Hello and welcome to Basic Bitch Bargains! In this post, I’ll be showing you a beautiful summery Dune bag that I nabbed for a total bargain whilst dressed as a basic bitch in T.K Maxx (this is a lie I was wearing leggings, had no visible parting in my hair and didn’t have a follicle of make-up on my face).
Now to some people, T.K Maxx is a terrifying place that resembles a jumble sale where all the rejected designer items go to die. On some days, I could walk into T.K Maxx and agree with you. But on others, its worth ransacking the rails for a bargain (even if you do make a terrible mess)
Yesterday I found this gorgeous Dune bag that I thought would go perfect with my Summer wardrobe as its tan and gold colouring reflect the second season perfectly. I personally love Dune and have always bought their products from T.K. Maxx as you can often get them for about 50% off which is an offer I don’t think anyone who loves Dune would refuse!
Originally retailed at £69.00, I snapped this baby up for £39.00 and its roomy storage space and handy pockets inside definitely make it worth the money.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this bag. It’s spacious main compartment and handy pockets provides adequate storage space while the sturdy handles and additional strap make it easy to carry. The gold buckle also provides some security in terms of access while the leather tassel and solid gold ‘Dune’ charm add some refined detail and help give it an edgier look. It’s a designer bag without the designer price!
So as I love fashion so much, I usually spend way too much on it. Recently I’ve been coming home with something(s) new every single day, which I know for a fact is not normal and I do need to stop doing it as I have way too many clothes already. Just kidding, you can never have enough clothes. Ever.
With that in mind, I thought I’d do a little post on a few things that I’ve bought over the last month or so. I will do some more, but I’m still waiting for a few things to arrive so they will feature in my next post. I’m also waiting for the sun to come up, as the lighting in my house at the moment is not great.
Bralet: Topshop £25
So to start us off, I ordered this cute bralet earlier this week. It’s white/cream and is decorated with lace. The lace is the same colour but it forms various patterns which just makes it look a bit more exciting. I already own a black version, which I absolutely adore. It’s always my go-to item if I don’t know what to wear on a night out. Naturally I spotted this one and was like “Ooh it’s got a twin” and ordered it straight away. It’s been very popular; there were only two remaining sizes left when I ordered it (8 and 14). I’d normally take a size 10/12 but those sizes weren’t available and I was desperate for the bralet so I ordered an 8. My black one is a size 10 from Topshop’s Petite range. The White one however was a regular Topshop product, and with only two sizes left I ordered a size 8 thinking that it would be bigger as it was an average product. It arrived two days later, but when I tried it on, I couldn’t even get it on! It was absolutely tiny, it honestly looked like a size 0. I had a look on the website and found that everyone agreed that it came up way to small. Really don’t know what measurements they were using when they made this but they need to double check their tape measures! I had to take into my actual Topshop store today and get it exchanged. Again, most of the sizes had sold out, but I managed to pick up a 14. I tried it on, and this was a much better fit: I could actually get it on this time which was great and it fit the way my other one fits. It shows done cleavage, but it doesn’t show everything or (when you get the right size) squeeze you into it and make you look like an overstuffed sausage. Overall it’s very pretty and surprisingly comfy, but just be warned of the sizing!
Dress: Topshop (Petite) £36
Secondly, we have this gorgeous dress. It’s a lovely powder pink colour, decorated with black lace to give a bodice like appearance. It has very tiny and flimsy black straps, so a strapless bra would be a good idea with this dress. I bought this because I thought it would be good for nights out as it has a very fancy feel to it and can also be worn to posh restaurants and such. This dress accentuates curves perfectly as it has a body con like shape to it. The only thing I would say is that these sorts of dresses can come up quite short, as in you could potentially flash people. Therefore I would definitely advise that you try it on before you buy. It is easy to wear, very comfy and fits like a dream. Definitely worth the money.
Top: Topshop £26
This top was really just an impulse buy. I had been looking at it a few days before, but I didn’t consider it something I really wanted to buy. When I was exchanging my bralet, I happened to spot it again so I picked it up and bought it to the counter with me. As you can see it’s grey with a black and blue grid pattern. The material is like Jersey material; very soft, comfy and practical. It’s definitely one of the best impulse purchase I made recently and I can tell it’s been inspired by the recent trend of bold prints, textures and patterns. If you’re someone who wants to try such a trend but doesn’t want it to be too loud or in-your-face I would definitely recommend this to you. At £26, I do feel it’s quite expensive for a long sleeve crop top, though it is undeniably a cute and trendy product.
Top: Topshop £20
I love this cute top. It’s got a very retro feel to it and fits in we with the grungy/heroine chic look that has been dragged into modern day fashion from the 1990s. I think that the green in the tile pattern gives it a modern twist and adds a sprinkling of colour to it. Although it might look a bit weird hanging up, it does look very good on. It defines your shoulder bones well and adds done definition to your body instead of swamping you like some vest type tops can. The material it’s made of is bumpy and slightly rough, but it doesn’t feel like a potato sack. It’s a good feel, and it’s adds texture to an already rockin’ item of clothing.
So that’s the first part of February Doll purchases. I hope you’ve enjoyed, and you can look forward to part 2 tomorrow.
For this set, I went with the theme of you’ve probably guessed it: clashing prints and textures. I didn’t have any idea what I was really going to go with when I first started this, so I started with the actual clothes first. I chose a simple yet decorative and interesting crop top. I chose this mainly because the print has an edgy and unique pattern, and this went well with the colours of white, black and blue. As someone who works in retail, I can tell you that this Spring will be all about statement, bold primary colours. The crop top is folk inspired and different, but it’s not too ‘busy’ as my Nan would say, which is thanks to its smooth texture. Crop Top: £16 Topshop
Next up is the red leather jacket. Though it’s quite a harsh colour for a jacket, it is complimented by the softer hues of the crop top. The jacket is leather, which makes it practical for spring and adds a worn out texture to the outfit. Jacket: £55 River Island
To complete the main body of the outfit, I chose this skirt. I liked the length of this skirt. Anything longer would have swamped the lovely shoes that I’ll be talking about later. Though I’m sure you have lovely legs, had the skirt been shorter it would have distraction from the rest of the outfit. It’s also a pencil skirt, which adds modest shape to curves and helps accentuate your body. With the crop top being not all that modest, it just made sense to have a slightly longer skirt. The bold, angular zig zag print of this skirt really adds a sense of focus to the item. The peachy coloured lines manage to add some definition to the skirt, without being too in your face. It contrasts perfectly with the floral, folky crop top and bold jacket. Skirt: £14.99 New Look
When it came to handbags, I was looking this one and another one from New Look. The NL one was this colour blue, but it also had a splash of turquoise in it. I decided that the turquoise just didn’t fit in with the rest of the colour scheme, so I chose this little wonder. Despite the picture it’s actually quite small, but that makes it handy for nights out and dates as it won’t get in the way too much. I love how it looks like a slightly over grown purse too, but it’s solid colour means it’s not too ‘cute’ for the outfit. Handbag: £30 River Island
Next, ah the heels. These chunky heels match the outfit perfectly. Although not everyone likes bulky shoes, they fit in here as they add dimension to your feet and height to the rest of you! The fact that they are white also means that they don’t draw too much attention away from the outfit that they compliment so well. Heels: £25 BooHoo.com
For the jewellery, I chose items that were obvious, but didn’t distract from the bold prints and textures of the outfit. I decided to stick with one colour or rather metal: gold. The handbag already worked some gold into the set, but I thought it needed some more to give it a bitter shine. The gold choker has a cut out pattern on it, which makes it seem less solid and adds texture to your neck, whilst the bracelets and bangles contribute a tribal feel. The earrings I kept simple yet edgy; they have a crushed appearance yet are very polished which of course makes them extra shiny. Choker: £14 Topshop Bracelets: £12.99 New Look Earrings: £4.90 Forever21
This look is casual yet impactive, and is a great way to really make s fashion statement this Spring.