All The Leaves Are Brown

You can imagine my excitement when an email landed in my inbox from Barnardo’s, inviting me to guest blog for The-Thrift. And then the doubts crept in…I don’t even have a blog…what topic shall I choose…will people even find me interesting? Then I decided to get cracking, be creative, and try my hand at blogging! With hibernation weather just around the corner and onesie season creeping up,  plus the fact I talk to myself all the time, I figured, why not get my thoughts down on here and share some of my favourite pieces!

As a clothes-enthusiast who likes things of yesteryear and anything vintage, I started my Instagram at the start of this year. I share my charity shop finds and vintage items from the shops, fairs and markets I’ve been to, with a bit of outfit styling thrown in for good measure.

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I’m sure I’m not alone in being excited about the onset of autumn? The hues, the textures, the fallen leaves, and pumpkins cropping up on corner shop vegetable stalls. I’m a summer baby, but fully embrace this season when it comes to fashion.

You’ll mostly find me in high-waisted denim and Dr.Martens, and I lean towards the 80’s for a lot of my outfits. I’ve been living in bodysuits for the best part of the year which are a perfect pairing with my denim choices, but with the onset of Autumn, I’m more than a little excited about digging out my favourite jumpers. I have already picked up a couple of new additions on my travels. Many charities, including Barnardo’s, have specialist vintage shops or sections in-store making it even easier for you to spot the vintage and retro pieces if you’re unsure of where to start.

I don’t tend to follow current fashion, and instead buy things that make me feel good and put a smile on my face. For the last year, all of my wardrobe purchases have been pre-loved. I can’t pass a charity shop without heading in, and many a Sunday is spent rummaging at a vintage fair. The excitement of buying vintage and retro for me is finding unique, one-off pieces that most likely have a story to tell by the time I find them. The fact that I’m doing a little something to help the environment, reduce my carbon footprint and donate to many fantastic causes whilst shopping is the icing on the cake.

I really hope that my somewhat eclectic knitwear collection inspires you to try something a little different! Whether it’s a shoulder-padded number, an embellished piece, or a print that stands out, you’ll be surprised how much you find yourself reaching for it.

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This embellished, shoulder-padded black jumper is from a vintage shop and has served me well for the last five years or so, and is,probably the most complimented knit I own! I have to admit, I wasn’t sure about this cropped oatmeal one, but when I tried it on I knew I’d found something a bit special. At just £1.50 from a charity shop I definitely lucked out that day!

A trip to Camden last month found me stumbling across this nautical masterpiece. It was hidden among a rail rammed with jumpers in a little thrift store on Chalk Farm road and is an old Liz Claiborne number that I’m happy to be reviving.

Oversized 80’s jumpers are something I’m always drawn to and I lived in this earthy toned one last year. I picked up the purple and green one for just nine euros in a vintage store while in Paris last month. These are much thicker knits and perfect for when the temperatures really take a dip.

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I’m like a magpie when it comes to a vintage print. Throw in a pretty button and I’m sold! This was a vintage find from a charity shop.

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This cream waffle-knit wonder was a £2 charity shop steal and is fast becoming a firm favourite. There’s nothing I can’t pair it with.

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Despite this one being black and gold with a lurex thread running through, don’t be fooled into thinking it only makes an appearance at Christmas! I’ve already worn it twice since summer officially ended. Not a particularly thick knit so splendid for this in-between weather.



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