Springtime and the livin' is easy-ish, but the breeze is certainly still chilly. To combat any of that leftover wind, I've mastered the art of pairing trousers with light jackets, bare ankles (Jenna Lyons & co. have confirmed this is still very much a thing), and snuggly accessories as needed. Here's my Chic and Really Cheap version of a look fit for a London spring:
Living in London means that a fair amount of creativity is required when it comes to choosing an outfit. New York is one thing - sure, winter lasts from November to April and in that time you have to come up with endless ways of creating new! exciting! cold weather outfits, but the thing about London is the mediocre chill that just lasts and lasts - and when I say that, I mean it: it doesn't really end. Want to imagine London weather? Picture 50 degrees and cloudy - all year. That's London.
Depression aside, it does give the Londoner the chance to find ways to make mediocre-weather outfits exciting. So on a recent rainy evening out, which started with a stroll through east London and ended at, um, KFC, I turned to one of my cold weather tricks: accessorizing. (Others include layering and mixed prints).
Here's what you wear when it's cold and raining, and you want to look nice without putting much work into your outfit. Chic and Really Cheap: Round III:
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.
Basically, I only buy things that are on sale.
Not because I'm an organized coupon-clipper, but because I'm really cheap. And since most of my clothes come from second hand stores or high street chain stores, in my experience it doesn't make sense to buy something full price. High Street items tend to go on sale so quickly that within two weeks, you'll be able to get that Zara silk blouse or H&M poly-blend whatever for half the price.
With this in mind, I'll be starting a new series on the ol' blog called Chic and Really Cheap (catchy and kinda' like a morning show feature, right?) Everything featured will be at or below $100, or roughly £65.
Let's do this:
Also, a coral necklace from a thrift store in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (£3/$5)