It's been over a month since I'd had a good look in a charity shop, so the other day I ventured into one of my favourite local charity shops and had a good mooch around. It wasn't long before I found a few things I liked. Despite my post about a wardrobe stocktake and despite the fact that I already have too many clothes, I'm afraid I just couldn't resist these. First was this navy Boden fitted jersey dress.
It was a size smaller than I usually wear, but I thought I'd try it on anyway and to my surprise it fitted really well. It was reduced from £5.50 to £3.50, so needless to say it was in my basket pretty sharpish. The only problem I have with it is, that it is very low cut, so I will have to wear it with a vest or long sleeved t-shirt underneath, which shouldn't be too much of a problem. I tried it with this vest and liked this look as it adds a bit of colour and a touch of the nautical to an otherwise very plain dress.
The second item of clothing I saw and liked was this skirt from Tu at Sainsbury's.
It was brand new with tags still attached and cost just £4. It's not the usual style that I wear, but sometimes a change is good and the print was so striking I thought it might brighten up my wardrobe a little this summer.
The final item of clothing I found was this black jacket from Next. This isn't a great photo, but it does actually look better on.
I needed a smart/casual looking black jacket for everyday wear in autumn/winter so this fitted the bill perfectly. I liked the short sleeves and tie belt on this jacket. A bit different and quite flattering. This too cost £4 and is in very good condition. I don't think it has been washed as the button, still in it's plastic bag was still attached.
I also bought a few other items including this book, Born-Again Vintage by Bridgett Artise and Jen Karetnick, which is all about reconstructing vintage clothes to make very individual outfits. It cost £2.50.
It has some very interesting ideas in it. I particularly liked this T-shirt Dress idea. (Although I did like the checked dress before it was altered!)
This Sweater Slipdress was a chic idea too. Looks very French. (On the model anyway!)
I also bought a couple more pieces of leather, similar to some I'd bought previously from the same shop.
They were £2 each and will be great for clutch bags or purses. I must get making something with my leather pieces soon. I've got no excuse now I've got some needles for my machine.
Finally, I bought a couple of things for Little Bird, a large piece of fabric for £1, a sewing pattern and a couple of zips. It was a bit of a splurge, but I've spent very little so far this month. I just haven't really felt like shopping for some reason. It's all going to a good cause anyway and I'm really happy with my purchases.