My Stripe Challenge by Alice

Hello there. First of all, I’d like to introduce myself to you all. I’m Alice Christina, I’m from Newcastle Upon Tyne and I’m a part time charity shop assistant manager and part time fashion blogger. As somebody who works in a charity shop I’m well aware of some of the amazing things you can find in them. Over the past couple of years I’ve found myself shopping less and less on the high street and spending most of my money on pre-loved clothing. As of late I’ve focused a lot more on featuring clothing I’ve bought from charity shops, which if I’m honest, isn’t hard at all as around 90% of the clothes I buy are pre-loved now. So today I thought I’d share with you some ways I incorporate charity shop-bought clothing into my wardrobe by showing you three ways that I style stripes.

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I don’t know about you, but my wardrobe is full of a lot of stripes and I could probably open my own shop just for striped tops alone! You really can’t go wrong with a good breton stripe in your wardrobe, like this Hobbs t-shirt I managed to pick up for a mere £5.00 – how could you resist that bargain?

For me, they’re the print I gravitate towards the most as it always makes me feel like I look like I’ve made an effort, even when I haven’t. Stripes just add a touch of sophistication to any outfit, and they’re so easy to in-corporate into your wardrobe. I thought I’d start off with a classic striped top and jeans combo, but with my own little twist. I’m a huge fan of statement jackets and I don’t shy away from a bright colour. So this vibrant yellow waterproof mac is my favourite way to add a pop of colour to a classic striped tee. Not only is it practical and great at keeping you dry, it also adds some fun to a pretty ordinary outfit.

Stripes don’t have to be the typical white/navy combo you often find. Colourful stripes are just as fun. I decided to team this pink, grey and navy striped t-shirt with ruffled sleeves with my new favourite purchase. You’ve probably seen culottes all over the high street the past few years, so when I found this Topshop plisse culotte jumpsuit for £4.00 I knew it had to be mine. It’s honestly the most comfortable item of clothing I own, and it’s great for layering with other pieces in my wardrobe. It can be worn on its own on a hot summer’s day, but you can easily pop t-shirts and even jumpers underneath for an extra layer.

I decided to ‘toughen up’ this look a little and try out a trend this season – fish net socks. I’ve seen people all over the bloggersphere teaming culottes, jeans and even trousers with fishnet socks to add texture and a little interest to an outfit. I opted to wear mine with my battered old vans, because I’m all about comfort, and I really love how it’s turned out. For me, this is the perfect summer outfit where I can stay cool in the heat without flashing too much flesh

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Now, who said stripes had to be purely for tops? Patterned trousers are a huge love of mine as they instantly add oomph to an outfit without much effort. Can you tell I’m all about minimal effort? I chose to let the trousers do the talking and team them with a plain white T-shirt that I managed to nab for £2 – how can you complain about that price? I added my trusty white Birkenstocks for a casual but comfortable summer outfit. You could easily dress this up too. I’m constantly on the hunt through the charity shops for the perfect navy cami top at the moment to wear with these trousers which I can wear on an evening out. I did consider an orange cami top, but I thought that might be a little over the top as my orange locks are pretty vibrant on their own.

So there you have it, three different ways that I style stripes with clothing I’ve picked up in charity shops. Who needs to shop on the high street when you can create outfits so easily through thrifting? If you want to see more charity shop fashion head over to my blog www.aliceswonderemporium.com where I post outfits featuring my favourite charity shop finds.

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