Thursday, 1 June 2017

A Day-to-Night Summer Outfit for Just £50 | MandM Direct Challenge

A day-to-night summer outfit: Sequin bomber jacket \ sporty lace top \ coral cropped trousers wide leg pants culottes \ rose gold espadrilles \ black crossover mules | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
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I am really excited about this outfit - you know when everything just comes together and feels great the moment you put it on? Well, this is one of those outfits.

Not only that, but what I'm wearing comes to a grand total of £50... Yes, just fifty quid!

This is a perfect day-to-night outfit that works really well in all this (crazy for May/June) hot weather we've been having here in the UK. It's funny how it gets hot all of a sudden here: You need something loose and cool for the day, but come the evening you usually need a jacket. And you'll want to look a little more dressed up because us Brits like a bit of sparkle at night.

Now I love a challenge, and I love a bargain. I was recently contacted by MandM Direct, an online retailer selling over 300 brand names (such as French Connection, Ben Sherman and New Balance) at prices up to 75% off RRP - so they're much cheaper than the high street - about working together. It's their 30th anniversary this year and wanted me to celebrate with them by partnering on an outfit post, so what better time than now to get a new outfit for the summer?

MandM Direct challenged me to create an outfit for just £50... challenge accepted! I decided to get something perfect for the daytime that can easily be transformed for a night out.

And the result was my new favourite floaty (but funky) outfit.

A day-to-night summer outfit: Sequin bomber jacket \ sporty lace top \ coral cropped trousers wide leg pants culottes \ rose gold espadrilles \ black crossover mules | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
A day-to-night summer outfit: Sequin bomber jacket \ sporty lace top \ coral cropped trousers wide leg pants culottes \ rose gold espadrilles \ black crossover mules | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

About my outfit

I will be honest: I didn't think I could easily find a whole outfit for £50, especially when I'd added in the extra problem of making it suitable for evening too (why do I do this to myself?!). I'm notoriously hesitant when it comes to finding a whole outfit - let me choose one piece that works with the rest of my wardrobe and I'm there like a shot - but a complete outfit is tough.

YOU KNOW WHEN YOU SEE ONE ITEM ON A WEBSITE THAT YOU LOVE AND YOU KNOW YOU HAVE TO HAVE IT DUE TO ITS UNQUESTIONABLE PERFECTION? WELL THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED WITH THESE CORAL CROPPED TROUSERS. 
However...

You know when you see one item on a website that you love and you KNOW you have to have it due to its unquestionable perfection? Well that's what happened with these coral cropped trousers: Love at first sight. The rest of the outfit was pretty easy, to be honest:

A day-to-night summer outfit: Sequin bomber jacket \ sporty lace top \ coral cropped trousers wide leg pants culottes \ rose gold espadrilles \ black crossover mules | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
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I've been talking a lot about how espadrilles are THE shoe of SS17, and these rose gold espadrilles (be still my blogger's beating heart) are not only as-cute-as but they are so flattering, despite being flats. Paired with the cropped trousers and they make you do this floaty, French ballerina-esque thing with your legs and feet, I can't quite explain it but I love it.

Shoes and bottoms down, top to go: The two cherries on top were the lace top and the sequin bomber jacket... Hello, day to night option! The lace top is super funky - you do need to wear a vest top or camisole underneath as it's all lace - but I love the contrast of lace and sporty edging.

The jacket is exactly what the outfit needs to switch it from day to night. Swap the espadrilles for black heeled mules, add jewellery and a cute handbag (plus a swipe of red lipstick) and you've gone from daytime chic to nighttime cool in a flash.

The total value of my outfit was £49.16, and the savings off RRP made were £72.80.

£120 seems much more the sort of figure this outfit would normally cost, so to say I was pleased is an understatement. Many thanks, MandM Direct - I'm so pleased with this outfit...

… and happy 30th anniversary!

About MandM Direct

MandM Direct offers a huge range of sports and outdoor brands such as Puma, Skechers and Caterpillar as well as fashion. They sell menswear and kidswear too and although they don't do discount codes or promotions, they DO offer sale prices all year round. Seeing as I got my whole outfit for way less than half price (about 67% off!) I have to say they certainly deliver in terms of price.

They say that styles sell out quickly, so if you see something you like, act fast. Standard delivery to the UK is free over £75 which is a nice added extra. Less than that it's £4.49, but when you're saving so much on the clothes it's still much cheaper than shopping for the same thing in the high street. They offer international delivery to selected countries and it's free for orders from over £75 (it varies per country so check).

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A day-to-night summer outfit: Sequin bomber jacket \ sporty lace top \ coral cropped trousers wide leg pants culottes \ rose gold espadrilles \ black crossover mules | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
A day-to-night summer outfit: Sequin bomber jacket \ sporty lace top \ coral cropped trousers wide leg pants culottes \ rose gold espadrilles \ black crossover mules | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
A day-to-night summer outfit: Sequin bomber jacket \ sporty lace top \ coral cropped trousers wide leg pants culottes \ rose gold espadrilles \ black crossover mules | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
A day-to-night summer outfit: Sequin bomber jacket \ sporty lace top \ coral cropped trousers wide leg pants culottes \ rose gold espadrilles \ black crossover mules | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
A day-to-night summer outfit: Sequin bomber jacket \ sporty lace top \ coral cropped trousers wide leg pants culottes \ rose gold espadrilles \ black crossover mules | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
A day-to-night summer outfit: Sequin bomber jacket \ sporty lace top \ coral cropped trousers wide leg pants culottes \ rose gold espadrilles \ black crossover mules | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
A day-to-night summer outfit: Sequin bomber jacket \ sporty lace top \ coral cropped trousers wide leg pants culottes \ rose gold espadrilles \ black crossover mules | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
A day-to-night summer outfit: Sequin bomber jacket \ sporty lace top \ coral cropped trousers wide leg pants culottes \ rose gold espadrilles \ black crossover mules | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
A day-to-night summer outfit: Sequin bomber jacket \ sporty lace top \ coral cropped trousers wide leg pants culottes \ rose gold espadrilles \ black crossover mules | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
A day-to-night summer outfit: Sequin bomber jacket \ sporty lace top \ coral cropped trousers wide leg pants culottes \ rose gold espadrilles \ black crossover mules | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 styleJacket \ Top \ Trousers \ Espadrilles: all MandM Direct c/o
(wearing my own vest top underneath the lace top)
Bag: House of Fraser
Mules: MADELEINE c/o
Jewellery: Lizzy O c/o, Accessorize

Catherine

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A day-to-night summer outfit: Sequin bomber jacket \ sporty lace top \ coral cropped trousers wide leg pants culottes \ rose gold espadrilles \ black crossover mules | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
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22 comments

  1. That lace with the edging! So cool! Great look.

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  2. This is my kind of look Catherine.
    Colourful, casual, easy-going, fun, unique looking and (best of all) a real bargain.
    Perfect!
    XXX
    Samantha
    Fake Fabulous | Style and Fashion, over 40

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    1. Actually I feel it's very "Samantha", Samantha!! It's such a fun outfit, isn't it... thank you hon!

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    2. Hahahaha...that's funny Catherine because I was straight on the website to see if my size was availible! :oP XXX

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  3. Only you could find such a FABULOUS day-to-night outfit for £50, Catherine! You look fab! I'm LOVIN the bomber jacket :)
    Suzy xx
    www.suzyturner.com

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    1. hehe thanks Suzy! The jacket is a winner, I agree! x

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  4. I'm all about scoring the deals...and this one tops the cake!! Beautifully done, Catherine!
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Can you believe it was only £50, Jodie - and with a jacket too...?! Thanks hon x

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  5. Beautiful colours and each piece is lovely on its own (and a total bargain!)... but I don't think it shoes your fantastic body shape off to its best - sorry to be negative!

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    1. I'm afraid showing off my body shape isn't my number one priority Jenni, and even if someone doesn't think something is flattering that doesn't bother me either. Clothes don't have to be what people consider "flattering" to be fabulous... The most important thing is that I love it, I feel fabulous in it (plus it hides all the weight I've piled on recently - I can't wear clingy clothes anyway at the moment, it's nice to have something that fits!!)

      Sorry to disagree but comfort and feeling great in something far outweighs showing off body shape to me (which wouldn't look good anyway)... I'm pleasing no one but myself!

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  6. Fabulous jacket! And aren't mules fantastic? They are so very comfortable!

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    1. I love the jacket too Nancy!! And yes, mules are supremely comfy :)

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  7. Fabulous post Catherine. Having seen you in the daytime version, I can confirm it looks as fab in real life too. What a great concept the website is too. I'm going to go bargain hunt now! Love the sequins btw. Have a lovely weekend 😘Love Liz xxxxx www.whatlizzyloves.com xxxxxxx

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    1. Aww thanks Liz - and yes the compliments for the outfit came thick and fast which was lovely!!

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  8. Bloody hell you're pretty Miss Catherine.
    Anyway about the outfit, yes to lace & stripes mix, yes to espadrilles, yes to...well yes to all of it, who am I kidding both of these looks are fab!
    xx

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    1. Bloody hell you're kind, MT!! thank you, blushing over here xx

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  9. Oh one more thing I forgot to say thank you for the info here. This site is fab, reminds me of Tkmaxx & I luurve that kind of shopping ;-)

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  10. I'm off to have a verrrrrry long browse on this website, but before I do, let me just throw some love on on that sequin bomber and the sporty lace top. I could wear both of those pieces a zillion ways. I'm off to see if I can put something together for £50! xxx

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