I recently collaborated with Matalan on The Show. Shot in a studio setting and hosted by Denise van Outen, it offers bite-size chunks of fashion chat, discussing autumn/winter trends and picks from the new range. As well as being lots of fun, The Show reminded me that Matalan is one of the best budget fashion retailers around and a great place to hunt out hidden gems.
Matalan is one of those retailers, mainly based online but also traditionally housed in large purpose-built buildings, located in out of town retail parks in my experience. It’s not always been a glamorous shopping experience either but never-the-less a surprisingly useful one at times, especially when I’ve needed to pick up emergency kidswear items. At the same time, I used to cast a cursory glance over the womenswear but more recently I’ve been finding more and more tempting items and you can’t grumble at the prices either, which are on a par with H&M. By the way, if you’re a regular shopper or fancy dipping your toe in the water, check out Codesium which has some great discount codes available for Matalan as well as other retailers like Debenhams, making the prices even more affordable.
But back to those hidden gems – sometimes I think that’s half the fun of shopping really. I recently had a look at the Matalan website when I was creating my new Autumn ’16 fashion trends pinterest board. And I found some really nice pieces and one or two great dupes too (check out my board for more). It just goes to show, it’s always worth casting your net a little wider sometimes.
Look One (above): This patchwork printed blouse can also be worn as a cute little jacket and would look great over a white tee don’t you think? / Never one to be able to walk past a denim dress, I like the shirt style of this one, which would work well over polo necks in winter. / Matalan has some really good Chloe-esque handbags this season, this one is also available in black. / A couple of rose gold hair slides and you’re good to go.
Look Two: Matalan is an absolute gold-mine if you like a woollen cape or shawl (and I do). They have such a wide choice of different styles and colours, great for in-between days when you don’t need a coat. / This simple black fedora style hat ramps up the look while this aztec print canvas tote would make a good-sized work or even overnight bag.
Look Three: Swap your usual midi skirt for this plisse pleated one which can be dressed up and down. / Play it down with trainers and a relaxed, slouchy jumper for a casual weekend look. / Add a cute patchwork bag and enamel earrings to finish.
Disclosure: collaborative post