30 November, 2015

Found in Oxfam

Oxfam Fashion
Oxfam Fashion
Dress (worn as a jacket), T-Shirt & Belt: Oxfam, Jeans & Shoes: River Island

I made a rookie error when getting dressed last week. I hurriedly picked out a short skirt to wear and ran out the door - it wasn't too long before I realised the wind wasn't going to make my journey easy. As well as a skirt being blown up around my waist there was also hair in my eyes and mouth making my walk to work as uncomfortable as can be. When stepping out last weekend I stuck with jeans so tight, they weren't going anywhere. I teamed them with my Oxfam dress (worn open) to add a little extra warmth. I was determined there was going to be no more embarrassing moments for me - well, clothing-related embarrassing moments! 

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Oxfam Fashion
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23 November, 2015

#Secondhandfirst

#Secondhandfirst
#Secondhandfirst
Shirt: Oxfam, Jeans & Shoes: River Island, Rings: Topshop

I picked up this shirt from Oxfam a few days ago and have been absolutely laving it! It's looks as though it's a cross between a shirt and a jacket so  have been wearing it buttoned up as a shirt but also layered, unbuttoned, with slouchy t-shirts underneath. 

Today marks the first day of #Secondhandfirst week. #Secondhandfirst is the brainchild of fashion reuse charity TRAID. This week is all about celebrating the fabulous-ness of second-hand clothing (I'm a fan, ya know) and encouraging others to keep the resources already available in use for longer. Sounds like a plan to me. TRAID specify their key aim is 'to increase the number of people committing to wearing and sourcing more of their clothes (and other resources) second-hand, rather than new.' There are tons of events taking place at numerous TRAID stores this week including screen printing, up-cycling jewellery and a Swap 'til you drop at London College of Fashion. To find out more about these event's head over to TRAID's events page.

Super-blogger, Susie Bubble, has pledged to source 50% of her clothes second hand. You too can take an online pledge to source more second-hand goodness over here. Let me know how you get on! 

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20 November, 2015

Vintage X Farfetch

The great thing about wearing vintage during the festive season is that it is unlikely you will end up wearing the same outfit as anyone else. If you're looking to purchase something a little special this December and you are a vintage nut (as I am) then you will love the vintage section of Farfetch.  From Yves Saint Laurent shoes (yes, please) to beautiful John Paul Gaultier dresses, they have the most beautiful vintage outfit for everyone. I have put together a few of my favourite items from Farfetch, a wish-list curated from all the vintage loveliness.

Shoes: Hermes Vintage, 80's Body: Krizia Vintage, Trousers: Louis Feraud Vintage

One things which always makes me weary of venturing out in the evenings after the 1st of December is the cold. Call me old but the thought of wondering out in sub 5 degree temperatures actually makes me shiver (as I sit here typing from under a duvet in the world's biggest jumper). Bearing in mind the temperature when curating my wish-list (because, ya know, I'm British and always considering the weather) my first outfit choice were these snazzy (yup, snazzy) trousers with an 80's body. The longer sleeves and trouser length would provide that much needed warmth and would look great with these beautiful big ol' heels, a slick of a bold lipstick and some super sized earrings.  

The first word which springs to mind when 'festive','party' and 'outfit' are mentioned is 'glitter' and lots of it. However, when treating yo' self to a special vintage designer item, it's likely that you're going to want an item versatile enough to wear all year round rather than just for the 12 days of Christmas. That's why the second section of my wish-list is centred around this beautiful Commes Des Garcon check top. As well as dressing it up with culottes, lipstick and party-worthy Yves Saint Laurent shoes, it also wouldn't look out of place with a bit of denim and a flick of eye-liner when heading out for Pimms in those warmer summer months. 
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Sometimes there is nothing better than throwing on a beautiful dress with a few simple accessories and heading out the door. This John Galliano vintage dress is one such dress that enables minimal outfit planning. With wavy hair, lipstick and these beautiful vintage shoes you would be ready to head  out the door in less than and hour which means more time for dancing, eating mine pies and drinking mulled wine (although, not all at the same time). 
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17 November, 2015

Five Tips for Charity Shopping: Part II

Sustainable Fashion

The lovely Louise from Pauper to Princess  recently wrote an article for the Mirror Online on how to bag a charity shop bargain. Having been a while since I spoke about all things thrift/second-hand I thought it was about time I added a few more of my top tips - mainly so I can discuss my favourite subject once more over on this little corner of the inter-web. Back in March I posted my top five tips on how to get the most out of charity shopping. My number one tip is still to visit as often as possible. Even if it means popping in for a couple of minutes. You never know, Alexa may have just dropped off a bundle after a wardrobe clear out (forever an optimist). However, if Miss Chung hasn't happened to drop a bag of all things Luella and Chanel, here are a few additional tips to ensure you leave with a full bag having donated a little towards a brilliant cause.

1. GO WITH A FRIEND

Sustainable Fashion
Patterned Dress (Worn as a Shirt/Cover Up): Oxfam                   

For this section I had been looking for a picture with a friend whilst out 'n' about shopping but it turns out we're too busy shopping and nattering to take even the quickest of selfies. Second-hand shopping with a friend is perfect as a second pair of eyes is always a great thing. Often I'll love something but can't think of what I could pair it with in my existing wardrobe but my friend will see that item in a different light and will be able to give valuable fashion advice. Mooching around the charity shops with a friend, in my opinion, is a bloomin' great way to spend a Saturday. Chuck in a coffee and cake and I'll never want the day to end.

2. DON'T DISMISS THE SALE RAIL

Sustainable Fashion
Sustainable Fashion

When browsing around charity shops it is easy to dismiss the sale rail as left over items, the ones no-one will want. I used to head straight for the dress rail, ignoring the sale rail on the way. That was until I found my favourite shirt tucked away in the discount section of my local charity shop. It has quickly become my most worn shirt for Autumn. I love it so ruddy much. The reason it had been demoted to the sale rail was because it had a small splash of bleach on (which is on the centre front of the shirt) but I really don't notice this flaw as the pattern is so prominent. Having picked this shirt up for £1 (?!) and having worn it a number of times already, I'm pretty sure the price per wear is almost negative!

3. THINK OUTSIDE THE HIGH-STREET BUBBLE 

Sustainable Fashion
Sustainable Fashion
Shirt & Shorts: Oxfam / Jacket: Cancer Research

My absolute favourite thing about charity shopping is that you never know what you're going to find. High-street stores are laid out for the consumer which is great but sometimes the element of surprise amongst the second-hand rails is much more exciting. Don't be put off if sizes/colours aren't neatly arranged as they would be on the ol' high-street. Just roll your sleeves back and get digging.

4. BE OPEN MINDED  

Sustainable Fashion
Sustainable Fashion
Skirt & Shirt: Oxfam / Dress & Boots: Oxfam

I should listen to my own advice here. When I see an item of clothing on someone which looks blommin' amazing and they tell me it's second-hand, next time I'm in a charity shop I can't help but look out for that exact piece or a similar item. I know the chances of finding that item or similar are minuscule but I can't help it. When looking for a specific item in a charity shop I find that I am less open minded - I have an idea and I will stick to it. Going into a charity shop with no plans enables me to see the potential in many different pieces of clothing which I may had previously ignored had I been riffling through the rails looking for that specific thing.

5. LAYERING POTENTIAL?

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Dress & Top (Worn Underneath): Oxfam 

Whilst I wouldn't wear some dresses alone, it's the combination of a slouchy t-shirt with the dress that can make me realise it's potential. I loved the pattern of the dress above but I'm not a fan of wearing strappy, low-cut dresses so I teamed it with this white, long-sleeved t-shirt and wore it a hell'uva lot over September/October. If you're after some 90's layering inspiration just re-watch the first few series of Friends - which I may or may not have done over and over and over again! 

There you have it, my next 5 tips to ensure you get the most out of second-hand shopping. If you missed my first five tips you can read them here. Let me know if you have bagged any charity shop bargains lately as I would love to know what you have picked up. 
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11 November, 2015

Cossac

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Sustainable Fashion
Dress*: Cossac, Shoes: River Island

It's once in a blue moon that I will find a classic black dress that fits as I had hoped. After receiving this beautifully made COSSAC dress in the post I hurriedly slipped it on and didn't want to take it off. The bias cut of the front of the dress means that it drapes across unlike other bodycon dresses. Made with organic cotton, the high-neck and longer length make the dress easy to wear. As well as being one for the Christmas parties, I am also looking forward to wearing it with sparkly midi skirt and big ol' heels as the cut-out sleeve detailing of the shoulders is enough to jazz up any outfit. 

COSSAC, a brand launched in 2014, have two collections. One collection, For the Soulfeatures cool slogan t-shirts and bags which are super-duper wearable. The other collection, For the Eyeconsists of beautifully cut garments. The midi skirt is interestingly cut to wrap around perfectly whilst the High-Low Dress is the perfect party dress for the coming winter months. Not only do COSSAC stock all these lovely clothes, they also believe in offering a conscious choice without compromising on style, quality or price. Sounds bloomin' brilliant to me. 

To find out more about the impact of the fast fashion industry I would recommend watching The True Cost documentary. Although it's a hard watch, I believe it's a necessary one. Since viewing I have looked at the fashion industry and how I shop in an entirely different way. Lucy Siegle, a British journalist and writer on environmental issues, recommends only buying an item of clothing if you can commit to wearing it a minimum of 30 times.  Since adopting this method I feel a lot happier with my wardrobe as it consists of clothes I love rather than overflowing with items I bought on a whim and perhaps don't love as much. With the launch of Fashion Revolution Day and wonderful brands such as COSSAC emerging, it is hopeful that the fashion industry will soon be transparent. We will have a safer fashion industry that values people, creativity, the environment and profit in equal measure. 
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04 November, 2015

Esprit X Brantano

Esprit Trainers
Esprit Trainers
Jumper (Similar) & Trousers (Similar): H&M, Trainers*: Brantano, Rings: Topshop

Unbelievably, these pictures were taken on the first day of November. It was super sunny for about an hour and the only way I could have my picture taken without looking as though I had a permanently confused face (complete with squinting eyes) was to wear sunglasses. Luckily I didn't wear a coat and stuck to my favourite jumper from H&M which I got for my birthday with vouchers recently - I have worn it so much already and am wearing it under my Urban Outfitters pinafore dress as I type! 

I recently picked out these Esprit trainers from Brantano. As soon I they arrived I put them on and immediately felt like running/jumper/doing somersaults - they are super duper comfortable and light. I hadn't previously realised that Brantano stock so many amazing brands including Nike, Adidas and Clarks. My Brantano wish list quickly increased after spotting retro style Adidas trainers, winter-worthy Clarks boots and, equally as cold weather appropriate, beautiful brown leather boots. Gah, I'm glad Christmas is coming up! 

Esprit Trainers
Esprit Trainers
Esprit Trainers
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01 November, 2015

Boohoo X Charli XCX

Boohoo Charli XCX
Boohoo Charli XCX

Every once in a while I find a dress which I think I'm just going to wear allll the time. From sewing at home to chucking on with trainers and heading out, a dress that will come with me everywhere. When I spotted this dress on Boohoo I knew it would be one of those dresses. Since receiving it in the post last week I have worn it most days and will continue to over wear it for the foreseeable future!
The jumper is also from Boohoo and is the perfect replacement for my grey cropped jumper I teamed with everything high-waisted last year but, unfortunately, after one too many washes had shrunk so much it was only suitable to be worn around my neck as a scarf substitute.

Boohoo have teamed up with all round mega babe, Charli XCX to conjure up a line of all things 90's, sparkly and brilliant. A few personal favourite's of mine include the Glitter Peep Toe Platform's and the maroon/wine Faux Fur scarf. It's a limited edition collection so get in quick. If you do buy something make sure you take a snap and post on Instagram/Twitter using the hash-tag #CharliXCX4Boohoo :) 

Boohoo Charli XCX
Boohoo Charli XCX
Boohoo Charli XCX
Boohoo Charli XCX
Boohoo Charli XCX
Boohoo Charli XCX
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