May Outfit Posts

May was busy. In fact, May was an extremely busy month. It was filled with press shows, events and family time, and it also featured some sunshine, and weather that was decidedly sunny – hurray! That said, it almost ruined the Bank holiday by pouring with a rain storm that can only be described as biblical, which was a shame, as the Friday before the Whitsun bank holiday was hot, hot, hot. I was in Wales for the Bank holiday and have to say we had two nice days, and in Britain, two out of three isn’t bad.

In terms of my wardrobe, May was filled with lots of my vintage and charity shop buys as I finally embraced my summer wardrobe.  There were a few new pieces, including my white skirt from TK Maxx that has a fifties prom feel, and the lovely Topshop dress that has a Bardot style neckline and a lovely silver thread running through it. But in general, this has been a month of bargain spotting, from the culottes that I got thinking they were a skirt, pricely sum £2.49, to the Louboutins that almost had me salivating (£25), and the red 1980s pleated skirt that is so lovely and cost just £1.99 from a Compton Hospice shop. I love having fun with fashion and generally think I have more fun rummaging than I do shopping the High Street.

What did you get this month? Do you ever vintage or charity shop?

Father in Law’s Birthday meal

Top Charity Shop Skirt TK Maxx Bag Sonia Rykiel Shoes Vivienne Westwood Necklace Primark

New Season Launch at the Birmingham Hippodrome

Top and Culottes Charity Shop Shoes Clarks Bag Vintage

Joe’s special Class Assembly

Jumper Charity Shop Bracelet Bombay Duck Skirt H&M Shoes M&S

Funny Girl Press Night

Dress Charity Shop Bag Vintage Shoes M&S

Wedding shopping with my Brother

Top Primark Skirt Vintage Shoes Dorothy Perkins

School Run and working from home

Jumper M&S Skirt Tu Shoes Charity shop

Shopping

Jumper Tu Skirt F&F Clothing Shoes River Island

Sunday Lunch

Dress Vintage Bracelet Vintage Shoes Office

Traveling back from Wales

Top New Look Skirt Charity shop Sandals Clarks Basket TK Maxx

Wet Day in Wales

Kagoul New Look Top Primark Skirt Dorothy Perkins Sandals Clarks Bag Vivienne Westwood at OD’s Designer Clothing

Sunshine in Wales

Necklace Vintage Top Primark Skirt Topshop Flip Flops Store 21 Bag as before

School Run

Top Charity Shop Skirt Vintage Shoes Vintage Ferragamo Necklace Kleshna

Date Night

Dress F&F Clothing Shoes Louboutin (Charity shop find)

Sunday Lunch

Dress 1970s vintage Shoes Vintage Ferragamo

Tommy Press Night

Jacket 1980s vintage top and coated skinnies Primark Necklace – gift from hubby Shoes Primark

A day in Barmouth

Necklace Topshop Top and shoes Primark Skirt Charity shop

The Verdict Press Night

Dress Wallis Shoes Dorothy Perkins

Imelda May at the Symphony Hall

Necklace – Gift from Mom Jumpsuit Primark Shoes Dorothy Perkins

Joe’s football presentation

Dress Joanie Clothing Bag Vintage Shoes Clarks

dress Topshop
Shoes Givenchy vintage

Vintage Fashion Finds

It seems an age since I brought you a post looking at my vintage fashion finds, but lately, I find myself wearing more and more vintage pieces. I don’t have a favourite era when it comes to vintage finds, and I tend not to wear them in a particularly retro style, preferring to mix the vintage and the modern to create looks that could work anywhere, at any time.

Vintage is still relatively easy to find if you know what you are looking for and where to look. Charity shops often have vintage sections now, or the stuff is just nestling on the rails, in particular labels like M&S (look for those St Michael labels) and Dorothy Perkins (this is a store that has been going for years and years.) 1980s fashions are not always classed as vintage, but as 1980 is now almost 40 years ago I think they definitely pass, and these are easy to find – so many large shoulder pads, elasticated waists and belts and large prints to be picked up really cheaply.

I find most of my best finds in charity shops, this month alone I have found a Burberrys (not Burberry until quite recently) classic mackintosh and a pair of lotus brown leather platforms from the 1970s. The Burberrys Mac was £15 and is an amazing buy, whilst the shoes were £4. (You can see both below). My favourite town for real bargains is West Bromwich, where £1 seems to be the average price paid. I once got an Escada polo neck jumper for £1 and almost ran out the shop as I felt I should’ve been wearing a stripy top and a mask, it was that much of a steal.

There are so many preconceptions about vintage. One is that you can only buy vintage if you are size 8. This is frankly untrue, there are some amazing plus size pieces out there, and, as you can see from my piccies, I haven’t been a size 10 in years. Another preconception is that the clothes smell. I find that most of the stuff I find in charity shops has been laundered, and if not, it is worth a dry clean for the saving you are making, and the feel of buying something original, that no-one else will be wearing,

Featured here are some of the vintage buys I have picked up in shops. My fave vintage shop is Ego, based in Lincoln. It’s where I found the lovely Edith Flagg blue dress from the 1960s that is just so lovely. I teamed it with Mary Portas for Clarks shoes (another charity shop find) and a modern Topshop clutch from this season – proof you can mix and match your eras with ease.

Do you ever shop vintage?

Charity shop finds, a vintage blouse (1970s) and a pleated, school style skirt. (1980s?)

Early 1960s Edith Flagg dress from Ego (£14) worn with Mary Portas for Clarks shoes (charity Shop) and Topshop Clutch bag.

Modern outfit from H&M and Day Birger et Mikkelsen worn with 1970s Italian leather vintage shoes.

1970s day dress, £1 from West Bromwich charity shop.

Early 1980s pleated skirt, £1 from charity shop, worn with Carvela 1980s shoes (£1.99).

1970s Bettina of London dress from Charity Shop (£4.00)

More Vintage Finds

Skirt £1.00. 1970s.

Vintage Jaeger Knitwear

Lotus brown leather 1970s platforms £4.00

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A vintage Update

It seems like an age since I last wrote about my vintage and charity shops finds. A glimpse at one of my favourite vintage blogs – Porcelina’s World – this morning inspired me to share a few of my recent vintage and charity shop finds.

Summer is a great time to find a vintage bargain. There are great car boot sales which are a good hunting ground. I found a great blue crimplene skirt for 50p, and a gothic black dress (pictured below) for just £2. Car boot sales allow you to barter and you can often make an offer if you find a few good items. We visit Wales every August and always check out a large car boot that takes place in a farmer’s field just outside Borth – it is well worth a look if you are in the area.

Car boot finds

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1930s coffee pot and four cups and saucers £2

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Vintage dresses £2 each.

Charity Shops

I always find charity shops to have richer pickings in the summer. Maybe this is because people are on holiday so there is less competition to find the designer and vintage buys, or maybe it is because people are having wardrobe clear-outs at this time of year, I’m not really sure, but this summer has already been a great one for me in terms of picking up bargains. My current favourite is the blue/pink 1970s sundress that I wore to visit Mahon on my recent holiday. It is in perfect condition and has a lovely, timeless feel to it.

 

 

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1970s sundress £4.99 Acorns hospice shop, Walsall.

The gold chainmail bag was another great find. I love metallics on holiday because they will match with just about anything, and this 1980s bag is large enough to carry my camera.

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Chainmail bag £4.99 St Giles hospice shop, Cannock.

Charity shops don’t necessarily have to equal vintage. They can also offer good quality High Street names that help you to tap into current trends without breaking the bank. I got this lovely M&S boho style top a few weeks ago for £3.99 and have already worn it loads.

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Boho style top M&S £3.99 BHF Walsall.

I love to hunt for timeless pieces – these may not have a label, but they are items you will wear again and again. A key point is this lilac beaded jacket that I got from Acorns Wednesbury. I wore it casually with jeans, but will definitely be throwing it over a dress for a chic evening look too.

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Beaded Jacket £5.99 Acorns Wednesbury.

This dotted dress is another modern piece, this time from Wallis, but again it is totally wearable as it has a classic cut and print.

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Dress £3.99 Acorns Bloxwich

Shoes

My best finds in charity shops always tend to be in the shoe section. Vintage Mary Janes, metallic dancing shoes, Bally originals, these can all be found by taking a good look around. I tend to ignore sizing and just try them on for fit – many old shoes often have the size worn off anyway so it makes sense to try them if they look right.

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Left foot – Mary Janes – no label £6 Beacon for the blind Wednesbury Right Foot – Monsoon £4.99 St Giles Bloxwich

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Wallis £3.99 St Giles Bloxwich

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Salvatore Ferregamo £1.99 Barnardo’s Wednesbury

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Bally £4.99 Acorns Bloxwich

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Givenchy £1.99 Barnardo’s Wednesbury

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Bally 1980s £3.99 St Bloxwich

More finds

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Vintage Turbans Lichfield

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Vanity Set £12 vintage shop Wales

Dressing table set £12 Shrewsbury

Dressing table set £12 Shrewsbury

Chance glass cake stand 20p Blackpool junk shop

Chance glass cake stand 20p Blackpool junk shop

You can see more of my finds on my instagram account here.

I also have a section on the fashion-mommy facebook page here.

What is your best find?

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