Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The best charity shop finds

Hello from Huddersfield! On Saturday, I moved into my uni accommodation so these photos were shot a couple of weeks in advance (which is why the outfit is definitely not appropriate for the current weather situation). Once I'm properly settled in and my room is looking a little less bare, I am planning on doing a room tour-style post all about the bits and bobs I've picked up for my room, as well as a more in-depth chat about how I've found the actual move.

I've probably said it before and I'll probably say it again but two of the pieces in this outfit are my best charity shop finds ever! Whilst my dad and sister were at Leeds Festival over August bank holiday weekend, my mum and I spent a day in Durham doing some walking, cake eating and charity shopping and I struck gold...

Dress | H&M from British Red Cross (not online but in store)
Trench | Oxfam
Bag | Beyond Retro
Earrings | Accessorize 
Shoes | Depop

The first find was the trench, it is 98% cotton and by Laura Ashley so is really amazing quality. I stumbled upon it in Oxfam and almost didn't try it on since £17.99 seemed a bit more expensive for a charity shop but when I did try it on, I fell in love. It fits so well and the fabric feels lovely so it is really nice to wear. I have worn it almost daily since buying it so I have definitely got my money's worth so far, I've owned a few trench coats in the past, which I have either grown out of so donated to charity or which I still own, but this is by far my favourite.

The second find has left me feeling incredibly smug. I kept seeing the H&M dress on some of my fave bloggers and Instagrammers, SallieRachael and Liv but the £50 price tag plus the fact that it is unlined meant that I had to pass up on it. British Red Cross actually have a partnership called 'Encore' with local high street brands where they receive donations of brand new stock, which may often feature small flaws. For example, this dress was brand new but some of the stitching had come undone at the seam which only took me about five minutes to fix but meant I got the dress for £3!! I am still slightly shocked that I managed to find it and that it cost me so little - charity shopping definitely has its perks!

Luckily for me, and for this post, the trench and dress go perfectly together and I love the combination of the two shades of blue. It's definitely an outfit which is more appropriate for the warmer weather than the Autumnal weather we've been having recently, however, the trench works all year-long- except maybe Winter when I'll be wrapped up in my faux fur coats. 

I styled both pieces with my basket bag from Beyond Retro, which also feels very Summery, however, I do have a post coming soon about styling basket/ straw bags for transitional weather and Autumn; so stay tuned! The shoes were a Depop find and I was instantly drawn to them because of how Vivienne Westwood they are; they're basically my dream Westwood shoes for a fraction of the price. 

Holly Olivia x

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