Chic and Really Cheap

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:

H&M patterned trousers: £10 / $15

& Other Stories knit contrast top: £29.99 / $46.75

Patent leather loafers: £10 / $15

Round In God We Trust vintage sunglasses:  £10 / $15 

Black wool hat from an Army Surplus store: £5 / $8

American Apparel Large Leather Pouch: £35 / $56


Which brings me to a grand total of £102.99 / $155.75

Chic and Really Cheap

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: 

Second Floor Flat 

Featuring:

Necklace purchased in South Africa from the KZNSA Gallery shop (£2.50 / $3.70)

Kendra Scott earrings - which were given to me as a gift, which means I'm cheating here (£79 / $120)

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A black, open-back top from Mikkat Market (on sale for £13 / $20)

Striped bone ring, also from South Africa (£2 / $3)

Second Floor Flat
Second Floor Flat

And to round things out:

BCBG skirt I got in high school

My trust ASOS patent leather booties (£25 / $40)

and to keep out the cold, some knitted Topshop tights (£7 / $10)

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

Chic and Really Cheap

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:

This little number features:

Striped Saint James beanie (£15/$25)

A Pink tapestry dress from H&M (£10/$15)

Black tights from Topshop (£6/$9)

Patent leather loafers (£10/$15—originally £118/$186)

Cheap and chic street style fashion

Also, a coral necklace from a thrift store in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (£3/$5)

Cheap and chic street style fashion

And a double breasted navy wool peacoat from Zara, which was not actually in the "really cheap" budget, but was a birthday gift so maybe that counts.

Happy shopping, cheapskates!