CAN YOU LOOK STYLISH FOR UNDER £100?

 

 

It’s no secret I’m a luxury-a-holic!  I’m a firm believer in investing in ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories which offer great quality and eternal style.  The majority of my luxury splurges tend to be my holy grail pieces which I rely on time and time again to elevate my look from regular to fabulous!

As I don’t have the fashion budget of a zillionaire, I have to mix and match high street with luxury.   I think anything can look amazing if it is paired with the right pieces.  For example, I rely on my Balmain blazer to smarten up a pair of Topshop jeans or a Chanel bag to improve a ZARA dress.

 

 

I definitely think it’s fair to say my luxury items have become my safety crutch when it comes to dressing.  So, I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and away from my failsafe items by setting myself the challenge of pulling an entire outfit together for less than £100.

At first I really thought I’d struggle but I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was.  It turns out the likes of Matalan and Primark are really excelling in affordable fashion.  This is what I spent:

 

Chunky knit – £40 | Shirt – £18 | Skirt – £8 | Boots – £16 | Backpack £16 = Total £98

 

 

You’ve already seen my orange chunky knit which I’m still OBSESSED with!  You can read more about it HERE.  This is the most expensive piece in the look but it makes a perfect statement and is definitely worth every penny!

The orange has sadly sold out but the pink version is still available HERE (although it’s selling like hotcakes so be quick!).

 

 

Other than the knit, my hands down favourite is this star shirt which was an absolute bargain.  It was £18 and the quality blew me away.  It’s 100% cotton.  I love the fit and style as much as some of my more expensive shirts.  This really was a great find!

Sadly it’s sold out online but check in store at Matalan or see some great alternatives HERE and HERE.

 

 

I was uber impressed with Primark which is where my vinyl skirt and Gucci inspired boots came from.  I’ve always relied on Primark for my basics such as tights and socks but never considered their clothing as I thought the quality was a miss.  How wrong I was!

 

 

This quality of  this skirt is as good as the likes of Topshop or Warehouse.  I adore how these boots look and they get a solid 10/10 for design.

Unfortunately, they’re not super comfy.  Where they’ve narrowed the square toe box, my toes get a little too squished.  I wouldn’t advise wearing them anywhere which requires a full day of walking.

 

 

When I first set myself this challenge, I thought I’d have to compromise on style but in the end, I didn’t have to once.  I know I will wear every single piece in this look again and again.  In fact, I’ve already worn the shirt and oversized knit excessively.

I’ve definitely learned not to dismiss a full high street look in the future.  Just because it’s affordable, it doesn’t mean it looks cheap and you don’t always have to rely on designer pieces to improve it.

 

Outfit details: Knit – River Island (find HERE in pink but selling out uber fast!) | Shirt – Matalan (very similar HEREHERE) | Skirt – Primark (similar HERE & HERE) | Shoes – Primark (similar HERE and gorgeous(!) & HERE) | Backpack – Matalan (find HERE)

 

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    • thatnewd November 18, 2017 / 4:26 am

      Thank you so much hunny xx

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 7:15 pm

      Thank you sweets xx

  1. Monia October 18, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    I’m in love with this outfit! It looks really stunning. And red is my favorite fall color this year so I basically love every outfit with red in it. :p

    xx♡
    http://www.moniacagnazzo.com

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 7:15 pm

      I’m all about red too this season xx

  2. Rubi October 18, 2017 / 11:50 pm

    You are so gorgeous babe!!! I am absolutely loving this outfit! That red cardigan looks so warm and cosy!
    xx Rubi

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 7:15 pm

      Thank you so much hunny, it’s super cosy xx

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 7:16 pm

      Thank you so much! Orange isn’t my usual colour but I’m loving this knit xx

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 7:16 pm

      Thank you so much lovely xx

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 7:16 pm

      Thanks darling xx

  3. Abril October 19, 2017 / 3:45 am

    yes you can!! I’m a big believer that you don’t have to spend tons of money to look good!
    x,abril
    The Color Palette

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 7:17 pm

      You’re so right! xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:49 pm

      Haha yassss! xx

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 7:22 pm

      Thank you darling xx

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 7:22 pm

      Thank you so much, it’s very cosy xx

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 7:22 pm

      You’re the sweetest, thank you xx

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 7:30 pm

      And it’s a total bargain! xx

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 7:31 pm

      I knowww, the boots were a mega bargain! xx

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 7:31 pm

      Thank you xx

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 7:32 pm

      It’s super warm and cosy xx

  4. Heidi October 19, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    Quite sad that the Bohoo star shirt has those stars so lined up. I would have loved if they were in a messy placement like in that shirt. Looks really good! And that chunky knit, what a find!

    Heidi ✨ | Heidi’s Planner

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 7:32 pm

      Awww that’s a shame! I do love this shirt and understand what you mean about the stars being jumbled up xx

    • thatnewd November 5, 2017 / 6:12 pm

      Thank you xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 5:42 pm

      I’m a sucker for stars! xx

  5. Vika October 19, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    As usual very interesting! Have a nice day)

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 7:44 pm

      Thank you darling xx

  6. Ashley October 19, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    You are rocking this high street look, babe! I love that sweater so much.

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 7:44 pm

      Thank you so much sweetie xx

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 7:44 pm

      Thanks hun, I’m all about layering different textures xx

  7. Adi October 19, 2017 / 11:55 pm

    Such a cute look! Hard to believe it’s under a 100!
    Adi xx
    fancycorrectitude.com
    instagram.com/fancycorrectitude

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 7:45 pm

      I know, such a bargain! xx

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 7:45 pm

      Yay, that makes me so happy, thank you hun xx

  8. Mercy October 20, 2017 / 2:13 am

    That orange cardigan is a must for Autumn, you still look a million dollar babe. It’s the mixing of different trendy pieces and good quality material that won this look.

    http://www.busyandfab.com

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 3:25 pm

      Thank you so much Mercy! xx

  9. Stefanie October 20, 2017 / 2:43 am

    Looks like an overall cozy outfit. I love the blouse and skirt together.

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 7:51 pm

      Thank you so much xx

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 7:50 pm

      I think it’s best to have a bit of both xx

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 7:50 pm

      Thank you doll xx

  10. Anika May October 20, 2017 / 9:22 am

    I love a bit of luxury too, haha! I’m totally obsessed with this chunky knit like you, the colour is absolutely perfect. And I can’t believe those boots are only £16, they’re beaut! xo

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 7:49 pm

      Can’t beat treating yourself to a bit of luxury! Haha xx

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 8:10 pm

      Thank you so much hun, I’m amazed I stayed on budget xx

  11. Dasynka October 20, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    You definitely win! I love so much this look and this cardigan too! I need it!
    Btw you are so beautiful 🙂
    Dasynka
    http://dasynka.com

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 8:10 pm

      Oh you are the sweetest darling xx

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 8:10 pm

      Thanks hun! The shirt was a total bargain too xx

  12. Colleen October 20, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    SUCH a cute look. I am obsessed with star-printed pieces. That’s the thing about high street shoes though, I don’t feel like they’re ever very comfortable! I prefer to buy higher quality shoes and just buy less of them. But for the sake of the exercise, you really put together a great outfit!

    COLLEENWELSCH.COM

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 8:12 pm

      I totally agree! Although saying that, some highend shoes are not comfy too! xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 3:25 pm

      Thank you lovely xx

  13. Carmen October 20, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    Oh you defintiely proved that it works! This look is so cool – and the knit jacket looks super cozy!
    Have a great weekend babe <3
    xx, Carmen – http://carmitive.com

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 8:16 pm

      It’s super warm and cosy, I love it! xx

    • thatnewd October 24, 2017 / 8:16 pm

      You’re so lovely, thank you hun xx

  14. Heba October 20, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    I’ve never seen shoes like that before! Primark are upping their game!

    Best,
    The Heba xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 3:25 pm

      Aren’t they just?! I was seriously impressed! xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 3:25 pm

      Thank you Enrica xx

  15. Katya October 21, 2017 / 4:46 am

    Buying clothes is a wonderful investment. I agree we do not always have a solid budget to get all the stuff we want. But learning to mix and match would help.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 3:26 pm

      I love to mix high street with luxury! xx

  16. Heather Rowland October 21, 2017 / 8:27 am

    I love your orange chunky knit jumper so much – it’s such a fun colour! Love the inspiration of an outfit for under £100 – it’s great to see it can be done and still look stunning!

    Heather xx
    https://www.hefafa.me.uk

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 3:26 pm

      You’re such a darling, thank you so much Heather xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 3:26 pm

      You’re so right hun xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 3:26 pm

      Thank you! xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 3:27 pm

      Thanks doll xx

  17. Gabrielle October 21, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    Totally agree with you! I also love mixing luxury pieces with more affordable options – they tend to elevate a look, particularly when in the form of an accessory! You look amazing (particularly love the last photo!) in this outfit, such a great colour of chunky knit.

    aglassofice.com
    x

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 3:59 pm

      You are the sweetest! I definitely think luxury with higstreet is always a good mix, you don’t need to be totally designered out to look great! xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 4:00 pm

      Thank you so much Susanne xx

  18. Florentina October 21, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    Dear Dominique, you always look fabolous! You are so stylish and in fact I often take inspiration from your post, your ideas and your way of doing fashion. Today you look amazing in that beautiful white shirt and taht gorgeous knit.
    Wish you a beautiful evening!
    Greetings,
    Flo from
    https://femeieastazi.blogspot.com

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 4:01 pm

      This comment has made my day! I’m so glad you get inpsired reading my posts, THANK YOU! xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 4:01 pm

      Aww that’s great to hear, thank you xx

  19. Shivangi October 22, 2017 / 9:35 am

    You look marvelous!! Love the chunky knit sweater! It looks so cozy! Simply love the outfit combination! 🙂 Happy Sunday!
    xx
    Shivangi
    http://www.outoncatwalk.com

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 4:01 pm

      You’re such a doll, thank you hun xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 4:02 pm

      Thank you so much sweetie xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 4:03 pm

      Thank you hunny! Paying £100 but looking like a million dollars is exactly how I wanted this look to be! xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 4:05 pm

      Awww you’re a doll, thank you hun xx

  20. Lorna October 23, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    I think you nailed it! I’m like you, I rely on my designer accessories to make the outfit and I go high street for most my pieces, however with shoes I can always tell the difference. I always think shoes are worth investing in (as you know) as when they’re cheap they often can look cheap, but the rest of the outfit is really cool! Love that chunky knit!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 4:08 pm

      You are so right! Shoes are the ones think I always invest in. I’m all about comfort first and you tend to get that more with luxury shoes xx

    • thatnewd October 29, 2017 / 4:09 pm

      It’s so cosy and super affordable too! xx

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