Do you ever feel the pressure of not being able to keep wearing the same thing over and over again? Do you have a lovely outfit that you have worn now to your cousin’s birthday party, clubbing, university drinks, a family reunion, and to visit your friends abroad and you just can’t bring yourself to wash it and recycle it again? I know the feeling and also how expensive it is to buy both a new top, jeans and shoes in one go. So this is my answer and one which I think all fashion lovers should have a go at at some point. I go charity shop shopping.
Affluent areas of London are great places to find charity shops selling good quality clothes. West Hampstead for example has a number of charity shops in a small radius of the high street and it was here that I went with one of my friends with the task of buying a whole new outfit. Amongst the broken straps, worn out shoes and extra large blouses, there might just be a few gems. Something with bright colors, or a pair of jeans which were just too small or maybe even a top which got too big. Charity or thrift shopping is funny and a great way to channel your creativity. This was my challenge, to buy and construct a cool outfit from clothes which other people didn’t want and to prove that money isn’t everything when it comes to style 😉
There were a couple of pairs of green jeans and so I decided to buy these apple bottom trousers. I felt they were perfect for spring and I really liked the color and one which I would otherwise probably not have chosen. They cost me £3 and all the money went to The Children’s Society.
The top that I found in Oxfam was brand new and still had the labels attached. It had originally come from River Island. I really liked the beading and the fact that the back is almost sheer. I felt that it would go well with the green jeans, but that I would be able to wear it with blue jeans and leather belt to festivals in the summer. It cost me £7.
I also bought some great yellow, green and brown leather authentic Texan cowboy boots too, which I will show you later in my next post.The pictures below show me wearing both the top and the jeans at a later late. The white beaded top I was able to wear to Loveland festival in Amsterdam on Kings Day and below I wore my green jeans with a Damien Hirst Skull print jumper.
So go, get out there, be creative, have fun and support your local charities by picking out your charity shop outfit and see how many people ask you “where did you get that from?”
The Children’s Society help children of all faiths and none, including children at risk on the streets, disabled children, young refugees, young carers or those within the youth justice system.Through their lobbying and research, they seek to influence child protection policy and perceptions at all levels so young people have a better chance in life.