I’m trying really, really hard this season to budget my money, in the run up to Christmas and pre-empting the amazing gifts I’m going to be buying everyone means I don’t have a lot of money going spare for me to treat myself with. I still want to keep up with trends though, and today I’m going to share a few of my favourite trends that I’ve managed to bag on a budget.
Most of the time, I will hunt for the cheapest option possible, but, as someone who hate physical, in-store shopping, my options are limited. I also prefer to buy literally everything on ASOS because of that free next day delivery, but that’s not always the most budget-friendly place. eBay and Depop have become my best friends, I love being able to find some amazing pieces at less than half the price.
Primark is one of the more budget friendly high street stores, whilst still maintaining trendy products. At the Busy B event last month, one of the girls had the dreamiest teddy coat on and because I’d had a glass of prosecco and felt mildly confident, my opener was “WHERE did you get that coat?!” – Primark. Shook. I managed to grab the last small size in my local store and I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy in my whole life; I genuinely haven’t taken it off since I got it. At £25, it’s a beautiful style steal and the quality is above the price, which can be a bit of a hit or a miss in Primark but I got pretty lucky this time round. The best part is it’s SO warm. It makes a nice change from having to choose between being stylish or warm, and almost always making the wrong choice. I didn’t think I’d be able to pull it off, but I genuinely think it looks really good. I felt so high-end pairing it with my red boots, which are actually just from Asda, and it doesn’t have to be a fancy coat. I’ve worn it with jeans and a jumper most of the time, normally all black so I can make the coat the focal piece of the outfit.
I’m gonna cheat a little bit and include a dress I got in the Black Friday sales – so although it’s no longer a budget buy, they were for me. Is that even allowed??? Oh well, I’ve already done the photos. It’s from Missguided, who had the best Black Friday sale in the entire world, not even joking. 50% off EVERYTHING. I was supposed to be on a spending ban/trying to save what little money I had left but I just couldn’t let a deal like that go by without getting some things. I was actually a bit unsure about it at first, it’s a white jumper dress with a tie round the middle, which shapes it more like a skater dress. I initially tried to tie the ties like a bow which looks bloody ridiculous so don’t do it, but I like that the ties bring your waist in because I find dresses with a bit more shape suit me a lot more, hence why I’ve been kinda resisting jumper dresses that are’t bodycon or can’t be shaped with a belt.
eBay is always associated with secondhands pieces, and people usually flock to Depop for those sorts of things now, but a lot of stock on eBay is actually independent stores selling amazing pieces at low prices. I’ve been completely obsessed with Stranger Things recently, I made it through the whole 2 seasons in about a week and then rewatched them just for fun. So I was feeling festive and loving Stranger Things, and I thought “I know what I need! A Stranger Things Christmas jumper.” And I found the perfect one on eBay. It’s not too obvious, but if you’ve watched the show you’ll get it – it has Eggos, compasses, the kids on the bikes, then Will and the Demagorgon in the Upside Down. I love it a ridiculous amount and may not wear many other items of clothing in December.
The last item I’m gonna share is one that I’ve been so excited about since I placed the order – I’d been admiring teddy coats for the longest time, I was unsure if I could pull one off but in comes eBay again with the cheap, good quality dupes for your favourite items of clothing. I don’t really have any nice black warm jackets so alongside the famous tan teddy coat, I opted for black as well. I was unsure of it at first because it looked massive, but after getting reassurance from literally everyone and wearing it out, I’ve become obsessed with it. I genuinely think I’ll never take it off. Because it is so oversized, it makes it perfect for layering up with loads of jumpers and scarves and I feel so lovely and snug in it.
Where’s your favourite place to go for cosy items?