Let’s talk fashion.
One thing that I have learnt about motherhood is that you tend to put yourself second to your children. In my pre-children life, I would not even think twice about buying a pair of £200 boots and you could often find me wandering around a shopping centre trying to find a bargain. After having children this all stopped, as I quickly figured out that £200 was a week’s nursery fees for one child and that I now had a nursery pick up curfew. For me, charity shops, jumble sales, eBay and car boot sales are now the norm when I’m considering updating my wardrobe. The amount of bargains that you can acquire always gets me excited and has me in awe. I get a sense of euphoria when someone compliments my outfit and I know that I only paid pennies for it. Shopping in this manner helps ensure that, as a family, we are able to maintain the lifestyle that we have become accustomed to but can still save money. Despite my savvy second hand shopping, there are still times when I need or want to go to the shops. I was desperate for a new coat, as the one I was using was practically disintegrating after 6 years’ wear. I found a lovely coat in Zara and hit the after Christmas sales to ensure that I was able to purchase it in an affordable manner.
As a person, I want my clothes to fit well, be timeless and last. As mother of two, I want my clothes to be practical, well made, quick and easy to purchase and affordable. So I thought I would share how I find a balance, especially when I either cannot find what I want second hand or do not want to shop on the second hand market. The answer – a Personal Stylist.
In this respect I’m lucky, as in my workplace I am blessed to have Runway Rus, who in my eyes is the ultimate shopper. I have never seen this lady wear an outfit twice and she always looks fabulous! When I told her my dilemma she was more than happy to share her fashion expertise, and she has not only provided her top tips for us busy women, but also put together some reasonably priced on-trend outfits that are affordable and can be worn by anyone.
So I am Runway Rus – doing a colab with the wonderful Mummy, Ru&Ri. Below is a list of outfits that I have attached links to, which are extremely versatile for work and casual wear. You have probably seen that leather is very much ‘In Season’. It can make anyone feel glamorous, whether you decide to dress down (with a pair of trainers) or glam up for work or evening wear, whether it be date night or night out with the girls.
Below is a link of spring’s ‘Must Haves’ that you can mix and match depending on the weather.
Runway Rus’s Top Tips
- Download shop apps on your phone and add items onto your saved list so you can see what has gone down in the sale – make a wish list.
- Although certain items may be trending, do not buy as they may not be timeless and may go out of fashion (e.g. Aztec print, Kick flare trousers). Buy clothes that you know will last many seasons.
- Quality over price – do not buy a lot of outfits from the sale just because the price is low.
- Ask family or friends for student discounts or look online for voucher codes.
- If clothes or shoes are out of stock on a particular store’s website, try Asos, Zalando or Shopstyle – as they stock a mass of generic brands.
- Leave a pair of heels in the office- which will go with every outfit. They could come in handy for those rare after-work dinners or an important meeting.
- Try to buy clothes that do not need to be ironed, i.e. polo-necks, ribbed materials. This will save you time in the morning or evening having to undertake this chore.
Runway Rus – as outfit inspiration
Links to products mentioned:
Knitted Polo Neck Jumper – £24.99
Leather-Look Trousers £30.00
White T-shirt £6.00
Checked Blazer £36.00
Checked Trousers £15.50
Tailored Beige Coat – £129.00
Pointed Mules £40.00
White Trainers £12.00
I hope you found this article useful, especially the colab. What fashion hacks do you use to make your life easier? Please let me know below.
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