more salvos finds

About a month or two ago I made a post about some things I’d bought second hand from salvos and vinnies, and I thought today I’d write another one. Like I said in the other post, I’ve always loved vintage and second hand shopping, and lately I’ve been doing quite a lot of it so why not share?

I’ve been making an effort not to go too over the top with the length of my blog posts, and I’m actually really enjoying writing these shorter posts with only one of two outfits. So this is another little one, but I feel like I kind of prefer reading short posts lately, so it makes sense to me to create things that I would like to read.

An all black outfit is a little different for me, but I’m a fan of this one. The style of the top is one that’s a staple in my wardrobe. I think it’s so simple, but it just makes everything look effortlessly cool. I’ve seen these around all over the place so they’re not hard to find, but I love the black satin of this one.

I really love 90’s and early 2000’s style, with a little bit of an update, and I think the little spaghetti straps and tight fit with no bra kind of encapsulates that. Plus, pairing it with everything else in this outfit just makes it fit in even more with the look.

My sister actually found these pants and gave them to me, so I can’t take the credit for finding them. They’re mens work pants and I love them. They’re so unflattering, but I really don’t care. I’ve been after some cargo type pants similar to these for a little bit, but they’ve been surprisingly hard to find.

The belt is also from salvos, and it seriously screams early 2000’s style. I really like these belts, I wasn’t really looking to buy one though, but I saw this one for $4 so of course I bought it. I’m super into how this one is a brown leather instead of black, which is what a vast majority of them seem to be. I’m a big fan of belts, I love how they can just make a basic top and pants look that little bit more put together.

Top: second hand / Pants: second hand / Shoes: Rubi / Belt: second hand / Sunglasses: Cotton On

little things I love

Recently I’ve been loving leopard print, and especially pairing little hints of it with this spotted dress. I didn’t know where I’d put this dress for a while, but I finally found it among my stupid amount of clothes and now I’ve been wearing it non stop. It’s been one of my very favourites over the summer. The cut and fit of it are simple, but one that I find really flattering.

I bought it a couple of months ago from Temt. I spoke about this dress a while ago in a favourites post I think it was, and in that post I said that I never buy clothing from Temt, and I still don’t. After I found this dress there I kept returning to try and find more things I love as much, but I never have.

I feel like leopard print is such a classic print, but at the same time can be done so wrong. I do love when things are a little tacky, but I also don’t like it to be too much. I bought my phone case and scrunchie from Princess Polly, they were not expensive at all and they just add a little bit of the ugliness I seem to love so much.

It’s probably kind of obvious already that I love clashing patterns, and I think this combination of spots and leopard may be one of my new favourites. I think because all the tones in this outfit are neutrals, it makes it very unoffensive and much easier to feel like an easy combo to pull off.

I’m getting a bit bored of summer dressing and the hot weather just seems to keep dragging on and on, so for the most part I’ve just been wearing really boring outfits like this one. But even though it’s a boring outfit, I think it relies pretty heavily on the dress being a flattering cut for me, and also the cute (tacky) little accessories I put with it.

I know this is a very short post, but I realised not everyone wants to read essay length posts about why I love clothes so much, and I’m going to try and write my posts shorter and maybe more frequently. Plus, there’s really not much else I can say about this dress and some leopard print goodies.

Dress: Temt / Shoes: Doc Martens 

the most perfect combination

Am I really about to dedicate a whole post to velvet and checked pieces? The answer is absolutely I am. I think it’s pretty normal for everyone to have a (favourite is a strong word and I’m not sure if I can commit to it) fabric that they love to wear a little more than most, and for me, that’s velvet. And of course my favourite pattern to wear has to be checks.

I’ve loved velvet forever, and the fact that in the last few years it’s gotten super popular and super accessible, makes me very happy. Everything about it is so luxurious, and I feel like it can just elevate almost any piece of clothing.

This singlet I got probably 2 and a half years ago from Zara, and I still love it so very much. It’s a really simple design but it’s the dark blue velvet that makes it special. Because it is so simple, you can wear it with pretty much anything you want and it looks good. Plus, the colour is absolutely one of my very favourites to wear.

My skirt I bought while I was in Ireland at Urban Outfitters. It’s so cute and you can wear it with so much. For me it’s pretty much my alternative to wearing denim skirts. The fit of it is really nice, and I love the asymmetric hem and of course the tortoiseshell buttons.

The bag I spoke about a little in my last post about the best things I’ve found in salvos recently. It’s so cute and I’m still so happy and excited that I found it.

Top: Zara / Skirt: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Kmart / Bag: Vintage 

This next outfit is two brand new pieces. Straight neck dresses like this one are my favourite style to wear. I have another dress really similar to this one which I’ve included in other blog posts. Over the summer I’ve worn my other one to death and I’ve been trying to find another one that I’ll love as much, so when I saw this one I had to get it. Plus, this yellow shade is so very cute.

I’ve never seen a more me piece of clothing than this blazer. As soon as I saw this I had to have it. A green velvet blazer, it had my name written all over it. I usually don’t go for crushed velvet, but I definitely can overlook it for everything else this blazer offers. I always go for oversized, long-line blazers, and this definitely isn’t one, so I got one a few sizes up. I usually wear a size 8 and I bought a size 14 in this blazer, just for reference.

The bag I talked about in a recent post, I haven’t stopped using it since then. The colours in the bag just go with so many colours that I wear day to day. I’m still in love with it.

Dress: Neon Hart / Blazer: H&M / Shoes: Doc Martens

diamonds in the rough

I’ve always loved second hand shopping, I can’t remember a time ever when I haven’t. I think a lot of the love for it definitely came from my mum, because she’s always loved going there and has been taking me to them since I was tiny. Both me and my mum are very creative people, and I think maybe that’s why we both love the challenge and thrill of finding something amazing.

I’d say probably around a third, or maybe even half, of my closet is made up of pieces I’ve found at op shops and vintage stores. Something I find is that when I’m second hand shopping, I’m so open and ready to experiment with new looks and pieces because everything is so cheap, so I never feel like I’m gonna be wasting my money.

There’s so much waste in the fashion industry, which is kind of hard for me to talk about because I absolutely contribute to it, but buying second hand lessens the feelings of guilt for sure.

Apart from the shoes, everything is this outfit was bought second hand. The t-shirt isn’t mine it’s my friends, but I know that she bought it from an op shop, and I’m pretty sure she cut it into a crop top which immediately makes it that little bit more flattering. The blazer, pants are bag are all things that I found and bought myself at different salvos.

The pants fit me like a glove, admittedly they’re pretty short on me, but they kind of fit like a kick flare on me so I think it works. A good pair of pants that fit well and really flatter your figure are always a major staple in my wardrobe, and I think they’re amazing for everyone to own at least one pair of.

I love how blazers look, but they can be really expensive, and I never wanted to invest in one because I wasn’t sure how much I would wear one. I’ve spoken about the Jaeger blazer that I found in salvos last year, and I recently found this one which I also love. I really love the way blazers look, especially longer line and slightly manly looking ones for a more androgynous feel. As much as I love blazers, I don’t wear them enough to warrant spending a lot of money on one.

The bag is one of my favourite recent op shop finds, it’s so gorgeous and I was looking at buying a bag in a similar style so it was such a lucky find. The velvet and beading on it is so perfect and so my style, plus being black means it goes with everything.

colours & textures

I’ve always been really into wearing colour, even when I was younger and it was kind of the edgy thing to be wearing all black everything. As much as I wanted to come off cool and different, I really just could never wear all black or monochrome everyday. Use of colour is something that hugely inspires me, not just in terms of fashion, but in almost every creative aspect of my life.

It’s a well known fact that colour can have a huge affect on your mood, and I think it’s absolutely true. I also find myself gravitating to certain colours and tones, and depending on how I feel I can definitely see changes in what I’m wearing depending on that. Wearing certain colours can definitely make me feel certain ways.

Green is my favourite colour, in particular dark emeralds and forest green shades. It’s always my favourite colour to wear by far, and I always seem to feel most comfortable and confident when I’m wearing it. The dress I’m wearing in this post is one of my favourite pieces in my whole wardrobe, and a lot of that is attributed to it’s gorgeous colour. I’m just so attracted to these shades of green, I feel like they suit me, and because of that wearing them makes me feel really good.

I think this dress is honestly perfect. Obviously the colour is completely beautiful, but the cut of it and the way that the satin makes it sit on the figure makes it so flattering. The fabric they’ve used for this dress is perfect for it’s style and shape, and it lets the cowl neck drape so beautifully.

Colour is the number one thing for me, but texture comes in close second. I love clothing and accessories with interesting materials and textures. I love fabrics like satin, velvet and corduroy, and the way that they can transform a piece of clothing that would otherwise be nothing at all special into something completely different. For instance, if this dress had been made in a jersey material or even cotton, it would look and sit completely different to how it does.

My bag is new, and I’m so obsessed with it. Again, the things that really attracted me to it was the colours, and the mock snakeskin leather. The colours on this bag are amazing. Firstly, its got my favourite green, plus a beautiful deep red and burnt orange. In theory, these colours just should not look good together, but I love them next to each other.

This bag is quite obviously a huge rip off of the Chloe Faye backpacks. If you’ve read any of my previous posts you may have seen the rip off Fendi bag I have, well this is from the same little asian shop that I bought that bag from. I know a lot of people are really against buying fake designer pieces, but I have no where near the funds to be able to afford the real version.

As a little side note, you can see the green theme flow through into my jewellery. Everyday I wear one necklace with green malachite, and a an emerald ring. My other necklace I bought in Ireland and it has two coins with claddagh rings on it, and I also wear an actual claddagh ring too.

But back to the point of this post, if you’re feeling bored of your wardrobe, just adding in some textures that you wouldn’t normally go for can completely change the vibe of your look. While I’ve always been really into colour, textures that aren’t ‘conventional’ for whatever piece they’re used in, seemed a little scarier and harder to wear. Even more so when they’re also coloured, just like my bag.

As I’ve gotten older (that sounds really dramatic considering I’m 19 years old), I’ve made the decision to wear whatever I want to, and things that make me feel confident and good about myself. Wearing clothes that I see as boring, reflect in my mood, but whenever I throw on an outfit like the one I’m wearing in this post, I feel very ‘me’, and I think that’s one of my favourite things about fashion and it’s something that I personally think a lot of people are forgetting. For me, fashion is a form of self expression, and that makes it so much fun.