Charity Shop Haul – My Recent Bargains

I love clothes and I love shopping. That’s no secret. But if I was to spend all my time shopping on the High Street or online, I would quite frankly need to remortgage my home.  Which is why so much of my shopping time is spent visiting charity shops in market towns, the sort of places where you can pick up great bargains and unusual pieces when you are on a strict budget.

I love charity shops, the idea that you can find something that has been preloved and give it a new lease of life. Charity shops serve a great cause in raising money that is much needed, and also work well in recycling clothes that could otherwise go to landfill, hence helping the environment too. They can also be the cheapest option when searching for vintage clothing, definitely cheaper than dedicated vintage shops or ebay.

Charity shops can also be hiding designer bargains too. Recently I have found pieces from Louboutin, Vivienne Westwood, Dries Van Noten and Calvin Klein – all for under £25.

Here are some of my most recent charity shop finds, along with a few more tips on what to look for if you are charity shop shopping.

Look for classic shapes and prints

Animal prints, stripes and polka dots or plain, block colours, all these are perennials that never really go out of fashion and are worth picking up. In a similar way, a shift style dress is always a winner, with 1960s shift shapes like the striped M&Co dress below being a great option for dressing up or down.

F&F Dress £4.49 from BHF

M&Co Dress £4.50 Katherine’s House Hospice Shop

Kaleidoscope dress £5.99 Acorns Hospice Shop

Look for Vintage

Vintage is so much cheaper if you can pick it up in a charity shop, and there are some brilliant finds out there. 1970s and 1980s labels are the easiest to find, but you may pick up something earlier, like the 1960s yellow dress that I snapped up for £6.99.

1980s dress £4.99 BHF

1970s print skirt £3 and Hobbs shell top £3.99 Katherine House

Tea Dress 1970s £3 Salvation Army Shop

1960s dress £6.99 Giles Hospice shop

1960s suit £4 Save the Children

1980s jacket Giles Hospice shop

1960s dress £4 Fresh Fields

Look for Designer and Quality Labels

Charity shops are not just about ‘old clothes’ and High Street Labels, you can also find premium High Street labels and Designer labels – you just need to look!

Hobbs Dress £2.50 Severn Hospice

 

Louboutins Pigalle £25 Age Concern

Dries Van Noten dress £8.99 Giles Hospice

 

Have you found any good bargains in charity shops lately?

Shop Online

Oxfam http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop

BHF https://giftshop.bhf.org.uk/

Sue Ryder on Ebay http://stores.ebay.co.uk/suerydershop/?_trkparms=clkid%3D890980944738164266

 

 

April Outfit Post #OOTD

A little later than usual, here is my outfit round up for the month of April. April was a busy month of Theatre, Easter and a week in the Welsh sunshine. In terms of weather, the only word I could use is variable – which meant that outfits spanned from woolly jumpers for unseasonably chilly days, to bare legs and short sleeves when the thermometer hit 21 degrees one glorious Sunday.

This post is rather full of vintage and charity shop finds. I love wearing dresses, and lately they seem to be of a variety that looks like it has come straight from ‘Bless this House’ or the wardrobe of Mildred Roper.  I love that vintage offers something that is different from what you will find on the High Street, and that you are not likely to turn up somewhere wearing the same outfit as anyone else. I also love the thrill of finding a bargain at a charity shop, something like the vintage Pierre Cardin heels that cost just £1.99 and are absolutely beautiful, or the 1960s style Chanel cardigan for £2.

As usual, where I can I have linked to the item, or, in some cases, I have linked through to something similar. In general though, a lot of this post is dedicated to getting you to check out your local charity shops. There is such a lot of to be found out there, and you are both helping a charity and the environment too.

What was your favourite item of clothing from the month of April? Did you find yourself a bargain last month?

 

Visiting Family

Jumper and Skirt Tu Vanity Case Vintage 1960s Shoes Topshop

Similar Shoes

Sole Diva Closed Toe Round Heel Shoes Extra Wide EEE Fit £21 Click to visit JD Williams

 

Bank Holiday Lazy Day

Jumper Charity shop Find Skirt Vintage Necklace Mango Boots Clarks

Similar Skirt

Mid Wash Raw Hem Denim Skirt
Was £24.00 Now £18.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Football Practice and Dinner

Cardigan Vintage 1970s Dress Store 21 Shoes Charity Shop

Curry Night

Dress Uttam Boutique (Charity Shop Finds) Cardigan and Bag Vintage finds (Charity Shop) Shoes Charity Shop

Similar Dress

Uttam Boutique Textured Ponte Day Dress now £30 Click to visit House of Fraser

Green Shoes


Lilli Mid Heel from £55 Click to visit Boden

Tekkerz Kid Event at The Entertainer

Top Charity Shop Trousers Primark Bag Day Birger et Mikkelsen at John Lewis

Similar Sweatshirt

LOXTON STRIPED LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRT
£29.95 Click to visit Jack Wills

 

The Play that goes Wrong Press Night

Dress Boho Shoes Pierre Cardin Vintage Necklace Gift from Mom

Football Practice and School Run

Jumper M&S (Charity shop find) Skirt vintage shoes Dorothy Perkins Bracelet and necklace holiday finds

Similar Skirt

Pleat Skirt Length 32in was up to £18.00
NOW £14.50 Click to visit JD Williams

Similar Skirt

All or Nothing Gala Night

Dress Dorothy Perkins Shoes Roland Cartier Vintage

Similar Dress

**Tall Cobalt Bardot Fit And Flare Dress
Was £35.00 Now £26.25 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Also in standard fit here.

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Top and necklace vintage skirt River Island Shoes Pierre Cardin vintage

Same Skirt

River Island Double Layer Ruffle Skirt
£17.50 Click to visit ASOS

Similar Skirt

River Island Pleated Tulle Midi Skirt With Lace Hem £35 Click to visit ASOS

Sunday Lunch

Dress Vintage Shoes M&S (Charity shop finds)

Matchday

Top Mango Skirt Vintage Bag Oasis Glasses Superdry

New Dress

Dress River Island Boots Clarks

River Island Petite Printed Smock Dress
£24.50 Click to visit ASOS

Shopping

Jumper M&S Skirt Dorothy Perkins

Holiday in Wales

Top Pep &Co Jeans Marisota Boots Clarks

Sunday Lunch

Dress Charity Shop Shoes 1970s vintage Lotus Bag 1960s vintage

WBA V Leicester

Jacket Primark Scarf Day Birger et Mikkelson Top Pep and Co Jeans Dorothy Perkins Boots Clarks

5 Simple Ways to Make a Fashion Statement

Most people want to be fashionable by dressing up in daringly bold outfits, but they do not always succeed in making a statement. Some people claim that true fashion stars in making a relaxed approach to styling oneself. Keeping your style simple and relaxed will give you a bit more edge than everyone else, making you stand out. Below are 5 simple ways to make a fashion statement:

  1. Get the boyfriend look

Men’s style is cool, easy and relaxed. You can choose your style from his wardrobe without spending a dime. Choose your outfits from his tees, jeans, button-down shirts, blazers, chunky gold watch, belt and even sweaters.  Trade those ballet flats with his loafers, derby, timberland boots, brogues or oxfords, and add a new and unique glam to your style.  However, do not overdo the boyfriend look. You can always tone down the masculine look by adding some feminine touches with pink accessories, handbags, heels and blouses.

 

  1.    Revisit the past

Make a fashion statement by going vintage. Inspiration from past fashion fads will make a great difference to your wardrobe. The 1950’s, often referred to as ’era of conservatism’, has a good deal of fashion ideas you can borrow. For example, clad in poodle skirts, and add style with the right accessories. Bill Blass designer jeans are worn for a more casual and practical style and accessorized with unique cat-eye glasses and/or a chain.
In the 1960’s, the youth found their own style, and their fashion sense dominated the US. Women began to wear miniskirts and hot pants with go-go boots. You can try this fashion, and modernize it with accessories such as beaded jewels. You can also choose to be unique, and bring back the 1970’s style. The long flowing floral dresses and skirts and the colourful tie-dyed t-shirts will be a good addition to your wardrobe.
The Kimono, another fashion trend that dates back to the 5th century, has made a huge comeback. The satin kimono short robe is very popular and comes in different colours, patterns, and styles. There’s nothing that makes a better fashion statement than donning your satin kimono robe, for your morning routines or night out.

  1.    Add up sunglasses and the timeless hats

As long as you dress according to your body type, you will pull off a fashion trend and become outstanding. Dressing to your size and shape will extenuate your body figure, highlight your features and boost your confidence. The fit-and-flare dress, for example, is very versatile, charming and flattering on any body size and shape. In fashion, nothing beats having inner confidence. You do not need to follow any rules, but you need to believe in your personal style.

 

  1. Wear confidence and dress in trends that suit your body type

As long as you dress according to your body type, you will pull off a fashion trend and become outstanding. Dressing to your size and shape will extenuate your body figure, highlight your features and boost your confidence. The fit-and-flare dress, for example, is very versatile, charming and flattering on any body size and shape. In fashion, nothing beats having inner confidence. You do not need to follow any rules, but you need to believe in your personal style.

  1.    Colour swapping and blocking

A simple colour swap will undoubtedly make you outstanding. For example, white is a great accent for a deep dark tan, and add sex-appeal to the “colourless”. So, in a sea of little black dresses, stand out by donning your little white dress instead. Swapping the summery pinks to fall burgundies, and summer green to emerald will also make a statement. Colours such as navy blue and burgundy blend well with other shades, and they make you stand out.

Colour blocking is fun and can change your wardrobe to a fashion den. You can choose to wear two or more colours that blend. Navy, nude and white can be worn together in an interesting way.

In conclusion, fashion trends are influenced by social, economic, political and technological factors. Most people, therefore, find keeping up with fashion trends overwhelming. However, by sticking to the simple ways mentioned above you will always make a fashion statement, yet at the same time feel comfortable and unique.
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