Real Life Fifty Friday | Penneys Winter 18


How is it December? Like how? Wasn’t it July like 5 minutes ago? I’m not complaining as such cause i do love me some Christmas. Anddd  i’m beyond delighted to be putting together a final Fifty Friday with Penneys for 2018. I had so much fun working on the Spring and Summer editions earlier in the year so i am buzzing to add Winter 18 to the list. A collection of head to toe looks for around the €50 mark. Super affordable outfits to do you over the festive period.



Penneys Winter 2018


It’s the time of year when there is so much going on. Parties, festive drinks, yearly meet-ups, family dinners, not to mention the whole 12 pubs thing. Lots of places to go and nothing to wear. I wanted to put together some affordable outfits that would work for a whole range of things. Looks that could also be mix and matched for maximum potential. Pieces that can be dressed up or down to work hard for you this Winter. Not just for Christmas but beyond. It’s such an expensive time of year you don’t need to be wasting money on things you won’t wear again. I think i have just about sorted myself for over the Christmas period.


Look 1


Stripe Dress €22 , Shoes (Wide Fit) €14 , Bag €12 , Earrings €4

Total Outfit = €52


Cheap christmas party


Kicking things off with a party piece. An easy to wear , extremely flattering midi dress. I got serious 70’s disco / glam-rock vibes from this number. The kind i got from the dress i wore to the blog awards. An era that is all about the glam and getting on the dance-floor. Perfect for the silly season. I adore the colours in this dress and i think they work both really well together but also for this time of year. Winter can cause folk to fear colour so it’s nice to add in some rich pops whenever you can. Vertical stripes are renowned for being flattering as are wrap cuts so this is a match made in heaven. The back of the dress is elasticated which i feel is why it fit me with ease.


Gold handle bag


For the accessories i was quite torn. In one way i felt the dress didn’t need much but on the other hand i adored the clash of the leopard print against the stripe. I had the plain black version of the bag which did look good too but i couldn’t help myself. It kind of ties in with the whole glam feel for me too where more is more. A really statement bag for a really small price. Hold by the handle for one look or by the gold chain for another.

When it came to the shoes , i was thinking to myself oh lord no i’m not able. I just cannot do sky scraper heels anymore. Pointed sock boots where a thought however they didn’t have my size. I was delighted to spy these lower heeled 2 part sandals in the wide fit section. This is my desired fit as i am just that, a wide 6 and don’t have to get a 7. A comfortable heel height that is really manageable for dancing the night away. The fit of the width and length where spot on but i did find the strap a little snug.


Stripe dress


I finished off the look with some mustard drop stone earrings. The colour matches in perfectly in with the rich tone in the dress. Subtle but a little something for the party season. I have really got into earrings this year. There was a time when i only wore studs or my looped piercings. A statement earring is a really easy and affordable way to update a look or take it to the next level. The neckline really didn’t need anything here and the bag was already providing enough added extra.


Party dress


I feel this would be a good option for those who are not into sequins and sparkle. Still dressy enough without being OTT. This is something that can definitely be worn again into the New Year and beyond. One of those handy to have dresses that can be pulled out time and time again. Mix it up with some boots and a leather jacket. Layer up with a polo neck underneath.


• Look 2 •


Skirt €16 , Polo Neck (Sizes XXS-XXL) €12 ,  Boots €22 , Bag €12

Total Outfit = €62


 mustard leopard


This is the look where i lost the run of myself and the challenge turned into more of a Sixty Sunday. I know that i could have done this look for a lot less by switching up majority of the pieces and pairing cheaper alternatives with the skirt. It would just not look or feel the same as the idea i had in my head. I really wanted to try a tonal look this time around. There is something about tonal dressing that is very chic and looks quite expensive. I’m not generally one for wearing neutral colours so this was a fun one for me. I took the leopard skirt, which i just had to have, and pulled the tones from there to build on. Each piece added was in another neutral tone.


polo neck skirt


Mustard is one of my favourite colours to pair with leopard print. It was a toss-up between that and a deep jewel green. Both are really rich so really lift the print. As I was trying to keep this one tonal the mustard was a winner. Something I will wear again with a number of things. I am not too sure if the roll neck is the most flattering on me. All kinds of memes spring to mind when I look at the pictures. ‘Fat Monica’ being one of them and The Rock another. I do love a polo neck for winter though. They are great for layering up. Styling a thicker knit one like this with a skirt keeps things really cosy but takes it to the next level. This one right here is long-line so I think it will be great for over Christmas with some leather trousers.


The skirt was a no brainer. Midi and leopard print, come on. After wearing midi skirts all Summer I was worried as to how I would translate this into winter. I need not have worried. Animal print is an excellent way to keep the trend alive in the colder months. Not only for A/W though cause I sure as hell will be wearing this beauty well through next year. The waist is elasticated and very generous. I would image that the size 20 would fit a 22 with ease and possibly even a small 24. It is most definitely worth a try. I styled it here with a knit for the season that is in it but you can bet my back side that I will be tucking in t-shirts for months to come too. You could easily switch up the top here for something a little dressier for a party or night out. Add in a sandal or heel too if you like.


tan bag boots


When I saw this bag I was like yes, yep, yup you are going in the basket. I have been obsessing over handle bags all year. Statement bags have always been my thing but I think my taste in them and the styles I choose have matured of late. With a bag like this I am still getting all of the wow factor that like without it being extremely novelty. As I was keeping the palette tonal in neutrals I opted for the tan version rather than the black that is also available. There are a few ways to wear this bag which I like. The obvious being by the handle which I thing works for day or night. Leave the strap hanging short for day to day wear or tucked inside the bag for a night out as more of a clutch. Open the strap out to wear cross-body and leave the ring handle as a detail of the bag. The same can be said for leaving it over one shoulder hanging down by your side. I thought that the pattern in the resin handle tied in well with the leopard print too.


The boots have been on my list for awhile so when I was planning this look there wasn’t really any other option. I wanted a lighter toned pair that could be worn day or night. As I have so many pairs of black shoes and boots I welcomed the addition. Something for wearing with lighter wash jeans was also on the brief. I do have some tan Chelsea boots which I love so I wasn’t after tan as such. This mole toned beige was a perfect medium I felt. The heel, sole and stud trim make them look far more expensive than twenty quid. I like how high they come up on the leg too, I don’t think I own any like this. They went well with the leopard for a change, like I said I would usually go straight for black. Although the bag and boots are nowhere near the same colour it was all kind of tonal so worked as a whole.  I hope so anyways lol.


christmas clothes


Every single piece of this look will be worn again both together and separately. In so many different variations too. A real contender for a Christmas day look. Super cosy and warm but enough to be suitable for the special day. The elasticated waist will come in handy after dinner too. You know if you know. I might even try this look with the cream roll neck from look 3 with a red boot then. See, so many possibilities. This could possibly be my favourite look from them all here.



Look 3


Jumper €5  (Sizes XXS-XXL) , Scarf €6 , Bag €16 , Boots €19 , Leggings €8

Total Outfit = €54



Penneys winter 18


Next up is probably the simplest of all the looks. Easy to put together and even easier to wear. Effortless Winter woollies to keep to cosy and sorted. For this one i had in mind heading to and from overnight Christmas parties. Extreme comfort for travelling and handy to throw on. I wore this myself on a pre-Christmas weekend break last weekend and it lived up to my expectations. It is the kind of outfit that you would sport to brave town in that awful weather we are having. Starting with a cozy knit in the form of this off white roll neck jumper. With comfort in mind jeans where not the one. I was opting for leggings which although unreal for comfort are not always the easiest to wear. This pair however are more like a jodphur. Thicker than your average legging and not a bit see thru. Maybe more on the lines of treggings. The waistband is elasticated at the sides which fits really well and feels quite supportive on. They sat perfectly into the boots. The scarf while functional also provides a pop of colour.


Airplane weekend travel bag


I have wanted a new travel bag awhile now. One big enough to hold my laptop and tablet among other things but still look good. It’s big without being too big. This large tote is perfect. Great for a weekend bag to hold all of the essentials a girl needs. I will use this as a plane bag too as it has everything i look for in one of those. It doesn’t look out of place with this outfit either which shows how useful this bag is and is going to be. Yes i know how sad it is to be this happy about a handbag.

The boots are another thing that i have been eyeing up for awhile. Boots have never been bigger than this year. Every style going is trending and none for so than the combat , biker , workman vibe. Docs have become mainstream popular again but i know i wouldn’t wear them enough to justify the price. I do like the style though and these are super similar. Perfect for the wet Winter weather to keep the tootsies dry. If you like jumping in muddy puddles too hey. Great to throw on with leggings or jeans. I’d style these with some midi skirts and jumper dresses too.


Cozy winter woolies


You just can’t not have a check scarf for Winter. The print is a great way to add some colour to dull or plain outfits. There are so many variations ranging from traditional tartan to subtle checks. I liked the brighter background of this one, it sat on the jumper well. The pattern is just right with a great mix of colours. Super snuggley. The scarf itself is massive so would work well as wrap or belted like a cape. I think it would make a lovely gift too.

 primark scarf

Again these are all individual pieces that will be worn again and again with other items in my wardrobe. I have a felling that the leggings are going to become a staple and a new firm favourite. I’ll certainly be grabbing some more pairs. The jumper will look great with the leopard midi skirt above too. Either skirt actually. I’m thinking how fab the scarf will look on a red coat now. Imagine Christmas Day. 


Look 4


Skirt €16 , Top €15 , Shoes €14 , Bag €12

Total Outfit = €57


penneys snake print


Up next is the second of two midi skirts. I had no reservations about including two midis for well two reasons. They where and are huge this year and i have wore them so much. Although yes i want to show some outfit inspiration but also want to keep it real with things i would actually wear. This time the print is another type of animal – reptile. Snake print has been everywhere the last while but can be a daunting trend to tackle. I was drawn to the coloured pattern here. Another party look that isn’t a glitter-ball but still dressy enough for all of the festivities. A more demure one some might say. You could however swap up the top for some sparkle if that is more your thing. Again super easy to wear and one that would be really comfortable for a dinner. A possible look for Christmas day too. The print comes in a top too if you are not into skirts. Also a georgous wrap dress. I’ve shared them on my Insta Stories if you fancy a goo.




The top is a crop, a length i would normally never go for. However i knew it would sit just right on the high waist skirt. Sometimes having a shorter top is better as there is less bulk to tuck in. It is just the perfect length to sit on skirts so it worked out really well. There is a body suit in Penneys right now very similar to this with the wrap neckline and long sleeve in the same type of fabric. I don’t really do suits though i don’t find them very comfy and there is a lot of fiddling in the loo. The sleeves here give just the right amount of volume and drama. Kind of give off the same 70’s vibes as i have mentioned above. The neckline is very flattering. It can be as open or as pulled across closed as you like. There isn’t a worry about it opening though as there isn’t that gap. There is a tie along the band at the back with a small gap up over it. A slight cut out. It wasn’t something that bothered me but it could also allow some more give if you where a bigger size 20 or a smaller size 22.


christmas party look


The skirt is not as stretchy as the leopard print one from look 2. The waistband is elasticated and there is no zip but it seems to be that the band is more fixed to the pleats in the skirt so there isn’t much more give. There is still room in the size 20 on me but i probably would not be recommending that two sizes bigger could fit it with ease. It sits well on me and i liked how it fell. It is slightly more static or close to the body again than the first skirt but that is down to fabric. The colour palette is really beautiful with lots of styling potential. I should have really went for a brighter colour to match up with the skirt but you know me and black. It wears well and will slot into my wardrobe and match the 800 pairs of black shoes that i have. I can see a cream top looking really well with this and some coloured shoes.


With the accessories again I needed a heel and so the only way to go was a midi heel. I got to use the pair from look 1 again which I am happy enough with but I cannot stop thinking about a pair that I put back.  In hindsight the other pair would have been much better with look 1 but I had them in mind for this look. I felt in the end that they were too much. A lower heel again but a multi coloured metallic cross strap. Very Disco, very glam, very party. I had the black version of the leopard bag from above for this look. I kept everything black and let the skirt do the talking. Hold this one by the gold handle or use the equally gold chain. I’ve held it both ways here so it is very versatile. You can also remove the chain too if you desire. Another great statement bag for a really affordable price.


 coloured snake print


I can’t wait to dress this one down too with a chunky knit and boots. I could easily swap this skirt with the other midi as the colours would work really well with the tans and browns in the print. Penneys have a stunning bluey / navy sequin tee top that i would like to try with this one. You will probably see in pop up on my Instagram again but with a leather jacket and runners i’d imagine. Another look i can see working well into Spring and not just taking up space in your wardrobe.



Look 5


Jumper €6 (Sizes XXS-XXL) , Shirt €6 , Leggings €8 (Sizes XXS-XXL) , Boots €17

Total Outfit = €37


12 pubs of christmas


Finally, i wanted to include a Crimbo jumper with the Season that is in it. I figured not everybody is into the whole traditional , naff Christmas jumper trend and that is fine. So i wanted to put together a look that is modern , affordable and easy to wear. Be it to charity day in work , festive lunches or the 12 pubs. This slogan sweater is witty with a pop reference thrown in for good measure. Who doesn’t want to be Beyonce? And who knows it might grab you some attention *wink wink*. Paired here with some pvc leggings and velvet feel booties. All of the comfort but lots of texture and elements to it.

 crimbo jumper


The jumper goes all the way up to a XXL which is a size 22-24. I grabbed that size when i saw it thinkingthe bigger the better for layering and hopefully longer. Truth be told the XL would have been fine. This one is kind of more wide than long on but cosy none the less. 


I have said time and time again that i adore the look of a collar shirt under a jumper. There is just something about the collar popping out from underneath the neckline that i love. I favour this look when it comes to Christmas jumpers too. Weather it’s denim, check or a crisp white shirt, the layer will add some warmth but also lots of style. I went for white here to draw on the lettering in the slogan. This preppy type style is a great contrast to the leggings and i like that. You could of course do jeans or a skirt with tights also. That is kind of the joy of this look. 


novelty slogan christmas jumper



And there we have it. Five affordable looks to serve some inspiration to see you through the festive period. Some key pieces to pick up and easily work into your winter wardrobe. Thank you so much to Penneys for helping me make my visions come to life and to you lot for all your feedback and support. 2018 has been a great year for Just The F Word.



This post was sponsored by Penneys. The looks where purchased using vouchers provided by Penneys. This in no way influences my thoughts or actions. All opinions and ideas are my own. I only share pieces and brands that i really love.

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