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

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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

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

Also in standard fit here.

The Stable restaurant Review

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

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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