THE OLD VS THE NEW




It's a given that I don't spend big bucks on new clothes, as much as I would obviously love to. Being an independent twenty three year old that has NOT  got their shit together means I have to save my money for the future, instead of buying that pretty dress on Zara's A/W lookbook. This has meant that I've learnt some nifty tips and tricks on making an outfit current and 'on trend', so I thought I'd share a few pointers with you...

It's all about shopping second hand. I know I know, you've just rolled your eyes and sighed because I've painted myself as some trendy hipster. But seriously, don't knock it till you've tried it, I've found some of my favourite ever pieces in charity shops. I admit I have a rather love/hate relationship with them, as they can often be over priced and not genuine vintage (I think I rolled my eyes at myself then). I mean come on, don't stock last season Primark in the 'Vintage Finds' section of your charity shop, because that's just taking the piss and us savvy shoppers are not that bloody dumb. But, when I'm on cloud nine and striking lucky then I really enjoy finding those one-off items that are unique and cool. 





I wanted to show you how I style the old with the new, by teaming this new in Topshop dress with three vintage pieces. THREE VINTAGE PIECES you say?!  Yeah that's right, who'd have thought it?! This outfit is an autumnal dream that could of definitely been picked up from the high street for triple the amount I scored it for.

I knew this cute little check dress needed something underneath for layering, and a roll neck made for the ultimate sixties essential for this look - £2, Sue Ryder, yes please.

As my pins are on full display (because I'm an idiot) I needed some upper body warmth which is where my brown faux fur jacket came in handy. I purchased this from a charity shop in Slough of all places, for a nifty £5. What did I ever do to deserve such luck?

Lastly, this outfit is tied together with a very lovely mini handbag I got for 50p, that's probably cheap than a fucking freddo.

DRESS - TOPSHOP | ROLL NECK - VINTAGE | COAT - VINTAGE | BAG - VINTAGE | SUNGLASSES - RAY BAN | BOOTS - TOPSHOP BOUTIQUE




Have I changed your mind on shopping second hand yet? 

It's fun to mix and match items together, it makes the new look retro, and gives the old a new lease of life. It's also really fun to save money and spend more on food, that's the truth...

Honestly though, It's so hard to keep up to date with current trends when you're on a strict budget. I would love to just roll on into Zara and buy a shed load of A/W gear, but I can't allow myself to do that. What I can do though, is buy myself the odd new season item and wear it with something already hiding in my wardrobe. I can easily pop in to a couple of charity shops and buy a handful of clothes, and this outfit goes to show that it's totally do able and still fashionable. Roll necks and fluffy coats are always a winter must-have, so why not take a trip to your local high-street and swap H&M for Oxfam. Don't forget that you'll also be supporting your local charity while you're at it, and that's not a bad thing, is it?


THE PARISIAN CLASSIC


If you're a really hip blogger, then you would of read How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are  many moons ago. Literally, everyone who is anyone was Instagraming this book (it is very beautiful and certainly worthy of a pic on the grid - guilty!). This book has a big place in my heart, although being a lover of Caroline De Maigret makes that easy. Since purchasing over three years ago, I still go to this hardback for constant inspiration. It's obvious Parisian style is one of the most influential, what with IT girls taking bits from their everyday, easy to wear outfits on the daily. We see everyone wearing a stripe, rocking a blazer and these hats, well they're everywhere! You might not realise it, but you take more from the incredible French girls and their laid-back, edgy style than you think! I know I do...












I've gone for the absolute classic that is a stripe, also known as a Breton stripe. Did you know that traditionally this came from the French navy? Clearly a nautical pattern, but can be worn in so many different ways. I myself DO  NOT opt for a sea-like attire, you'll wont see an anchor in sight here! If you're looking for ways to dress at the beach, you've come to the wrong place. I've styled it to fit my usual, 90's grunge style instead.

I've donned the laid-back vibe keeping thoughts of the French in mind. I recently purchased these skater jeans from Asos, expecting them to be hideous on. Baggy jeans rarely fit my shape, but these are THE perfect style for me. They are the a mix between baggy but still feminine, being tighter on my (flat) bum than my legs. I've certainly become obsessed with these jeans, so much so that I've ordered more pairs... Skater jeans, you are my new love!

My usual accessories have come out to play. I wear my Raybans and baker boy hat nearly everyday, knowing I will never be as cool as Clémence Poésy, but a girl can try...

SWEATER - BERSHKA (sale) | JEANS - LIQUOR & POKER VIA ASOS | BOOTS - DR MARTENS | SOCKS - TOPSHOP | HAT - ASOS (similar) | SUNGLASSES - RAY BAN

EXTRA



It's hard not look like a 'basic bitch' what with all of the nineties trends hitting the high street at the moment. We've got fishnets coming out of our ears and sliders for days. This choice of outfit makes me look like I've just walked out of my studio flat in Hackney, on my way to drink Starbucks out of their Cold Brew. How extra of me - right? Who cares! I can think of worse things than looking part of London's trendy eastern borough. Can't a girl wear her vintage Harley Davidson tee in peace without someone calling me out for being 'totally extra'?! OK, that was a rather hip statement but it's true, give me a break!
 


As a trend I'm personally a fan, so call me names all you want. Being a huge lover of nineties fashion makes it difficult not to love those OTT accessories like huge sunglasses and platform shoes. Speaking of, can we bring back Buffalo trainers already?! We loved the Spice Girls style for that reason and I can think of many babes who could rock them in the modern day. I've gone for a more low-key look in terms of 'extraness' for this outfit though (I'm not quite confident enough for bulky platform trainers just yet) donning my new Pull & Bear zebra print skirt and vintage tops such as my Harley Davidson tee and my boyfriends old biker jacket.

Being a huge lover of vintage made all my dreams come true when I found a vintage kilo store on a recent vacation to Barcelona, where I happened to find this t-shirt. Barcelona has an array of cool stores that you just have to check out if you're in the city. I recommend Google mapping Flamingo Vintage and Holala to cure all of your second-hand needs. I conquered with this top and another being a Pink Floyd tour shirt from the 70's. If you're heading to Barcelona this summer then save up some pennies and hunt for the gold!



TOP - VINTAGE @ FLAMINGO VINTAGE BARCELONA | JACKET - VINTAGE | SKIRT - PULL & BEAR | FISHNETS - TOPSHOP | BOOTS - DR MARTENS | GLASSES - RAY-BAN | RINGS - BLOODY MARY METAL AND VINTAGE



Another newbie are these Ray-Ban Octagonal Flat Lenses in gold, that were gifted to me for my birthday. I need serious help when it comes to sunglasses, I'm obsessed! I have one face and wear the same four in rotation even though I own at least thirty pairs. These Ray-Bans have cured my need for more right now though, being the ultimate retro accessory that help finish that 1990's look perfectly.

So, I might look kind of extra but who says that's even a bad thing? Putting a stupid label on the way others choose to dress is beyond me. Whack out your old playboy crop tops and fake burberry bags while the trend is in full force - don't hide because of others judging your individuality. Be that extra bitch you want to be and wear your vintage with pride!
 

PHOTOGRAPHS BY HOLLY WHITE