Monday, 19 September 2016
Styled by Helen: The Vintage Weigh and Pay Outfit Challenge
I do love a bit of vintage shopping. You never know quite what you're going to find and there's always plenty to choose from. Different era's, styles and items, so many nice bargains to be discovered. And none more than at a vintage weight event. A whole room filled with vintage where you pay according to kilo rather than item. So when I heard that The Vintage Weigh and Pay was coming to Dundee I started to make some preparations. The first stop was to read over the lesson's I'd learned form the Vintage Kilo Sale to refresh my memory. I did my research and checked out the Weigh and Pay Facebook page to get a peek at what was on offer. This gave me an idea of what I could get for my money. Then, on the day, I turned up nice and early. I paid a little bit extra to get in as an early bird but it was just as well. When I left the event the queue was around the block! While I was there I collected up an arm full and tried it all on before making any decisions. Always important to make sure you actually get items that you like and that fit.
To make things a bit more interesting, Kimberley and I decided to set ourselves a little challenge. The idea was to create an outfit from our weigh and pay finds, all for £15 or under. There was a small exception - we could use our own shoes. Footwear is a tad weightier and more likely to put us over budget. Plus Kim has a distinct dislike for vintage shoes. After a good old rummage and a changing room montage, this is what I came up with.
Dress | Vintage Weigh and Pay
Bag | Vintage Weigh and Pay
Scarf | Vintage Weigh and Pay
Earrings | Vintage Weigh and Pay
Boots | Zara
I'm going to be honest, I failed the challenge. I went over budget. Not by much, but I definitely went over the £15. The problem was that I entered the fair with £20.50 in my purse and so that's what I ended up spending. New lesson - only take the funds you want to pay. I wasn't too upset though, as I picked up an additional dress that I really like. Minus my extra dress, in reality this outfit probably cost around £16. Not too much of a budget buster but still challenge failed. Still I'm happy with my new outfit and I think it was worth the £1 extra.
I can't seem to leave a vintage fair without picking up a new scarf. This one has a nice postcard and flower motif. I love the colour palette of it, so very Autumn / Winter. The dress I picked up because of the pattern. I am such a sucker for an over good print. The colour combination of orange, green and pink is a bit unusual but that's probably why like it so much. I also like the fact that it's handmade. You can tell by the stitching and the fact there are no labels. Plus the it seems to have been sewn with the print upside down. I don't mind at all. It just adds to the story to the dress and makes it even more unique. The white satchel is a super easy item to style up with any outfit. It's in pretty good condition considering the light shade. I just hope I can keep it that way. I always have The Fear when it comes to white clothing and accessories. I finished off the outfit with these gold tassel earrings because why not? Ok, if I hadn't bought the earrings I would have been in budget but I think they're pretty cute.
And there you have it, my outfit for our Weigh and Pay challenge. What do you think? I'm thinking challenges make shopping more fun but I'm not sure if Kimberley will agree. Check out her post on Wednesday to find out.
Thanks to the lovely Kirsty for the challenge inspiration.