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You Don’t Need To Spend A Lot Of Money To Dress Well

10 May

I was having lunch with a girlfriend recently when, as it often does, the conversation turned to what we’d recently bought.  (I don’t know about you, but I get so excited when I discover a great bargain or sale, I can’t wait to share it with my family and friends so they can get in on it.  It’s  how “fabulous finds & favourite things” started) 

My friend told me about the incredibly flattering (& comfy) ponte pants she’d picked up from Target and I told her about my recent purchase, which is these (pictured above) Karen Millen shoes that were on sale for $29, originally $245 at the DFO at Southwharf.  (You can see them better here

During the conversation it dawned on me that what I was wearing at the time, consisted of all pieces that were sale items or cheapo finds.  In fact the whole outfit, other than my bag, rings and sunglasses, cost me approx. $100 in total.

When I told my friend that I was dressed head to toe in bargains, she suggested I should take a  pic and share it with you guys, so that you could see that you don’t necessarily need to spend a lot of money to dress well.  (For those wondering,  no, it’s not going to become a regular thing of me showing you what I wear.  This is just a random, once off. We all know that after this experience “modelling” is not really my thing & considerably beyond my comfort zone)

My chambray shirt is from the Emerson range at Big W and cost me $25.  I bought my pants at the Country Road sale for about $60.  My belt is also Country Road and I got it at one of the DFO’s for $9 and my espadrilles are from ASOS and they cost me $7.

I certainly do have some expensive designer clothes in my wardrobe but I don’t think you need to dress head to toe in clothes that cost you a lot of money.  In fact, I prefer not to.  For me, I find it much more interesting, challenging and creative, to wear a mix of things that I’ve bought in supermarkets, boutiques in Paris and from the odd op shop.

Thank you to my lovely friend Karen, (aka Planet Kaz) for taking the photo.


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How To Wear Bright Orange Sneakers

3 Feb

After I wrote about my orange sneakers (that I bought for $8 in the kids department at Target) I received an email from one of my clients saying,

“Hi Meaghan,  I love your new orange sneakers, they’re a great color, but I have no idea how I’d wear them.  Do you think I could…or do you think I’m too old for them?”

It occurred to me, after I read my clients email, that if she was thinking that, then others might be too.  So I thought I’d show you a few ways I’ve worn them.

In the photo above I’ve teamed them with a River Island sequined top.  On sale at ASOS here. And a very old pair of grey skinny chinos I bought in Paris.

Here I’ve put them with white Topshop Baxter jeans, a navy & white striped tee from GAP and a Sass & Bide denim shirt.

The photo’s not fabulous but it’s attempting to show you that I wore them with Country Road zip ankle jeans, a navy (several seasons old)  Topshop shrunken blazer (that I bought with brown buttons & swapped to gold)  and an Emerson for Big W navy t-shirt.

This look, which I only wear around the house, is a pair of Paper Denim & Cloth cut-off denim shorts (originally a pair of jeans)  and an Emerson for Big W chambray shirt.

I hope that gives you some ideas for wearing a pair of bright casual sneakers.  Want more outfit ideas follow my Pinterest boards here

I’d love to know – did anyone go and buy the orange sneakers after they read about them on my blog or were you like my lovely client and worried about how you’d wear them (or if they were age appropriate)?

…& F.Y.I. if you wear them in your own way, adapt them to your personal style and you feel great while you’re wearing them, I don’t think you’re ever too old for colored sneakers.

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