Daisies and Lace

I don’t just buy from charity shops, I donate to them as well, and after a bit of a sort out my boyfriend and I are always taking in bin bags of the things we don’t want. The trouble is, whenever I take stuff into a charity shop, I often end up taking something new home with me!

This was just one of those occasions. I was taking a bag of things to the Mind charity shop on Stoke Newington High Street and left with this gorgeous navy blue AX Paris dress, bought for £9. I love the lace daisy detail around the sleeves and collar, and am considering wearing this to my cousin’s wedding next month.

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Dresses, dresses, dresses

I have collected so many dresses from charity shops over the last few years I am losing count! And getting them all up on this blog has been on my to do list for pretty much the whole of 2013….so now we are in a new year and there is no better time than now.

To help I bought myself a present, a dress makers bust! Now I can take pictures of all my fabulous charity shop purchases more easily, and without looking like a total goon in them too.

This post is all about floral (surprised?) dresses, some vintage, some Primark rejects, but all bought for a mere few pounds.

The first is a lovely pale green/grey number originally from H&M, but bought in a Cancer Research shop in Welshpool for £3.

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The next one is a primark number, bought from Scope in Hackney for £5. I absolutely love this dress, the cut is gorgeous and it has these lovely little buttons on the bust.

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This one is a Topshop number, and is a great summer dress, with very cute detailing on the back. Also bought from a Hackney charity shop for £5.

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The next is a gorgeous silky dress, originally from Next, bought for £6 from Helen and Douglas house in Didcot. the autumnal colours are lovely, and the fit is perfect. I wore this out to an afternoon tea with my housemates Kirsty and Fee.

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This next one is another primark number, but I just fell in love with it. Another purchase from Scope in Hackney for £6, it is a little tight on me, but I couldn’t help myself. The pattern is so cute, and the lattice detailing on the back gives it a little something extra.

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This dress was bought from Mind in Stoke Newington for £9. I love the floral pattern and that it could also be worn as  a smart dress for work.

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This next dress is an international purchase, bought in a jumble sale for 1 euro in Ceglie Messapica, Itlay. Bought at the same time of one my other favourite dresses, this looks lovely in the summer worn with a brown waist belt.

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Lastly, this dress is one of my all time favourites. Not actually bought from a charity shop, but from a garden sale in Clapton, Hackney, for £5. The length and cut is gorgeous and I wore it several time last summer, including posing on a Vespa in Brighton 🙂

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Bella Blouse

Picked up this lovely silk shirt/blouse from Oxfam in Dalston at the weekend. Hungover from a night out on the other side of the river in Deptford, I got off the overground and despite my bed beckoning, I thought I would pop in and see if any bargains were to be had. And I’m glad I did! I love this blouse – but then I am a sucker for anything floral! Today I wore it to work with my wine jeans and a plain grey top, but it will go great with a plain black or colour dress as well. And, at £2.99 it was an absolute bargain!

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Red 80s

I love this cute little red dress with its long sleeves and black shoulder pads. I bought it from Scope on Mare Street in Hackney for about £5. Its been cut at the bottom by the previous owner, and not very well, but for a fiver I dont think it matters too much! Its a little baggy so I might take it in, but other than that I think its a great little 80s inspired number. I’ve accessorised it here with a simple brown waist belt.

 

Longer lengths

Two of my favourite charity shop buys are these lovely ankle length skirts.

The first is a gorgeous blue number with a large split up the front which cost me £4.50 from Scope on Mare Street, Hackney. It’s a size 6 so I have to wear it quite high – and even then its a tight squeeze! Its worth it though, and adds some colour to any day or evening outfit.

The second is a black chiffon skirt from the Scouts charity shop on Well Street, Hackney and cost £9. Its nice and classic and would look fab with some heels and perhaps even a little crop-top for the summer.

 

 

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.