Summer capsule wardrobe – #LetsGetSkirty


We have a few exciting getaways planned for this Summer. Glamping on the Isle of Wight. The Green Man festival, in Wales. A weekend’s partying (sleeping under canvas), to celebrate the wedding of some dear friends. And then a break in the Loire Valley, on a French campsite in the woods.

All of this with kids, which means we need to travel light. So I was delighted when George at ASDA contacted me, with the challenge of creating a capsule wardrobe. I had to choose one hero item, and dress it up with other pieces from around their site, to make three separate outfits.

All for under £100.


My ‘hero’ item was this scenic print skirt, for £14

I decided that a skirt would be best for mixing and matching with other items. Combined with the right shoes and top, a skirt can look glamorous in the evening. And if you sling on a t-shirt and sandals, it’s a good piece of casualwear for a day’s sightseeing. Cooler, and more comfortable, than shorts.

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off to the boulangerie

This is my ‘nipping to the shops’ outfit. The camisole vest top, floral flip-flops and baby blue tote bag would be perfect for strolling down to the baker’s in the morning, to fetch some croissants and a loaf of bread.

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For my sightseeing outfit, I chose a turn-up sleeve t-shirt, with a pair of woven white cut-out shoes. These are comfortable enough to spend a day traipsing round the Loire chateaux in – the leather is very soft.

The accessories for this outfit were a pair of rose-tint aviator sunglasses and a coral cross-body bag (which is perhaps my favourite item of the lot – a snip, at £12).

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evening glamour, or a stretch too far?

I’m not sure this combo works, entirely. That’s one of the perils of internet shopping: until you actually see the colours and shapes of items, it’s difficult to be 100% sure that a pairing works. I love the cold shoulder top, but the ‘baby blue’ turned out to be more of a lilac, and it doesn’t sit well with the blues in the skirt. The good thing is that you can always return clothes that don’t work. But I’m keeping this top, as I think it would look nice with a dark pencil skirt, or even a pair of trousers. I’m fond of the shoes, too: animal print kitten heels, which at £14 are a bargain.

I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of these items, given that I managed to pick up so many for £100. The bags and shoes, especially, were good value; it’s usually the accessories that give away the price of an outfit, but these looked a lot more expensive than they actually were. I’ll definitely be going back to ASDA when I need to put together a wardrobe on a tight budget.

Do you have a ‘hero’ item that you mix and match with lots of other clothes in your wardrobe?

Disclosure: I was sent clothes from George at ASDA for the purpose of this post. All views are my own.



  • Sonia
    May 26, 2015 at 7:13 am

    That’s a lovely skirt. I am always pleasantly surprised by the clothes in Asda. I’ve had some great outfits for myself and the kids. I really need to work on my outfits more though and get a few hero pieces. Love how you have styled the skirt and great pics x

  • Phoebe @ Lou Messugo
    May 26, 2015 at 8:24 am

    I think you did really well accesorising that skirt. I haven’t been in to Asda for years but perhas I should give it another go.

  • lisa prince
    May 26, 2015 at 9:58 am

    oh i am loving the colour , especially as i just found out im having a baby boy , perfect x

  • angela hamilton
    May 26, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Love the skirt. I adore George @ Asda for clothes, it’s my go to shop

  • Cass@frugalfamily
    May 26, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    That skirt is gorgeous and I love the way you’ve changed it’s look with your other pieces. x

  • Kate Thompson
    May 26, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    What a lovely skirt – really pretty and so versatile!

  • Erica Price
    May 26, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Good value for £100 and I love that skirt – it looks a lot more expensive than £14.

  • Rachel
    May 26, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    The print pattern on that skirt is really lovely x

  • Jen aka Muminthemadhouse
    May 26, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    I adore that skirt, it really suits you, s do all the outfits you picked. You are stunning

    • Nell
      May 27, 2015 at 6:46 am

      Why thank you, Jen! *blushes*

  • Sarah Bailey
    May 26, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Now that is one lovely skirt! It really looks fantastic with the outfits you picked as well.

  • Mums do travel
    May 27, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    I’m terrible at choosing different clothes to wear – my ‘hero’ item is probably skinny jeans as I live in them. The pieces you chose all look lovely.

  • Jess Howliston
    May 27, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    oo im very jealous of all the holidays you get to go on and glamping sounds fun! I think my hero item would be black leggings a bit boring but you can pair them with so many things for so many different looks! x

  • Michelle Twin Mum
    May 27, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Such a cute skirt, you did really well Mich x

  • Globalmouse
    May 29, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Love that skirt and really like the idea of a hero outfit and dressing around it, such a great idea – we’re all for travelling light too. Sounds like you’ve got a brilliant summer planned.

  • Kara
    May 29, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I love that skirt although I would prefer is slightly longer – got my wardrobe wrong for our holiday and need to do a capsule one for the summer when I get back

  • Sonya Cisco
    June 1, 2015 at 7:57 am

    That skirt is gorgeous, and so cheap!! Never think of George doing such pretty things – off for a look at their website now!

  • Ickle Pickle
    June 23, 2015 at 10:27 am

    The skirt is gorgeous and looks fab on you. Kaz x

  • Californian Mum in London
    June 28, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    That is such a great skirt. I thought you were going to say it was from Boden, not Asda. Wow!!

    • Nell
      June 30, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      It’s good quality – hopefully it’ll last a summer of good wear!

  • Carrie
    January 10, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    I love the George range and i think you did a great job. I live in denim shorts and vests on holiday with little dresses for night time. Id be interested to see what pieces you would choose for a travel outfit.


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