I’m a fashion blogger with a keen eye for bargains. Due to an inherent love of shopping and a complete lack of funds, I have managed to perfect a knack for dressing on trend and on budget.
Currently working towards my honours degree in Textiles and Fashion Design Management at Heriot Watt, I have interned for a variety of Scottish fashion organisations and have a real love for our local fashion scene.
I empathise with you final year uni and sixth year students currently trawling the internet and trudging round the shops looking for that perfect ball dress.
I’ve just finished my honours degree and I'm currently on the hunt for 'The Dress' too. It's a daunting task. Pictures of this event will no doubt grace your parents' mantlepiece as well as everyone’s facebook albums, so it has to really suit you. And, of course, you do not want to be turning up in the same dress as someone else (the classic fashion faux pas).
Obviously, they have lots of cash available - so how does the everyday yummy mummy to be keep herself looking stylish?
With a royal baby due in July, there seems to be a lot of buzz about maternity wardrobes. Lots of great maternity designers and ranges mean women no longer need to spend nine months in men’s jogging bottoms and baggy t-shirts - there are lots of options available to ensure that you stay looking like you, even while pregnant.
All the shops have started to release their beachwear ranges - and buying the perfect bikini or swimsuit is the best form of escapism from freezing temperatures and multiple layers!
This year there are so many styles to choose from and some great budget friendly pieces. Stylish beachwear need no longer be reserved only for celebrities. With some excellent high street offerings, there is absolutely no excuse to not look your best for Summer 2013.
I’ve picked my eight favourite bikinis and swimsuits to give you some ideas for your holiday wardrobe:
Budget fashion often means buying from large fast fashion retailers, which is sometimes not the most ethical of practices.
Ethical brands tend to come in at a higher price point and be less trend-led than typical shops on the high street, meaning many of us just forget about them and continue buying from the same places we usually do.
The term ‘Ethical Brand’ covers a variety of different areas - it can mean clothes made using environmentally friendly or recycled materials to a brand which employs fair trade.
Once you’ve dazzled someone with your impeccable CV and secured an interview, the next big issue comes into play - what on earth should you wear?
The post sale blues are slowly arriving and all the best pieces were snapped up by anxious Boxing Day shoppers, leaving very little to get excited about.
It’s very easy to get stuck in a rut with your wardrobe, mostly because we are much too loyal to our high street favourites. Nothing will get you inspired for a new look in 2013 quite like discovering some great new shops.
I’ve compiled a list of some online retailers which most people are not too familiar with to give you a bit of inspiration. (And naturally, they are also very budget friendly!)
In Scotland, even running across the road to pick up a carton of milk in December requires the addition of thermals and a woolly jumper. Since a budget fashionista has to keep herself cosy, I’ve looked into this year’s biggest woollen accessory trend - the fail-safe beanie hat!
In my opinion, it is more about variety, doing your research and finding things which fit your style without stretching your budget. This can mean combining elements of high street, second-hand, crafted, sample sales and a number of other outlets - it’s a fun and interesting way to build an eclectic wardrobe that shows off your personality.
At the recent Versace boutique launch in New York’s trendy Soho district, Alexa Chung (who really can do no wrong in the fashion stakes) was photographed wearing a full burgundy multi-tonal outfit from their Versus diffusion line.
Since then the image has found its way into numerous style blogs and publications, meaning multi-tonal dressing is something to be seen in!
In the interest of being on-trend and in budget, I’ve put together three different looks, made up of tones from A/W 12’s hottest colours that come in at under £100 each.
In the run up to Christmas there are a number of designer sample sales and events here in Scotland which could help you stock up on pieces that wouldn’t normally be in your price range. From high end fashion houses, local big names to emerging talents, there’s something for every type of fashionista. Here's the list of the one's you should definitely be available for:
Designer Sales UK
Dates in Edinburgh and Glasgow between 2nd - 5th Nov
H&M and Topshop tend to be leaders in the field, spotting the best established and up and coming names to work with. They build anticipation so that instead of feeling we are buying a cheap knock-off, we lust after the items as if they were in the designer’s mainline.
Charity shops have always been a favourite haunt of bargain fashionistas, we live in hope that some old dear has managed to tune out and price a designer gown at £2.50 - however, the reality much of the time can be rail upon rail of bobbled cardigans.
Mary’s Living and Giving shop is a discount hunter’s dream - not only is everything properly vetted by women in the know, meaning that the rails are full of exciting pieces at genuinely great prices, but the quirky visual merchandising is much more inspiring to customers than the average charity shop decor.
It has the ability to make someone in a plain t-shirt and jeans look like an in-the-know fashionista. In the colder months when you can’t just rely on a good tan to get you noticed, donning a statement necklace will ensure all eyes remain firmly on you!
Flicking through the global fashion week street style photos, it’s obvious that bold necklaces are big news; also Marni and Lanvin sent some beautiful bejeweled takes on the trend down the catwalk.
However, with a bit of legwork and determination, it is possible to recreate the look on a limited budget.