AW15 - Budget Friendly Wish List


Style Theory: Last week I brought you my AW15 dream wish list, this week is the budget friendly wish list, the reality of the things I will be buying this season...


Mango @ House of Fraser £24.99
Not a bad Gucci Soho Disco bag 'tribute' this is not leather but looks pretty authentic and is a good, neat size with a double compartments. It comes in lots of different colours from fuchsia to mustard to grey, I must admit black is my favourite for the winter.


Lauren Ralph Lauren @ HoF £245
A high to mid priced camel coat, a classic shape so would last you year after year. This coat is 60% wool and is beautifully tailored, I think I will be looking at investing in this coat this year.

New Look Camel Textured Coat £29.99
On the cheaper end of the scale, this coat is 90% polyester but is a great shape and an even greater price. There is also a fab camel coat in Primark (not available online but is in-store at the moment) it is £29.99 (I think?) I tried it on and was impressed by the feel and slouchy look, check out SusieSoso's blog for some fab photos (my snaps in Primark were bad!)...


Asos Maison Scotch Logo Sweater £75
Whistles @House of Fraser £75
Not quite Bella Freud but these two sweaters do the 'logo thing' tastefully, wear with coated leggings (below) or a leather skirt and a pair of heeled ankle boots for a rock chic look.


Zara Faux Suede Biker Trousers £39.99
I have these trousers as you can see in the photo above. After trying on lots of faux leather trousers I found these fit the best and were not claustrophobic. Lots of the faux leather were like wearing clingfilm but these are soft and have a nice soft lining that does not suffocate your legs. I have just bought the Boden Off Duty Merino Jumper to go with these for a laid back daytime look.


Zara Printed Dress £39.99
This dress does not look great in this photo but it does look gorgeous on. Wear with heeled tan knee high boots and put a slim tan belt around the waist for a cool 70s look, or team with colour pop heels (match to the orange/turquoise or jade flowers) and add a similar hue clutch for a stunning evening outfit.


Mango Cat Eye Sunglasses £17.99
So reasonable, super chic and if you lose them/sit on them you will not be devastated as they are not expensive.


Mango Leather Bag @House Of Fraser £89.99
Still a little pricey but this is such a beautiful bag, leather with faux pony skin look. I have this on my wish list, I love the look above with a simple black sweater, distressed jeans and an animal print bag.

Topshop £46
Very Miu Miu-esque, wear these shoes with ankle length cut off skinny jeans and an oversize shirt for a cool 2015 look.


HM £19.99
Iconic Stan Smiths, seen on almost every fashionista, these are fabulous tributes at a fraction of the price. You can wear these with everything from jeans to leather leggings to skirts to dresses.

JO Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt £42
This scent reminds me of holidays, of the sea crashing against the beach, with an musky earthiness of sage. This, like Tom Fords Neroli Portofino, is a breath of holiday.

This is a far more realistic wish list for my budget, I think I may start with the animal print bag, it is one of those items that will 'lift' my current looks and add a little fashion twist.

Is there anything on this list that would be on your AW15 wish list, are you a budget or a designer girl?
As always I would love to hear your thoughts and comments, until next time Frances xx


  1. Love them all especially the red Maison Scotch swestshirt - except the Topshop shoes. A slingback baring my back heels in Winter is just never going to happen! Been very slow to the party re white trainers after trying on Stans and deciding I couldn't pull them might give thhe H&M ones a go just to see.

    1. The Maison Scotch sweatshirt is fab isn't it?! Ha I get where you are coming from re: the slingbacks..I think I have been lulled into a false sense of security by this warm weather we are having..socks will be back on once the cold weather hits!! xx

  2. Ah I love lists like this which set me off on the right path. So you and I are still hankering after the Mango cheetah bag. Payday soon!

    And thank you for the lovely shout out Frances! I'm looking forward to wearing mine soon - I've just got to get round to taking the sleeves up #lazyitis

    1. We so are hankering after the bag..who is going to give in and get it first? I would really like to see it 'in the flesh' so may have to make a little investigative trip to town tomorrow..will let you know what it is like xxx ps the camel coat looks fab on you xx

    2. I bought it last week on a 'shut your eyes and click' basis as I think it will sell fast. Its gorgeous in the flesh - good size and lovely and soft. I haven't got to grips with the massively long strap yet but I'm working on it!

    3. I think you have persuaded me to get it Julia, was hoping it was a decent size and soft to buy it xxx

  3. Love your blog!
    Lists like this one are always a nice inspiration xx Carin

    1. Thanks so muck Carin, loving your Instagram feed too! xx

  4. Those Zara pants look amazing! I need to try a pair on! I cannot say enough great things about Mango sunglasses - they are the best quality I have found on the high street - I always snap up a few in the sale! xx

    1. Must admit Joanna, I do love the Zara pants so comfy. How good are the Mango sunglasses! Super cheap and good quality I always get a few pairs in the sale too - cheap as chips! xxx

  5. A camal coat!! I just can't seem to find one that is decent in length and well made. I'm border line thinking to just get a cheap one and be done with it but I don't want to give up just yet as it's such a classic. Love those Zara trousers on you, they look fab x

    1. I am so with you there Natalie, I really want a camel coat and think it may be time to invest in one! xx

  6. I loved you designer wish list and many items on there are on mine. This list is also great and I am also in love with the Leopard mango bag, gorgeous. x

    1. Isn's the leopard print bag fab, definitely on my 'to buy' list!! xx I still adore adore your Chanel bag, definitely on my forever wish list! xx

  7. Those Zara trews are fab on you Frances.....I need to take a closer look at those as I've just parted with some Zara coated chinos that I am looking replace! Fab inspiration as always! xx

  8. Like this post. Great finds and in unexpected places. I'm going to have a keener eye when I visit Topshop and Primark from now on. ( I want those Topshop shoes!). Having said that, I got a great haul at the Topshop mid season sale last week. Similarly at Primark a few weeks back. Keep your great posts coming Frances.