When thinking of buying a new piece of clothing, I ask myself: how many ways can I style this?
If I can only think of one monotonous outfit, chances are I’ll get bored of the item pretty sharpish. If I can style it at least three different ways with other pieces in my wardrobe that I already own, then I’m on to a winner.
The TU spring range is absolutely gorgeous, with a big Parisian vibe. I’ve already purchased three items, including some heart embroidered cropped trousers, and a pink cardigan.
This pink and red striped jumper features tiny navy embroidered hearts is perfect for spring summer styling, and is great for layering in autumn and winter.
Here are the three ways I styled the £18 knit – each giving off a totally different vibe.
Punk it up
The lovely GlamGlitzGloss picked me up this Primark boilersuit in the sale for just £3! It’s by far one of the best bargains in my wardrobe, as denim is relatively timeless. This can be worn alone, layered with a baggy knit over the top, or as I’ve styled here, with something colourful underneath.
I rolled the sleeves, and left it slightly unzipped to allow the pink and red stripes to peek through and add a splash of colour.
To add to the punky look, I added my leopard print Dr Martens, which also have pink accents, and a small clutch adorned with stars. The bag was just £3.60 from H.O.P.E in Leek, and makes a great cardholder purse.
Boilersuit – Primark - £3 Jumper – TU Sainsbury’s - £18 Boots – Dr Marten - £135 Bag – H.O.P.E - £3.60 Total: £159.60
The horizontal stripes and red beret, to me, say ‘casual Paris Fashion Week’, with extra femininity with the colours.
I went for a straight leg jean, as I find them more dressy and structured, making them look super chic. My Levi’s were pricy, but I bagged them at outlet price and they’ll last me the whole decade – if not longer.
I paired my beret with the red stripes, and my Reebok trainers with the pink. I initially picked these trainers up from M&M Direct on the cheap to wear at the gym, but they’ve been out on the streets far more times than they’ve seen a treadmill – oops.
Jeans – Levi’s Ribcage - £60 Jumper – TU Sainsbury’s - £18 Trainers – Reebok M&M Direct - £12.99 Beret – Amazon - £5 Total: £95.99
Leather Me Up
By that heading, can you tell I’ve spent far too long browsing the Nasty Gal site? This is the least expensive outfit, but looked the most glam.
This time, I’ve tucked the jumper into my belted vinyl midi skirt. Vinyl – I anticipate – is going to be big this year, since it’s already been sneaking into stores.
Again, I picked out accessories to match the stripes, opting for a red suedette boot and pink saddle style bag.
Vinyl skirt – Topshop - £10 Jumper – TU Sainsbury’s - £18 Boots – Primark - £3 Bag – Primark - £3 Total: £34
Which of the three outfits was your favourite? And how would you style it differently?