With just under a week left of September I thought I’d do my bit to promote Second Hand September. So, I’ve put together a part 2 to an older post that you might remember reading; My Vintage Coat Collection. If you’ve followed my blog or social media for a little while then you’ll know how much I love a good vintage coat. But, my love of vintage clothing doesn’t end at outerwear.
In honour of #SecondHandSeptember I thought it was time to share a few more pieces that I’ve picked up over the last year or so at charity and vintage clothing shops. Hopefully I can inspire you to give pre-loved clothing a go!
What is #SecondHandSeptember?
Second Hand September has been running throughout the month in order to inspire us to say no to new clothes for 30 days. Set up by Oxfam, the concept is incredibly simple: say no to buying new clothing for a month. With 11 million items of clothing ending up in landfill every week, the idea of the pledge is to get us to think about how much we are actually buying and throwing away. And hopefully to do something about it!
Oversized Denim Dungarees
A classic holiday staple of mine is an oversized dungaree. There’s nothing worse than being on holiday wearing tight fitted clothing in the heat! These dungarees have definitely become a must-pack of mine for my holidays. They just go with everything! Whether it be as a throw-on over my swimsuit for the beach or with a t-shirt and trainers for a casual day look.
But, not only are they perfect for the heat, they’re also amazing for layering up in Autumn and Spring. One of my go-to looks is layering them over the top of a jumper with tights and a classic pair of Dr Martens. Maybe even with a vintage suede-y on top too.
Checked Blue/Green Blazer
One of my most recent charity shop purchases has been this gorgeous Jaeger blazer. I picked this up about a week or so ago in my local charity shop and I’m already styling it up ready for Autumn (which is officially here!). Tailored pieces are something that I find really suit me so whenever I come across a great tailored piece in a charity shop I’ll usually pick it up.
It can be difficult to find a really great, versatile piece of tailoring so when you do you should snatch it up! What stood out to me was the colours within the jacket. I haven’t seen a lot of blue/green blazers on the high-street so this one felt especially unique to me. I can see myself rocking it with a poloneck and jeans in the day and a blouse in the evening. It’s going to be a super versatile piece and I’m incredibly excited to wear it!
Suede Tailored Jacket
If you’ve read My Vintage Coat Collection post then you’ll be aware of my love for vintage suede. This jacket is just another example of my suede love-affair. Although, my mum was the one who actually picked this piece up. It had sat in her wardrobe for months as she couldn’t figure out how to style it! I recently tried it on myself and we agreed that I would get more use out if it than it would sitting the back of her wardrobe!
Out of all of my vintage pieces I have to admit this has gotten the least amount of use. However, I’ve recently been styling it up ready for the season ahead and I’ve found so many new ways to wear it. One of them being, yep you guessed it, over a poloneck.
I’ve found that it can add a real bit of glamour to a simple all black outfit. Imagine it with a pair of kick flares, heeled ankle boots and a simple black long-sleeve…dreamy!
Multicoloured 70s-Style Blouse
A little story about this blouse – I actually picked it up for a costume back when I was in university! I was heading on a 70s themed night out and found it one of my favourite vintage shops in Liverpool. Although it was for a costume, I wanted to buy something that I knew I’d wear in my everyday wardrobe. As a 70s fashion and music enthusiast I knew I’d get my wear out of it after the night out.
High Waisted Denim Midi Skirt
This piece I actually picked up on my holiday to Cádiz last month. I absolutely love browsing local vintage shops when I travel, and Cádiz didn’t disappoint! Denim skirts are something that will always been stylish, whether it be an A-line, mini or midi. So I knew it was worth picking this one up. It’s something that I know I can style up in so many different ways. Plus it’s ideal for day-to-night styling.
Have you been taking part in Second Hand September this month? What bits of vintage clothing have you managed to find in your local charity shops? Let me know in the comments! Hopefully I’ve managed to inspire you to check out your local charity shops for some vintage clothing of your own.
Read next: My Vintage Coat Collection.