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Designer looks on a budget

Hi guys, sorry it’s been a while since I last posted! Initially I set myself the goal of writing at least a blog post a week, to stay consistent and keep you updated. However, those weeks turn into fortnights and, before I know it, we’re into another month and I’ve fallen a little behind. That being said, here is July - my favourite month! July is a month that is always jam-packed with gigs, long summer evenings and birthdays (my own included!)

With this in mind, I hit the shops to find some new pieces to add to my wardrobe that would be appropriate for the busy month I have ahead. Usually when I take to the high street I have specific items in mind, I go in with a ‘shopping list’ if you like. But, oh no, not this time. I entered every shop with an open mind, and visited the fitting room to try everything on (something I can never usually be bothered to do, oops). After an hour or two, and many shopping bags later, I stumbled into Topshop, where I first lay eyes on the key piece that inspired the outfit in this post.

As mentioned previously, July is my birthday month and I always aspire to find the perfect outfit that I feel sassy, confident and my absolute best self to wear on the day. Last year was a big one for me - my 21st - and I was so, so lucky to have been gifted a beautiful Vivienne Westwood dress. Although, this year I am not so fortunate therefore I had to work a bit harder to get an outfit to match up to last year. Introducing.... designer looks on a budget!

Positioned directly in front of the main doors of the store, this midi skirt immediately grabbed my attention! First of all was the style - anyone who knows me is aware of my love for midi length skirts. Second was the colour, the beautiful cobalt blue shade is not one I have in my wardrobe, so there is definitely a gap there. The bright yellow and red running through compliment the blue so much, and provide more exciting options for fun accessories to pair with. Then it struck me that the style of the skirt is very reminiscent of something that would be designed by Vivienne Westwood, and that was the decider that this skirt was coming home with me.

With the skirt being quite busy in its colour and pattern, anyone could simply team it with a plain body, or turtleneck jumper, but ‘plain’ isn’t very me - and I had the perfect idea to upgrade this look from high street to designer-looking in the form of this War Child tee. When I saw the advertisement on Facebook (seriously though, how do they read your mind like that!?) I couldn’t quite believe my eyes! A high end designer, collaborating with an incredible charity, with a price tag affordable by all? It sounds too good to be true. I knew this tee had to be mine - not to mention the red scribbles (designed by Vivienne herself) are the perfect shade of red to match my dream Topshop midi. And here, we have the formation of an outfit coming together!

Now for the finishing touches..... naturally I added my Roman 3-strap sandals, the most luxurious footwear I own as they go with everything and are comfortable enough to celebrate in all day! I also removed the tie belt that comes with the skirt and added my a chunky belt to give a ‘punk’ vibe to the whole look, as well as adding to the whole designer feel. Throw in my beloved red Dr Martens handbag and there it is, I couldn’t be happier with the final result.

An expensive looking outfit at a fraction of the price, with a portion of the t-shirt sales heading off to charity - that is guilt free shopping at its finest! I can’t wait to rock this look on my birthday, as well as many more celebrations to come, I hope you all love it just as much as I do.


Until next time,

T-shirt - War Child / Vivienne Westwood

Skirt - Topshop

Belt - Vivienne Westwood

Shoes - Vivienne Westwood

More about War Child - Here

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