A little while ago, I was set a challenge by the ever so lovely people at VoucherCodes.co.uk. VoucherCodes.co.uk offers a great assortment of fashion, eating-out and beauty codes, including this Debenhams Discount Code and Boden Discount Code. My mission? To take part in their 'Thrifty Summer Challenge' to showcase the most cost effective and versatile buys. Each item must be under £40, and an essential staple in any summer wardrobe.
WELL, VoucherCodes.co.uk - consider your challenge accepted! Here are my top six versatile, summer-staple bargain buys:
- Pink fitted waist sundress - £22 from ASOS
This dress is perfect, and I'll tell you why - not only is it made from summer skin-loving cotton, but the colour fits the dreamy romantic trend like a dream. The cut is classic and simple, which means it can be worn for work or play, and is easily transferable from day to night with the right accessories. If that's not versatile, I don't know what is!
- Knitted lace back cardigan - £38 from Topshop
Everyone needs an emergency cover up solution in case the weather takes a cold turn, and this cardigan is ideal. The lace panel on the back is not only on trend, but it'll reduce the chances of that horrible clammy feeling that comes with humid weather - huzzah!
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Image courtesy of Topshop.com
- Patent loafers - £25 from Kate Kanzier
I was introduced to Kate Kanzier's amazing (and not to mention affordable) range of shoes by my lovely friend Alex Loves, and it's really changed my life! All of her shoes are extremely well-made, fashionable and each pair is a bargain. These loafers are insanely versatile, and could be worn with a pretty summer dress, skinny jeans on cooler days and even to the office. They're like chameleons for your feet!
- Reusable cotton bag - £5 from Cath Kidston
That's face it - no one likes carrying a plastic bag anymore, and with a gorgeous array of reuseable fabric bags on the market, there's no need to. This Cath Kidston one is definitely worth the £5 investment, as it ticks all of the fashion boxes - it's floral, it's versatile (from city shopping to a book bag for the beach) and, simply, it's Cath Kidston! The little bird detail is absolutely adorable too.
- Cameo scarf - £12 from Miss Selfridge
It definitely pays to keep a pretty scarf handy in the summer. You can use it to wrap your hair on those days where it's too hot to even comprehend styling it, it can act as a cover up when you're feeling shy in your bikini and it'll keep you warm on those cooler summer evenings. I love the vintage feel of this scarf, and the cameo print is ever so feminine.
Image courtesy of MissSelfridge.com
- Me & Zena Leopard necklace - £20 from Lazy Oaf
Everyone needs a statement necklace for the summer, and I think I may be in love with this one. A simple pendant necklace like this is so easy to throw on, but I guarantee it'll get you no end of compliments. Leopard print is also making a come back, so surely you can't go wrong with a whole leopard?
So that's it! What do you think? What versatile summer bargains would you recommend? I'd love to hear them all, so let me know!