Crazy for collars

This dress is one of my all time favourites. Originally from E-vie and bought for £9 from Cancer Research in Angel, Islington it is a pretty red 3/4 sleeve dress, with a very on-trend black peter pan collar. I have teamed it here with some cute brown suede boots that I bought for £5 from a charity shop in Derry, Northern Ireland when I was visiting my friend Sarah. With a nice black coat and a woolly hat this a fab wintery/christmassy outfit!

Polka-dotted

This is a fabulous 50’s style polkadot dress from the Salvation Army shop on Mare Street in Hackney, bought for £4.50. It has a black tube dress underneath, as the top half of the dress is rather see-through. The skirt has a black net petticoat which gives it a great bouncy feel. The back has a bow tie and plunging neck line. I wore this to my friend’s roller disco hen-do.

Carnival

Coincidentally, both the dress and the jacket here were both bought from charity shops, but not by me. The dress was a gift from my boyfriend’s Sister, and the jacket was from my mum who found it in one of Didcot’s many charity shops. The dress is one of my all time favourites. Again, it was much longer when I was given it, so I took it up and sewed in a new hem (albeit a slightly dodgy one!) It is a silk dress, with a high neck line and a pleated skirt, and is simply glorious to wear. Here I have teamed it up with a denim shirt and trainers, to wear to Notting Hill Carnival.

Glittering in Gold

A gorgeous gold shift dress, with a very 60’s feel. Bought from an Oxfam branch next to my University campus in Manchester for £9. It was a lot longer in length when I bought it, as you can probably tell I cut it a bit shorter and with some black tights and trashy heels it’s great for nights out!

Ciao Ceglie

This year I went to Italy with my boyfriend, and we visited a huge market in the town of Ceglie Messapica. It was there we came across a jumble sale, with items of clothing costing no more than 1 Euro. After some serious rumaging I came across this cute floral number. It was originally a ‘playsuit’ although the shorts were so long and tight around my legs, in the words of my boyfriend, it looked more like a wetsuit. With some clever sewing from his sister Katy, it is now a skirt, which is much less scuba like than before!

Head-over-heels for scarves

I cannot resist a good head-scarf.  I often get told I look like a washer woman, which I probably do, but they can sometimes add a little something to an outfit and more importantly help to disguise unwashed or unkempt hair! Charity shops are the perfect place to buy these, there are always TONS of them and for roughly 50p-£2 each.