I’m gonna pop some tags
Only got twenty dollars in my pocket
I, I, I’m hunting, looking for a come-up
This is f***ing awesome…

Macklemore’s Thrift Store

Quality that stands the test of time or cheap and cheerful? What do you think about thrift stores?

Living so close to one of Bristol’s charity shop hubs, it’s crazy that I’ve only just started to consider them as my first stop when looking for specific outfits. To be honest, I used to pop in to charity stores looking without really seeing what was in store.

If I go thrift store shopping with specific items in mind, I almost always find the perfect piece. When browsing, it is harder to see a finished outfit in your head. That’s where inspiration outfits, like the St Peter’s Hospice window displays give you a helping hand.

As I’ve gained more confidence, I’ve started to visualise mix & matching pieces to clothes in my existing wardrobe. It gets easier the more you experiment.

This top, as featured in a recent fashion shoot cost me about a fiver from the St Peters Hospice shop on Gloucester Road.

TC Photography

Here are some of my favourite outfits from Cancer Research shop on Gloucester Road earlier this year.

Biggest bargain of the month… £4. No shit. Seriously £4. Calf length, flat waist panel (elasticated ones gather at my waist and add inches), woven plaid skirt in lilac tone which matches my colour palette and looks great with a crisp white shirt.

This black floral Wolf & Whistle cropped jacket was brand new with tags, RRP £50, thrift store price £15. Perfect to wear with a plain black shift dress, or an A-line jacquard skirt. I’ve also toyed with the idea of wearing this with a plain black lace or net saree. I have tried it on at home and the look works, I just need to find an occasion to wear it out.

This is one of those jackets that looks hideously 1980’s when it’s on a hanger… but style this £12 gem right and it could look stunning.

For example, worn as a saree blouse instead of a jacket and paired with my zigzag maroon/ gold saree could look amazing.

This vintage full length dress doubles up nicely as an abaya, perfect for winter. It cost £10, which is a steal when compared to lighter weight sheer fabric abayas that retail for £20-60.

This is my favourite office skirt. Winter weight – check. Wool – check. Calf length – check. Vibrant shade – check. In my colour palette – check. Perfect for modest dressing. I’d been looking for a classic A-line pleated skirt in high street stores for about 6 months or so. The closest I found to fit the bill was a whopping £110 from Whistles… this little gem was only £7.50!


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