I’ve recently started appearing on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Radio’s Brody Swain show. Every few weeks, I turn up and talk about the day’s more lighthearted news stories with Brody and a couple of other guests.
This is fun in itself, but it also means that I’ve got a great excuse to regularly pop in to a row of my favourite charity shops on the nearby Trinity Street in Coventry city centre. Together they represent three great causes, including two with local links: Mary Anne Evans Hospice, Cancer Research UK and The Myton Hospices.
The greatest compliment I’ve ever received was linked to a skirt purchased from one of these, as I’ve talked about before. I say in that post that it was from Scope but I think it was actually the Mary Anne Evans Hospice Shop – which is the store I didn’t have time to go in earlier.
Here’s today’s haul and how I plan to wear each item. I’ve love to hear what you’ve picked up recently in charity shops and what you’re doing with it! Comment below or pop over and tell me on Instagram or Twitter.
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Black pleated skirt, £3 (The Myton Hospices)
Knowing how much I wear my navy one, I was chuffed to spot a similar skirt in black. I’m already imagining it at Christmas with a winter white jumper (yet to be purchased, but I was eyeing up a Finisterre with RNLI one on Pebble Magazine this morning).
I’m thinking of swapping the self-coloured buttons to houndstooth check ones. Any thoughts?
Farah men’s vintage fit t-shirt, £3.75 (The Myton Hospices)
Since going to see ‘North: Identity, Photography, Fashion’ at Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery back in the spring (soon to be on show at Somerset House), I’ve been aspiring to channel the casuals’ look – largely by wearing my partner’s slim fit Fred Perry t-shirt with my Adidas Gazelles. I can now branch out to wearing this t-shirt too.
It’s a beautiful jersey cotton that I’m hoping will also contrast nicely with the silk of wide leg pyjama style bottoms!
Khaadi long length shirt, £3.00 (Cancer Research UK)
A quick Internet search revealed that Khaadi is a Pakistani clothing brand, which isn’t surprising given the design of this shirt. I loved its colour, softness and overall look, which is about as near to boho as I ever get. As Imran Khan, the former Pakistani cricketer turned politican, is one of my style icons, it feels like this was meant to be mine!
For now I’m planning on wearing it with linen trousers and tucking in the front. I saw the latter on a street style blog and it caught my eye. Loving the popularity of shirts at the moment as I live in them and I’m getting lots of inspiration on different ways to wear them (see also below for more!).
Top Lady blouse, £2.00 (Cancer Research UK)
The sight of this on a rack is what pulled me into the store when I thought I was done with my Myton Hospices purchases! I’ve yet to find anymore information about the brand. It isn’t one I’ve encountered before. If the style alone didn’t scream retro then the ‘Made in the UK’ label indicates it has to be of a certain vintage!
Turns out I first saw the blouse from the back. It’s actually a button up with a pussy cat bow, which is nice in itself but I’m determined to try wearing it the other way round as I think it looks amazing that way. Just need to ensure I get dressed and undressed with my partner around!
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