This week’s outfit roundup on Instagram is a pretty good demonstration of the extent of my addiction to shopping on eBay and op-shops/charity shops.
There are some seriously great finds to be had on eBay, markets and charity shops – it’s amazing what people decide they won’t wear anymore. When I find something ridiculously good at these places I often wonder if I would bother buying at a regular retail store anymore.
The entire outfit above is pretty much second hand: the knit was brand new with tags via eBay (bought for $30, originally retailed for $149.95) – it’s so warm and snuggly, which was perfect for the chilly day we had in Sydney; the jeans from Glebe Markets ($10); boots were hand-me-down from my mum; the bag $20 from Vinnies in Rozelle. I did the rips on the jeans myself using the instructions on the Song of Style blog.
I recently heard about the concept of 30 wears from fellow Aussie blogger The Tall Mama – it comes from eco-fashion activist Livia Firth, who challenges fashion consumers to make purchases based on the question on whether they would wear that item 30 or more times. If so, then go ahead and buy it; if not, don’t. It’s another way of participating in sustainable fashion and I like that it ensures that you’re buying something that you really love and will stand the test of time. The items in my outfit above are all my old favourites, and are or are close to 30 wears.
Another almost thrifted except except for the tights, shoes and bag. I don’t normally have a lot of bright colours in my wardrobe, but when I spied this top at my local Salvos I couldn’t resist – it’s such a vibrant colour and would go quite nicely with most of my neutral items. The outfit had a bit of a 70s vibe to it and I liked buttoning up the shirt all the way – something I would repeat in my other work outfit for the week!
Apologies for the blurriness of the shot, it was taken hurriedly in my favourite little alleyway on the way to work and I’m always conscious of curious passer-bys. Everything except the shoes is second hand – the coat from U-turn Recycled Fashion, the blouse from Salvos, the knit from Gumtree, the pants from Rozelle Markets, and the handbag from a vintage store in London. The coat I had been iffy about when I bought it as I wasn’t sure about the texture, but I liked the 3/4 sleeves and it was a nice alternative to my trench coat, which I’ve been wearing to death this winter.