I was asked to join Dicountcoder’s $100 ASOS outfit challenge – an entire outfit from ASOS – for under $100. I love a good style challenge especially one that proves you don’t have to spend much to look great.
I went with an on-trend going out outfit. I was particularly impressed with the peplum dress (under $30!) and the animal print belt – a bargain at just $13.05.
The tally: Dress – $28.54 Shoes – $48.93 Belt – $13.05 Ring – $3.26
Total = $93.78
What do you think?
In case the heading didn’t give it away, I’m using this week’s Fab Friday Finds to look at shoes. Specifically Spring shoes.
I see this being my go-to for the warmer months. Orange/tangerine being such a big colour at the moment and pared back with nude this is the perfect accompaniment to many outfits. This style is also everywhere. Oh and it comes in two other colours. How considerate.
A girl needs a stud in her life. And I think I need this shoe in mine. Of course you know how to wear a black heel but the heel details just adds a bit more cool. Cheers Zara.
I like this Tony Bianco number as a Spring work shoe – it hits two trends at once – pastel and capped toe. Love with grey, navy, white, camel.
Wearing: Witchery dress , blazer, bag and boots, Lovisa necklace, Forever new tights
Just another shot of me looking at the ground (I promise I’ll try to be more creative with my poses).
On another note – I’m officially over Winter. But with a couple more months of cold weather I know I have to keep the warm layers going. To keep things interesting I’m thinking more accessories and more printed tights. How do you get through the winter outfit slump?
Sugary sweet pastels are another big trend already instore. Although a complete opposite to the other colour theme we’re seeing – its big. I would say it looks best on the younger crowd – I’m thinking teens, and 20 and 30-somethings. On a more mature lady it feels a little wrong and we verge into the mutton/lamb territory.
Anyhoo – for those giving this one a whirl:
This pale pink Portmans tweed jacket feels very Chanel – but a whole lot cheaper. Actually this would be the choice for any mature ladies trying pastel. I like this with a white tee and denim. Also fab toughed up with a black leather skirt and ankle boots.
This Cue dress is so sweet and will totally work for all those summer parties. Great cut for those hourglasses who are not too busty and also you lovely Pears. Keep the rest of the look fresh and modern with nude wedges and an oversized clutch (animal print?).
Accessories are the easiest, safest (cause pale colours are oh so scary – get a grim Gem) and cheapest way to flirt with pastels. Colette delivers every time. Boom.
I usually find grocery shopping pretty dull. While I love to eat, the whole supermarket event can be pretty painful. With clothing now being stocked in many Coles supermarkets – this may change.
Called ‘MIX apparel’ the range is fairly casual – ranging from smart blouses, skirts, tunics and jackets to more relaxed exercise attire. There are plenty of good basics here too. From what I can see the prices don’t get higher than $40 – with many between $15 and $30 – and the quality is pretty good. I’ve actually snapped up a black blouse – I think it was around $30 – and it looks a lot more expensive than it was. There is also a limited accessories collection.
If this still isn’t enough to get out to the supermarket – you can also purchase online.
Some of my picks from the latest collection:
Wearing: Veronika Maine top and jacket, Forever New pants, Innui heels, Witchery bag, Diva ring and earrings, Sportsgirl sunglasses.
Yes I am in pants. Cropped pants. While there is a rule that cropped pants can shorten the look of your leg, I think with a cropped jacket to highlight the waist and heels, this may just work. Plus it’s nice to give my pins a break from stockings.
One of the biggest trends for Spring/Summer is neon. It’s a tricky one to pull off. While there seems to be plenty of neon skinny jeans and tees already around, I think the best and easiest way to wear the trend is in your accessories.
These heels are from Wanted. They also come in bright orange and pink. Make them count by pairing with your neutral s – I’m thinking denim or grey skinny jeans/pants and cream blazer for summer. Fun.
Witchery has nailed it. Again. This subtle (because neon is totally subtle) neon green stripe is nice and cosy with its neutral buddies. I’d happily throw this around my neck with an LBD, nude or black pump and minimal accessories for the office. Neon tends to outdo other accessories so let it be the star and keep things simple
Ahh the belt. Such an easy and cheap way to wear a trend – including this one. Get this Topshop number around your waist asap. Perfection on navy.
One of the things I love most about fashion is the freedom to be who you want to be. Any and every day. Love Parisian chic? Throw on a trench and ballet flats. In the mood for love? Put on your prettiest dress and kitten heels. Feeling mysterious ? Why not pop your collar and hide under giant sunglasses. Wish you were living in the 50/60′s and hanging out with the Mad Men crew (hello Don Draper) put on your sexiest pencil skirt, a neck scarf and red lippy.
Wearing: Big W top and jeans, Jcrew chambray shirt, Witchery jacket and bag, Innui heels, Bangles from Diva, Colette and Asos.
I wore this over the weekend. I felt like wearing some of my fave items. Together. This was the result – quite a layered look. I kept it flattering by balancing out the loose layers with a fitted stripe tee, slim cut jeans and heels. Also the jacket helped define the waist with the drawstring detail. There’s something about lots of bangles that feels good. And a bit cool.