February 2017 | Trashed Vintage

Thursday, 9 February 2017

How to; Charity shop, for Dummies

Here's some reasons why Charity shopping is so great (apart from the obvious, being, y'know, it's for charity)

  • It's so affordable

I've had Hilfiger jumpers for £3, Saint Laurent tops for £2.50,
an amazing Oasis dress with the original price tag still on
(£188) for £3, the list goes on...

  • It's better for the environment 

It keeps things from going to the landfill, everything comes
without the environment price tag aka eliminates emissions
from production and distribution.

  • You can find seriously unique or vintage pieces that no one else has

Just take a look at my previous blog posts...

  • 'The thrill of the hunt' you never know what you might find

Refer to first bullet point...

  • Finding a designer label for a couple of squid, no feeling is better

Again refer to first bullet point...

  • New stuff arrives every single day

Literally, every.single.day. Which means stuff goes on sale all the time to
make room for newer stock, as if it wasn't cheap enough already...

Here's some common misconceptions about Charity shops

  • The clothes are dirty 

Wrong. Charity    shops will NOT sell  dirty, broken or worn out clothes,
they are all thoroughly inspected and most clothes in Charity shops are good
as new or still have tags on them.

  • It's all stuff nobody wants
Wrong. I have found so may designer pieces in Charity shops
including YSL, Hilfiger, Vivienne Westwood to name a few!! There are so
many hidden treasures waiting to be found.

  • It's impossible to find anything
Wrong. Every single Charity shop I have been in (and that's a lot btw!)
has been laid out in sections for Womens, Mens and
Children and then laid out within those sections in types of clothing
and then size.

  • All the clothes are ugly, why else would someone have got rid
Wrong. There are so many reasons why clothes end up at Charity shops.
Some people change their whole style/wardrobe every single trend or
every single season and want to get rid of stuff to make way for more
(that's fast fashion for ya!) People lose weight, put weight on,
change their minds, want to make space, tire of things, maybe they
don't like being seen in the same outfit more than once....etc...etc...etc

Tips 'N Tricks

  • Look in ALL sections
Look in both the Womens section AND the Men's, you might just find
a pair of vintage Levi's, a vintage shirt or band tee.

  • Look at ALL sizes
 Sizing can be different especially if a piece is vintage or from the US.
Can't tell you how many times I've picked up vintage dresses labelled a 
12 and they've fit my petite size 6 frame perfectly

  • Don't get overwhelmed
Faced with racks and rails of clothing can be a bit overwhelming so just pick 
out any colours, patterns or textures that catch your eye

  • Check the Lingerie or Nightwear rail
 This might sound gross BUT it is usually wear all those cute slip dresses
 are hiding 

  • Use your imagination
Imagine things 'out of context' some things can look a little 'drab' on 
the hanger in a charity shop, try and picture how you would style it

  • CHECK the labels
 If it's labeled atmosphere aka primark then I steer well clear, check for 
good brands that are good quality, if you don't recognize the tag, 
check for where it was made, if it says 'made in Italy' or 'Made in France'
this is usually a sign of quality.

Where else to buy Second hand or Vintage pieces?

  • Car boot sales

I realise this is a British thing, so let me explain it to my Non-British pals.
A car boot is something that is held in the summer months in a large field
where people rock up in their cars. On first glance, it looks like a single person
(the driver) and a car full of stuff from their home/garage/wardrobe they
no longer want, however when the car starts to empty, you realise there
was actually a front seat passenger and 3 small children hidden under
and amongst all their belongings, they all stand in the field for a couple of
hours with their stuff laid out on the grass/table/car and people can walk
round and buy their stuff. Car boot items are usually dealt in 20p, 50p's
and £1. Sounds shit but honestly I've found some of my favourite
wardrobe staples aka grunged up, vintage band tees from car boots.

  • Jumble sales

Usually held in local village halls, lots of super cheap pieces
(as in 20p cheap!) lots of rummaging to be done.

  • Vintage shops

Vintage shops obviously do have super cool pieces, though the price tag
is never super cool. I try to avoid places labelled with 'Vintage shop' or
'Vintage clothes for sale' as to me it screams 'pieces you could find in a
charity shop just with the price jacked up.' However, I do like going into
vintage shops if there is something I am looking for specifically, that,
and I'm just incredibly nosey and I like to look. If you want vintage but
without the price tag then Google search your town/city and see if there
are any Kilo sales near you (see below)

  • Kilo sales

You rock up to the Kilo sale, sometimes held in shops or warehouses,
you get handed a bag. You rummage through piles, boxes and racks FULL
of clothes and accessories, you fill up your bag and it gets weighed, you get
charged dependent on weight (usually £10/£15 per kilo which is super reasonable
for a bag full of vintage!)

I hope this post will help some of you out and inspire you to get down to your local charity shop and create some cool ass outfits, make sure to stay tuned because this is just part one of a series all about thrifted fashion and charity shops (including some posts on styling and putting together fully thrifted outfits for under a certain amount of ££.)

India Hannah Pixie


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Flares n Mom vibes

Grommet choker /x/ DIY
Grateful dead tee /x/  Brandy Melville
Flares /x Thrifted
Boots /x/ Thrifted
Bag /x/ Skinny dip London

Just a quick note for any of those 'Urgh do you even listen to that band' judgey people who are staring at my t-shirt, I'm currently listening to Casey Jones whilst writing this so shhh ya'self;) 

I've been obsessed with flares ever since I found my pair of Motel flared trousers in a charity shop a couple of months ago (for £6) & I've been on the hunt for more pairs ever since, with no luck.

That was until I stumbled across this beaut pair in another charity shop the other day, which, I might add, was having a half price sale, I managed to pick these up FOR £1.25, they are originally Miss Selfridge as well!!!

Whilst at first I wasn't keen on the colour, in fact, I hated the colour, they remind me of Chinos and y'all don't know how much I despise Chino's. The colour almost put me off buying them but I decided to try them on anyway and I was so happy with how they fit that I just could not leave them behind.

(I actually had a super successful thrift shop this day, I picked up a total of 6 items, 5 of which were vintage, for £14.)

I was considering the possibility of dying them, I think, maybe, red?! But, I quite like how they look with this super cute Grateful Dead tee I picked up from Brandy Melville. I still might dye them though, I've always wanted a pair of bright red statement flares, although I think the people in my town would have a heart attack as apparently even wearing cream flares warrants bizarre looks...

I think these trousers would also look incred with my checked, slip on vans but I'm kinda digging the 'mom vibes' this outfit gives with my vintage black booties!!

India Hannah Pixie


Sunday, 5 February 2017

Metallic pink

Chain earrings /x/ ASOS
Sequin Choker /x/ DIY
Stripe shirt /x/ Zara
Denim Skirt /x/ Thrifted
Yellow fishnets /x/ ASOS
Pink mules /x/ ASOS
Hand bag /x/ Betsey Johnson 

Feeling kinda 80's in this outfit (and i'm kinda digging it) must be the clashy-clashy yellow socks and the pink metallic mules, which, by the way, were a bargain at only £15 in the ASOS sale!!

Not many thrifted pieces in this outfit, just my fave denim skirt which I have had for the longest time.
However, I did DIY that crazy sequin choker, only took a couple of seconds on the sewing machine. I really bloody love it too, such a statement piece. (Will be perfect for festival season also.)

And the star of the show (for me, atleast) my absolutely adorable (!!!!) new Betsey Johnson bag, I was super chuffed to find this in my local TKMAXX, even more chuffed to find it was not made of leather and was only £19.99, yaaaaaaas.

India Hannah Pixie


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

It's not my usual style

Grommet choker /x/ DIY
Chain earrings /x/ ASOS
Top /x/ Zara
Jeans /x/ Thrifted
Fishnet socks /x/ ASOS
Silver shoes /x/ DEPOP 
Bag /x/ Skinny dip London

So, I've seen these kind of chokers on so many cool babes(!!) but I didn't want to pay Etsy or Depop prices so I was super excited to find an old grommet belt in a charity shop, I just snip, snip, snipped it to fit my neck and done. So much cuter as a choker.

Copped this little top in Zara recently. It's not my usual style, I must admit. It's a far cry from my over-sized, over-worn but well loved XXL vintage t-shirts but I think the choker and earrings grunged it up enough for me to not feel too unlike myself and truth be told, I quite like the little frilly detailing and the little bows on the shoulders. I very much enjoyed styling this piece.

Also, how cutesy are these little shoes?! They're the perfect heel height, super comfy and look good with, pretty much, EVERYTHING

India Hannah Pixie

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