Biba leopard print top Marks and Spencer metallic leather skirt

You probably know by now that I buy a lot of my clothes on Ebay – I’ve found some really amazing bargains there, as well as tracking down sold out and out of season pieces. Admittedly it is a bit of gamble, especially if it’s not a brand you’re too familiar with, but sometimes it’s worth the risk – you can always relist it if it’s not suitable. Today’s outfit features not one, but two items from Ebay: the top and the skirt, which cost around £20 in total, including postage.

The Marks and Spencer metallic leather skirt was a real gem of a find – it wasn’t something I was looking for but when I saw it I immediately added it to my watch list…

The Marks and Spencer metallic leather skirt was a real gem of a find – it wasn’t something I was looking for but when I saw it I immediately added it to my watch list, fully expecting it to sell for anything up to £50. To my delight I snapped it up for £12 plus £4 postage! I was fairly confident it would fit ok as I have many items from M&S, although I wasn’t sure about what to wear with it. After picking out a few different sweaters and tees I settled on this Biba leopard print sheer top. It has a smattering of turquoise which co-ordinates with the skirt, while the orange provides contrast. A metallic leather skirt paired with a brightly coloured leopard print top is quite a statement-making outfit so I chose shoes in a predominantly nude shade with just a little orange to compliment the top.

Marks and Spencer metallic leather skirt Biba leopard print top

Ravel nude and coral mules

Marks and Spencer leather metallic skirt Biba leopard print top

Blue snakeprint Mary Portas messenger bag

M&S leather metallic skirt Biba leopard print topSkirt: Autograph range at Marks & Spencer, top: Biba, bag: Mary Portas for House of Fraser, shoes: Ravel, sunglasses: Roberto Cavalli.

 

Since we took these photos the weather has taken a turn for the worse…rain, hail, sleet and snow…we’ve had the lot so it may be some time before I get to wear this outfit again! It’s back to boots and tights for a while!

 

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Clemens en August belted dress

A classic black dress is the obvious choice for a Valentine’s Day outfit, some might say a cliche even, but the LBD will never let you down. This Clements en August dress is a little bit different in that it has an unusual style of belt…it has those plastic clips that you find on backpacks and child seats – quirky huh? The belt feeds through loops on the drapey section to keep it in place. I bought the dress a few years ago in one of the Outnet’s legendary flash sales, which is where I also scored the Charlotte Olympia heels (although not at the same time). The heels are called “Wild at Heart” which makes me love them even more! They are perfect for Valentine’s Day, not just because they are so gorgeous, but because by the end of the evening you’ll want to be swept off your feet…these shoes may look pretty but they are definitely not for walking in!

By the end of the evening you’ll want to be swept off your feet…these shoes may look pretty but they are definitely not for walking in!

I don’t wear big heels very often these days, but I’ll make an exception for shoes this beautiful every once in a while. I’d normally restrict myself to just one statement piece in an outfit but as it’s Valentine’s Day I’m pulling out all the stops and wearing my Angel Jackson bag. I love the bright colours and the chic chain handle!

Clemens en August dress

Charlotte Olympia Wild at Heart heels

Angel Jackson bag

Charlotte Olympia Wild at Heart shoes

Clemens en August black belted dressDress: Clemens en August, shoes: Charlotte Olympia, ring: Les Nereides, bag: Angel Jackson, sunglasses: Missoni.

 

What’s your go-to item for evenings out? Do you favour the LBD or something more colourful? I’ll be posting another Valentine’s Day inspired look later in the week so stay tuned! Whatever your plans are I hope you have a fabulous Valentine’s Day!

 

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Navy Dickens and Jones duffle coat

Grabbing a bargain in the January sales is probably the best thing about (what is for me anyway) the most miserable month of the year. It’s also the perfect opportunity to invest in a new winter coat because let’s face it, UK winters can last well into April! A while ago I saw a navy wool coat and striped jumper paired together in a magazine and it just looked so chic. From then on I was on a mission to recreate the look so when I spied this Dickins and Jones navy duffle coat on sale at House of Fraser marked down from £199 to £53.55 I had to have it…what a bargain! Dickins and Jones is not a brand I’m too familiar with, and as I was shopping online I had to take a bit of gamble with the sizing…I ordered a size 10 and find it a fairly generous fit…I could comfortably wear a thick jumper underneath without feeling restricted. The quality of the coat is superb, it’s quite a heavy coat which is probably why it’s the warmest coat I own…it keeps out the harshest of cold winds. The only slight gripe I have is that the popper fastenings come undone easily – every time I get out of the car the bottom ones pop open, so hook and eye fastenings would have been a better choice, but the three toggles do keep the coat together snuggly.

A while ago I saw a navy wool coat and striped jumper paired together in a magazine and it just looked so chic. From then on I was on a mission to recreate the look.

While browsing the sale section on the House of Fraser website I found this striped jumper (also from Dickins and Jones) which had been reduced to £15.75, and even though I already have quite a few striped tops they just seemed like the perfect pair! The cute bird detailing on the front sealed the deal! I think my fondness for striped tops is due in no small part to their versatility…they can be worn so many ways: with a pencil skirt, tailored trousers and, of course with jeans which is probably my favourite combination. For a double splash of colour I wore my red Marks and Spencer shoes paired with my Mila Blu handbag.

Dickens and Jones navy hooded duffle coat

Mila Blu red leather handbag

Dickens and Jones navy duffle coat

Dickens and Jones striped bird jumper

Navy striped Dickens and Jones bird jumper

Mila Blu red bag and Pia ring

Dickens and Jones stripe jumper

Coat and jumper: Dickins and Jones, jeans: Gap, shoes: Marks and Spencer, bag: Mila Blu, ring: Pia.

 

Did you pick up any bargains in the sales? I’d love to hear all about your best buys! Let me know in the comments or tweet me @thestylesplash!

 

 

 

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Red Jasper Conran Debenhams coat

Although I love shopping for new clothes I have been making an effort to get more wear out of items I already own…it’s easy to forget what you have when it gets stuffed in the back of the wardrobe. This red J by Jasper Conran coat is one of my favourites and I do get a lot of wear out it. I bought it a few years ago in the height of Summer, which may seem like madness but I often buy clothes out of season because you can pick up such bargains. As well as the colour, I was drawn to the flattering fit and flare cut and the quality of the fabric, which is quite heavy so it hangs nicely. Under it I’m wearing a leopard print dress from Zara, which is another item I’ve owned for some years. I tend to wear it more in the Winter because it’s too short for me to wear without tights – it looks fine standing up but sitting down reveals a bit too much thigh! As the neckline is quite low I chose a big chunky gold necklace from Wallis. Red and leopard print worn together make quite an impact so to tone it down a little I opted for a black bag and some knee length black boots.

Red J Jasper Conran coat

Zara leopard print dress

Wallis gold chunky necklace

Leopard print Zara dress

Black Mila Blu bag

Coat: J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams, dress: Zara, boots: Pied a Terre, bag: Mila Blu, necklace: Wallis, sunglasses: Karl Lagerfeld.

You can see how I styled the dress and the coat a few years ago here and here.

Do you try to get maximum wear from your clothes or do you regularly have a purge and buy new things? I have to admit that I’m terrible at getting rid of clothes. Let me know in the comments!

 

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Apricot poppy print skirt and black top

Well hello! I’m back after almost a month…and the blog has had a major revamp! Going self-hosted had been on my “to do” list for ages, but I’ve finally bitten the bullet and done it. Of course there were a few hiccups along the way… mainly having to put all my images back into every single blog post because they couldn’t be migrated. So far I’ve only gone back a few months but I didn’t want to delay the new look going live any longer! I’ve been excited to show you this outfit from Apricot for weeks. I have quite a thing for midi skirts at the moment and when I saw this beautiful poppy print skirt on Apricot’s website I added it to my bag immediately. It’s a real bargain at only £29. With such a bold print I wanted to keep the top simple so I opted for a black turtle neck blouse (also from Apricot) and black bag and shoes. Even though the weather isn’t really warm enough for bare legs now (we took these photos a few weeks ago) I’ll still be able to wear this skirt with tights and ankle boots through Winter…and of course I look forward to pairing it with sandals sometime next year!

Apricot poppy print skirt and Jasper Conran bag

Apricot poppy print skirt

Apricot poppy print skirt

Apricot poppy print skirt

Red drop earrings

Red and black chunky bangle

Poppy print skirt and black top (gifted): Apricot, bag: Jasper Conran for Debenhams, shoes: vintage, sunglasses: Missoni.

 

I hope you like the new blog design…it’s still a work in progress really so if you spot any problems please let me know and I’ll do my best to fix them! Thanks for reading!

 

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