Scouting for Bargains

So, you want designer chic without that eye-watering, gut-wrenching behemoth of a credit card bill flopping onto your doormat come the month’s end like an A5 bête noire mailed direct from the festering bowels of Hell? Welcome to my world where the pinched penny is King: it’s time to get down to some hardcore worship at the shrine of fast fashion (leave your petty prejudices at the door people…label-phobia is so noughties).

Lets talk sugary-sweet Sunday Best in cotton candy pinks and powder puff blue a la Christopher Kane’s gingham girlies…

Christopher Kane s/s 2010

New Look’s lookalikey: fifties-bustier, over sized check…softly, softly pastel-pink…£20

Lipsy: check halterneck £50 (love the button detailing – totally kawaii!)

Miss Selfridge’s red version £35 (for those out of love with muted hint-of-a-shade pastels)

Ways to Wear…

Think fifties pin-up meets Lolita on a lazy day in the country and look for straw hats (wide-brimmed or classic boaters are the most versatile trend-wise), oversized gingham checks and prissy retro cuts…if you want to take it super saccharine a pair of heart-shaped sunnies is a must

ASOS: straw Boater with coral band £15

Toughen-up with a biker jacket and stacked heels for a punky twist. Style-savvy shoppers should look out for a/w’s ankle boot cannily ventilated for s/s with peep-toes and sexy cut-aways…did I mention they’re set to be hot for a/w 2010 too? (As is the sock-sandal combo – good news for toes on those chilly autumn eves!)

Office: Morse Zip Bootee £40

Or why not rework the look adding faded denim micro shorts, tan leather accessories and a pair of prairie scuffed boots to gingham and lace and nail the urban cowgirl trend Daisy Duke style.

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