Festival season is in full swing and the perfect excuse to head straight to your local charity shop. I bought my first pre-loved piece in Barnardo’s when I was just 16. However, my real charity shop obsession started right after I graduated theatre school. There was a girl on my course who had the most amazing alternative style. She inspired me to switch up my wardrobe using vintage and pre-loved pieces and the obsession has continued ever since.With festival season in full swing I thought I would share my top tips for styling pre-loved pieces.
Go crazy with accessories
Festivals are that perfect excuse for looking, well a bit crazy! A great way to achieve this is with accessories. I went for colourful beads, which were all the rage when I was at school. My granny gave me some when I was little and I’d wear them all the time. Be sure to hit up the accessories section on your next charity shop outing, you won’t be disappointed.
Go crazier with prints
Vintage pieces have some really out-there patterns, especially if you can find some 60s and 80s bits. I love to mix things up, a printed dress with a plain accessory or a funky top with plain bottoms. Of course, you could go all out and practice your print mixing – festivals are the perfect place to experiment!
Mix it up with high street finds
New to charity shopping? You don’t have to create a full pre-loved look. Sometimes, it’s interesting to mix and match things. I think this is especially important with any vintage finds. A high street piece thrown in adds a modern twist, so you don’t look like you’ve stepped out of an old movie. Of course, you can often find new high street pieces in charity shops too. Why not challenge yourself?
My number one rule for thrifting is to never just stick to one section. I love to browse everywhere and have found some amazing oversized men’s shirts. You can transform this into a dress with a belt or rock it as a jacket with a band tee underneath. This gives you so many more options to experiment with.
Think about fun hair and make-up
You can’t just rely on the outfit to get yourself into the festival spirit. I associate festivals with glitter hair, tousled waves and braids. Why not have a search on social media, and create a mood board to offer inspiration.
So, whether you’re planning on heading to a music festival or if you just want to spice up your street style, those are a few of my tips to hopefully help you along. Don’t forget charity shopping is an amazing way to to prevent textiles from ending up in landfill while still staying bang on trend!
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