Three Budget Outfits To Take You Through Spring Summer

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Hello, hello! It’s been a while hasn’t it? Two whole months ago, in fact. I feel like I left abruptly on a heavy note but I assure you it wasn’t intentional. What with the whole scandal involving the infamous theme provider, the convoluted redesign of my blog that provoked more pandemonium than it did pleasure, and my living life in the fast lane (that’s right, I actually have a life and a stable work from home job, now) it’s all been a pretty chaotic several weeks, We’ve had Spring roll in faster than a fascist scampering down the street douched in milkshake, a hint of Summer along the way, and then an unsettled in-between which has left me scrutinising my wardrobe like The Grinch, his dressing debacle, and the scheduled staring into the abyss.

That’s not the only thing uninspired, however. My natural sartorial senses have been wavering but my writers motivation has been fatally struck by a sledge hammer of imposter syndrome. I feel as though I’ve lost my way. Putting fingers to keyboard letters feels foreign. It’s been so long since I crafted a blog post that my brain’s merged together to form nothing but gobbledegook. Never the less, there’s nothing quite like a brief styling guide to help me slide back on the wagon without impending dynamite on the track line following behind. Revisiting my old posts during my overhaul left me questioning my status in the modern blogosphere. Circa 2013-16 was cringe worthy levels of crap and had me wishing I could eradicate the lot and start afresh. Take the substandard quality and modify it to glossy, refined, coffee-table magazine level of attention grabber. And that’s what I intend on bringing to the table in this update. Starting with going back to my routes, incorporating more (note: better) style posts over on this creative space instead of solely debuting it over on my Insta. Reduced resolution doesn’t quite have the same effect and you all know how much I love my words…

girl stationary posed direct at the camera in polka dot mini Spring Summer dress with belt
girl holding on to belt modelling a Spring Summer polka dot dress

DRESS – C/O EVERYTHING 5 POUNDS, BELT & EARRINGS – PRIMARK, SHOES – LAST YEAR H&M, HAIR CLIP – EBAY

girl with hands behind back posing in a Spring Summer polka dot dress

Let’s start with the essential mini dress* shall we?! With its straight silhouette, stretchy fit and dreamy double print it’s the all duty Spring Summer dress that’ll do the job come rain or shine.

The polka dot love affair doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon and I ain’t the slightest bit mad about it. Having two kinds of bespattered spots to choose from is bound to make the hazy mist haunting your inner wardrobe choices scour because nothing says buh-bye style rut than fun times two.
I’m totally obsessed with the pop of navy against the solid white and how the change in speckle size compliment against each other. The flattering square neck, ruched sleeves, and frilled bottom is the final piece of the flirty meets chic puzzle. It’s the staple, simple, show off, Spring Summer dress we all need to whip out when we want to make an effort without really thinking about it.
As for styling, I obviously opted for throwing in some more circle shaped accessories with some more contrast because too many tones and textures just doesn’t exist in my world. A pair of slip-ons alone is suitable enough for a pleasant, sunny day but if there’s a brief chill in the air then it’s as easy enough to chuck on a boxy jacket and conceal the bare legs with some knee highs. To say you’ll only be breaking the bank with a fiver, there’s a real budding future for this little number.

girl holding on to belt modelling a Spring Summer polka dot dress against blue backdrop
girl holding bottom of Spring Summer polka dot dress whilst looking at the camera
girl with hands behind back showing off Spring Summer polka dot dress
girl in Spring Summer polka dot dress posing whilst looking on to the side

girl stood on cobbled street showing off spring summer outfit
walking shot of girl on cobbled street showing off spring summer outfit

JACKET & BAG – C/O EVERYTHING 5 POUNDS, TOP – & OTHER STORIES, SKIRT – NASTY GAL, BOOTS – EBAY

girl wearing tiger embroidered jacket, denim skirt, and squiggle top aka spring summer outfit

Next on the Spring Summer schedule and moving down on the temperature scale is a go to outfit that equips you practically and contemporarily. I knew as soon as I took one glimpse at this Kenzo inspired beauty* I wanted to layer it with a funky retro print and some basic denim. I could have switched the skirt for my favourite jeans (which are far and few in-between let me tell you) but for those Spring Summer in-between days, it’s the perfect chance to reveal those pasty knees.

This jacket is one of those superior finisher pieces which is light enough to prevent sweltering and .dense enough to stop you from catching a cold. Casual but with a twist. Contrast lining with the most delightful embroidery. It’s actually different to any colour I’d go for – darker and rustier – but I’m very much digging the brown-ish khaki. The golden warm tones even mixed with a lighter tan shade on the handbag strap making the outfit just fall into place so naturally – and it fast become an ensemble I’d frame on the mantelpiece.

With squiggles, stripes and all things nice, it’s the sort of seamless combination I’d wear for a casual Spring Summer do; either out shopping or for a few drinks or just for a quick dash around town marvelling in the fact you know you’re owning that out of office trend. Totally durable and seasonally appropriate; one of those outfits I’d always find myself going back to. Like the snaky ex I never had.

close up shot of girl in spring summer tiger jacket looking off to side
girl stood on cobbled street showing off spring summer outfit

 

 

 

 

girl stood on cobbled street showing off spring summer outfit
low angle shot of girl wearing spring summer khaki tiger jacket with round striped bag
girl stood on cobbled street showing off spring summer outfit
close up shot of girl stood on cobbled street showing off spring summer outfit
girl stood on cobbled street showing off spring summer outfit holding jacket between hands

full length shot of girl stood against wall mural in check jacket star flares spring summer outfit
full length shot of girl stood near wall mural in check jacket star flares spring summer outfit

TRENCH – C/O EVERYTHING 5 POUNDS, FLARES – NASTY GAL, POLO NECK – FREE PEOPLE, BOOTS – OLD PRIMARK, NECKLACES – ASOS

close up shot of girl in pink polo neck and spring summer check trench jacket

Now we’re moving in to the “by gum it’s breezy, can you believe this time last week it was 20 degrees and now it’s 13” bog-standard Brit territory. I always consider a trusty trench coat* the meeting halfway recipe to balance. The delicate material leaves room for any sweaters to go underneath or you can just leave it as it is; protective on the surface, multifaceted, and a hella outerwear icon.

It’s common knowledge I’m partial to a dramatic print clash that I never thought I’d pull off in the past. Truth is, to the flavourless strangers  I probably still don’t but to me; what matters is I now dress as my heart desires and that’s to be intrepidly loud and bold and typically a little bit 70s. (And nothing says 70s like a plum check explosion and some star flares.)
This is one of those jackets that can be styled as plainly or as wild as you’d like. Cinched at the waist with a tie belt so you can alter it to your level of loose. An everyday garment that jazzes up achromatic shades and when paired with a variety pack of pinks quite surprisingly works out as the envisioned masterpiece. Ankle boots carry you through all year round and these pointed magenta beauties are the ones I always go to when I want to conquer that completed costume. If I must say so myself, a job well done. If you want to nail the covered up Spring Summer outfit – I gotchu.

full length shot of girl stood sideways at wall mural in check jacket star flares spring summer outfit

girl stood posing in spring summer pink check trench jacket and star flares
girl stood in spring summer pink check trench jacket squinting from the sun

girl stood in spring summer pink checked trench jacket with sun shining
close up shot of girl against wall mural in spring summer pink checked jacket

full length shot of girl against wall mural in check jacket star flares spring summer outfit with leg lifted
What’s your favourite?