When, in the same week, I found out I got a new job, handed in my notice at my old job, got paid and was invited to London to be on a panel of Journalists; how could I resist buying a brand new outfit?
I wouldn’t usually buy an entire new outfit. Perhaps a new top to go with something I already have, or a skirt that will match one of the blouses in my wardrobe. Okay, I lied – the blouses aren’t in my wardrobe. They’re currently all over the floor because I decided to go all Marie Kondo on my clothes and got bored after I’d made the pile. But nonetheless, I don’t usually splurge (or tidy my wardrobe).
When putting together an outfit, I like to build around a statement piece. I found this beautiful teal jumpsuit in the Miss Selfridge sale for £10, getting a quid knocked off with student discount. The quality of the material feels great, and the jumpsuit is somewhere between workwear and casual, so I love it. The fact the trouser part is culottes makes it a great Spring/Summer piece, but equally gorgeous for the cooler months with a thick roll neck underneath. The top has a low V neckline which matches the detail at the back, which is a beautiful addition to the piece. I’d have happily paid more for this jumpsuit (perhaps not the £42 it was supposed to be, but definitely more than £9).
From there, I spent an hour trawling through Outfit looking at items from various brands and couldn’t really find any blouses or tops I loved to go with the jumpsuit. Although I did spot a sassy teal leopard print midi dress in Topshop’s sale that I will certainly grab if I see it in my size. I headed to New Look and spotted this zebra patterned mesh tee on the model and picked it up. It was only £12.99 and whilst not typically ‘work wear’ being transparent and all, the monochrome pattern looks great underneath the tailored jumpsuit.
Jumpsuit – £9 – miss selfridge
Top – £12.99 – new look
Earrings – £2.50 – new look
Shoes – £25.99 – new look
Headband – £4.99
To accessorise, I managed to find these Wanted range earrings for £2.50 in the sale, and they are an exact colour match for the one-piece. I was smug to say the least as the colour of the jumpsuit varied from online to IRL. I also grabbed one of the on-trend knot headbands, which are oh-so Blair Waldorf, in a black satiny material for £4.99. Actually, I had wanted to find a patterned one with a bit of the teal running through, but you can’t go wrong with black – it goes with everything.
Now, the shoes. The shoes were the most expensive item I bought at £25.99. I was undecided between three pairs. The first were some black cut-out heeled boots in the sale for £15, whilst the other two were fairly similar. The ones I chose are a small block heel with studded detailing around the front, with a small amount of croc print on the strap. I saw some others had a patch of croc print on the front, and since I’ve already bought two pairs of snake print boots this year, I figured I better get some slightly more sensible shoes.
For a smart look, I kept the bag plain, but I would love to get a contrast bag for a bit of fun. When I was in New Look I was a lovely red and pink block colour bag that would have been great but having already spent nearing to £70, I was all shopped out.