As the year draws to a close I thought I would look back at this year’s posts and examine my favourite second-hand clothing purchases. Once again, I have enjoyed browsing the charity shops and hunting out bargains. I have tried very hard to stick to my budget, and to purchase what I really need, rather than what I would like to buy
One of my favourite purchases of the year! During the summerI had been looking for a denim dress for a few months and had my eye on a £45 one from Fat Face (hoping to pick it up in the sales). By sheer chance I came across this Dorothy Perkins dress from the British Heart Foundation shop in Bath for a bargain £5!! It fits beautifully and is very versatile: I can wear it sleeveless and with/without leggings in the summer, and layered up with jumpers and woolly tights in the winter.
Burgundy wide-legged trousers
I purchased these beautiful Kaliko trousers (not pictured) at the beginning of the year from another British Heart Foundation Shop (in Devizes). Unfortunately I can’t remember how much I paid for them but it was probably £5-£7.They are lined and so perfect for wearing in the cooler months. I love the 1940s silhouette they create. They are also smart enough to pass as work trousers.
I bought this Top Shop jumper from the new look Save the Children shop in Bath in the Autumn for £4 I love the shape of the sleeves (although not very practical when washing up!) and the colour – which seems to fit in with most of my wardrobe
I volunteered at the school jumble sale in March and bagged this orange scarf for a few pence. Orange is one of my favourite colours and I love the contrast this scarf can give to some of my clothing (cobalt blue jumper; black dress; burgundy jumper) or how it can complement other items such as my orange winter coat.
Sparkly gold jumper
I’m currently working on a post about adding a sparkly touch to the festive season and this £4 jumper is a key piece. I bought it from the gorgeous Save the Children shop (Bath) at the beginning of the month and have enjoyed dressing it up and down over the Christmas holidays.
Upcycled Denim Skirt
This is something I am particularly proud of! Back in June I finally tackled turning my old denim jeans into a skirt, with the use of fabric from an old much-loved skirt. For instructions see the post here. I was really pleased with this project and, having bought some denim needles for the sewing machine and some matching thread, I set about mending some more jeans and upcycling my daughter’s torn trousers.
And a bonus outfit …the black 70s jumpsuit!
Sad to say I have only worn this gorgeous flared jumpsuit once – at a 70s party back in January. I bought it from the vintage Dorothy House shop in Bath for just £12. It fits perfectly and I loved wearing it to the party. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been another occasion to wear this jumpsuit. But tonight is New Year’s Eve and I have a party to go to, so you never know……
I hope you have a wonderful New Year’s Eve, whatever you decide to do and wish you all the best for a peaceful, green and second-hand (?) New Year xxx