Chic and Really Cheap

As previously mentioned in the first round of Chic and Really Cheap, I'm generally a penny/pence-pinching, account-watching cheapo. This may derive from the fact that I've chosen to live an extraordinarily expensive lifestyle (the fashion industry don't pay much, being in an international long distance relationship for three years was a pricey choice, and New York and London aren't the cheapest of cities).

Regardless, I like me some clothes and have found ways around spending lots to look (what I consider to be) cute. So, Part II of Chic and Really Cheap—where I document outfits where everything was purchased for $100/£65 or less.

Featuring a lovely....

Primark men's sweater (£10/$16)

Urban Outfitters flannel horseshoe button-up (£20/$31)

H&M burgundy pants (£10/$16)

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...and some ASOS patent leather chelsea boots, which were on sale for £25/$40

And finally, a lovely gifted ring from In God We Trust, and a bracelet from a tiny little boutique in Williamsburg (£10/$16).  #lovesit

Junky Cotton Prints, Or The Battle To Dress Like An Adult

I've always been one for printed cotton clothing.

I'm not sure why cheap prints are so attractive to me or any of my fellow middle-class female consumers, but they just are.

Junky Cotton Prints, Or The Battle To Dress Like An Adult


There's nothing like the excitement that comes with the first spotting of a floral or geometric print. Something about seeing that bright, overtimulating print in a bright, overstimulating store is thrilling, but this thrill is always short lived. Pretty much as soon as you take your new, ill-fitting cotton/poly blend dress out of the Target/H&M/Primark/Forever21 bag, you're over it and spending that £12.99/$19.99 feels like a bad choice.

It took me a while, but studying fashion design finally made me understand minimalism and what makes it so great.

Junky Cotton Prints, Or The Battle To Dress Like An Adult


Junky Cotton Prints, Or The Battle To Dress Like An Adult


Now, I'm obsessed and basically only want to wear well-designed solid color/classic printed pieces. I still have my slip-ups (Saturday's purchase of £6 Primark floral flats) but am (kinda) on my way to being the type of gal who can walk into H&M, see a printed dress I like, and leave without it.

Junky Cotton Prints, Or The Battle To Dress Like An Adult


Junky Cotton Prints, Or The Battle To Dress Like An Adult


Junky Cotton Prints, Or The Battle To Dress Like An Adult


Junky Cotton Prints, Or The Battle To Dress Like An Adult


And if you've seen To Rome With Love: the reference the "junky cotton print" dress worn to a movie premier by a woman with ladders in her stockings felt like someone has looked straight into my soul and completely and totally understood everything about me.

From here, here, here, here, here, here, oh—and here!