Whenever I’m in central London I always try and pop into one of the flagship Primark stores. They hold the most stock and give you the best chance of finding that item you saw on Instagram (but probably not).
My store of choice is the Tottenham Court Road branch – its less busy than Marble Arch with all those tourists trying to claim their VAT back and although smaller I think holds a better range (or maybe just the VM is better!). I didnt buy a lot this time as I’m trying to edit my overflowing wardrobe but the 3 things I’ve got to show you I think are Summer must haves!
Cotton embroidered Kaftan jacket – £16.00
I saw this in the window and my eyes popped out on stalks like a cartoon character! I’d been trying to justify the £50 Zara version (and couldnt) and this is so similar. I went for a size small as its open fronted with loose sleeves and its is perfect as a summer cover up either over swimwear on the beach or with a white vest, skinny jeans and sandals for a cute daytime look.
Khaki slim leg joggers – £8.00
All the bloggers keep telling me khaki is the new denim and I didnt have anything khaki! These trousers are flattering with an elasticated tie detail waist and slim leg although I found the calf area a little tight so went for a size 12.
Two tone esperadrille pumps – £8.00
When you want Chanel but can only afford Primark… Seriously though, these are a great summer shoe when you dont want to wear sandals and are a casual shoe that still looks stylish.
I also bought black leggings, white t-shirts and some sunglasses cases – you gotta have fresh wardrobe staples each year! But my favourite of the three has to be the shoes…when Primark gets it right, it gets it right! Yes the stores are busy, yes the queues are long but a flagship store is an Aladdins Cave of bargain fashion delights!
All available in store now.
Todays look is based around a vintage buy I fell in love with recently (although my boyfriend did say I reminded him of a member of Duran Duran in it – in a good way allegedly – but we’ll gloss over that) that I just had to wear asap. It cost me just £5.00 in a charity shop and I loved its unique look but also its totally bargain price!
This kind of shirt is perfect when you just want a comfy yet stylish outfit…and you might not be feeling as body confident as you could be (I do suffer from this) – but hey, comfort is always good – no fixed waistbands here! The shirt itself is quite bold but with plain leggings or skinny jeans doesn’t look over the top. A pair of heels dresses it up slightly although flats would work just as well for a more laid back look.
The shirt itself is a voluminous 80’s/early 90’s number and I co-ordinated it with some wet look leggings, block heel sandals and a cheeky novelty clutch bag.
The sandals are a Very.co.uk purchase and have been so useful. They are dressy but comfortable and look great with everything. The bag is from Accessorize and was one of those ‘I have to have it’ purchases. I love a novelty bag and this one makes me happy everytime I use it.
They key to an oversized shirt like this is balance. If its loose on top go tight on the bottom that way you look in proportion and if you’re petite like me, youre not swamped by the volume of the item. Leggings and skinny jeans work perfectly with a look like this.
The shirt came with shoulder pads which I removed. As ever my vision is a modern version of vintage, and a few changes can make a vintage item feel modern. If youre more of a fashion fan than a vintage belle, most vintage items can be improved with a nip or a tuck.
And finally back to those sandals – the gold block heels are EVERYTHING! Plus some matching red/orange nail varnish on my toes carried that bright print through to my feet!
This bold bargain has already become one of my favourite items I own and I literally can’t wait to wear it again.
Shirt – vintage
Wet look leggings – eBay
Sandals – shoebox at Very.co.uk
Bag – Accessorize
Initial cushions £5 each via George Home
They are smaller style cushions – on the website they are described as 30cm x 30cm but are smaller in reality. I’d say more like 20cm x 20cm but very plump. I have to say though, I liked them even more smaller as they dont look too over the top style-wise.
The quality of these cushions are great – I was expecting a printed design but the fronts are a type of needlepoint with plain backs and removable inners so they can be washed.
And here they are! One for Sarah and one for Russ – as you can see I sleep on the left side of the bed 😉Find the whole range here – as well as A- Z there are numbers, a heart, hashtags, ampersands and a question mark!
I’ve not seen these in store (I would imagine thats because theres so many different versions to display) but you can order them in to any local Asda store with a click and collect service for free to save on delivery charges.
Do you love these too? Look out for more things I’ve fallen in love with coming soon…