I had intended to do a DIY tip today, but it didn't quite work out, so instead, I'd like to share with you a couple of unlikely places I've found amazing bargains.
These are probably common sense to some of you, but were a revelation to me, so maybe some of you will find them helpful! Feel free to comment with similar shop suggestions of your own, I may add them to this post!
First up are the super cheap shoe shops, which are generally dog shit but have a couple of little gems if you're brave enough to get past the backless loafers and plastic school shoes. My favourite shoes to buy here are plimsolls. You know the little ones you wore at school with the elastic? They're being sold in Dorothy Perkins for over a tenner at the moment, but good old Shoe Zone sells them for £1.99! They're in the kids shoe section so only go up to a 6 (but I can fit my 6.5-7's in them).
Shops like this are also perfect for getting classic green wellies. I have a pair and people often ask me where I found them because they are quite hard to find (most shops are all about the printed welly these days!) These ones cost £9.99 in Shoe Zone. I prefer the green ones because they're a) old school, and b) they go with everything, unlike prints.
Secondly, don't forget to check the kids section when you're out shopping! This is probably second nature for you petite girls (like it is for my miniature friend, Jen ♥), but there is actually something in the kids dept for all sizes!
H&M's children's section in particular is absolutely brilliant. You'd think the clothes would be, erm, childish, but a lot of them are just as cool as H&M, for at least half the price (making them cooler, some might argue!) The children's range goes up to 'age 14+', which I have figured will fit a 10-14 depending on the item. There's also a wealth of genuinely awesome hair accessories (studded wrist-straps and alice bands!) for no more than £2.99 if the clothes don't take your fancy. I also found my beloved studded belt a few months ago there for about £2.99.
(All items under £2.99, including that perfect striped t-shirt!)
I went out
(all items £9.99, except the fade-dyed tutu skirt which was £7.99. Black version was only £2.99!)
(Total disregard for fitting room tidiness - model's own!)
I really loved the little grey knitted cardi. And the 'leather' skirt was a surprise because I usually only chance the stretchy items. I did try on some dungarees the other week but I had to leave them to the 14-year-olds because they cut off the circulation to my legs. It's times like these we must try to remember that however much we want a bargain, it's rarely worth losing your legs for!
Ps - heartshapedbruise has reminded me to give a shout out to the menswear section! Great for boyfriend cardigans, but this is another Tuesday tip in itself! :)