What would you say if you could go head to head in a style battle for a chance to take home your winning outfit? If you’re like me, the thought of experimenting with new looks on somebody else’s tab is certainly an alluring thought, however, battling it out on stage? Me? I decided being paid to go shopping was too good of an opportunity to miss, even if it did involve a spot of modelling. So, as part of The Mall Blackburn’s second annual Pamper Day, I agreed to be their fashion blogger for Style Wars.
First of all, I’m not a fashion blogger. I’ll firmly state I’m a personal style blogger. My personal style mixes vintage with thrift and high street, topped of with a whiff of affordability. I’m also a personal style blogger saving for a European adventure who just couldn’t turn down a day of paid work that involved shopping.
So, where do you think I went first? You guessed it, Primark.
Pretty in Pastels
First of all, the ‘Pretty in Pastels’ challenge scared the hell outta me. I’ve never worn pastels before. If you’re pale-skinned like me, you may have avoided pastels too for fear of them turning you into a ghost. However, I found wearing blue was my way in. Blue suits most complexions and having dark hair certainly helped. I found this pastel blue dress sidled next to a the pink version for a bargain at £13, stumbling across a pastel pink floral crown…I knew my outfit had started to take shape. What you can’t see in this picture is a pair of nude heels I found in Deichmann for the grand total of £7.49. Bargain!
total: £50.49 (oops)
Oh monochrome, my beloved monochrome. How I love a good monochrome and colour pop ensemble. This outfit took me a total of 15 minutes to find and purchase. First of all, I made the somewhat pricey (for a £50 budget) purchase of this H&M dress. It’s a great take on the ‘little black dress’ and is cut so so well to create a flattering shape. I absolutely adore this Primark clutch bag, as soon as I laid eyes on its polka dot and orange combination I knew it would be coming with me. Mixing colours that you wouldn’t expect has become my favourite way to wear monochrome. When I spied this electric blue necklace, I knew it was the perfect colour clash with the bright orange. I guess I cheated with the shoes, with £7 left I knew I’d find no better.