Sunday, 16 June 2019


For my 2019 New Year's Resolution, I decided not to buy any clothes that aren't second hand (apart from underwear, don't panic!) Instead of cheering myself up by spending £80 on ASOS, my charity shop hauls have cost me about £20 over the past 6 months, and if the price isn't enough to convince you - I think they're pretty nice clothes, too!!!

I am very aware that rummaging through charity shop clothes takes time (and skill). Sometimes it takes a bit of gritty determination to search through piles of weird and wonderful garments, but it can be so worth it!! Apart from the shoes, all of the outfits in the photos below are second hand. 

I would say that a solid 60% of my wardrobe is second hand, vintage bought, or pass-me-downs. It took me a while before I felt confident to tell my friends that my new garm was from a charity shop as opposed to Urban Outfitters, but it seems the 'boycott fast-fashion' message is getting across now. Everyone likes vintage clothes which is great for the environment and for your wallet! 

My favourite thing about shopping second hand is knowing that it will most likely be a unique and one-of-a-kind item. I think it fills that little part of me that wants to stand out; be different. I don't know about you, but Haze and I definitely feel like clothes are something we can use to express ourselves. It's not that high street brands can't do that effectively, they can, but there is something exciting about finding an outfit that not only fits but also makes you feel 'you'. 


These jeans (perfect fit!!) were £5 and this velvet shirt (not a perfect fit, size 16) was £2.50! Don't be put off if clothes aren't your exact size, they can always be tied, tucked or cut! 


This is definitely on the pricier side of our vintage/charity shop buys. I really liked this dress and have nothing quite like it in my wardrobe. I found it in a little vintage store in Dorset when visiting my Nan. The shop was filled with treasures, costumes, 60s, 70s, 80s dresses, skirts, shirts, you name it. They even had a dress used on a film set in the 50s! I couldn't resist picking this up, knowing it will be perfect for when we (hopefully, please God) get some sunshine this summer. 


I seriously love this skirt. I originally thought £4.50 was quite a lot for a charity shop, but when I thought how much it would be in Topshop, I realised that the idea that it was expensive was ridiculous. Plus all the proceeds going to a charity: remember that it is essentially a donation that you are giving, the clothing is just a fabulous bonus!


The belt was roughly £1 and the dress £10. I got this outfit from the same vintage shop in Dorset as the other dress. I was drawn to the cute cartoon-like flowers and bright colours. Worn without the belt it becomes more of a shirt dress for lazier days. 


My sister actually bought these velvet trousers from a charity shop but was going to throw them away because they were too long. I claimed them before she binned them, lopped off the bottoms with some scissors and hey presto!! The same for this 99p sequin top: it had a weird pattern at the bottom when I bought it so I just cut it off - now I've got a cute one-of-a-kind crop top, perfect for going out. Charity shops can cater for all occasions, not just the standard oversized jumper for a rainy day!

Hope you enjoyed our second-hand haul. Let us know your best charity shop bargain, we'd love to see pics of you in your fave outfits too!

Love, George and Haze xxx

P.S. The pics of us together are charity shop buys too x 



George's headscarf: £3.00, vintage shop in Dorset.
Haze's striped tee: £2, charity shop in Budapest.
George's jumper: £1.99, Barnardo's charity shop.
Haze's skirt: 99p, charity shop in Bristol.


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