What I Wore :: Debt Free Direct’s Supermarket Challenge

If you were given £70 to spend on clothes, what would you buy? When Debt Free Direct challenged me to see if supermarket brands cut it in the style stakes, my question was, ‘Can supermarket brands rival our high street and designer favourites?’ Armed with virtual cash, I went to find out.

For this challenge, I was given £70 to buy one outfit. However, all items had to be purchased from supermarket brands. I wanted to create an on-trend outfit that stayed true to my personal style but pushed my fashion boundaries. I also wanted each piece to become a staple within my wardrobe. Asking for too much? Probably. With the boy and I’s first anniversary approaching and the spending ban still in force, I wanted to invest in a date night outfit. 

First stop, George at Asda. I’m no stranger to George’s quirky G21 range, their penchant for polka dots, bright colours and patterns have made them a firm favourite of mine over the years. A new leather look jacket has been on my wishlist since the spending ban began, so I was smitten when I saw this embroidered leather look jacket. The Aztec embroidery combined with the detailing of the gold zip makes it look so much more than its £30 price tag. It’s already made a home for itself in my wardrobe, you’ll find it nestled within the pretty dresses. It mightn’t be leather, but you’d have to get real close to find out. 

Now that I’m stepping over the twenties threshold, the classic styling of F&F at Tesco is slowly creeping into my wardrobe. As I was doing my weekly food shop, trying as always to avoid the clothes department, this neon yellow strappy camisole caught my eye and whispered possibilities of monochrome dreams. It’s not usually a colour I’d wear, but at £8 I’m willing to be adventurous. 


Also from the F&F, I picked up this jacquard skater skirt. Yes, I know, a monochrome heart print isn’t exactly a far stretch for me. However, a skirt is. At some point, I’ve stopped buying skirts. Nobody told me, I figured this out for myself during a my thighs are too big for skinny jeans strop. Skirts are my friend, so I’m making a conscious effort to include them more. This skirt is cut so well for my curvy shape. The material is thick enough to hang well and maintain the decency I have left. Even though I’m petite, it’s the perfect length. I’m already planning to rework this skirt for a daytime look with a pretty neon pink jumper. 

Of course, no outfit is complete without jewellery. When faced with the decision of whether to buy a pair of shoes or a statement necklace with the remaining money, I chose the necklace. I already have heels, boots and ballet pumps to see me through for the next few years, why buy something I don’t need? The clean cut lines of this £8 F&F necklace make it such a classic piece, I’ve worn is numerous times already. Unfortunately, it’s only available to buy in store.

With a total spend of £62, here’s the date night look I created:


Is buying budget clothes a good way of saving money? If you ask me, yes. This experience has taught me that mixing supermarket brands into our wardrobes is just one of many clever ways to shop. Whilst you mightn’t feel comfortable dressed head to toe in supermarket names, mixing the occasional on trend piece into a high street or designer wardrobe can save you money. With a mortgage to pay, it’s certainly a tip I’ll be keeping in mind. If you’re looking for clever suggestions to save even more money, why not check out Debt Free Direct’s handy guide to making money go further
 
What’s your verdict? 
Can you look stylish in supermarket clothes if you just style them right?

As always, much love,
*Post produced in collaboration with Debt Free Direct*
 
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