Hello all, I am pleased to come to you today with my first blog post for 2020 which is a look book showcasing outfits I wore over the festive period whilst being confined to a student budget. I set this as a personal challenge for myself to see if I could adopt the habits to become an efficient budgeter overall. I was also intrigued to see what I could come up with seeing that December is usually the month where I suffer from the hugest cash loss overall.
The aim of this was to see how I can achieve clothing combinations without breaking the bank too much. This has involved me reducing my spending on new clothes and shoes as an opportunity to make use of the mountain of clothes I had previously purchased in advance whilst ensuring I have enough for my essential finances. I’m not yet close to doing the 1 year without buying clothes challenge but so far I have done well. It’s always good to go through your wardrobe and see what clothes are hiding and just waiting to be worn (it also gives one an opportunity to get rid of the excess and make some small cash from it!). However, in the event that I have purchased clothes, I have no shame in admitting I have been opting to shop in more student-friendly priced shops whilst utilising my student discount shamelessly (another personal step to becoming a better budgeter). I have also dabbled in buying clothes From AliExpress for the first time (none featured in this post, unfortunately) and the quality of the clothing I received from there had me shook but excited at the same time because now I know that I can look good for less!
A lot of my looks were determined by the hairstyle I was sporting and also the fact that I took a limited amount of clothes home for the holidays so I had to make do with what I had. I did, however, wear a lot of black as it is a safe go-to colour and easy to serve looks with. I also opted to wear a lot more black than usual compared to my previous lookbook. This is because I like wearing black to go out for evening functions as opposed to daytime outings. This season was also a chance for me to experiment more with my eye makeup and I can say that I am getting better slowly but surely in doing more variety instead of sticking to the same browns and pinks.
Mesh Ruffle Top: Femme Luxe Finery
Heels: New Look (similar style HERE)
Fur Coat: ASOS (similar style HERE)
Pink Lurex Bodysuit: Pretty Little Thing (similar style HERE)
Jeans: Noisy May via ASOS
Floral Shoes: Dr Martens via eBay (similar styles HERE)
Leather jacket: Pimkie via ASOS (similar style HERE)
White cowl Bodysuit: Missguided (similar style HERE)
Print Bias Midi Skirt: Primark (similar style HERE)
Perspex Mule Heels: Ego
Trench Coat: Charity Shop
Leather jacket: Same as above
White Turtleneck : ASOS (similar style HERE)
Leather Trousers: Pretty Little Thing (similar style HERE)
Chunky Boots: New Look (similar design HERE)
Navy blazer: Next via eBay (similar style HERE)
Black Knitted Top: Introvert UK Pop Up
Dogtooth trousers: New Look (similar print HERE)
Perspex Mule Heels: Ego
Hair: Same as above
What were your favourite outfits from my budgeter lookbook experiment? What are the tricks you use to look good whilst trying to be a better budgeter?
Until next time