Which of these outfits cost €50?
Looking out of this world doesn’t have to cost the earth according to three thrifty stylists DEIRDRE MCQUILLANcharged with putting together outfits with budgets of €50, €100 and €150. Turn the page to find out which one was cheapest
stylist and Thread editor
Yellow polo knit dress €3 from Ritzy Rags,
25 Bolton Street, Dublin
Grey turtleneck from Mark Spencers, €22
Embroidered leather belt, €25, from Bow
Vintage, Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin.
Shoes, models own.
Total cost: €50
“I went out knowing that I would like colour to cheer things up. I wanted to try and find just one piece from a charity or vintage shop to save me going to Penneys. Personally, I always pick up the odd piece from vintage because you can always get bargains, though you have to look around. Ritzy Rags is the most organised charity shop I know – all the dresses are €3 euro, the tops just €1 and you can find great French linen there.
“I started with the yellow dress and I thought about how I would style it and I love polo necks because they are right in season, so cool, so beatnik, so ’60s and in loads of movies and, besides, they are warm. I had spotted the belt before and thought it would bring things together.”
stylist, journalist and show producer
Floral digital print trousers with black tuxedo style side seam from Topshop, €61
PU and canvas jacket from Penneys Limited
Edition €32 (in store now)
Black knit sweater with zipped back, €10 from
Shoes, model’s own.
Total cost: €103
“My love is frugality, particularly at the moment. It is not about limiting yourself to the high street or vintage, but about the considered purchase.
“When I buy something, it has to fit in with what I already have and work within what is already there, though sometimes I absolutely fall in love with something, but I have to think about it – and I have always shopped that way. I still want to have really nice pieces every season, but it is much more considered now. I’m finding, however, that my wardrobe is becoming more black these days.”
award-winning stylist and journalist
Red silk satin dress by Alessandro dell’Acqua with black embellished sleeves, €90 from Siopaella,
Temple Bar, Dublin
Black handbag with Perspex handle, €30 from Shotsy, Temple Bar,
Black tights,€3 from Dunnes Stores
Belt, stylist’s own, shoes model’s own
Total cost: €123
“I am a divil for a bargain and I love the perverse thrill of the chase. This leather skirt, for instance, was €11 from Oxfam a couple of years ago. To balance all this, I do believe in quality and will always spend on a great overcoat or shoes, but I think there are amazing designer consignments stores around the country, in particular Siopaella where I shop a lot. A recent find was a vintage silver fox jacket, for €295 which would have been originally €3,500.
“The key to snapping a bargain is to find the time. Now many places are on Facebook, so you can link into the social network. Other favourite places are sample sales.”