Friday, March 6, 2009

Seen in the shops THIS lunch time

It's all in the detail. Those extra elements that turn an ordinary piece into something special. Such as the delicate cobweb-like crochet around the neckline and cuffs, and the row of dinky buttons down the back on this sweet smock top. These finishing touches really luxe up a high-street item and makes it look more expensive. So, when you see the price tag's just £24.99, your H&M buy is even sweeter.

And take this H&M top in this season's neutral colour palette. It's the satin origami-style folds at the front that really sells it. Which is why it's a steal at a mere £14.99. Add a blazer and some peg-leg trousers and you're good to go.

There, I've just imparted one of my bargainista fashionista secrets to smart shopping. Details matter. So, to get the most out of the high street, look for clothes with finishing touches - detailing that turns cheap into chic. But, remember, it has to be the right detail: think luxe not tacky, classic not trashy.

While I'm sharing my shopping wisdom, here's another hot tip: versatility goes a long, long way. Clothes that suit a variety of occasions, which can be dressed up or down, or which can be worn a number of ways make a good-value purchase.

Which is why the H&M smock top is a clever buy. Wear it with the buttons down the back (as intended), with the buttons down the front, unbuttoned over a vest top, with a contrasting tee underneath so the colour peeks out between the crochet, or over a bikini when you need to cover up from the sun (yes, I'm already dreaming of my summer wardrobe!). Just taking you from spring to summer makes it versatile enough, but with a plethora of ways to wear it, you get a whole lot more wardrobe for your money.

Oh, and if summer's on your mind, too, you may like the cream version of the smock top. Let me know how many different looks you can get from it!

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