Outfit inspiration: 3 looks for less than £200


Cosmopolitan US June 2012 via fashioned by love british fashion blog
And so, after going through a "should I - shouldn't I" motion, I decided to enter the Passion for Fashion competition and create three outfits for less than £200 each. Some may call me silly, others may say that determination equal success, but frankly, I just find the whole process of creating looks very relaxing and fun and that’s the main reason why I am taking part.

Would love to hear what you think of the ideas below, so please do drop me a comment.

The Casual look is the perfect example of what I’d normally wear if I needed something comfortable and quick without compromising on style.

Take a pretty cotton sweater, add the jeans, some simple jewellery, sunglasses (I never ever leave the house without them), and a roomy bag, slip on a pair of the sweetest wedges, top it up with a trilby and you are good to go. I adore the fact that the open knit pattern of the sweater (have a look at the website for close-ups) is similar to the one of the hat. And I love those shoes that remind me of Chloe and Celine circa 2010 – flatforms for a bit of extra height, comfortable for running around and way more stylish than trainers or flip flops.

To finish the outfit, I added some make-up and a perfume because, really, you’ve got to dab a drop of perfume here and there before leaving the house and I Love Love is such a fresh, happy and beautiful scent!

Total cost: £173.78
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Shop: Sunglasses, Forever21 | Bracelets, Mango | Drawstring shopper bag, Boohoo | Sweater, La Redoute | Boyfriend skinny jeans, Warehouse | Trilby, Figleaves beachwear | Gansa sandals, Michael Antonio | Perfume (mini), I Love Love by Moschino @ FragranceNet | Nail polish, mascara, lip gloss, all L’Oreal

The Holiday/Beach outfit began with the dress. I choose it for several reasons: a) the fabric wouldn’t wrinkle b) the cut is feminine but allow you to move and relax c) the dress goes on like a t-shirt (and comes off like one, too) d) the fabric is dark enough, so should you choose to wear it to the beach with a bikini underneath, nobody would see the swimsuit through the material.

The rest of the look is pretty self-explanatory – sunglasses that pick the colours of the dress, statement ring that highlights the pink hues in the fabric and a perfect match of espadrilles, trilby and straw tote.
The only make-up I’d wear is a lip gloss and I picked the Daiquiri by Philosophy because it’s pink and the name screams holiday. The organic paraben-free sunscreen was another essential item. I decided against any perfumes this time because wearing one on the beach isn’t something I’d do or recommend.

Total cost: £156.93
Outfit ideas for £200 or less / wardrobe essentials / style tips / online shopping / best season buys / summer fashion / outfit inspirations / party outfit / casual outfit / holiday outfit / via fashioned by love british fashion blog
Shop: Opaque frame sunglasses, Warehouse | Statement ring, Mango | Scent free organic sun lotion, Green People | Daiquiri lipgloss, Philosophy | Platform espadrilles, Hobbs | Hat, Eluna | Striped hem dress, Izabel London | Bikini, TopShop | Straw tote, Seafolly

The Party outfit is all about the dress. It looks like a petal or leaf, delicate and fresh - simple, light and incredibly versatile. For the summer party ensemble I decided to create an art-deco-meets-Greek-Goddess feel by pairing the “petal” with crystal earrings, clutch and sandals to make it unfussy and elegant. A touch of neroli-based perfume and light make-up to finish the look.

And when the party is over, the dress can be worn with Gladiator-style flats and gold cuff or bracelets, or black strappy sandals and biker jacket to create two absolutely different daywear outfits. I promised you it was versatile, didn’t I?

Total cost: £196.37
Outfit ideas for £200 or less / wardrobe essentials / style tips / online shopping / best season buys / summer fashion / outfit inspirations / party outfit / casual outfit / holiday outfit / via fashioned by love british fashion blog
Shop: Crystal earrings, Mango | Colour block clutch bag, Oasis | Lime green dress, Helmut Lang | Solid perfume, Bulgari by Bulgari @ FragranceNet | Mascara & lipgloss, MUA | Nail polish, 2True | Suedette & metallic sandals, Boohoo

Photo source: Cosmopolitan US June 2012


  1. I'm so impressed by all three looks that you put together - mainly because of the price point! The last one in particular caught my eye because you managed to get in a Helmut Lang dress and still come in at under 200 pounds. I'm in the process of reevaluating my wardrobe and attempting to mix in some higher quality pieces with the mostly Zara and H&M things I own, and seeing looks like these give me hope that it can be done :)

  2. Hello there. :) I like your fashion blog. Hope to read more here.

    Maybe we could follow each other on Bloglovin and/or GFC?

    Please leave me a comment on my blog and I will follow you!


  3. What a great challenge! I love the casual look! Croline

  4. They are so nice but my fav is the first one, love casual style!:) Thanks for the tips! Kisses dear! xo

  5. I like creating outfit sets too!! I love the first and third set you created a lot!! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    Style Delights Blog

  6. great picks!

    the STYLE Fringe BLOG

  7. I love that photo! So refreshing. And I love that first look you put together.

    I nominated you for best fashion blog! you absolutely deserve it!

    have a fab weekend
    XO, Gina

  8. What a neat idea to style an entire outfit for 200! It is a challenge especially for good shoes! Love your sets, especially the party one!


  9. Love all 3 outfits, super cute!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  10. Great sets! I especially LOVE that first look!!

  11. Love the bags and hats and that Helmut Lang dress is the perfect summer party dress.

  12. I'm totally with you on the casual look. I never wear flip flops but I do adore flatforms and trilby hats are a must for some stylish sun protection.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  13. So many stunning choices! Love the third one. Really impressive blog, love your style. If you want check mine and we could follow each other:-)

    New post
    Tiger and gold in attack!

  14. I like each combination and I´m really surprised about the complete prices. Further I loved it so much what you´ve written to each outfit because it´s true and inspiring :)

    Wish you a perfect weekend!


  15. Oh I love all of these looks especially the first and last one!



  16. natalia, you are so good at putting sets together. i soooo struggle! hahaha you're an extraordinary fashionista. i hope you win doll. i would definitely wear all three. they are so cute. i love that mint green dress with pink. both color palettes are so soft. very dreamy! have a GREAT weekend doll.

  17. Expertly styled outfits that look like they costed thousands of dollars! Loving your choices of accessories in each look and that lime green dress is divine. Have a great weekend sweety!

  18. Wonderful post...I like your blog.^^
    Maybe follow each other on bloglovin?
    Let me know follow you then back.
    Lovely greets Nessa

  19. That straw tote is kind of a bargain! So many lovely picks sweetie! Hope you're enjoying the weekend!

  20. Great looks. Party and casual are my favs <3


  21. I really like the first and the third look!


  22. Far too many nice things here- great outfit choices!! I voted for you ! Good luck xx Big hug



  23. В принципе на 200$ можно неплохо одеться, если не шиковать) Не плохая идея)Отличная подборка)
    Хорошего настроения!

    С наилучшими пожеланиями, Александра

  24. Lovely combination


  25. third outfit is my favourite

  26. I love your looks and they look so much more expensive that £200, the second one is definitely my favourite :)

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  27. Great post!! In love with everything on the collage!! everything is so neutral and screams warm weather

  28. These looks are great!
    Come on summer :)

  29. Hey dear!
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. Have a wonderful weekend and hope to see you again soon :)


  30. Great selection! Lucy www.tpinkcarpet.com

  31. I think that determination is the key to success for sure - and when you fail, you try and try again :)

    Loving these three looks - the last one has to be my favourite x

  32. yea i agree that bosses are also humans. Thanks! I think the colors are well coordinated here. Good luck with ur competition! Holiday Beach was my favorite. The black was a great accent.

    Issa x

  33. Love all these outfits! Especially the first one!

  34. i think determination does equal success--good luck in the contest! i love love love the casual look.


  35. Thank you for the kind comment on my blog my flatforms are beautiful but I always fall over in them ha ha
    I love these sorts if posts as it gives me ideas of what to buy. I'm useless at making them myself but I love laying my own clothes out to great looks :)

  36. The party dress is so pretty! I like that you chose to pair it with simple nude sandals!

    The Occasional Indulgence

  37. sono bellissimi e a prezzi ottimi!

  38. love all these pieces - getting me inspired for the summer :)


  39. Love the casual look! Good luck! And, thanks for stopping by the blog the other day!

  40. Great outfits x I did this challenge last week, it's so fun to do! I'm sure your perseverance will pay off :) Love your blog background by the way!

    Isabel Rose

  41. Natalia, you created three beautiful looks! I think my favourite is the casual as I could like in jeans and the camel accessories are just perfect and vry chic! I'm like you: creating outfits and browing through fashion website is so relaxing for me...Hope you enjoyed a great w-e! Caterina

  42. i absolutely adore your style Natalia! thanks for visiting me. those 3 outfits would be something i'd totally wear, especially your holiday/beach ensemble. it's too cute! best of lucks on the contest and hope your weekend is winding up nicely too. cheers! ♥

  43. i would rock all 3 of these in a heart beat!!
    brooke @ what2wear

  44. Great blog post! Xox

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  45. Super cute looks! Loving the hats!