Monday, 16 July 2018

£25 Outfit Challenge With Clarks Village

 

Clarks Village is a place that I associate with my childhood. I have so many memories of car journeys down the M5 to buy new school shoes during summer holidays. I even bought my prom dress there. And who could forget the Cadbury's outlet shop? As a kid, I was in awe of this place. It was like chocolate heaven. It was full to the rim with every chocolate bar known to man and even had a little chocolate train that would chug along over your head. What kid wouldn't love that?





















So, when I saw Clarks Village were looking to work with bloggers for their 25th anniversary, I knew I couldn't let this opportunity slip between my fingers. I pitched to them the idea of doing a £25 outfit challenge and, much to my delight, they got back in touch saying yes!

I haven't actually been to Clarks Village since I was 16 (many moons ago) so I was excited to see if it was as good as I remember. In all honesty, it was better! There are now more chocolate shops (including a Lindt outlet shop that do pick and mix truffles) which I was very happy about and an awesome pasty shop. Most of the same clothing shops are there but I especially loved browsing in Sugarhill Boutique, Yumi, and Next (which stocked reduced items from brands like Boohoo and Pretty Little Thing as well as their own range). So, I was quietly confident that I would be able to get a full outfit for the £25 and a cute outfit at that.





The first place I looked in was Next as both my parents and my grandparents told me that this was going to be the best place to find a whole outfit within budget. They were right. After about 10 minutes I found this burnt orange leopard print shirt and absolutely fell in love with it. They only had it in a size 8 but I didn't want to let it go so I vowed I would squeeze myself into it by any means possible. I decided that this shirt would look great with a black skirt and shortly found a very wide range of black leather skirts. I chose this shiny fake leather skirt as I thought it was more interesting than just a regular, non-shiny one and I knew these items would look awesome together - albeit slightly Kat Slater-esque. The shirt and the skirt were £6 each bringing my total to £12 so far.



I then headed off in search of shoes and accidentally fell into the Body Shop outlet store where I stocked up on my go-to matte tea tree foundation for £7 instead of the usual £10. I may have also found Ava the cutest little jumpsuit and sunhat set in M&S for £6. But the shoes were definitely still on my mind.

Unfortunately, I didn't find any shoes that fit within my budget. I did find some gorgeous black boots for £24 but I decided to leave them there in favour of a yellow striped t-shirt from Sugarhill Boutique (for just £19!). The shoes I am wearing with this are old Primark heeled boots which, I believe, I bought for £15 which brings our total to £27. Slightly over budget but not far off which shows that you really can put together a smashing outfit on a budget. Especially if you live near Clarks Village.


Disclaimer: the outfit pictured was bought using a gift card gifted to me by Clarks Village
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  1. Get you pitching away, well done Lauren!! I love the outfit you put together, it's like Kat Slater got a high flying marketing job haha!

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    1. I love that - that would be my daily aesthetic if I owned enough leopard print, haha

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  2. Great post - I'm so impressed with how gorgeous the outfit is (and the budget that you spent on it) :) Your pictures are very nice - that Ben and Jerry's truck is so adorable! Thanks for sharing!
    -Jenna <3
    Follow me back? The Chic Cupcake

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    1. Thank you! I was surprised that I could find such lovely things on that budget too tbh

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  3. I've never been to Clarks Village, or actually heard of it before, but it sounds amazing! I honestly love the outfit you got! It looks so good on you, total power outfit! Can't believe that the top and skirt were only £6 each. Also your photos are utterly beautiful.
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

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    1. Thank you! I was shocked at the quality of some of the low priced stock there tbh - definitely would go there a lot more often if I lived a little closer

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  4. Loved this! I've never heard of Clarks Village before but it sounds SO affordable and I need to do a trip!

    Love your outfit too!

    Char xo || www.memoirsmusings.com

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