My charity shop obsession started over a decade ago, rooting through the local shops for stuffed animals with my Mum. This soon progressed into charity shops being my first stop when I was on the hunt for a new outfit. We would travel to different areas just to explore their charity shops. It was a hobby for me but also a great escape from everyday stresses and something I realised I was good at. I enjoyed putting together pre-loved pieces and loved when people complimented my thrifted outfit.
The last couple of years I’ve been looking for a creative outlet to demonstrate this passion and I recently started an Instagram account where I curate content consisting of mostly pre-loved outfits. Like many people my age juggling several jobs, you can feel a loss of individuality and while I love working to help other people’s creativity, I wanted the chance to showcase my own.When Barnardo’s approached me about guest blogging on The-Thrift I jumped at the chance. It was the perfect opportunity to showcase sustainability and how you can be stylish without breaking the bank. It also meant a lot to me on a personal level. My Dad was put up for adoption in 1960. He was cared for by Barnardo’s before he was adopted by my late grandparents. I don’t think my Dad would have had the start in life he had without the help of Barnardo’s. The chance to share my love of thrifting and styling pre-loved clothes with a charity that is so close to my heart is very special and something I am beyond excited to share.
In this post, I want to show how you can interject pre-loved pieces into your existing wardrobe and reuse one item to create several different looks! This Zara shirt was a great find from Barnardo’s in Saffron Walden. It cost be about £4 and I have gotten so much use out of it. The classic way to wear this shirt would be to smarten up an outfit but I like to wear tailored pieces in a relaxed and slightly unconventional way. Why not add a shirt as a layer to a delicate dress or maybe tie up the front for a 50s type vibe?
For my first outfit I tied the shirt at the front and paired it with some I.Am.Gia trousers I got from eBay. I love this look as it so versatile and a great transitional outfit going into spring.
My second outfit consists of a blue high neck jumper that I picked up on the sale rail in TK Maxx. I layered it with a top from This Free People Dress for a more feminine touch. As I don’t like to look too girly, pairing it with the shirt as an extra layer adds an androgynous element.
For this outfit I went a little more classic by tucking into a skirt. I wanted to put a slight twist on it by mixing prints and textures. The subtle stripe with the striking snake print skirt, a bargain I got from the Zara sale, makes this look more interesting and something that transitions from day to night.
The last outfit is a an example of the current colour blocking trend and how something like a simple shirt can break up a look and add a bit of contrast. The knitted tunic is from Banana Republic which I picked up from a charity shop years ago. The Zadig & Voltaire denim skirt was a fab eBay find.
Hope you guys can get some inspiration from my outfit builds and shows you just how easy it is to jazz up a single item and wear it in some more interesting and original ways!