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Fancy a pick-me-up that won’t break the bank? Here are our favourite budget-friendly buys, plus how to style them

The stylish slogan sweater with comfort credentials

It’s said that a smile is worth a thousand words, but it doesn’t have to cost a fortune, as this cheerful hoodie illustrates. Wear your positivity loud and proud with a comfy slogan sweater, teamed with loose-fit boyfriend jeans and a biker jacket for extra warmth. It’s the easiest way to take your loungewear outdoors – as seen on M&S Insider @marksandspencer_charlotte.

For further budget-friendly buys, see our skincare saviours under £15.

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Hoodie with ‘smile’ slogan
Grin and wear it
Light denim boyfriend jeans
Partner up with boyfriend jeans
Faux-leather biker jacket
Leather look, purse-friendly price
White lace-up trainers
Your wear-with-everything trainers

The chic dress that still works for WFH

We’ve become all too familiar with tiers in the past year, but the only type we want to talk about right now is the tiered dress, AKA the breakout star of spring. Given our collective obsession with comfort, it’s hardly surprising that an unrestrictive dress shape has become popular, but this definitely isn’t let-yourself-go dressing. This style – worn by M&S Insider @marksandspencer_sophie – features a pretty print and a bow where it ties at the neck, and looks great worn with black tights and ankle boots.

Find under-£20 spring homeware here.

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Floral tiered dress
With a pretty micro-floral print
Pack of three 60-denier black tights
An absolute winter must-have
Statement drop earrings
Team a high collar with statement earrings
Black leather flat boots
Real leather at a great price

Think soft and stretchy for the return of the skirt

Have skirts become a distant memory in your wardrobe? Well it’s time to bring them back: but don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you hoik on a leather mini for your daily walk – it’s all about soft, jersey fabrics and free-flowing shapes. Take this animal-print midi skirt, as seen on Instagrammer @meganellaby – the eye-catching design looks great with knitwear (and extra points if you go double leopard-print), but it’s also comfy and stretchy enough even for a baby bump!

Take time to spring-clean your skincare routine, too.

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Animal-print skirt
Choose between two lengths
Go wild with a leopard-print top
Go wild with a leopard-print top
V-neck sleeveless lambswool jumper
Borrowed from the blokes
Autograph red lipstick
Bold lips are the finishing touch

Words: Sophie Hines