I'm pretty guilty of impulse purchases. The problem with living in the city centre is that it is just too easy to "just have a look" and walk out with a ton of shopping bags and a noticeably smaller bank balance. It's not entirely practical especially when you're on a budget. My beautiful Betty and I are were challenged by St Enoch Centre to pull a quick day to night look for under £100. Natch my choices were about dance optimisation and hangover care.
Necklace - Primark
Jumper - H by Henry Holland for Debenhams*
T-shirt - Pulp*
Skirt - Dorothy Perkins*
Socks - Dorothy Perkins*
Shoes - H by Henry Holland for Debenhams *
Bag - Lulu Guinness
Basically it's about shopping smart, and for me that meant employing the rule of thumb of "will it go with at least 3 things in my wardrobe." It's hardly the most exciting way to shop but if you're proper skint, it's a good way to make sure you're getting your best price by wear.
The big purchase for me was my boots eating up nearly half the budget (luckily there was a cheeky 20% off) but I've already worn them a ton. They are total witchy ankle boots and perfect for dancing and Glasgow weather. I managed to play about with the rest of my outfit by snapping up a wee sale purchase from Dorothy Perkins and a quirky printed tee from Pulp. Shopping outside of my usual shops helped me find some right wee beauts (seriously, how amazing are those little zombie hands?) and give my wardrobe a much needed refresh. It was also kind of nice to find everything under one roof rather than trawling about the city.
For the full run down of the challenge you can deek Betty & I's article for Scotcampus and video on our retail adventures. What do you think? Could you do better?