So what do you do when you are a student, short on cash, but big on wardrobe dreaming?
Compile a wishlist.
This is my current Asos wishlist. I’m already thinking about what I’ll wear to work once my PhD is handed in and I’m back in the workforce, so some of the items below are potential workwear, and some are here just because they’re pretty.
TFNC Knee Length Sleeveless Pleat Cross Over Dress was £38.00 now £20.00
This is such a classic, flattering cut. I really like the 50s neckline and the broad straps.
Asos Square Neck Cap Sleeve Bodycon Dress £40.00
I’ll be up front and say that the Asos own label clothes are not as high quality as the other labels on the site, but dayum, someone at Asos HQ knows how to cut a dress. Case in point, this dress I bought in red (in the longer length) some months ago is a showstopper. Elegant and very flattering. The jersey material is cheap, and I am forever getting the stitching at the top of the kicksplit resewn, but it’s worth it. I get so many compliments on it.
The black dress above is exactly the same cut, but with short sleeves. Great for the warmer months!
Mango Wool Mix Lurex Knit Dress was £49.90 now £20.00
This is a ‘ships to the UK only’ number, so you’ll need a UK friend or package forwarding service to secure this one. It would be great for the office in winter, with just a hint of sparkly glam.
Mango Tea Dress £49.90
Anther basic, but well cut dress.
Reiss Leah Frill Skirt Dress £159.00
This dress is so cute! Feminine and elegant.
River Island 1950s Embroidered Prom Dress £44.99
For me, this would be a weekend dress, and excellent in the height of the Australian summer. It demands icecream.
Karen Millen Lace Detail Contrast Satin Dress £190.00
I really have nowhere to wear a dress like this, but it’s so hot! Knowing the infamous Karen Millen cut, it would look amazing on pretty much everyone too.
Asos Oversized 70s Orange Stripe Floppy Straw Hat was £25.00 now £10.00
Sun protection is a big priority for me at the moment, so I’ve taken more of an interest in hats lately. I love the large-brimmed, floppy versions, like the one above. Very chic.
Asos Midi Dress with Frill Waist £40.00
I have a feeling that this might end up looking a bit ‘baby-doll’ on me, but I like it regardless. The shoulders are strong without being too 80s.
Asos Polo Neck Dress with Paisely Print £35.00
This 70s inspired dress is like nothing else in my wardrobe. Great for work and looks super comfortable too.
Asos Midi Dress with Contrast Belt £55.00
I’m not sure how much of the awesomeness of this dress is down to the model’s killer body, but I’d like to think this dress would look equally awesome on me *crosses fingers*. Anyway, love the fit and flare, and the belt detail just makes the whole thing look very put together.
Asos Midi Dress with Pussybow £40.00
Gorgeous colour, and I love that bow around the neck. The empire waistline is very forgiving, and would be great for hiding a full belly after lunch!
Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Croco Buckle Detail Heeled Shoes £150.00
These ones are on sale for £90
I absolutely adore these Vivienne Westwood for Melissa shoes. The buckle, the colour, the heel, all fantastic. The down side? The price and the materials. Very expensive, and it’s a completely synthetic shoe. I used to work in a shoe store, and it didn’t take me much time to work out that they stinkiest of feet came out of synthetic shoes. Be warned.
Asos Straw 70s Floppy Hat was £20.00 now £12
And lastly, another hat. This would be more versatile than the orange one, and the broad brim would offer some decent sun protection. Great price too!