As you may or may not have noticed, I have a total love hate relationship with Primark. Hate, as in I hate going there - we don't have one anywhere near us so it's a complete trek and unless you get there 5 mins after it opens (as I'm sure anyone who's ever been there is aware), within 10 mins they resemble the most hideous jumble sale known to man. Really selling it to someone who's never visited, aren't I?
But if you're determined, have true grit and are punctual (and do not ever, EVER take small children with you - that is up there as the 10th Circle of Hell) then honestly it can be worth it.
Seeing as my Matalan burgundy wedge trainers arrived today and errr, they're ok. They really are ok but tiny things like the fact the sole isn't completely straight all the way round (what do you expect for £22?) and the burgundy has bled ever so ever so slightly into the white of the sole and they're not that comfy means that I'm taking them back. To cut a long story short - I also don't think I want a plain burgundy colour, I really really want the tri tone Ash ones that obviously I can't get my hands on for love nor money.
But let's assume I manage to. It means therefore that I have 2p to spend on the rest of my clothes.
Which means that the A/W Primark preview pics were of huge interest to me. Now, I do need to premise this by saying that, in complete contrast to M&S, Primark have cleverly always employed the most fantastic photographers. Their products always looks amazing. Sometimes they are. Often they're not. Which is why you will have to drag your sorry behinds to a store (here's hoping you have one nearer than I do) and check out the items in the flesh. Or wait for me to and report back. As there are just too many fabulous things for me not to be hot footing it there next week.
So without further ado - let's crack on.
This first jumper reminds me of a more wearable version of the Neon Acne jumper that is everywhere at the moment. The chances of it being 100% scratchy acrylic are high but I have actually had some fab knitwear from Primark in the past (a jumper that is on its 3rd year, wiping the floor with its far newer Reiss counterpart for example. Boo hiss) Let's go see it with a PMA.
I think this lime would be lovely with navy and khaki. Yum.
This back zip sweat top would be great for the gym but I'm loving it with either a denim shirt underneath and a leather jacket over it or with a longline vest and huge scarf, jeans and boots. I've seen very similar and I'm willing to bet, a lot more expensive, somewhere - can't remember where, but will be checking this version out first. Love it.
Again, ignoring the potential naked flame dangers of this one, I love the 70's vibe of it. Can see again over a denim shirt, distressed faded jeans, boots and a trench for the Autumn.
This sequin armed number I don't care how hideous it is - so long as it doesn't give me an electric shock when wearing it, I'm tracking this down. I shall, however, be leaving the gold jeans to someone 20 years my junior. No-one would thank me for sporting them.
Again, the bottoms below I will leave to those younger generations who have no idea what net curtains are (as I remember too well the hideousness of them and have no intention of wearing them as a skirt), but the jumper I have naively high hopes for. Perfect shape, perfect knit, perfect colour. Please please don't set my teeth on edge. I'm also thinking that necklace might be finding its way into my basket.....
On to trousers. Not that I can recall buying any as I haven't worn "trousers" in years really apart from jean style but it's my resolution to try and move slightly (I can't give them up - I truly am addicted) from skinny style jeans. So the peg/straight/cropped leg is a very easy alternative.
Love these baroque style ones which would look just fantastic for a night out with black killer heels, black top and tuxedo style blazer. (all of which I handily have...!)
Ditto these - but I think these would also work really well during the day - black slipper flats, black tee and black blazer. Or with white tee and pink blazer. Love the geometric print that Prada did on the catwalk (love love LOVE it but am not blowing my budget on a pair of Prada trousers - I would have to do paralytic shopping trip to come home with those as opposed to normal drunk shopping which has resulted in some "interesting" purchases over the years) These have to be worth checking out.
A reminder of how great the skinny coloured jean selection for £11/£13 is at Primark. Have been very impressed with the quality - especially for an item that you're not going to have for years and years. A fabulous seasonal addition to your wardrobe that isn't going to break the bank. Get them in every colour!
And ditto with the printed jean. These look just gorgeous - how easy to wear during the day but how great for wearing out in the evening? As much as I've said I shall be attempting to wear more trousers - these definitely have my heart beating that little bit faster.
Again we can probably guarantee that this will be vile fabric but assuming it's not, I've got my eye on this for my Christmas Day dress. Nude tights (yes I do wear them - sue me. American tan has come on in leaps and bounds my friends) and shoots. Oh hello.......
One of my favourite trends of this season which I shall be exploring is embellishment. And what's more appropriate than sequins. I am such a complete magpie that I am drawn to a sequin like a moth to a naked flame. Can't keep away. I don't have a gunmetal/grey/goldy jacket so this one has my name all over it. The shorts? Errr, mmm, not so much.
Now I'm not in need of a parka and have a trench with my name on it as a showerproof coat, but if not, I would definitely be giving this a go. Have seen this in store and it's a great buy. A popular look on the High Street but this is by far the best value.
Interestingly I've always found Primark coats to be of really good quality. If I were looking for a more structured coat for either work or to wear as a casual coat (I love a smart coat over scabby jeans and a loose jumper and boots) then this would make my shortlist.
Now I need this like I need a hole in the head but I must must check it out as I'd love it were it 20 times as much money. A complete luxury item (ok so it's not going to be top quality but let's assume it's vaguely as good as it looks) that for Primark prices, I shall be snapping up. LOVE.
I am absolutely kicking myself at not buying a very similar jacket that Zara had at the beginning of last season. I assumed it would go into the sale. Error. I love yellow, black and denim. Don't need this jacket but I shall be getting it as it will sit in my wardrobe for years and years and years. And I will wear it every year. I'm going to stick my neck out and say a classic.
Ok I may have had a glass of wine (or two) but NOT THE DRESS. Necklace peeps, necklace. And the earrings. Need to see. Just divine. And they'll be peanuts!
I am in no need of biker boots myself (I have a Kurt Geiger pair that are still going strong 3 years on) but were you looking for a fashion forward studded pair then these might be worth tracking down. They "look" great but I'll reserve judgement till I see them in the flesh. (actually I say I'm not in need but I do still salivate over the All Saints super spikey stud ones that most people thought were utterly gopping!)
The last two shoes are a sneak hint at my wedge ideas as opposed to the wedge trainer. Love them. And I'm going to hazard a guess at them being a fraction of the cost of the others on my list. Interestingly I find not real suede much more palatable and easier on the eye than non leather leather shoes. Clear as mud?
Finishing with what I wore today
Blush vest - Primark
Beige linen tee - Zara
Paint splatter skinnies - Zara
Pearly king and queen jacket - Phase Eight
Black silk jersey scarf - Cos
Gold bee necklace - Alex Monroe
Tan leather cuff - Mulberry
Gold link bracelet - my grandmother's
Tan shopper - Zara
Black velvet slippers - Primark
Black sunglasses - Dior
Enjoy! Can't wait to hear what your Primark thoughts are!