Buying second hand items isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But if you’re careful about what you pick up, you can get some great bargains and support charities in the process. Whether you’re a seasoned charity shop aficionado, or have never picked up a second hand item, I hope this post demonstrates second hand chic at it’s best.
I can’t remember which charity shop I got this skirt from and the label isn’t one I recognise. So I can’t tell you a lot about this skirt, other than how it fits and flows, and what I pair it with.
One of the things I love about this second hand chic skirt is that it’s meant to be crinkled. This is particularly good for me, because I can’t use an iron. Because of my EDS my wrists just aren’t able to manage it. Though I can’t any more, I used to love how this skirt billowed was I walked. And, while it’s not a practical skirt for self propelling far, I love the look of it cascading over my wheelchair wheels. I feel like I’m a Disney Princess!
When wearing this skirt, I like to pick out one of colour from the embroidery for my t-shirt. Today, I’ve gone for dark brown, but bright pink also looks lovely. The t-shirt is the only item (other than my underwear) that isn’t second hand chic. It’s from the H&M basics range and I bought it quite a few years ago.
The denim jacket was a gift from my sister and I love it. She found it in the local Scope charity shop. I’d been looking for a denim jacket for a while, but hadn’t seen anything I liked. One of the great things about charity shopping is that it’s a great way to try a style that you aren’t sure about, without having to spend much money at all.
Previously, I’ve worn this outfit with a pair of bright pink flip flops. Unfortunately the flip flops are now in the loft because they’re impossible to walk in and aren’t comfortable with the positioning of my foot plate. So I’ve picked these lovely heels by Gionni, which can be found at Debenhams. While they aren’t from a charity shop, they are definitely second hand chic. These heels were a gift from a friend who didn’t want them anymore.
Personally, I wouldn’t buy shoes second hand. When you wear shoes, you leave an imprint of your foot. Shoes can be difficult for me to buy because of my hEDS. I don’t need the added problems a shoe that’s moulded to someone else’s foot could bring. I’ve made an exception with these heels, as I know the person they’ve come from and they were only lightly used. As they’re heels, I knew I wouldn’t be able to spend a lot of time in them anyway, so the slight mould that my friend had left in them was unlikely to cause a problem.
In an ideal world, I’d have painted my toe nails a lovely bright pink shade, but I only put this outfit together the day it was photographed. I picked a nail polish colour that I thought would go with everything, but clearly it doesn’t. I’m sorry about that, you’ll just have to use your imagination.
Are you a fan of second hand chic?
Find me on:
You can also sign up for my newsletter!