Clarks Village: 25 years, £25 challenge

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog. In today’s post I share with you my recent experience at Clarks Village where I was set a special task. Read on to see how I rose to the challenge!

Clarks Village in Street, Somerset has now been open for 25 years and, to celebrate, 25 bloggers were given the opportunity to take a £25 challenge.

As a keen bargain hunter I was lucky enough to be chosen and challenged to see how far I could stretch £25 worth of spending at the shopping outlet centre.

Known for its discounted prices, wide variety of stores and location close to the M5, Clarks Village is a destination of choice for many savvy shoppers.

As you know, the majority of my clothes are preloved from charity shops, jumble sales and car boots. However, this doesn’t mean that I scrimp on style as over the years I have been able to source items from many of my favourite high street shops second hand.

Reading the store guide for Clarks Village I was delighted to see some of my favourite retailers own shops in the outlet; Joules, Seasalt, White Stuff and Weird Fish are just a few of the brands on offer.

On arrival, I was pleased to see that Clarks Village has plenty of parking on site.

Throughout the village there are beautiful flower installations, lovingly designed pathways with integrated gardens and thoughtful seating areas.

The shopping centre also boasts a wide variety of restaurants, cafés, fast food pop ups and ice cream vans to satisfy shoppers.

I challenged myself to see if I could purchase a complete outfit for under £25. What with it currently being a heatwave across the UK I decided I would like to focus my search on dresses. As a busy Mumma I enjoy being able to put on a dress, pull on some sandals and head out for the day.

I tried on dresses in Joules, Seasalt and Yumi before becoming drawn to the beachy, Boho styles available in Weird Fish.

As a Cheltenham brand, Weird Fish is a favourite of mine for its laid back, casual clothing which also looks stylish and effortless. Weird Fish is known for its ‘wear the weekend’ strapline which makes it the perfect get up and go brand for me.

I instantly became drawn to the Weird Fish Tallahassee printed cotton jersey dress in cream. With a Breton stripe and splashes of lemon and aqua florals I knew this dress would work well with my current wardrobe and be a striking statement piece for Summer.

I was even more pleased to find that the dress cost just £24.50 (RRP £35.00) leaving me 50p to spend on refreshments.

I left Clarks Village with a spring in my step and a beautiful dress to see me through the balmy Summer months. Thank you Clarks Village and congratulations on reaching your 25 year milestone!

Have you been to Clarks Village before? What do you love about outlet shopping? Comment below and let me know – I’d love to hear from you!

I was kindly gifted the £25 Clarks Village voucher mentioned in this blog post however all opinions are my own.

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