I have a week long business event coming up at the end of Feb- and my working wardrobe is way more casual than smart. Since I have pledged to buy no brand new clothes this year, I decided to hit up the local charity shops in Banbury town centre.
With my dreams of a capsule wordrobe in mind, I was hoping for some trousers and a jacket that would complement my existing clothes. I wear a lot of navy (more flattering than black) and prefer strong colours to pastels.
Several hours later, I am delighted with my haul. I sniffed out some real bargains and spent about £20.
The Alex & Co jacket was just £8 from Scope and looks brand new. It is fully lined and has a slight stretch to the fabric which makes it very easy to wear and hopefully doesn’t crease too much. It’s maybe a bit ‘mother of the bride’ but useful to throw on to smarten up a dress or some trousers. If you are working at an event, its good to stand out in a bright colour so people can see you. I don’t think this brand still exists, but prices used to be similar to Planet. Also, I have some shoes that will go with this.
The unstructured jacket is a light jersey ansd very drapey. The brand is Cotswold Collection, which I looked up when I got home. A similar item is currently retailing at £69. I paid £3. It is unworn and goes very well with the Linea navy trousers. Linea is the house brand for House of Fraser, so I expect they would have cost upwards of £40 new, maybe more. Again, they look immaculate. Oh yeah – £4.25, Cancer Research shop. Again, I have (more than one pair of) shoes to go with this ensemble.
The tweedy jacket is also from Cotswold Collection. The current site is offering a similar jacket for £189. I paid just £1.99 at the Katherine House Hospice shop. I plan to put some new buttons on. It’s light enough to wear indoors, but will take me through to spring as an outdoor jacket over a sweater or long sleeved t shirt. Also for £1.99 I picked up a pair of Pikolinos boots-lovely soft leather and I know these retail for £80-£100. I took a chance on the boots for two quid- if they are comfy I will polish them up and get them re-heeled. If not, I will re-donate them.
I also found two cookery books ( a Nigel Slater and a slimming world summer), a sewing pattern for some unisex pajamas, a shirt for Martin and a tablecloth. Sweet!