Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Fun With A Fiver


Last week the fab Lucy challenged me to put together a whole outfit that cost around £5. Walking into town earlier I realised that today's outfit was a cheapie, too.


This dress was from "The 20p Man" at the Thursday car boot sale and the bag was 20p from another car boot sale several years ago.



These lace-up suede boots were £1 from a car boot sale and the turquoise opaques were a gift from a friend.




1960s Perspex clear rings and black bangles (Inherited from Mum), turquoise plastic bangle (Queen Helga), Black & Silver bangle (50p, car boot sale), Black cocktail ring (50p, Acorns Hospice), Plastic dress rings (25p each, car boot sale)

Enamel earrings (40p, Bay Trading closing down sale)

A total outfit cost of £3.30



I splashed out a grand total of £2 on all these vintage goodies from this morning's town centre flea market,
1960s veiled cocktail hat, Miss Rayne pearlised court shoes, Ackery of London Kelly bag and a 1950s English-made leather Kelly bag and almost had change left from my imaginary £5 note.




I'm not alone in embracing cheap chic. Check out these gorgeous frugalistas:

Janet @ The Gardener's Cottage
Sarah @ Misfits Vintage
Curtise @ The Secondhand Years
Liz @ Rose & Bird
Helga @ Helga Von Trollop
Lakota @ Faith, Hope & Charity Shopping

Don't be shy, share your cheapest outfits, I'd love to see them.

57 comments:

Kelly said...

Nothing but amazing, £3.30! Great!!
I love those boots, such a fab buy.

xx

Sugar with Spikes said...

very pretty outfit, i cant believe it cost how much it did.

IRENE
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Amila said...

I love cheep things ,they mean much much more than other expenssive things. I love those boots, and rings!
Pictures are great too!
And I love your posts!
:*

Robyn said...

I wish I could find such cute bargains!

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

Hmm, I guess my one outfit post I did for the 60s wedding was cheap, but only because most of it was gifts! I wish there was such a thing as a 20p man round here.
Dress from Je T'aime Vintage (gift), 60s tights (gift), shoes (fiver, cheapie shoe shop) earrings 50c (Penneys). Does that count?

http://faithhopeandcharityshopping.blogspot.com/2011/08/before-riotsthe-summer-of-love-and.html

pinktutu72 said...

I really love those boots I've seen you in them before and I think they look amazing on you. I always love your jewelry, and that bag is awesome.
Karlene

Ofelia said...

You are on the top of the class when it come s to putting together a beautiful and cheap in prices but not in looks outfit.
Loving the school teacher vibes in this outfit and that lovely yellow flowers bag.

Bex said...

I'm loving the outfit - when I clicked onto this post, I went 'ooh look at the dress', quickly followed by 'ooh look at the bag!' and spent a few minutes fawning over your outfit.
Whoever went past on the landing probably thinks I'm going mad, cooing to myself aha!
Looking fab as always, and what wonderful finds today!
xo

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

OMG! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!THE BAG IS DIVINE AND THE DRESS = BLOODY GORGEOUS!!!

Penny Dreadful said...

Those Miss Rayne shoes you snaffled are fab. Sorry for my slack commenting lately, it's all just getting away from me at the moment :( xx

VintageVicki said...

Love those boots :)

20p man - I wish.

señora Allnut said...

I'm admiring each outfit you put together!, so pretty dress, boots and bag! but I'm enthusiastic about the price of that fabulousness!!, you're so talented and bright!
And I also loved your recently sewed pants!, so pretty floral print!
besos

Tasha said...

So great! You manage to find the best and most awesome deals, I can't even believe it! :)

Miss Rayne said...

Lovely outfit as usual and great Miss Raynes, theres a nice black pair your size and era on ebay at the mo but may be outside your £££ comfort zone
no 230694253626

LUCEWOMAN said...

I'm in an outfit under a fiver right now, but that's thanks to the generosity of friends and family rather than the keenest eye for a bargain in the word!
Those earrings are wonderful, just shows it pays to look everywhere. The skirt I'm wearing is new from M+S, but was only £3. If it had been in the charity shop with its original £25 tag on it, I'm sure they'd have wanted at least a fiver for it.
Anyway, the point is to buy what you like, not what is cheap. I'm sure if more people shopped around they'd find a favourable balance.

Stunning outfit, that dress is in my top 5 faves,along with the Hawaiian dress.

Krista said...

I love this dress and with the boots and green tights has me squealing!!! Your earrings and bracelets are the perfect icing on this yumminess!!!! I think with all the money I could save on shopping I could afford a tix to VIX :)

Love that pink hat you scored, I wanna see you rock that my love!!!!

I will try and do a cheap outfit post for Friday, as always you have me inspired!
KISSES~
Krista

Mrs Munster said...

£3.30 and you look like million dollars! The dress is adorable.

Mummy Boo Bear said...

oooh seriously crushing on those victorian style boots! What a bargin too!

Loving the whole outfit that dress is just too cute. And wow at £3.30 even more to feel good about!


MBB x

the Citizen Rosebud said...

You look like a million bucks. Loving those boots, that purse, that face!

Rebecca said...

You look a million dollars, really loving those beautiful boots.... so gorgeous x

Faff said...

Ah those boots are perfect! Loving your finds today too, I reckon I could find an excuse to wear that hat! :)

Helga! said...

I could just squeam with envy over that frock,I fecking LOVE it and everytime I see it I get a little tear....not to mention that amaaaazing framed handbag and boots!Gawd,I love your fabulousness!
I'm definetly dribbling over that pink cocktail hat!! The bag and shoes too!2 quid!Heaven! My memeory is a bit shit,but I'll see what I can find to wear that cost no more than a fiver..........
LOVE YOU!!!
Helga xxxXXXxxx

Rachel - Firebird said...

Queen Vix of Bargainshire! Long may you share your amazing thrifty skills with us all.

Those boots are serious awesome. Footwear is my nemesis when it come to putting together a cheap but gorgeous outfit. Why can I never find lovely secondhand size 6 shoes?

My Vintage Vow said...

I adore and admire your style.
My cheapest outfits are some of the lovelies that have been given to me or were going to go to charity from others.

Vintage Coconut said...

"My heck" I love it all! You look Gorgeous.
You got those boots for £1 (OMG AMAZING)
I must say I am in absolut love with that bag, it stands out like nobody's business.
I like how your earrings go so well with it.

Great job on the under $5 =)

delia hornbook said...

Love your outfit today there is a photo of me when i was a little girl with a navy blue dress on same fabric and with the white zig zag pipping on it, your dress reminded me of that. Loving your buys today those shoes are gorgeous and so are those kelly bags. I have to say i picked up a mint condition navy Ackery kelly bag for £2.50 last year and i sold it on ebay for £25 i was shocked to the core. You have some amazing carboots by you..and you have a super eye for a bargain. dee xxx

pip a la chic said...

A whole outfit under $5!? That is truly AMAZING!!! That would definietly be a challenge for me but something I could try to do. Love everything about your outfit, especially the accessories. xxx

Please may I? said...

Incredible! Such a bargain outfit and it looks stunning too.

X x

makinggooduse said...

You look stunning - as always - and thats an amazing price for your whole outfit. I'm particularly loving your rose-print bag and your enamel earrings.

Alexandra said...

Lovely outfit Vix, those earrings are gorgeous xxx

Sue, Joe and Michael Webber said...

You are truly awesome on your awesomeness!! I have so missed my Suesdays (op shop trips) but they are back on tomorrow, I will set myself and cheap outfit challenge! :D

Louise said...

I love this outfit, it looks kind of Victorian and really quirky. Love it. I know I could do a £5 outfit, if I could just remember how much I'd paid for things. Xx

P.s. Thanks for the seiving tip, I'll try it next week.

Rachael said...

Those earrings are lovely x

goldminetrashvintage said...

I'm obsessed with 'Victorian revival' style dresses, and yours is exceptional : D.

Scarlett said...

£1 for the boots - are you serious??? Blooming amazing bargain!! I so need a 20p man, thats so cool. You look fabulous and no one would ever think you had put the outfit together for under a fiver, beautiful :o) Scarlett x

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Your whole outfit is gorgeous, but I'm especially freaking out over your nail polish (gorgeous shade) and those insanely awesome boots. Omg.

CameronPoe2409 said...

Less than a fiver! That's amazing and I love, love that bag!xx

Misfits Vintage said...

Holy BeJAYsus you look amazing! That frock is simply spectacular - and the bag is always a favourite - the boots are perfection and all of that FABULOUS jewellery rocks my world. And all for 3.30! You are the QUEEN of the bargain universe!

Love! Sarah xxx

Rosalind said...

'Frugalistas' - what a great word. Your bargains never cease to amaze me. Fabulous £3.30 outfit here. Somehow I never quite manage the incredible prices you achieve, though my clothes shopping costs are still pretty low.

triskelos said...

Chheap is cool and pretty!)) Once again - you look amazing. I've always strongly believed that the only thing that matters is great fashion sence, not amount of money preson spends on clothes))
This dress is so cute!)

Veshoevius said...

Gorgeous dress! And fab boots too - I'll have to have a dig around for my cheapies and see if I can get under a fiver in such style - I seriously doubt it!

Elegancemaison said...

I demand to know where you live and the whereabouts of those car boots and your town centre flea market that deliver up such stylishly fantastic bargains!

Having said that, today I dug out my lovely Oska blanket coat bought for £10.99 from our local Oxfam two years ago. Suddenly it's a style which is high fashion this season - something of a bonus but thankfully also a classic. Expensive for a charity shop buy, but almost unused and would have been around £300 new.

Anita said...

Car boot sales sound like the most wonderful thing ever! The only thing I can think of here that is similar is a flea market, and they are few and far between where I am. And certainly not on a week day!
I am going to try this when I travel north later this month, though. What a great challenge!
xoxo~A.

La Dama said...

Amazing frockfor 20 p!
Love your mamas inherited clear rings and bangles.
That pink hat is divine, i could see helgita running around with it. That bag and earrings goes so perfect, i need me som of your witch boots.
I think i have a 50p dress, i also have a 10 p housedress but dont like the fit of it.
I will check my junk tomorrow.
Besotes

The Brunette said...

I love your whole outfit its gorgeous xx

Dolly Cool Clare said...

I want a 20p man!!! Love the pink hat and shoes - and I also love your mannequin head. I wanted one that like for my hairtie display but they were going for £50+ on Ebay! I imagine you picked it up for a song no doubt :)

Kitty said...

Did I comment on this post this morning or not?? Am possibly going crazy at the moment! Something looks rather victorian (pardon the pun) about this outfit...not sure why!!

The Vintage Knitter said...

Not many people can pull such a stylish look together for a mere £3.30! You certainly can!
xxx

tantmonokrom said...

Great work, the dress and the lace up boots looks perfect together. Cant believe the prices, would not be able to find here in Sweden. A damaged H&M blouse at any charity shop is more expensive here than your whole outfit.

Loved your 70s trousers from last post. So perfect!

SabinePsynopsis said...

Looking worth a million dollars, Vix!
Just had so much fun browsing the 2nd hand shops in Berlin... but a whole outfit for a fiver? That's a challenge (which I'll try to tackle - watch this space :)

pastcaring said...

I love this dress on you - with the boots and the funky floral bag and all your trademark jewellery, it's just fabulous.
And so are you!!
Makes my outfit-for-a-fiver effort seem a bit poor (and heavily reliant on gifts), but hey, at least I had a go!xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Sangu said...

Ah, you have to love cheap chic. I wish I was better at this, I really need to follow you around at a car boot sale one day and steal all your tricks, Vix! :-)

Rose&Bird said...

Great outfit! We are (almost) earring twins! I have those earrings, but in purple and mine were from Dotty Ps - spooky!

Scott McLean said...

I'm gonna find men's clothes with that shade of green and black, and I want to achieve a look that is a cross between Gothic and Grunge.

Sabina said...

Now that's some smart shopping. I especially like the bag you're wearing. So cute how it looks like an oversize coin purse.

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DeniseAngela said...

wow! those boots are so fabulous & what chic shopping....I am off to visit the others!

Lena said...

The dress, the bag - Vix you are a true inspiration!x