Goodwill Hunting: My search for a classic spring staple by Lisa Barrington

Whilst often recounting (to anyone that will listen) tales of the treasures occupying Chorlton’s charity shops, I sometimes stop to consider the elusive wonder of the capsule wardrobe.

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Minimalism is a trend which has thus far eluded this ethical fashion enthusiast, with an inability to pass a charity shop without procuring that irresistible pair of pink patent pumps (well I might grow into them) or a silk printed kaftan (shouldn’t one be prepared for an impromptu yacht party?). But with a section of my wardrobe branded ‘just incase a formal ball invite comes along’ and a cupboard full of exquisite (but ill-fitting) shoes, I’m seriously in danger of becoming the elegantly wasteful, hoarder next door.

Today’s post is therefore dedicated to transforming all those solitary green garments into an array of ethical outfits with the help of a single stylish key piece. An item to revive my favourite floral trouser trend and pull together the selection of snazzy separates I’ve amassed that were just too fabulous to pass up (but just a bit too fabulous to coordinate). My quest was to acquire a classic key piece; and the first unadorned item on my thrift list – a simple shirt.

Focused on finding this functional item, I endeavoured to direct my attention away from all things patterned and/or sparkly but couldn’t help notice a gorgeous glittery pink top radiating from the rails of my local Barnardo’s. Not exactly plain but, old habits dying hard, I thought I’ll just try it on before buckling down to find something more sensible.
My mission ended here, as the understated pink pearlescent hue and soft metallic texture perfectly partnered several of my favourite separates, currently confined to the closet awaiting their spring revival.

Here’s how this pretty pink T-shirt (£6.99 Barnardo’s) created a capsule spring wardrobe and convinced me that that staple doesn’t have to mean stale:

Top Image: Paired perfectly with thrifted Topshop floral trousers and sparkly KG courts

Mixed Metals: Making office attire alluring with thrifted M&S gold brocade skirt

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SS16 Sports Luxe: Accentuating an on-trend thrifted floral bomber jacket with leather city shorts for Spring-sports couture

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Rock Chic: Complimenting thrifted Topshop leather look trousers for a contemporary Sandra D

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We think you’ll agree that Lisa looks fab in her range of Spring looks – all made possible by a simple wardrobe staple found in Barnardo’s. Yay! What’s your S/S 16 wardrobe staple?

Tag @Barnardosretail on Instagram or Twitter with your newest spring wardrobe purchases from your local Barnardo’s. We’d love to see what gems you’ve found!


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