Thrift My Style- Boot Sale Finds for Summer Styling!

Saturday boot sale thrifting in Essex- Ready for some thrift bargains!!

Hi everyone! Hope your weekend is going really well! So from a heatwave Friday, the weather was amazingly sunny when I woke up this Saturday morning- so I thought I'd go to my first Saturday boot sale of the year!

I do really enjoy this particular one- it's in Chigwell, Essex near the David Lloyd Centre and if you do decide to check it out then I suggest you go early as stall holders were all packing up by around 11 o'clock!!

I got there around 9am, so not the earliest of boot sale starts but the sun was shining and I was on a mission to bag some bargains!!

Chigwell Essex boot sale

I didn't have to wait too long for my first one- I came across this Topshop jacket  and I was really being so indecisive- mainly about whether it was going to fit Post covid- you can't try on things especially if you're not sure you're going to buy it!

But I took a punt- it was £5 and the girl said it hadn't really been worn so I went for it.
It has a satin sheen to it with faux leather trim and just has that 'luxe' feel, it's definitely more of an evening or dressy style than a daytime jacket. When I got home, it fitted perfectly! So that was bargain number one, ready to be laundered and put away for it's next wear!

Topshop Luxe Camo Bomber Jacket

I'm always on the hunt for vintage costume jewellery and bargain number two was this cute gold plated tennis ball bracelet by Avon, it was only £1:50 and I snapped it up! It's a perfect pairing with my vintage costume jewellery necklaces and so cute and classy looking too!

Avon gold tennis ball bracelet

I was lucky to get bargain number three- if I'd been five minutes later this would have been in the stallholders car as she was using it to pack up her things! I quickly asked her how much it was and I was so happy to get it for £2! 

I've been after one of these clear style bags for such a long time- obviously the Louis Vuitton clear one was my favourite for such a while, but I really do love this one- it's a perfect summer bag by DKNY which is perfect for city or beach summer styling!

DKNY Summer Bag

My last bargain of the day was another style item I've been after for ages- a porcelain blue floral blouse- this  Primark summer blouse ticks all my boxes for versatility and for pairing with shorts, skirts or jeans for timeless summer styling- for 50 pence I had to have it!! It has a really Luxe vibe to it and is so pretty too, I know I'll get a lot of wear with it, weather permitting!

Primark Porcelain blue floral blouse

So a grand total of £9 spent- for a Topshop jacket, faux gold and crystal bracelet, a designer bag and a blouse!! 

I definitely love going to the boot sales when I can- it can be hit or miss as I went on Sunday and came away empty handed!  But if you keep an open mind and your eye out for pieces that are similar to what's on your style list, you can easily adapt a bargain into an item that will last you a few seasons!

What items are on your current summer wishlist?


ThriftMyStyle with Vintage and Preloved Jackets and Blazers

Summer and Transitional Jackets and Blazers in key basic neutral colours for a perfect capsule wardrobe 

Hi everyone! I think this post is a long overdue one from me- I really do love a blazer!

My Summer favourite, year in and year out ALWAYS consists of a good quality blazer or jacket- preferably vintage or preloved in a key colour that I know will last me for seasons to come. You can't go wrong with having a few in your wardrobe- they can either transition for Autumn or be kept again for the following Summer!

This first blazer is one I found eleven years ago- check my original post 'Ferretti and Frills' from August 2009! Its definitely one of my all time favourite finds and I always wear it every Summer. A navy blazer is a must and this one by Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti has stood the test of time in quality and style in my wardrobe for sure! I really love the longer length and double breasted style and this style never dates, so timeless and classic in cut and colour:

Navy Vintage Jacket

This next blazer was bought a couple of years ago and was found in the same Salvation Army charity shop as the one above, its a Calvin Klein steel grey light wool blazer and was £3.99.

When I thrift a blazer I always try and source either designer names or brands with a high natural material content, such as wool, silk or linen.

If you can find a good quality well made jacket that covers these bases you will have a piece that will have longevity in your wardrobe and be a keeper for many years to come! This Calvin Klein one has a white striped lining on the arms so I do like to fold them up sometimes for that relaxed 90s Summer vibe!

Grey jacket

This Jaeger beige linen vintage blazer was also £3.99 and I found this in a charity shop last year. It's a go to jacket for wearing with shorts or a mini skirt as it is a longer length style and again I like to wear it with the sleeves pushed up. This one is unlined and a perfect cover up over a cami or a new trend season vest top and I do think a neutral colour is a must for any Summer wardrobe.

beige linen jacket

Viewers of my Instagram page will know that I purchased this Gerry Weber tobacco brown linen blazer from ebay earlier this month. I've never really worn brown much, but have really embraced this tonal colour this season and it really is a great colour to have in a neutral colour capsule wardrobe as it goes with so much. This classic single breasted style works well with jeans and floral or plain coloured summer dresses. I love ebay for preloved items- this was just £4.99 with postage and a key tip for finding a bargain is to check 'ending soonest' in your chosen colour and size, that's how I won this one!

brown linen jacket

This last jacket was a fabulous find a couple of weeks ago from my local Cancer Research charity shop- it was on the 50p rail! I love the shorter length of this black linen jacket from Marks and Spencer, it makes a change from the oversized or longer length jackets that I already have in my wardrobe. I do actually own a few black jackets but I didn't have a linen one, so for 50p I couldn't leave it behind!

black linen jacket

A good quality blazer really does pull an outfit together and it's amazing what can be found in your local charity or thrift shops and also from the boot sale too! As I've said before, look for ones with a high natural material content, that is a neutral colour and style and choose styles that are either longer and shorter to mix and match well with pieces already in your wardrobe!

What are your favourite Summer styles, are jackets on your radar too? 


Relaxed Vibes with Femme Luxe- Sweatshirt and Cycling Shorts

Summer Loungewear chosen for Comfort and Style!!

Hi everyone!! I'm totally defaulting to loungewear for my current staycation! I won't be flying away anytime soon but if I was I would definitely be choosing these key pieces from Femme Luxe for travelling and relaxing.

The current obsession of cycling shorts has not abated and when I saw these high waisted ribbed cycling shorts I knew I had to go for all the neutral colourways on offer!

To complement the different colours I've chosen this neutral sand sweatshirt to go with the shorts- picking an oversized style means style and comfort come first and I have an easy trend led uniform for Summer days that are that bit cooler!

Sand crew neck long sleeve sweatshirt - Nyla

These sage colour shorts are a trendy pop of neutral colour that give an understated nod to a no fuss, 
minimalistic summer vibe:

Sage ribbed high waisted cycling shorts - Jenny

I love the camel cycling shorts and can easily see me wearing these with an oversized blazer and simple white tee if I wanted a more stylish daytime look for lunching with the girls or for going on a shopping trip! 

Camel ribbed high waisted cycling shorts - Jenny

I really love wearing my tie dye t shirt and pairing it with the black ribbed cycling shorts is such a fun fashion forward look for trips to the park or relaxing in the garden.

If cycling shorts aren't your thing- Femme Luxe do a great range of shorts in different colours and styles to suit all tastes and budgets!

Black ribbed high waisted cycling shorts - Jenny

I'm really enjoying choosing neutral pieces that are adding to my favourite colour pallettes for Summer- beiges, greens, white and black are so easy to mix and match and are great tonal choices for having a versatile mix and match wardrobe!

Thanks to Femme Luxe- as usual the quality and choice are spot on and I've really enjoyed styling these pieces which I know will have longevity in my loungewear wardrobe!


Choosing Summer Neutrals with Femme Luxe

My Favourite Colour Pallettes for Lounging or Working Out in Style!

Hi everyone! So the heatwave has disappeared for the forseeable future and with this in mind, my choice of loungewear and activewear is geared towards cropped styles and cycling shorts- a perfect combination for those cooler days.

I chose black cycling shorts as a Summer style staple- not only are they stylish and comfortable, they really are ideal for any active or restful activity that I decide to do this season!
Not just that, but they've always been a favourite of mine and are especially on trend this Summer. I've teamed them with a black oversize tee and this is a perfect fashion forward choice of outfit for me- ensuring I keep cool in a casual chic style! 

Black Cycling Shorts Addie

So I'm pretty obsessed with the Estelle Boxy Loungewear set-the team at Femme Luxe have got this 2 piece co-ordinate outfit on point for style, comfort and in this gorgeous camel colour, it really ticks all the boxes for the colour pallette I'm aspiring to this Summer! Whether you want a neutral colour or something more bolder or brighter, Femme Luxe have a great range to choose from!

I already have this in black and grey and I recommend it if you're after a loungewear set that will look good for a shopping trip, travelling or relaxing at home. 

Camel V-Neck Boxy Loungewear Set-Estelle

There's nothing more cosier on cooler Summer days than a cropped hoodie and this one really fits well and is true to size-that;s what I really like about Femme Luxe pieces, I can order my size and be reassured I'll get the perfect fit!

I opted for the khaki cycling shorts to go with the hoodie- I love the tonal colour combination and this outfit will be ideal for when I'm doing yoga or going for a stroll around the park.
If cycling shorts aren't your thing- Femme Luxe do a great range of shorts in different colours and styles to suit all tastes and budgets!

Sand cropped Drawstring Hoodie- Brynn Khaki Cycling Shorts- Roxann

The cropped hoodie is really stylish and on trend and the sand colour means it will go with so much already in my wardrobe- denim shorts or jeans or  loungewear joggers.

What colours and styles are you opting for this Summer? By choosing a few key items in neutral colours, I'm building a lovely capsule wardrobe in a colour pallette that I can mix and match with effortless styling and ease!

Thanks to the team at Femme Luxe for letting me style these versatile and fashionable pieces that I'm really looking forward to wearing!


Thrift My Style with Summer Linen

My Charity Shop Haul this week including other Summer Items!

Hi everyone! I was so happy to see the opening of the charity shops earlier this week, so with this in mind, I did a declutter and took a few things for donation.

 Now is the ideal time being post lockdown to have a good sort out and to have a trying on session too. I've actually sorted another bag of donations these past couple of days due to not trying stuff on before which now does not fit or is making room for newer pieces I've either thrifted or bought.

I've also put some things on eBay too-check them out if you fancy!!

So on my wishlist has been neutral items for Summer and although I don't need a new bag I really couldn't resist this as it ticks all the boxes- neutral style, linen look inspired and for only £2 it was such a good bargain I couldn't not get it!

It's ideal for shopping trips, beach days or any summer awayday- it's a very versatile size and very lightweight to use- if I go on holiday it will be a perfect travelling companion and can also fit effortlessly into luggage too:

Another couple of bargains from later last week were this pure linen pink Marks and Spencer Blouse for just £3.50 and these white linen Marks and Spencer trousers for £3!!

I always look to size up on linen as it looks so much more classic and chic to be loose fitting- so I was especially happy to find both of these in bigger sizes to oversize my outfit choices:

Linen Shirt Linen Trousers

Linen is a practical and chic option for Summer and if you buy quality items it will last you for summers to come. I do try and thrift good high street pieces for longevity in my wardrobe and you generally can't go wrong with M&S!

Two other finds from earlier in the week were a Laura Ashley linen tee and a pair of tailored linen trousers in traditional linen colours.

The M&S tailored trousers were only £1 from Sense charity shop and again these were a size larger which fit me really well!

Summer Linen

I really love this Laura Ashley linen tee- it was £4 and I especially love the embroidery detail too! This will look great dressed up or down with denim for a casual summer chic look.  
Both pieces really launder and iron well- again a good sign of buying quality preloved high street items.

Linen blouse

This chambray blouse by TU for Sainsburys was only £1 from Sense and is a piece that will go with shorts, skirts and denim for Summer. Chambray is a perfect Summer option, softer and lighter than traditional denim, it easily goes with anything for an easy Summer outfit choice: 

chambray blouse

I do love sportswear pieces and I couldn't leave these Adidas shorts behind from Barnados charity shop for just £4! Ideal for lounging or yoga or walking, these will last for ages and are a timeless piece of sports fashion:

navy adidas shorts

If you check out my Instagram- thriftmystyledotcom then you can also see the cute preloved Topshop black slip dress I found for just £6 too!

It's certainly been a winning week of thrifting and charity shop finds for me! What is on your summer wishlist? I have always tended to gravitate towards floral for Summer but am enjoying looking for different things like plain colours and linen- what is your Summer style?


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