I’m a few weeks down on my pact to only shop second hand, and I’ve got to say I am loving it. I feel so much more myself, I’m getting into it and finding that the outfits I create are far more tailored to me. It’s a bold statement, but I’m now starting to think that the high street has no personality, everything is the same and everyone has it, but shopping vintage is one of a kind.
I wanted to show you a look that is 100% second-hand (minus my undies, that’d be a step too far?) and 100% cool AF. We all know florals aren’t that groundbreaking this time of year, but you can’t go wrong with a ditsy flower print in the form of a super cute vintage romper. I love bringing pattern into my wardrobe and shopping second hand is the best place to find those stand-out prints. This one isn’t a keeper for me, as it’s stock for my online shop, The Trip, but that just means you can get your mitts on it instead which is why it seemed like a perfect idea to share it with you, and show you how you can style your retro floral finds. Search for The Trip on Depop and scroll through my curated pieces, there's a mixture of vintage and new-in items!
As the playsuit is from the ’90s, I wanted to add more pieces that scream that era into this look, and the cropped biker jacket did the job. This is my fave piece for winter, I wore it pretty much daily last year and I know I’ll be doing the same again come October. It’s a vintage piece from California, gifted to my boyfriend and now handed down to me, so it is very much second hand! I love the shape and silver detailing, it’s a unique twist on your classic leather jacket.
We end on the high note, and that’s the trainers - my bargain of the year! These were a golden find from my favourite car boot sale here in Manchester and they cost me a total of £1. I’m not usually a trainer girl, but these boxing boots gave me so much inspiration when it came to outfit building. I can think of dozens of looks that will mix nicely with these sneakers, so I’m excited to experiment with them some more.
So, all in all, this whole look cost me less than a single piece of clothing from your average high street store - isn’t that mad?! I’m so keen to carry on this personal mission of mine. I’m going into my wardrobe and putting together all of my vintage pieces and making new and exciting looks that I haven’t worn before. Roll on the next few months where I hope to curate one hell of a cool wardrobe with nothing but killer and unique pieces!