September/October 2015 Second Hand Haul

by - Wednesday, October 21, 2015

There's something a wee bit dangerous about seeing your wardrobe grow without your bank balance showing much deviation - it's pretty much a green flag to hoard as many items as possible. Such is the joy of second-hand shopping kids! The past couple of months I've picked up some fab bits at work with The Vintage Kilo Sale, through my local charity shops and on eBay. Let's get into it!

Crochet Bag: Clapham Vintage Kilo Sale
Shoes: £1.49 via eBay

I had to photograph this together really didn't I? They're both so autumnal and lovely and make me wish I was kicking through piles of leaves while instagramming a Starbucks selfie. The shoes look ace with tights which gives them some versatilty before the really cold weather sets in (oh wait, it already is...)

Mustard Coat - £4 via eBay
Rust Suede Coat - Leeds Vintage Kilo Sale

I must admit I am a bit of a coat hoarder, and while I love both of these dearly, they're still not exactly the final stop in my pursuit of the perfect winter coat. The mustard is lovely on but a wee bit shorter than I'd like in a ideal world, whereas the rust suede number hits all my buzzwords (rust, suede, fur trim) but loses some points for the odd ribbed sleeves. Still, these are perfect for wearing until I find a better alternative, then they can be shipped off to the chazza. The circle of second-hand life...

Striped Roll Neck - 99p via eBay (Primark)
Red Pinafore - £3 via eBay (River Island)
Pastel Purple Roll Neck - £1.49 via eBay (H&M)
Navy and Pastel Dress - £2.49 from Sue Ryder Charity Shop

I am a huge advocate of roll necks and pinafores - they make up pretty much 90% of my winter wardrobe. The look on the left is one I had in my head and pieced together via eBay trawls (does anybody else invent fictional outfits in their head before they find them? No? Just me?) whereas the one on the right was a pure happy accident - I already had the top but wasn't sure what to wear with it, and then this perfect dress appeared in my life. All I need now is some glittery silver boots and I can be well on trend with that 60s Sci-Fi thing everyone's been writing about in fashion magazines.

Tunic - £2.49 from local community shop
Cardigan - Liverpool Vintage Kilo Sale

Chevrons are so synonymous with my favourite eras of the 60s and 70s, so I figured it was about time I integrated more of them into my wardrobe. I was really suprised when I picked up the first top to find it was Primark - the quality is great and it looks really cute tucked into a skater skirt with some loafers. I'm yet to style the cardigan, but I'm thinking it will work best over a black roll neck with a little dark denim skirt. 

Short Sleeve Sweater - Birmingham Vintage Kilo Sale
Floral Dress- Clapham Vintage Kilo Sale

This sweater might be one of my favourite kilo finds yet - it's just so me. I've worn it loads with my red denim skirt or with jeans when I have to dash out of the house quickly - so on trend with none of the expense of the high street - winning! 

The dress is obviously way out of season, but it fit me so well I couldn't leave it behind - it will look lovely over a mustard roll neck with some clogs come springtime. 

Gold Lurex Knitted Vest - Birmingham Vintage Kilo Sale
Mohair Cardigan - Birmingham Vintage Kilo Sale 

I wouldn't really say that I'm attracted to shiny objects per say, but this vest really caught my eye when it was hanging out of a tub at work. It's rare to find vintage lurex that still has such a glitter to the thread - I think it will look lovely come festive season.

The mohair cardigan was a bit more of an essential purchase - I've been in need of something warm like this for a while. And warm it certainly is - I've been wearing it in place of a coat for trips to the supermarket and strolls round the park. A strong find! 

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