I absolutely love Matalan - I have quite a few items from there and I love them. In the past 2 years they have really grown up and they are now one of my first choices when I go shopping. It helps that our local one is big, it's easy/free to park and the staff are great.
I was approached by Matalan to take part in their £50 blogger challenge this month. The basics are you get £50 (vouchers for instore or online) and you have to create a look within budget for the said topic of the month. Previous topics have been ChinaBlue, MonochromeMummies and WorkWear. This month it's Wedding Outfit. Yippee I shouted with glee - I love a good wedding outfit. I don't know anyone that is getting married, I haven't attended a wedding in years but I do love getting dressed up!
I chose to select my outfit from my local store. I still like touching and feeling and sometimes clothes sizes do not match traditional dress sizes, so I knew I had to 'go in'. The problem I had was there was SO MUCH to choose from. Seriously, Matalan have every trend and style and size covered. There were ROWS UPON ROWS of EVERYTHING and I spent a good few hours walking around and around and around picking things up and matching them with other items.
The outfit I finally chose was this one:
Top – £12 – can’t find online, bought in local store
Skirt – £14 - Can’t find online, bought in local store
I absolutely LOVE the yellow top - it's going to be worn so many times by me - with jeans (blue or white) or with the skirt again. Would do well for a summer work meeting too.
Whilst wandering around I saw this maxi dress - it's amazing on but if you're shorter than I am (5ft 9) then forget it, it's going to be too long. I had really high nude heels on too. The dress was online last week but I guess they sold out because I can't find it on there now.
Dress - £35
Shoes - £14
Now I'm a sucker for a shift dress and this one leapt out at me whilst browsing. I also totally love the necklace and the shoes matched in well with the side panels (stone) of the dress. I added the jacket too because it smartened it up immediately for a wedding.
Necklace - £10 (I kid you not!)
I know I know I know this is over the budget set but I couldn't refuse a show and tell! Still, at £69 it's a bargain. The necklace will be worn so many times over for so many other occasions as will the jacket.
So go on, take a look at Matalan - you will find something. Remember my amazing paisley chino's? Still available to buy for £10 - TEN POUNDS!!!
I couldn't find this in my local store but it is online - I wish I could have styled this one - AMAZING - and more amazing is the price - £16!
There are 3 other bloggers taking part - hop on over to Matalan and check out their looks - also you can vote for the outfit you think is best ... Click here to vote.
Have you ever considered Matalan as a shop to go in? I didn't until a few years ago and now I'm hooked!