So UK A Thrifty Mrs readers, you know how it has been miserable and cold this summer? Well I’ve been relying on tights and thick dresses to see me through this dire weather. This past weekend we went for a jaunt across the hills to York to visit family. There I am in thick tights, a heavy dress and cardigan when the temperature doodah in our car tells us it is 24 degrees at about the same time as I start to feel like I’ve been set on fire.
Anyway, you see this outfit? As inappropriate for the weather as it may have been it was a total and utter bargain. I picked up everything apart from the tights and accessories from supermarkets. The cardigan was full priced at £10 from Asda last year, I’ve had really good wear out of it and it washes really, really well – which is hugely important to me when it comes to cheap clothes. It is a false economy to buy something you’ll only get a couple of wears out of it even it is cheap.
The dress and shoes (which I’m obsessed with lately) were both found in supermarket sales from Tesco and Asda respectively. I love a good sale but it has taken me years to learn how to shop them properly. I would forever come home with a bag full of stuff I’d never so much as consider if it was full price only to wear it once and decide it wasn’t for me. Not only does that waste money but it wastes resources. I now really think about what I’m buying even if it is 1/4 the original price.
Supermarket clothes have been good for the last few years but I really feel like they’ve stepped it up a notch in the last year or so. The quality is great, the lasting power can be fantastic and the price point is often spot on. The supermarkets near me seem to almost continually have a sale rail and if you haven’t already checked out the one nearest to you, you really must.
P.S. Have you had any supermarket sale action recently? Any great buys?
P.P.S. I’m really surprised this outfit doesn’t contain any Tu at Sainsbury’s because usually they’re my favourite.