I’ve been meaning to write this post for absolutely ages. A few weeks ago, I decided that I wanted to do more outfit posts, and as I had recently been on a bit of a spree in oh-so-glamourous Primarni, I organised a few outfits (five, to be precise), got an early bus into work each morning, and took a snap of what I was wearing that day.
Now, like most other people, I have I bit of a love/hate relationship with Primark. There is the obvious ethical argument, (which I won’t go into for fear of being sidetracked, and more likely contradicting myself massively) but there is also the deep-rooted psychological fear of abandonment; of being stranded in a strip lighted nightmare all by myself on a Saturday afternoon, elbowed out of the way by some hungry bargain-hunter with nothing but towering piles of discarded jersey basics for comfort. That is my real fear.
I’m not the best when it comes to shopping anyway, preferring to do most of it in the comfort of my living room over my good friend the internet. But a few weeks ago my lovely lady friend Lisa and I went to get our nails done, and she tempted me to break my 18-month avoidance of Primark with the promise she would help me pick out some new clothes. Here is what I came back home with.
(WARNING: you are about to see a lot of pictures of my chubby face, pulling lots of stupid expressions)
// MONDAY //
Shirt – Primark, £6 // Skirt – Primark, £3 // Shoes – Dr Martens
I hate Monday mornings. I am still in weekend mode and would rather slouch off to work in my pyjamas rather than bother to get dressed. I chose the next best thing – grey cotton might just be the most comfortable material in the universe, and when it has the Jurassic Park logo emblazoned across the front, it might just make the most awesome T Shirt in the universe. I don’t think I have properly introduced you to my shoes, seeing as I’m not the biggest fan of outfit posts. I bought these in January and they have not left my feet since. If only it would stop getting warmer, I could wear them all year round.
// TUESDAY //
Dress – Primark, £3 // Necklace – Sobeys Vintage, Bristol // Lipstick – MAC ‘Please Me’
I liked Tuesday’s outfit. I like the opportunity to dress like a girl; I often don’t feel very ladylike and so when given the opportunity, such as this ALMIGHTY BARGAIN in the form of the most ridiculously cute dress I have ever seen for a mere £3, I jump at the chance to prove my femininity. I even managed to do a mini beehive, and put some lipstick on. Go me.
// WEDNESDAY //
Shirt – Primark, £5 // Jeggings – M&S, £19.50 // Lipstick – Lime Crime ‘Cosmopop’
AHH! JEANS! Jeans are my nemesis – I have yet to find a pair of jeans in a high street shop which fit correctly. These are what the young folk call ‘jeggings’, and are an exception to the Primark rule, having come from that old favourite, Marks and Sparks. This daisy print beauty is from Primark, and was one of those sod-it-I’ll-buy-it-even-if-it-don’t-fit moments, as it is a size 20, but I think it looks better oversized, anyway. The reason I am stroking my face like a bit of a nutter is because I liked the colour combo of my fabulous orange lips and my spring green/pistachio nails (in case you were confused) – the lippy is Lime Crime, and the nail colour is Butter London.
// THURSDAY //
Corduroy pinafore – Primark, £5 // Nikes – eBay (fakes) // Shirt – Superdry (old) // Necklace – New Look
Much like my hatred of jeans, I also feel a little uncomfortable about coloured tights. I reckon they look awesome on other people, but I get a little ‘chubby knee’ conscious whenever wearing them, although I do enjoy the weird looks people give me on the bus. I teamed my mustard legs with bright purple fake Nikes, an old Superdry shirt and this black cord pinny dress from Primark, which was a mere £5.
// FRIDAY //
Dress – Primark, £5 // Shirt – Threadless // Shoes – Urban Fox, Bristol // Lips – Lime Crime Velvetines
Yay Friday! I like to use Fridays as an excuse to dress as ridiculously as possible, and on this occasion I chose another pinny-like denim number from Primark, with my favourite cat T Shirt (alas, you cannot see his face), the best vintage shoes I have ever found, and bright pink lips courtesy of Lime Crime Pink Velvet. Sometimes I think I should probably stop dressing like a child, and then I remember that that’s no fun.
So, I think what I have learned from this valuable life lesson is that Primark isn’t as scary as it seems, and once I get over the fear of the large open space, the seemingly endless queues and the bags which have no structural integrity when it rains, there are indeed bargains to be had. And it takes a brave woman to find them. But when I overcome the initial fear of entering I’m as giddy as a kid in a sweet shop, and exit on the other side with a whole weeks’ worth (and more!) of outfits.