Thursday, 4 February 2010

Cable Calling


I have two outfits to share with you today, both very lovely comfy jumpers! When it is cold, there is nothing more satisfying to put on than a cosy sweater.
These two are both recent thrifted ones. Quite a few people have been asking about how I find things in charity shops or vintage/ flea markets, so I'll try to explain.
Firstly I look out for any colours/ patterns that catch my eye, eg floral. The second step is running my hand over a rail to feel fabrics. "Ooh! Is this silk? Ah, that feels like Cashmere..." (Then checking the label to see if my prediction was right.) I also never confine myself to one category or size. I look in every size, as you never know what you might find. The second jumper is a good example of this, being much too big for me in the perfect way. I also look in the men's section. The black brogues are proper men's ones- an advantage of having size seven feet!

I love charity shop shopping for two primary reasons. One- there is a lot more variety under one roof if you are willing to look. And you never know when a gorgeous vintage dress/ Jaeger piece is going to make itself known. And two- the money goes to charity! (Or a small scale stall holder or independent shop.) Totally guilt free shopping that suits my minimal budget as well! It also makes me shop and think creatively. "Ahaa, I could layer this voluminous silk nightie over that long grey woollen dress in my mum's wardrobe.."
On the other hand, I would happily be let loose in Selfridges with a budget to match, pleeeease! And as for aspirations to wear Burberry Prorsum... well one day maybe.

These photos were taken by my dad when the remainder of another unexpected snow flurry was on the ground. I swear I will shut up about it now, it has finally all melted! We went for a family walk, dragging along a rucksack holding the second outfit and a heavy camera around my neck.

The first outfit was the one I had put on that morning. The dusky pink jumper is a thrifted silk and cashmere one. I have had a bit of a love/ hate relationship with pink over the years. I went through phases of practically living in it and others of swearing it would never darken the walls of my wardrobe again. I have now found the solution in a vintage style dusky pink- usually silk please! It is tied with a length of black taffeta, and the skirt is another 'appropriated' piece from my mum. The pocket watch brooch is one of four from a set bought on ebay. The grey leather gloves were my great-grandma's. The tights are my favourite at the moment- being the only ones warm enough to wear outside. The brogues are small mens ones that I got from a local charity shop.

In the second outfit, the cream arran wool jumper is thrifted. I made the skirt out of some old vintage curtain material last summer and I found the faux furry hat in a charity shop last week. (My collection of them is growing daily!) The necklace is family inherited.

Thank you so much for all your interesting and insightful opinions on my criticism debate post. (And also thanks for the praise on my negative dress!) I loved reading your thoughts on this issue.

44 comments:

Ganymede Girl said...

Great tips for vintage shopping, and I do the exact same things as you (running your hand over the rail to feel fabrics)! It definitely works and saves a lot of time too. I love your photos, and your writing as well, such a great blog!

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The Trendy Fashionista said...

Amazing! I love them. You look gorgeous.

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stylefyles said...

cute photos...love the cable knits and that checkered skirt is gorgeous

Jacqueline said...

The photos are beautiful. Your dad is a great photographer. I love your shopping tips in the thrift stores. It is good to look in all sizes! I also like the bow you added in the first outfit. xo

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Eyeliah said...

that bow belt is a dream, you are like a present! thanks for the tip about running your hand over the items, I am constantly lookin for natural fabrics and I am so doing this from now on, go silk! :)

raul b said...

nice!!

♥Lola said...

Pink looks so lovely on you :)

Laura Gerencser said...

Love the bow and the second sweater!!

Pia said...

love that your dad takes your pictures. he must be so proud he has such a lovely girl :) also, i agree, you never know what you can find in the men's section!!

M. said...

adorable, as always!

lovelove, M.
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orientalmunchkin said...

the second shot is gorgeoussss

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Mystery Flight Vintage said...

lovely sweater!

MissT said...

Just gorgeous hun you look so sweet! Check out my lates blog post!

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Natalie said...

so so pretty! i love the bow and these photos are gorgeous! :)))

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Dylana said...

Pretty bow!

zoee said...

I lovee the seond outfit. Lovely pictures!

heroine temptation said...

lovableeeeeeeeeee

notjustmedical said...

You look like a little present! Love comfy cable knit sweaters.

S
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quirkyfashion said...

I love charity shopping as well! It is just a much more creative way to spend your money. I recntly came across an oversized orange jumper in a charity shop, it was a great find!

Love the pink one!

Style Eyes said...

what beautiful photographs. I love the outfits too. Great ideas for looking stylish when it gets cold.

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NiftyThriftyBeth said...

I really love the second outfit, especially the jumper.

Claire said...

Oh I love your outfits and your photos - great poses!!! And a beautiful setting as well.

Suz said...

gorgeous! love your style

hannah said...

looove your big bow. and that furry hat! must be super cozy under there.

Carly said...

I love the cream knit with the floral skirt, its a very cute combination, especially with your charity shop find hat. I've never been a fan of pink, but you've styled it really well with the bow and the houndstooth skirt.
Top marks again to your dad for the lovely photos.
Yet again another great post. Keep it up!

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Diana Hunter said...

Thanks for pointing out two of my favorite reason to shop charity. Too many people neglect to mention that what is a bargin to us is a lifeline to someone else - but there is a THIRD and equally altruistic reason: Buying second had clothes keeps them from going to a landfill somewhere! The environmental benefit goes even further because every previously owned piece you purchase prevents the use of raw materials to manufacture a new outfit. It's like the good-will circle of life! Love your style. - SAS

la tienda de la telaraña said...

You look fantastic in every picture you take!
Don,t stop never please!

Isabelle said...

The belt in the first outfit is gorgeous! Very feminine and lovely!

Glamour Bbey. said...

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Jennifer Fabulous said...

Gorgeous photos. Both outfits are FABULOUS!!

Bru said...

I love love the one with the black big bow! awesome!

我 moi said...

oh wow I am in love with that outfit ^_^ tres chic , ciao ciao !

-A said...

Woww I've been a follower of your blog for a while now and you've taught me a lot! Gorgeous negative skirt. And your last post was so true. I love debating by the way and think that would be a wonderful topic.
How have you gathered so many followers in little under a year? Love the blog :)
A xoxo

Athletiart said...

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Let me know what you think,

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polka dot said...

See? These two looks are exactly what I'd like to see everyone wearing now - and yet I can't seem to find it on the street. Can you pop down to London in either of these outfits please?

I'm seeing hints of it.. would love to do a post on it but I can't find a way to illustrate it. Hey! Can I 'borrow' a shot (& link) as an illustration? I always love pale ballerina pink - like you, go thru stages where I don't wear it for a while - but still love it, esp with black or b&w. (the top shot is my favourite). And the 2nd look: jumper with flowered skirt, tights, and brogues.. the perfect way to ease into spring & still stay warm.

Oh! Have you seen this article? Great food for thought, I'll probably mention it on my sidebar, would love to hear your thoughts:

http://www.businessoffashion.com/2010/02/fashion-2-0-what-the-independent-article-didnt-tell-us.html

Thanks again for a great post, Roz. There's something about knowing your dad's shooting it.. makes me think of my dad, remember how he'd shoot me in various settings 'for scale'. Makes him feel present in my life. xoxo

Pearl Westwood said...

Very cute looks, perfect for this strange weather! I agree you should always look in every size, as you can pretty much belt most things! I went on a huge vintage spree last week and am just taking some photos - cant wait for some warmer weather to get to wear it! x

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xxnicole :)

Victoria Bitten said...

i love your sense of style. It's so refreshing!

xxx
vb

Zazie's Bags. said...

Very interesting vintage hunting tips!

Leproust Vintage said...

I have been catching up on your posts....you have the most delightful collections of hats! Gorgeous!

Every Little Counts said...

i love the big bow! <3

Raez said...

fur hats forever!!! lvoe this post, you are lovely as usual, and I adore your cozy ensemble!

xx raez