Friday, 25 April 2014

Vintage Shopping: #Fashion Revolution Day

The idea was to get this post up in time for yesterday's Fashion Revolution Day, marking the one year anniversary since 1133 people were killed and over 2500  injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

I have always quietly upheld in the background of this blog a point of view that fast fashion is something I don't celebrate, and my focus on searching out clothes which are made from better fabrics, with an emphasis  on charity shop and vintage shopping is a part of that.

To mark Fashion Revolution Day (albeit a little late, but the LP philosophy has always been "better late than never" if only for the reason that otherwise I would never achieve anything) and because I am very behind with my vintage updates, I thought I'd do a round-up of some of my latest finds, perhaps to inspire some of you who haven't yet bought into the second-hand thing to give it a whirl.

This little lot is more accessory focussed than usual, but that's the thing with charity shops, you just roll with the punches.

{bracelet found at vintage market}
{art-deco style earrings}
{couldn't resist this silver-plated jewellery holding donkey}
{necklace found at vintage fair}
{tan leather handbag found in charity shop}
{bronzey beaded statement necklace}
{a long sought after snake necklace….ssssssssssss}
{Liberty shawl - found in a charity shop - BIG WIN!}
{jacket found in Oxfam}
{gold & turquoise necklace}
{vintage Pied a Terre tan leather boots - made in Italy, just how I like them}

Lucy Siegle has positioned herself as an expert on the matter, writing regularly in the Guardian and putting her case persuasively. If you have more questions on the matter then she's your girl and you can find her on Twitter @lucy siegle. 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Prints Charming

I don't know whether it was the prospect of a few days in the sun on my recent holiday to Morocco, or just the promise of better weather when the clocks went forward, but suddenly a few weeks ago I found myself thinking that the addition to my wardrobe of something with a palm tree print on was just what I needed.

And then it seemed like everyone was following suit, with the high street full of tropical prints, from leaves to blooms to trees.

I bought the blue Warehouse skirt and am 100% chuffed with it, and have it in mind to wear for a christening this summer. And I am also longing for the black Oasis sweatshirt, but with more than a few days to go until payday, perhaps that's one for my birthday wish list (ahem).

Top row, left to right
Fitted boyfrind palm print denim shirt, £29.95 GAP; Mono print palm top, £35 Oasis; Printed velour trousers, £22.99 Zara; Palm print sweatshirt, £45 Oasis.

Middle row, left to right
Palm jacquard pencil skirt, £38 Topshop; Palm leaf skirt, £45 Warehouse; Palm print cigarette trousers, £42 Topshop; Flowing leaf-print dress £125 Uterque; Mono palm print skater skirt, £40 Oasis.

Bottom row, left to right
Palm tree print blouse, £29.99 Zara; Printed loose fit shorts, £19.99 Zara; Rectangular palm tree scarf, £65 Uterque; Printed shorts, £25.99 Zara.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Outfit inspiration: Jessica Alba

I like the simplicity of this outfit. Some black trousers and a white t-shirt, paired with a bright pair of heels and a bold jacket. Bolstered by the current trend for kimono style jackets, there are loads of statement jackets out there, which are easy to throw on over a white t-shirt and black trousers (or skinny jeans) to solve many a boring outfit crisis. And it's also super flattering, with these jackets long enough to skim over any problem areas. With wedding season coming up, one of these jackets would be a great addition to a plain coloured dress too, giving you lots of options to showcase your latest purchase.

{Jessica Alba}

I found mine a while ago, which you can read about here, and it's a gem. Scour your local charity shops to find something similar - the louder the better!

{charity shop find}

Top row, left to right
Patterned kimono, £29.99 H&M; Sketch floral kimono, £42 Oasis; Jacket in print with embroidery, £27.50 ASOS; Blue palm print relaxed blazer, £48 River Island; Leather collar bomber, £59.99 Mango.

Middle row, left to right
Printed kimono blazer, £59.99 Zara; Patterned coat with piping, £69.99 Zara; Oriental print jacket, £59.99 Mango.

Bottom row, left to right
Striped blazer, £48 & Other Stories; Blazer with lining, £49.99 Zara; Petites scarf print jacket, £39 Miss Selfridge; Printed kimono jacket, £42 Warehouse; Tropical forest long blazer, £70 Oasis.

So here are your other ingredients. To be honest there are so many white t-shirt and black trouser variants out there that I could have gone on giving you examples for days, but likelihood is you've already got something similar in your wardrobe. GAP, Zara and Cos are my usual outlets for black trousers, but you'll know where to go to get trousers which suit you best. Also play around with the jewellery - depending on the jacket, some outfits could do with a little more or a little less bling, so just try a few different lengths, weights and colours and see what looks right.

Top row, left to right
Deco pyramid necklace, £18; Classic chevron necklace, £80 Enelle; Wooden chevron necklace, £17; Chevron necklace, £25 paper & chain.

Middle row, left to right
Cotton t-shirt £14.99 Mango; Slim-fit stretch trousers, £34.99 Mango; V-neck top, £6.99 H&M; Ultra skinny pants, £34.95 GAP (also available in tall); Round neck t-shirt, £19 Cos.

Bottom row, left to right
Golden mid heel court shoes, £58 Topshop; Anabel heels, £89 Kurt Geiger; Glory high heel shoes, £58 Topshop in red or pink.