Near the beggining of this blog’s life I wrote about Jessi Arrington at who spoke at a TED event in LA about wearing nothing new:
And since then I’ve been trying to buy from charity, second hand and vintage shops and markets (other than a quick stint in Topshop for some jumpers when it started getting cold!) it has so far it has been quite successful, so I thought I would share some of my finds with you all.
So the finds for the last few months in chronological order- the first port of call – my mother’s wardrobe:
This photo was taken outside Phat Phuc (which apparently means Happy Buddha) Noodle Bar, just of the Kings Road in Chelsea, and one of my favourite lunch places in London. The Cardigan is by italian designer Enrico Coveri and was brought by my mother when she first moved to London when she was about my age. The scarf was brought by my dad for her not long after I was born!
This outfit is a charity shop special and cost around £7 in total (shoes not included), and was part of a charity shop challenge set by my house mate, where we had £15 to find an outfit from charity shops that was smart enough for cocktails and dinner. As you can see in the image below the skirt is actually floor length on me – a rare find, normally they are all ankle swingers!
This coat, by French fashion designer and artist, Louis Feraud was a find from an Oxfam charity shop at £13. Sure it’s many, many sizes to big for me but that means I can fit a big wooly jumper underneath it to be extra warm this winter.
An outfit put together for my future sister in law’s birthday celebrations!
For the last year I have been searching for an evening wear jump suit, and have failed until my housemate found a pop up vintage shop, by Lily Vintage, on our way to lectures this week. The jump suit used to belong to the owner so she was glad to see it go to a good home! Here is their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lilyvintageboutique
The shoes are from the 40s and I found them in a vintage shoe shop just around the corner from the Pompidou Centre in Paris.
The necklace is actually a mini (working!) four hole harmonica on a bronze colour chain, from Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair (see their blog here: http://theaffordablevintagefair.blogspot.com/).
And the silk scarf which you can just see tied to my hand bag was from a vintage shop in St Paul, Paris.
So these are the top find from that last few months, there is one more BRILLIANT one in the pipe line but I need to take it to be taken in before I can show you all!
Hopefully (shop stock dependent) I’ll be able to show you some more second hand, vintage inspired outfits in the New Year.