Saturday 1 October 2016

I wore Tesco clothing for an entire weekend at Body & Soul - here's how it went

Amy Mulvaney

Published 21/06/2016 | 10:31

Amy Mulvaney in a look from Tesco at Body & Soul
Amy Mulvaney in a look from Tesco at Body & Soul
Amy Mulvaney in a look from Tesco at Body & Soul
Amy Mulvaney in a look from Tesco at Body & Soul
Amy Mulvaney in a look from Tesco at Body & Soul
Amy Mulvaney in a look from Tesco at Body & Soul

Killer style mightn't be the first things that spring to mind when you think of Tesco.

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While many of us visit the supermarket on a weekly basis to stock up on food and home supplies, the clothing section can often be overlooked on our dash for milk and bread. 

I’m partial to a bargain buy (or ten) and am always on the lookout for clothes that don’t give tell-tale signs of their wallet-friendly cost.

But buying on a budget no longer means sacrificing style. In fact, it’s more style savvy that splashing the cash on something you might only wear a handful of times.

So, ahead of Body & Soul festival at the weekend, I popped into Tesco to pick up outfits for the three days. There were a couple of important factors during my selection process; the clothes had to be practical, comfortable and festival fashion-worthy.

While there wasn’t a huge range of clothes suitable for a festival to choose from in store, I found three outfits and a pair of shoes that ticked the three boxes and off I went to Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath.

Day One

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Simplicity is key when it comes to festival dressing. You don’t want to have five or six different elements to your outfit because chances are you’ll forget to pack one of them.

With this in mind, I chose a coral slip dress (€19) and floral bomber jacket (€30) for day one. While the bomber jacket was over budget, it was a must-buy. The black and pink print went with everything I had packed and it was light but warm enough to wear throughout the day and evening, as well as whenever the clouds came out over the three days.

I put a brown belt around the dress to cinch it in as it was otherwise very loose. After a ninety minute drive to Westmeath the material had creased, so I’m glad I hadn’t packed it to wear another day.

The outfit as a whole was comfortable and something I’d definitely wear again. I kept the jacket on throughout the day as it wasn’t warm enough to bare the straps of the dress, so it proved to be a worthy buy.

Day Two

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I opted for a monochrome playsuit (€20) on day two, which was my favourite outfit out of the three. Playsuits are so versatile – you just throw them on and go.

Again, it was really comfortable and easy to wear throughout the day. The material was light but not flimsy, making it perfect for sitting on the ground while listening to acts. However, the one sacrifice with playsuits is the difficulty you encounter when you need to make a trip to the bathroom. ‘Nuff said.

The off-the-shoulder detail of the playsuit breaks up the statement print, and unlike many items of the same style, it was really comfortable to wear and didn’t budge all day.

Two days in wearing the suede sandals (€19) and they still didn’t cut or blister – a huge success! While open-toed shoes weren’t the smartest option for heading to a festival in a field, the ground wasn’t very mucky and they fared well. The fringe detail is a classic summer trend, and the tan colour matched every outfit.

Day Three

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Sometimes a shorts and shirt combination can't be beaten. The crochet shorts (€18) are actually from the beachwear section, but the thick material means they’re also suitable for day-to-day wear.

The lace trim, tie fastening and cold-shoulder detail on the blouse (€18) gave the outfit a boho vibe, and complemented the crochet detail of the shorts really well. I tucked the blouse in to the shorts and threw on a hat that I bought a couple of years ago to complete the outfit.

Lace and crochet finishes on clothes can sometimes be harsh and scratchy, especially if they’re a budget buy, but the detail on the shorts and top didn’t fray or pull at all, and the outfit was comfortable enough to wear all day and drive home in.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I’m very impressed with the quality of clothes from Tesco. The most expensive item was €30 and I certainly got the value for money out of it, wearing the bomber each day at the festival.

There were no faults in any of the items, with everything staying in tact despite being thrown in and out of bags and occasionally getting soaked in the rain.

The sizing of the clothes was a bit off, with some items being true to size and others I had to size down in, so trying things on before you buy would be a smart idea.

Style-wise, the clothes were festival-worthy while still being versatile enough to wear outside the grounds of a castle. I can see myself wearing the pieces on my holidays and with layers for the colder months.

Considering the average cost of each outfit came in at €35 and how well the clothes fared for a weekend spent outdoors, I can confidently say that now I’ll definitely be running in to have a look at the clothes section in Tesco every week, while clutching on to my milk and bread.

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