I’m Lucy, I’m 19 years old and I’m from Southampton. I have always been a passionate admirer of clothes and over the last year my love for anything vintage or thrift has heightened to a pretty gigantic amount. There is just something special about finding a vintage gem that appeals to you and adding your own individualistic touch to it. Raiding through the fair rails, braving that odd smell of charity shops, finding just what you didn’t know you were looking for… I’d say it’s a hobby, but I fear it may be becoming an obsession.
So, as I recently noticed that my wardrobe is starting to overflow with second hand treasures, I thought it was about time I attempt to blog my findings, and share with you any personal and individual spins I may take them on. Here are my current wardrobe favourites.
| The Bag |
I thought I’d begin with this little beauty that travels just about everywhere with me. This is most likely one of my all time favourite finds, for a mere ten pounds. I thought that was such steal for such a beautiful, classic looking item. Unfortunately it didn’t come with a much needed strap, so I took one from another vintage bag that I already own and hooked it on. It’s a slightly darker brown than the leather and with a croc detail. But as I mentioned before, that is exactly what I love about customising any thrifted jewel. The elegant stitching, crisp gold hardware and contrast with the brown and black leather together is guaranteed to liven up any day-to-day outfit – this is without a doubt my second hand staple.
My grandfather even compliments this bag every time he sees it. As a big inspiration of mine in general and a man with effortless class, this is how I know I’ve done good!
| The Gingham Frill Trousers |
Admittedly, these were not a second hand discovery. A rare investment in first hand clothing occurred when I saw these beauties on the Topshop website. With such a lightweight material, classic pattern and flattering fit, it felt like it was meant to be. A love affair with these was soon to follow when I noticed the divine frills at the hem. I am a big lover of frills – as long as they’re not too OTT – I feel they feminise the most masculine of outfits, and help you find the perfect middle ground between the two. I pair these with my trusty ‘Lucy’ (how appropriate!) loafers that are also from Topshop. As you can probably tell, Topshop is the one high street store in which I struggle to resist when indulging in considerably less eco-sustainable shopping…
| The Sheepskin Coat |
Now, I’ve had my fair share of sheepskin coats, but I have found it such a struggle when trying to find that perfect fit. Coats like this are either too boxy, too oversized, not enough oversized… the list goes on. But on my recent trip to Birmingham, I noticed a vintage shop opposite the coach station. Despite only having about 25 minutes before my coach left to go home, obviously I made a quick visit inside (I could’ve missed my coach home, but what’s really more important?).
And oh my goodness… I am not exaggerating when I stress that I could have spent hours in there. I quickly found two items that I fell in love with in the brief space of 30 seconds, headed to the till, and then onto the coach a very happy girl. I purchased the coat of my dreams and a dogtooth/gingham dress that I cannot wait to style once the winter weather wears away and the blossoms bloom. But until then, I will be keeping warm in my new favourite addition to my little coat family. I must admit the sleeves are a little shorter than I had hoped, but I feel that the sleeve hanging just above my wrist gives it quite an elegant vibe.
So, there are my current few favourites in my wardrobe. I could have chosen so many, but for my first post I wouldn’t want to bore you. It’s been a long time coming starting this blog and it may be a little rusty, but I cannot wait to share all of my ramblings with you.
Thanks for reading – Happy Saturday
Lucy Violet x