I’m quite a competitive person – I’ve been known to sulk after losing a game of Pictionary and once blamed coming 5th in a sports day sack race on ‘the sun in my eyes’. Ahem. So, the raging competitor in me was delighted when SoFeminine.co.uk extended an invite to take part in their fashion blogger challenge. The terms? Swap £50 for a fabulous outfit, bought from the sartorial outlet of your choice.
Armed with my Shopping Survival Kit (£50 cash, a cotton tote, flat shoes and Tic Tacs for sustenance) I hit the high street. But rather than taking the easy route and popping in to one of my (many, admittedly) high street haunts, where a £50 outfit can be accomplished in a matter of minutes, I kept walking. Past Primark, H&M, Zara and Topshop I skipped, nipping down a side alley to reach my final destination – a vintage shop called Mighty Baby.
I chose a vintage shop because they’re notoriously expensive, especially in big cities, and I wanted a real challenge. When the average price of a vintage blouse is around £30, it would take some real rummaging to find a true bargain… wouldn’t it?
Well actually, no. Mighty Baby is one of the cheapest vintage shops I’ve ever been in – almost everything is £10. The rails are packed (and ordered by colour, which was really helpful) with beautiful vintage clothing in pristine condition, and I had my outfit sorted in 20 minutes. Obviously I then spent an hour rifling through the rails for more vintage bargains…
At £25, the dress I chose was one of the most expensive items in the shop. But it’s so beautiful – all carefully draped fabric and pretty pleating. And it fits perfectly, a rarity for vintage clothing which often comes up small. I teamed it with a mini leather satchel, also from Mighty Baby and only £10, and then went on the hunt for a belt.
After half an hour of fruitless searching, I caved and snuck in to my old faithful, Primark. Five minutes and £5 later I emerged with this tasselled affair and after a quick trip to Topshop for more of my favourite lipstick (£8 and an idea I nicked from Ellie, who looks beautiful in her challenge outfit) I had spent up.
I can’t wait to see how my fellow fashion bloggers work this challenge. All entries will be displayed on SoFeminine.co.uk – I’ll let you know when we’re up there so you can choose your favourite.
What do you think – did I spend my £50 wisely? How would you tackle this challenge?