Saturday, 29 September 2012

A/W Haul, Part Two

This post is a little follow up to my last A/W haul (which mostly featured Primark!).  I decided to hit the shops again last Sunday to buy a few more pieces to add to my work wardrobe -- I wasn't really sure how smart I needed to dress but I decided to buy things I'd wear out of work too.

Houndstooth printed cardigan and jumper from Primark
These two knits are from Primark -- the cardigan is in the same style as a jumper I featured in my last haul, and the houndstooth jumper was just a 'couldn't say no' item to wear with a collared shirt underneath.  They're both ridiculously good quality -- I would really recommend checking out Primark's knitwear for this winter!

White blouses for work wardrobe
The blouse on the left is from H&M, which I will team with the houndstooth jumper!  The sequined/broderie collar stole my heart.  I did buy this in a small, but the width of the blouse is slightly too big for me.... I generally wear this with a high-waisted skirt but the top overhangs a little more than it should.  Still very happy with this purchase though!

On the right is the Zara dupe blouse that I have been waiting aaages for.  I found it going for less than half the price of the Zara one, over on the SheInside website, and I used a discount code too (AND it came with free delivery!).  I had a slight issue with this shirt upon arrival as it had a black mark on the front of it... I'm desperately going to try and scrub this off but the people over at 'SI' kindly offered me a coupon as a sorry gesture.

Winter work wardrobe outfit ideas
I don't think I have bought anything from BHS in the last six years.. but when I went into their shop last weekend, I found so many pretty clothes I wanted for work!  I ended up getting this shift dress (which has a very 'sixties' feel to it) to team with tights and flatforms.  I'm still yet to wear this for work!

The tee on the right is from Topshop and has become my 'cosy' tee..  I did buy this to wear out, but I seem to wear it with my River Island jeggings, Topshop hoodie & cosy socks for lazy days at home mostly.  I was really happy with this buy (!!).  In the past, I have ordered tops from Topshop, thinking they'll be far more over-sized than they are, and they're normally level with my waist.  This top is a really great fit due to the overhanging fabric at the back, making it perfect to wear with black leggings.  I bought this top in a size 8 and I'm around 5ft6 -- a lot of the reviews said they found it very over-sized but they didn't say what size they bought.. so I thought this might help you out a bit :)

Beaded pearl detailing on collar of H&M blouse for work
Lastly, this was my absolute faaavourite A/W buy from both hauls!  I sadly couldn't take a good photo of this.. all of the photos on my camera decided to completely fade out the pearls if I did a full shot of the item.  The top is actually the same style as the other H&M tee in this post, just with a pearl collar instead.  I've already worn this twice for work, the collar detail is so beautiful!

Saturday, 22 September 2012

A/W Clothing Haul, Part One

Work clothing ideas for Winter wardrobe from Primark
I have to say, Primark are doing really well with their A/W clothing range -- the prices have gone up slightly but the quality of their clothing also seems to have gone up with this.  I fell in love with this jumper last week and just HAD to buy it.  I love anything 'Houndstooth' and thought this looked a bit like it.  In my last outfit post, I featured a knitted jumper from Topshop, and I actually think that this Primark knit is a much more flattering fit -- it's still quite oversized but it compliments your body shape much better.  It's very warm, and for £12 (less than HALF the cost of the Topshop jumper!) it's a really great buy for the winter!

I also picked up this patterned top for my work wardrobe -- I start my new job on Monday so I have been frantically trying to find suitable officewear.  I did see this top a few weeks ago in Primark and really ending up regretting not picking it up -- especially after I saw it on Lily's blog!  This will be a top that I'll wear outside of the work place too.  I think this was either £7 or £8...  I stupidly forgot to keep the labels for this post (sorry!)

Peplum tops from H&M and Primark for Winter
Oops, more Houndstooth with this peplum top!

I was really happy to find this in Primark -- I personally normally like my work tops and blouses to be long-sleeved (it also means you don't have to fret too much about what cardi or blazer to throw on with your outfit) so I was pleased that this had slight sleeves to it.  I'm going to be wear this with my trusty black H&M bodycon skirt, with the peplum edge giving me a bit of shape.

Similarly, I will be wearing this floral/paisley printed peplum top to give me some shape -- this one will need a little bit of extra thought with the jacket though!  Again,  I think that both of these tops were £7 or £8 and they are both from Primark.

Peplum style neutral coloured tops for work wardrobe
I'm really sorry if you're not a peplum fan!  It's virtually impossible to get tops in the highstreet stores at the moment that aren't peplum.  I ended up opting for so much of this style, because the only other alternative was sheer blouses -- I cannot stand the sheer trend.  The thought of wearing a sheer blouse just makes me feel uncomfortable and I don't want to have my bra or strappy top on show.  Sadly, the sheer blouses all have such gorgeous prints on them, but I can't wait for thicker blouses to come back into fashion.

These final two peplum tops are from Lavish Alice (left) and H&M (right).  I was really impressed with the Lavish Alice one!  It was actually only £10 in their sale.. and it's gorgeous!  It's made from a pretty thick, stretchy fabric so it can be worn on it's own with a skirt/leggings/trousers for work.  The H&M top cost me £12.99 and it is a lot thinner, but I will team this up with a coloured blazer, leggings and my black Office flatforms most likely!

Primark oversized Tan coloured bag and Essie nail varnish
These are my two favourite buys from the past two weeks -- the Zara-dupe bag from Primark (only £12!) and my carboot sale Essie buy (£1).  The Primark bag came in both black and tan but I always, always opt for a brown bag, so here we go!  And the Essie nail varnish, 'Mink Muffs', was actually the only thing I came away with from the carboot sale but I adore it.  The colour looks like chocolate on your nails and it's very on-trend for this winter!

Have you been prepping for Winter?
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