Of course you guys will have gathered by now that I have an extensive and bursting wardrobe of creative, random items, but I do have a core handful of items I turn to time after time. Here’s my quick list of Wardrobe Essentials everyone should own…. and of course they’re all readily available in charity shops!
1 – Dark Jeans
Definitely a dark blue pair of jeans is something I could never live with out. Sometimes in charity shops they can be a bit washed out, but if you keep an eye out you’ll manage to find a lovely new pair eventually! I saw a £15 pair of J Brand jeans in All Aboard charity shop (150 Finchley Road, London) and got myself a boyfriend fit pair to distress myself in Tallinn for £1.
Esprit do a wide range if you’re looking for something that’ll last for ages without the effort of a charity shop rummage.
2 – Luxe Boxy Tee
At the moment I’m in love with silk/jacquard/thick tshirts, mostly in a boxy shape. I think they’re really chic, and great for day-to-night looks, but also comfortable and practical to wear. Here’s one I got from the Fara Workshop upcycling charity shop in Angel (London).
3 – Ankle Boots
In winter I absolutely live in my black ankle boots – they’re great for all weathers, and charging round London in a rush. Great with jeans, tights, or dresses – definitely worth investing in…. of course picking up in your local charity shop. Here’s a pair I got for £2 in a market stall.
4 – Statement Jacket
Of course I can’t let you wear monochrome out the house – so here I’d recommend getting a patterned or bright blazer, or if you’re really keen on the simple life a black tux style jacket. Again, there are really common in charity shops, as well as on the high street.
5 – Silk shirts
These are one of the easiest thing to find in charity shops, and they are so timeless they’re an absolute must have. Creams and blacks are my favourite but khaki, grey, pink, blue, navy are all good too!
You can fill up the rest of your wardrobe with lots of fun fast fashion trend pieces from charity shops. I’m certainly not a capsule wardrobe type, but I do tend to have a few key pieces throughout the years.
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