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 


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)

Second Floor Flat

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)


...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