Frugal Feb begins & hell freezes over…

Ok, so hell didn’t exactly freeze over, but I did ditch my reliance on dresses and wear something else for once. And not just anything – a jumpsuit. I said during Frugal Feb that I wanted to be creative with what I already own since I’m not buying new stuff, so I’m trying to really make an effort there, dragging out old stuff I haven’t worn for ages and getting some wear out of the cheap stuff I bought in the sales. Of course, sometimes this works. Sometimes, it really, really doesn’t…

I didn’t take pics of my (boring) Tuesday outfit, so we’ll start on Feb 2nd. Wednesday’s outfit was, I think it’s safe to say, the more successful of the two…

The dress is from Fusion at Monsoon, bought last month in the sale for about £28. I’d had my eye on it since it first went in store, but I don’t think I’ve ever bought anything from Monsoon at full price! I teamed it with purple wool tights and a chunky rose cocktail ring, both from Primark, and a pair of shoes I don’t think I’ve worn for a couple of years. They’re from Minette – a lovely little shoe brand I used to write about a lot when I was editing Shoewawa. I love the combo of wedge heel and pointed toe – not something you see very often.

So we come to today. When I decided to not only wear trousers, but take it one step further, with a jumpsuit. And not just any jumpsuit, a 2-in-1 harem jumpsuit. MISTAKE!

I don’t think it looks terrible but it’s just not me. Luckily, it only cost me about £6 in the sale at New Look last year, so it’s not an expensive mistake. The top half is a racerback vest, so I added a jersey waterfall cardi (Primark again) and finished it with my fur-trimmed wedgie boots from H&M and the best bit of the outfit, the amazing Saucy Riding Boots & Mr Darcy necklace from Hoolala. If you don’t own something from there, buy buy buy (but, um, not this month).

When it comes to the ‘no shopping’ side of Frugal Feb, I think three days in is a little too soon to tell whether it’s going ‘well’ or not. I’ve not bought anything except food and drink, but neither have I seen much I would have bought if I wasn’t on a spending ban. I just keep reminding myself that most people don’t frivolously buy little bits and bobs the way I do and they survive just fine. One month of not spending really isn’t a big deal – it’s just easier to stick to if you make it a big deal!

  • Anonymous

    Thoroughly disagree with your opinion on the jumpsuit outfit – you look HOT. But I understand what it’s like when you wear something that isn’t “you”. It doesn’t quite feel comfortable.

  • Leannestundon

    I actually LOVE this jumpsuit! Looks really good, love the necklace too :)

  • http://twitter.com/KittyBonkers Kitty Jones

    I think you look really nice in the jumpsuit!! As a girly girl I do prefer the dress, but the jumpsuit looks lovely on you but when you don’t feel right in clothes, you just think all looks blah!!

    Kitty x

  • http://www.gemmacartwright.com Gemma

    Aww guys you’re all too nice! I think maybe this is just a step too far. I bought some cuffed black trousers from the House of Fraser clearance, I think maybe I should have tried them first. The tapered shape is just very new to me – usually if I wear trousers it’s bootcut all the way but that feels a bit dated at the moment.

    That said, 70s flares are back and I deffo have a pair of them…

  • http://twitter.com/lou_tweets Lou

    I think it really suits you Gemma!

  • Kat

    Oh Gems, you look absolutely incredible in that jumpsuit! I really really really like you in it! You look very slim, leggy and fashion-y. I demand to see you in that IRL! However, like Alex said, I know what it’s like to not feel like yourself. But I’m loving the fact you’re trying new things and being so brave — and looking so good in the process!

  • http://dollyclackett.blogspot.com Roisin

    The words ‘harem pant jumpsuit’ are enough to strike fear into the heart of a hardened dress wearer such as myself so I understand why you don’t think this outfit was as successful as the dress. However, I think you really do make it work. Seriously! I think it helps enormously that the harem bit isn’t ridiculously proportioned. I’d say hold onto these and try them again and see if you feel more comfortable a second time round, because it does look good.

  • http://www.gemmacartwright.com Gemma

    hmmm…maybe I should give it one more chance? BUT I’M BLAMING YOU LOT IF PEOPLE LAUGH AT ME IN THE STREET!

    Thanks all for the lovely comments. I wonder if maybe I should post one of the 20 or so awful pics I took before I got this one good one… ;-)

  • http://amonkeyfatshionista.wordpress.com/ Monkey

    You can do it Gem! If I can do it for 6 months you can definitely do it for a mere 28 days.

  • http://missbeliever.com Tamsin

    That necklace is AWESOME. I’ve looked at that before. I like the jumpsuit! x

  • Ajmolyneux

    I think you look fab in the jumpsuit! Very funky outfit :) x

  • http://www.domesticsluttery.com Siany

    I agree, I like the jumpsuit on you. But if it doesn’t feel comfy, it just doesn’t. Shame, because even with the harem-yness, your legs look great.

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