Sunday, 15 July 2012

Something old, something new..


I have a confession to make, I am not a thrifter. You will not find beautiful vintage dresses in my wardrobe. It’s not a snobbery thing, I am genuinely envious of those who can pick up an amazing top for £2 (Sis, I’m talking to you) but it just isn’t my thing. The closest thing I have to vintage in my wardrobe is this Gap denim jacket, I bought it when I lived in London almost 10 years ago now, it was on a sale rack but still quite of the moment. Trends change and it languished away in the back of my wardrobe for many years, unloved and unworn, but still I couldn’t bring myself to give it away. Then back in 2009 denim jackets came back in and it’s been a staple item ever since. A denim jacket is great for dressing down an outfit (provided it doesn’t already involve denim, double denim will never be a good look) over a maxi dress or skirt or brilliant over a summer dress on a cooler day. I love this one for its curved lapels which make it almost blazer-like.

'Vintage' Gap denim jacket, Monsoon maxi dress


So while you won’t find me in the Charity shops, I still love a bargain. Rarely do I pay full price for an item of clothing; I love a 20% off sale and I’ve been known to watch items until they eventually go on sale. Take these beautiful silver flats, I picked them up recently from an L.K.Bennet outlet, reduced from £125 to just £20. Bargain!

Silver flats L.K. Bennet

Are you a thrifter or a bargain shopper? 

I’d love to hear about your best buy..


5 comments:

  1. You know me, I will NOT pay full price for an item unless 1. I love it or 2. I'm in a time crunch and can't wait for the sale. That said, I'm pretty certain I've not even set foot in a thrift store. Not because I don't want to, but because I don't think to! Plus I think some are far nicer/better than others, and I don't know which ones are the nice ones. I have a denim jacket that sits in my closet a lot. Mostly because I often wear jeans, and would never dream of making the Double Denim faux pas. I'd love to go on a shopping spree. I feel like I haven't shopped in ages. Waiting to see how much more weight I can lose (and keep off for a while) first!

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    1. Well your challenge for the week is to bring out that Denim jacket, it's winter there so perfect weather for it :-)
      Save your pennies for December, maybe a Christmas sale outing is in order.. Seems so long away now!

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  2. I'm certainly no thrift shopper - I've tried but never seem to find anything. I am however a bargain shopper. Never having much luck at the outlet stores eg. DFO etc, I do always manage to find something amongst the sale items when out and about. Generally it's not the sort of item I'm after but what the hey you need to grab a bargain when you see one. I recently purchased a very lovely Miss M handbag for $27.99 reduced from $110 quite the bargain wouldn't you say? Love those shoes too Bel - actually your entire outfit here is very me ;-)

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    1. Thanks Meg. You are a master at bargain shopping, you always look great :-)

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  3. Well, I have definitely done a bit of op shopping in my time - I haven't been lately as I have a wardrobe full of the cheapest finds around - hand-me-downs!!! What I like about op shopping is that everything is so cheap - just a couple of dollars so it doesn't matter if you buy something that doesn't fit quite right - even if you wear it only once it is ok. Op shopping can be frustrating because you find something but it isn't the right size... I have a dress I bought a while ago and loved but it is too small, grips my curves, but if I keep going with the running, you never know! Where is Alison (sister-in-law) when you need her (answer - setting up home in Italy)? This is her topic - she is the queen of thrifting, and then she makes most of her clothes as well - there is a whole other topic for you.

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