The moral of this outfit is: be patient. It will save you money.
I have wanted a proper tweedy coat for years. Years and years. I'm positive I've talked about it on here before. So last year I thought I'd bite the bullet and just buy one. Yes, it would be expensive, probably very expensive, because lovely as they, they are definitely not cheap. But there are certain things that I'm prepared to invest in and I know that a really well made coat will last for years and is worth paying the money for. Off I went to Burghley - mostly to watch the cross country action but also to have a good rummage around the hundreds of shops there - where I discovered that a) even if Dubarry do give out glasses of fizz to browsing customers, you really need to be tall and thin to suit their clothes and b) the coat I really liked best from the hundreds of different ones in all the other shops cost £450. Eep. I went home empty handed and decided that I'd try various options to find a cheaper one this year.
Then whilst chatting to one of my colleagues, he mentioned that his son knew a supplier somewhere in Lancashire that could get nice tweedy coats for a fraction of their RRP (don't worry, it's definitely all legit). Bish, bash, bosh. Mine for £80. It's probably even a little bit nicer than the £450 one. Hurrah!
Charity shop afficionados and thrifty types may throw their hands up in horror at spending £80 on anything. I would probably have done the same in most situations but I really wanted this coat and it's lovely, so there.
As for the second moral of this outfit (well one would just be shabby), it is: if you see something you like in Dorothy Perkins, never pay full price for it. They're always having sales and 30% off weekends. The jumper was snapped up in the sale and was on a buy-one-get-one-half-price offer as well. The shoes were just in the normal sale some months later but I was very pleased to find them - they're the same as the black heels that appear so often on here.
Posh coat - sourced with a little help from lovely Norman
Jumper & heels - Dorothy Perkins sale
Necklaces - H&M
Inappropriately short skirt - Next clearance
It looks a normal length on the hanger, honest it does. Then I put it on and spend all day doing this:
Marilyn, I am not.