Hello my lovelies!
Still firmly cobwebbed & cosy in the dregs of October, I am very reluctant to step forwards into the winter months…mainly because I don’t care for the DAMN COLD. My wardrobe is 80% Summer-based and thusly aerated and colourful, some items susceptible to layering but mostly unsuitable for the rain and ice: also known as the majority of British life. This year, however, I have decided to do something pretty sensible and actually invest in some warmth. With the spirit of “How Cruel is my Wardrobe” in mind, if anybody read my summer posts, I have tried to do this on a second-hand basis, using eBay and charity shops. The one category I have struggled to find second-hand is coats, maybe I just need to up my game, so I did get some from ASOS & New Look instead.
What you’ll see here is a collation of many months of scattered thrift hauling, and I am very happy with each item…a little disclaimer, this post is not a mere declaration of “Look how bloody ALTERNATIVE I am!”…but hopefully an encouragement to you all, that if you search hard enough you can find some wonderful pieces without having to purchase brand-new. Yes they will have an air of somebody else’s washing powder and therefore, feel strange, but once you’ve bunged them in the wash then they are yours and ready for a whole new start. I should add that everything here was cheap as chips, with the least expensive being 99p and the most expensive being £12.99 (the hoodie from Zara) – which to be fair was brand new with its tags. Let’s have a looksee!
Lot #1 – My favourite and most worn item, is this gold-yellow pleated skirt from Yumi. It has a heavy draped sort of feel, and thankfully it has a lining to battle the whip-ups of November rain. Absolutely gorgeous. There’s the denim buttoned-up skirt which is from the Topshop ‘tall’ range, and my go-to selection is this with a simple jumper tucked in. I’m not one for jeans, but this is a great alternative. Then there’s this cheeky little festive Primark jumper! It has actual bells on it, is cosy as Hell, and it has an element of mystery to it….I mean does it refer to boobs or testicles?! The public needs to know. Either way mine are fantastic.
Lot #2 – A simple and very inexpensive selection of jumpers, collectively around £3. The first being a thin purple one, which is actually a polo-neck but as I don’t care for having tightness around the neck area I did a little hacksaw trim, and now it’s a perfect base layer. The grey one is the softest material I have ever felt, definitely a loungewear item but I would be more than happy to wear this anywhere. The third is a striped Primark jumper, pretty chunky and slightly bobbly but hey, if your jumper doesn’t have bobbles then it hasn’t had a life. Get it out on the road and bobble it up, baby.
Lot #3 – Triple the cosy. A little pale-blue thick-knit jumper, originally from M&S, and originally a size 14…I may have shrunk it in the wash…HOWEVER, it can now be worn cropped over my high-waisted skirts, so it was pretty much meant to be. It also makes your boobs look pretty voluptuous and curvy, like sexy Christmas puddings, bonus points there. Then we have a thin baggy top from Primark, which I’ve taken to wearing around the house with leggings and furry booties. Nothing digging into you when you’ve had a large meal, it’s perfect for the festive season. Then from Zara, is this oversized red hoodie, which is beautifully soft and comfortable. You can’t help but feel a little like a fabulous Santa in it.
Lot #4 – Okay, so these dresses aren’t inherently warm, but I plan to bundle them up with simple base layers, cardigans and chunky tights. The floral one has these gorgeous side panels to expose a little bit of skin (my pale chunky side flanks), the gold is slightly glittery and a potential Christmas-Day winner, and the third is incredibly floaty and soft in all the right ways. I plan to wear it with fishnet tights and my Docs, in an ironic feminist-driven ROXANNE YOU DON’T HAVE TO PUT ON THAT RED LIGHT kinda way.
SO IN SUMMARY! Barring the two skirts which were from eBay, everything you see here is from a mixture of charity shops/websites, including the British Heart Foundation, Marie Curie, Oxfam, Shelter and Age UK. To keep the charitable wheel of thrift a-turnin’, I have also donated a hefty amount of old clothes that no longer fit or suit me. One final little plug for charity shops before I leave – please consider buying Christmas cards and little stocking fillers from places like these, for instance I know the British Heart Foundation shop near me has Santa hats and thermal tights and allsorts of perfect festive paraphernalia from their own range.
TREAT YO SELF AND YO FRIENDS & FAMILY & YO COMMUNITY & YO FELLOW MAN
(Also I’m thinking of doing another Blogmas this year! The sequel! Would anybody be interested?)