New Old Buys

Having banned myself from shopping at Primark, in favour of being a bit more adventurous with my purchases, I was browsing Beyond Retro for inspiration the other morning and just had to make this cardigan my own! As much as I love shopping, I have actually been trying to buy less clothes lately, so this will be it for a while now – I’m definitely not one of those bloggers who can afford to buy new clothes all the time, and I do get a lot of wear out of the things I do own even : )

I really love a great statement cardi; I think you’ll agree that this crazy nautical creation definitely falls into that category! I love the ease and comfort of oversized jumpers and cardigans at the moment, and fell in love with this one as soon as I saw it. I’ve embraced my love of colour and although I felt that at £20 it was a bit of a steal; I know that Topshop (and most likely other high street retailers) often replicate vintage styles and sell them for much higher prices! I’m also a huge fan of vintage pieces, because I feel good knowing that I’m effectively recycling clothing – the same goes for charity shop finds, which brings me onto my next purchase…

For a while I’ve been looking for a great blazer, so I was extremely happy today to find this gorgeous emerald green wool beauty for just £3.99, crazy cheap, huh?! Not only is it made of wool, it was also made in the British Isles, which is something of a rarity these days when you’re shopping on a budget. I’m sure a lot of us can vouch for the fact that most of our clothes are ‘Made in China’ which often doesn’t exactly spell out great quality. I love the combination of the emerald green and gold buttons, music to my ears! I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of this one that’s for sure : ) I wanted to wear it this evening when I popped out, but my mum has been painting in the house today so I didn’t want to risk ending up with any stubborn stains the same day I brought it home!

I’m crazy about feathers (perhaps I was an ostrich in my past life?) which meant that I couldn’t resist this one! You might remember this other knit I own which has a similar feathered neck on it? As I said, I’m trying to be a bit more adventurous with my clothing, and thought that this cardigan could help jazz up an outfit nicely in the winter months! I really envy people who wear winter clothes well, because with myself I feel like I often end up just piling on lots of layers in a very unstylish and unflattering way! Hopefully the addition of the two new cardigans in this post, I might be able to feel a bit more myself this winter.

Anyway, I refuse to discuss the ‘w’ word any further for the next few months, because Summer is here and I don’t want to forget about it and depress myself thinking of cold weather again… brr! Would love to see some of your favourite charity shop/vintage purchases if any of you care to leave some links in a comment : ) take it easy everyone! x

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