29 May, 2017

Oxfam Staples

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Jumper: Topshop (Old but Similar), Skirt & Belt: Oxfam, Shoes: Converse, Bag: Modalu (Old but Similar)

Having worn this skirt many a times since picking it up from Oxfam, I'm surprised that this is it's first appearance over on this little corner of the internet. I found it in my local Oxfam towards the end of last year and ended up wearing it on a much too regular basis to work with tights and a roll-neck. Now, with the sun out I can replace the heavy knits with well, a slightly thinner knit! It's definitely one of those things that I will be reaching for from my wardrobe for a long ol' time - it's the dream skirt for a lazy dresser (me) because it goes with bloomin' everything!

It was Saturday I decided to wear my new spring/summer weekend uniform (this Oxfam skirt with alternating knit/band t-shirt/smart shirt). After a little mooch around the charity shops I ended up back home checking the Oxfam website for some more staples to see me through the hotter months comfortably. Never a website to disappoint, I found a few bits to ponder over in my virtual shopping basket including floaty wide leg trousers (because it's the floatier, the better when overheating at work), a beaut of a crochet cardigan (definitely not a staple but would fill the 70's gap in my wardrobe) and a blush pink jumper with frill cuffs because it just ticks every single jumper shaped box!

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14 May, 2017

Charity Shop Gingham

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Shirt: Barnardo's, Jumpsuit & Bag: Oxfam, Shoes: Converse 

I've got a bit of a thing for gingham at the moment. Last year I picked up a short sleeve shirt from Sue Ryder after a live streaming session of London Fashion Week and instantly falling for all clothes Henry Holland. The show featured a hell'uva lot of gingham gorgeousness. It was only a matter of time before all things white with a little pink/blue/red check filtered down to the high-street. One of the (many, many) great things about second-hand shopping is that you don't need to wait until loved looks and lust-worthy items from London Fashion Week find their way into Topshop/Miss Selfridge/New Look. You can often find touches of the catwalk looks for less in the always exciting, forever varied second hand shops. By visiting often, or typing in keyword into websites such as Oxfam or eBay, you can usually get in on the trend per-retty much straight away. On a route around Barnardo's a few weeks ago, I spotted this gingham shirt hidden amongst the rails and was more than happy to part with a few quid to make it mine! With it not being quite warm enough to pair this shirt with cut-off denim shorts and sandals, accessorised with a Pina Colada (a gal can dream, ey?) I decided to wear it with the jumpsuit I picked up in my Haulternative for the bloomin' amazing #FoundinOxfam campaign. 

Have you picked up any new favourites from those wonderful charity shops lately? 

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05 May, 2017

Green Dreams #FoundinOxfam

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Long Shirt, T-Shirt & Bag: Oxfam, Culottes: H&M, Boots: Shoe Zone

When curating my last post for Fashion Revolution, I got thinking about the charity shop items I ended up wearing the most. Towards the end of the last year, it was my Sue Ryder, black jumpsuit. Looking back it seems to have been the most unexpected items I end up wearing the most. My top tip for charity shopping is always to be open minded. Expect the unexpected. The paisley, long shirt I initially thought I would struggle to pair with things but actually went with so many outfits. The brown, stiletto boots which filled the 'comfortable, but dressy boots' gap in my wardrobe. The dark green velvet kimono which adds a little dressiness to even the scruffiest of outfits. These all turned out to be some of my absolute favourites which initially I had um-ed and ah-ed about in the shop. Apprehensive they would be one-off items and I would fall out of love with them. I feel as though this full length, green shirt is another such item. Having picked it up as part of my video for the #FoundinOxfam campaign, I thought I would wear it when I was tanned (which is 2 weeks in the average year) or when I went out for a little evening out (which is 5 evenings in the average year). However, I found it was the perfect cover-up to throw on to complete most of my staple outfits. With a bit of red lipstick and I was ready to go-go.

To see what else I picked up in Oxfam you can see the video here. And if you buy anything in Oxfam (which I fully support, ahem), share it on Twitter and Instagram using #FoundinOxfam so I can have a little nose!

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