I have been shopping in Secondhand and Vintage shops for ages, usually the odd piece here and there. This year I thought I’d challenge myself to finding at least 3 outfits and a coat that would fit perfectly with my Autumn style. I know a lot of people aren’t keen on buying from Charity shops, but there’s no difference between shopping there or on Ebay and DePop. I’m giving a new home to pre-loved items and will definitely be getting a lot of enjoyment out of wearing them.
I went into HItchin town centre to complete my mission. Among the shops I visited were Age Concern, Keech Children’s Hospice, Garden House Hospice and RSPCA. I’m so excited to show you what absolute gems I picked up.
Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love a floral dress. This gorgeous knee length one with an Autumnal print was hanging on the mannequin in the window of Age Concern. I was over the moon when I tried it on and found it fit me beautifully. It’s double layered with an elasticated waist and wrists. I love the frill detail down the front and around the cuffs and the print is perfect for this seasons Dark Floral trend. There isn’t a label in the dress but it’s beautifully made and cost me £5.99.
I couldn’t resist this 1960s brown leather bag. I love the design, especially the gold hard ware and it suits my personal style. It’s in really good condition, considering it’s age and cost me £10 from Garden House Hospice Vintage Shop.
Also in Garden House Hospice Vintage Shop, I picked up two beautiful floral dresses. The first is a red floral number with a tie waist. I love the pattern as I can accessorise it in so many different ways. The dress is knee length in a fit and flare style with flute sleeves. Originally from Tu and cost me £3.99.
The brown ditsy, floral print dress just screams Autumn. I love the frill detail around the neck and down the front. It’s quite sheer, so I’m wearing a black slip underneath. I can always wear a long sleeve thermal top, thick tights and boots when the weather turns chillier. Originally from F&F but I paid £3.50.
Keeping with the dark prints for Autumn, I picked up these two gorgeous skirts from Age Concern and both are made from a thick cotton. They’ll look fabulous worn with knee high boots and a range of different tops or blouses I already own. The striped print skirt is originally from Betty Jackson and cost me £4 from Keech Children’s Hospice and the floral skirt is originally from M Butterfly and cost me £5 from RSPCA.
I also picked up this fabulous faux fur, faux suede jacket in a rick chocoalte brown colour. It’s super snuggly and roomy enough to fit a chunky jumper underneath when the temperatures do start to drop. It’s the kind of jacket that goes with everything, smart or casual. I already have a couple in other shades so I was really excited to pick up this one for Autumn. It’s originally from Next and cost me £8.
I found this fabulous Hobbs check print coat in Age Concern and fell in love with it straight away. It’s fully lined and made from 100% wool. It’s such a classic style and can be worn in many different ways in both Autumn and Spring. The jacket is in such good condition and will be a wardrobe staple for many years to come. I paid £10 and think I got my money’s worth.
The blush nude wool blazer is simply divine. It’s 100% wool and extremely soft. The neutral shade means it will go with practically everything in my Autumn wardrobe. I’ve loved styling it with a thin roll neck, cream jeans and a pair of brown boots for a super casual look. The label is from Daniel Hechter and cost me £10 from Garden House Hospice Shop.
An outfit challenge wouldn’t be complete without a few accessories to finish off the look. I fell in love with theses moc croc, burgandy ankle boots in Age Concern. They’re perfect for Autumn and will look beautiful paired with some of my new outfits. These boots are in really good condition and have hardly been worn. They cost me a grand total of £6 and will be getting a lot of use over the coming months.
I’ve always been a lover of sparkly things and have built up a collection of costume jewellery over the years. I bought these gorgeous bracelets from Garden House Hospice Vintage Shop, the pearl ones cost £1 and the diamante one cost £1.50. They’ll always help to jazz up an outfit.
Finally, I had to feature this beautiful suede cross body bag which I found in the same vintage store for £10. It’s in excellent condition and was marked up as being from the 90s. I love the neutral shade and gold hard ware, making it extremely versatile. It’s the perfect size to fit my daily essentials, including two zipped pockets inside to keep valuables secure.
I hope you enjoyed my Autumn Charity Shop outfit challenge. I absolutely love everything I picked up and think they fit in perfectly with my personal style.
Have you snapped up a secondhand bargain? Where’s your favourite place to shop for previously owned clothes?