Post # 1
Hello! It’s my bday and I’ve got a budget! Yay! I don’t spend much on clothes ever. I like to dress nicely, cheaply. I live in France, and I’m trying to dress a bit nicer and more feminin as is the norm here. I received 100 in gift cards (can be used in many different stores), 20 from parents and 100 from inlaws. I am a teacher for adults in different companies, young and petite. I like form fitting cute things. Some stores around here are cameiau, mango, esprit, h and m..
What kind of things would you buy for the working year with 200 euros? I think I would prefer lots of pieces, but mix and match (I often buy things I don’t have any to wear with…). I have some pencil skirts, mustard skinny jeans, cute black leather ankle boots, dressy sandles, black wedges, a few pencil skirt type dresses (all black). A red mini skirt, a purple silk mini skirt…one black blazer. I kind of like the way J’s Everyday Fashion dresses.
Give me some tips, and we can all share…I’ll help you too! 🙂
Maybe I should wait until I have more inspiration, but all the clothing stores have massive sales this month!!
Post # 2
This is a great jacket especially for spring and summer which can be combined with any of your black dresses to give them a new lease on life and making them look less dull (extra points if you add a statement necklace, some great heels and a messy braided updo):<br /><br />http://www.hm.com/es/product/28131?article=28131-A
Since it is a neutral colour it will also go with all the different colour bottoms you have. I would also get a nice neutral top to go with all the coloured bottoms you have. For example you red mini skirt, black ankle boots, black tights (opaque) a neautral top and either your black blazer or a cute leather jacket (or the H and M one shown) would be a great Autumn look. (Even better with a berry coloured lipstick to match the skirt and cute wavy hair).
If that isn’t conservative enough for your line of work, you could wear a neutral pencil skirt with cute comfortable low heels, a slightly messy ballerina bun (or low pony), with a light jacket (like the one shown), with a top with a splash of colour. (Something like this…)
If I were you… I would buy several staples that you can mix and match with your other clothes… a good pair of jeans, a neutral jacket/blazer, a neutral top etc, then layer that idea with some accesories that you can also mix and match and then you can choose some unique pieces… a dress in a colour you love, a patterned skirt, a coloured jacket etc… which would match with the various staples you would have bought (and you can also add a vibrant blazer to your black skirts for example). That way you can use the clothes you already have…
I personally love Zara, Bershka (some items are super wacky but others have a young feel), most have free shipping when you spend an x amount and you can usually return them even if they are on sale. I would recommend making a short list of say 3 items you really want and 3 items you really need, looking for those (trying them on etc) and then if you have money left over (you surely will) then buying the rest of stuff you’d like. You can online shop too, I find that even if I actually go to the shop, if I’ve researched what I want before hand I am less likely to impulse buy and more likely to buy what I actually need. <br /><br />Hope it helps
Post # 3
your* neutral* … sorry for the rest of typos too!
Post # 4
I would buy a bunch of basics in neutral colors. Black skinny jeans, black pointy toed flats, striped tees, and a grey, white, and black tee. Spend on quality items that have a great fit. I would rather wear the same pair of jeans everyday than a bunch of ill fitting ones in different colors. If you have extra money I would get a pair of blue jeans, a white pair and a great bag in a neutral color.
Post # 5
So…obviously I didn’t read either of your excellent replies (thank you verrrry much!), because when I was out with a friend today I bought these shoes! They are crazy!
However, it helped me discover a great shoe store with good deals (i got these for 26 euros instead of 50). They are really comfy, fun (nicer than the pic I feel) and can go with jeans or dresses, skirts…
So, back to the drawing board re. getting something not crazy! I don’t need anything else that makes just half an outfit haha.