Payday Vs. Peanuts

We’re two days into a new month. How does payday usually work out for you? Unfortunately for us, our bank account definitely doesn’t allow for any designer impulse splurges when it comes to new season garb. But as ever, the trusty high street lends a helping hand in recreating the looks we're loving, on a budget.

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Bucket bags

Last summer it was the Cult Gaia clutch bag that you couldn’t avoid seeing on every other fashion influencer's Insta account. Now it’s the netted bucket bag, and to be honest we’re ready to jump on this trend, like, right now. But if by November, it’s more common than avocado smash, we might be regretting splurging on the big bucks Staud version. Mango’s take is just as cute and much more purse-friendly.

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Padded coats

We’re all experienced players in the lose-lose game of The British Winter now, right? The answer to staying warm, dry and looking gosh-darn gorgey at the same time is a massive padded coat. Sure, you could go for the Pricey McPriceFace Rick Owens option, but you could get this ASOS one instead. Or, you know, ten of them, for the same price as Rick's.

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Wool dresses

An oversized woolly dress is an item that’s graced our winter wardrobe since the age of about 10. Something so staple doesn’t need to be pricey. Queens of classics Uniqlo have got the good value knit market on lockdown and this merino-blend dress is no different. Wear with flat boots for maximum comfiness, or with thigh high boots, the way Stella intended. You do you.

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Blazers

Our love for double-breasted jackets and coats isn’t going away. As well as the nod to power dressing, the ability to layer with a t-shirt or turtleneck underneath is a trusty transitional jacket solution. Maybe even go full 80s by wearing the matching set from & Other Stories. Go on. Do it. The two piece is still considerably less than the Tibi jacket alone. 

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Snakeskin boots

New boots are a nice way to segue into the colder months. We’re not denying anybody that right. A mid block heel means they’re smart enough for work but not so high that you need to also pack a pair of trainers for the commute. These Zara booties are a bank balance-approved remedy to all of your insatiable Marc Jacobs cravings.

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