This edition of Fifty Friday is a special one. I adore putting together these style posts but i had the idea to try something different. There was only one place to go to kick this new take on the feature. Full head to toe outfits for under fifty euro from the Penneys / Primark Spring 18 collection.
I pitched the idea to the guys at Penneys HQ and was delighted that they wanted to collaborate on this one. As much as i like styling the flatlay images into looks it is always better to see something on the body and in real life. To see how the fit is, how it hangs and sits on curves. Im sure you may have heard of the term ‘hanger appeal’ where clothes look absolutely nothing until you try them on. I wanted to do the pieces justice and show them in action.
Penneys Spring 18
I went to my local store and browsed the offerings to pull together some complete looks for Spring that won’t break the bank. There was so much choice i have to say i could have went on and on. As we say goodbye to Winter the bright Spring vibes are out in force. Although the weather may not totally reflect that, these pieces can be mixed in with your cozies for the time being. Some affordable ideas and inspiration to give your wardrobe a little refresh.
|| Look 1 ||
Jacket €28 , Dress €10 , Shoes €8 , Bag €5
Total Outfit = €51
For the first of the €50 looks i took inspiration from one of the colours of the moment – mustard. A bright colour that transitions really well. I started with this suede feel biker jacket and molded the rest around it. A real statement piece that is super soft. The floral print dress screamed Spring at me. It has short sleeves so can be worn right through Summer. The length means it can also be worn with leggings or jeans as more of a tunic. Belt if needed to define more shape. It’s a really comfy cotton that is so easy to trow on.
I wanted to keep this one quite casual and fun so i added a pair of high tops on the feet. The khaki drew from the green within the dress. The look is finished with this multi wear backpack which was on sale for a bargain price. Hold the chain handle to change the style. You can easily add tights to this outfit and change up the shoes for a pump for work or some boots.
|| Look 2 ||
Dress €18 , Boots €7 , Bag €10 , Earrings €2 , Cami €2.50 , Necklace €3 , Rings €4
Total Outfit = €46.50
For the next outfit i had the idea in my head to explore the red and pink combo trend. I wanted to try out this pairing and find a really wearable way to sport it. This stripe midi dress caught my eye and i thought we are onto something here. Wrap dresses are famously flattering. Sure didn’t DVF make a career out of it. The neckline draws the eye in while the tie pulls the waist at it’s narrowist. Also i have never met a stripe that i didn’t like so win win. I really liked the sleeves and the volume at the shoulders is pretty cool.
This moc croc box bag jumped out at me and i could just see it against the dress. It’s quite chic like the dress while still having something modern about it. The gold hardware makes this bag look way more expensive than it’s €10 price tag. I love the versatility the strap and handle both give. Hold the top handle for a high fashion, lady like vibe. Leave the long strap hang from your shoulder for day to day casual. For an up to the minute designer look , wear as a crossbody. This way of wearing higher up across the body is huge at the moment and leaves your hands free.
Now comes the pink. I thought the most wearable way to tackle this trend was to go for really light muted tones. The brighter the colours the more they will clash. The stripe in the dress is more of a burgandy wine with a thin red stripe on either side. By adding these blush boots the pairing is very subtle rather than obnoxious. If this combo isn’t your thing there are many other options that would work. Sock boots for a night out or even tights and an ankle boot with a polo neck underneath for a cosy layered look. The wrap came down a little low on me so i popped a little cami undernearth. You could pin it also or wear a nice bralet. I added a pendant and some mixed rings to finish off the outfit and bring it all together.
|| Look 3 ||
Cardigan €7 , Leggings €10 , T-Shirt €6 , Shoes €16 , Bag €10
Total Outfit = €49
This final look is something i have wanted to try for awhile. A really cool street-style type of look that is both effortless but stylish for casual wear. I love the idea of adding in the texture of leather or pvc with knitwear for daytime. I have been on the hunt for pvc trousers for months. I have tried on so many and returned even more. These leggings are beyond what i hoped for and that is no exageration. So comfortable and not squeeky. They fit so well, they are a great length and they are as flattering as pvc can be on a bigger body. They are also a hell of a lot cheaper in price than i expected to pay but don’t look cheap in appearance. I know i will get a lot of wear from these day or night.
It is no surprise that i went for a red knit as i am still obsessed with the colour. This cardi is really oversized and cozy but added to the other pieces keeps it from looking a frump. Red black and white is a colour combination that never tires for me. A fail safe for trying the look i was desiring. The white tee is a basic i will always have in my wardrobe. I am delighted that Penneys are stocking these longline options that are great for with leggings.
When i saw this mustard bag i initially thought of it for one of the other looks but i really liked how the colour looked next to the red. A really bright pop that again adds to a comfy day look. The designer inspired ring handle is an optinal way to carry the bag. Mustard is a huge colour trend so a nice and easy way to dip your toe into that pond is to add a bag to your outfot or wardrobe. Finally are the runners which i adore. They have a real luxe feel to them with the gold finishes and pearl detail. This type is great for those who want casual footwear but aren’t into sports brands. They go so well with the leggings too. I think they just the look together.
I have also put together a little video of all the looks. As much as i love photography, videos show so much more movement and angles. I am enjoying trying my hand at more videos and pushing myself to edit better. Have a watch if you like.
That is it for the first of what i hope is many real life FF’s. A lot of what i chose can be mixed and matched with each other to create so many more looks. Let me know your thoughts on my picks. Thanks again to the gang at Penneys for letting me bring Fifty Friday to life. I had so much fun styling and putting together this one and i hope you all have enjoyed it too. Keep up to date with all the latest Fifty Friday Posts Here.
* This post has been sponsored by Penneys. I received vouchers to put towards the items in this post. This in no way influences my thoughts or decisions. All opinions are my own.