free and buy, swell, or swap designer items. The site has over 100,000 members, so the chances are quite good that you will be able to find a swap that suits your needs.

Myhandbagswap.com

Myhandbagswap.com is free to join and allows you to list your bags for just £1.00. The site also has a forum in which you can discuss various aspects of the designer handbag industry.

Slightly Damaged Designer Handbags

If you want to get substantial discounts on designer handbags, consider buying slightly damaged one. If you don’t mind a broken zipper, damaged handle, or a ripped lining, this could be a great option for you to consider. Of course, you don’t want to do this if the damage is obvious and you will be at a social event where you will be under close scrutiny. But if you are buying the bag more for a stylish look for casual occasions, this option could suit you well. You can find slightly damaged designer bags on eBay.