31 January 2012

MyStyle- Denim new season pieces,Thrifted Levis and some Ralph Lauren

Hi everyone! Picking my magazines this month, I had to go for Company-not only was it a bargainous £1, but it is is also their Denim issue-with my current denim obsession I had to have it for some style and thrift inspiration!! I also have Vogue too, which pinpoints pale denim as a main trend this summer.

I've been after some key denim pieces for a while-namely a good fitting denim skirt, a pale denim jacket and a 'perfect' denim shirt. I've managed to find all these pieces this month all for under £20.

The denim skirt is a dark denim pencil style by Levis from the Sue Ryder charity shop for £3.95. It is a great piece which will go with a lot of items I already have in my wardrobe. I picked up this Ralph Lauren striped Breton tee at the Ralph Lauren outlet in Ashford for just £16.99, which will also be a main staple for this season.  


I also managed to find a really good pale denim shirt in Primark on Sunday-I was in there shopping for pillowcase and glancing in the mens section was this fitted, pale, long sleeved soft denim shirt which is £10 and is a great fit and feel-it can be tucked in or worn out, layered up or worn by itself:



My eldest son found this pale denim Levis jacket last week in my local Sue Ryder charity shop for £9.95, more than I normally pay but its a perfect fit and I love the colour-plus I'm happy to pay that bit more to charity if I'm happy with an item!!

So my denim obsession is nicely fulfilled and now I just need to bring out the hats and scarves for the cold spell thats coming!!

15 January 2012

A London day out and coloured jeans

Yesterday hubby and I had a lovely day out in London. We strolled along the South Bank up to Borough Market but decided to visit Southwark Cathedral first, which is so stunning and beautiful.


I am pictured in front of the organ, which is totally massive and very impressive!


After taking in the wonder of the Cathedral we ventured into Borough Market, which was a hive of activity and gorgeous smells. The vast variety of food was amazing too and we bought some English and French cheeses, French bread and apple chutney for lunch later.

We stopped off at the Mudlark just under London Bridge for a refreshment stop of mulled wine and cider before venturing home for a late relaxing lunch and lounge.

I've been wearing my red skinny jeans quite a lot, they are from Next and are a thick denim ideal for winter. Jess Cartner Morley did an article yesterday on coloured jeans. This trend is sure to continue this season, with pale pink. hot pink and aqua being the 'it' colours this summer.

Will you be in coloured or printed denim this season?

12 January 2012

Current/Elliott and J Brand jeans-less than £5!!!

Well I really was the early bird that caught the worm at the charity shops on Monday morning. Since New Year, I've really got the denim bug and I certainly bagged the best bargains of the year so far.

The 2nd shop I visited was Scope and I picked up these Current/Elliott mushroom skinny jeans-when I saw the price and the size I was amazed! I quickly checked the other rails and was giddy with excitement when I spied these J Brand Earhart jeans!! First stop was the changing rooms and was I pleased when they both fitted like gloves! On to the cash till and out the door and although I visited 3 more shops I didn't find anything else, not that I was worried though!

Now nicely laundered and pressed I thought I would show you my spoils!!

The J Brand Earhart are last season and are still available in the sale on Mywardrobe for £132 and the Current/Elliott The Skinny cord jeans are on sale for £94.99 on Net-A-Porter

On Tuesday I had more thrifting denim luck as I picked up a pair of James jeans for only £3.75 and a Levis denim skirt for only £3.99!!

My denim obsession really now needs to come to a halt for the moment as I need to be thrifty in general-its great to get bargains, but like everything I still need to watch the budget!

Whats been your best buy of the month so far?

7 January 2012

Thrift Inspiration, Double Denim's New Dawn at Grazia

I've noticed that nearly everyone is being very frugal and thrifty as we start the new year and two of my last purchases of 2011-just after Christmas, were a denim shirt and some coloured denim skinny jeans. These are items that I can wear now and also in the summer and will always be on trend.

So after getting my New Years Grazia on Thursday for just £1 as I used the prior editions discount voucher, I was pleased to see my new purchases were totally inspirational for Grazias fashion feature-Denim's New Dawn:

There is a lot of double denim going on, a trend that really took off last year and not only is blue denim featured, coloured denim is in the mix too:



The feature suitably inspired todays casual outfit, which is my denim shirt by H&M, scarlet red denim skinny jeans by Next and purple wool cardigan which I bought a couple of years ago from Uniqlo and is still going strong. The shirt and jeans were thrifted from my local Sue Ryder charity shop-both came to less than a tenner too!!


I'm on the look out for another feminine cut denim shirt with gold rivet fastenings, this one has silver and is short sleeved, making it a really versatile item for winter and summer, as are the coloured skinny jeans.


What is on your style radar for the new summer season?

4 January 2012

Cocoon coats, Vintage v Modern

Cocoon coats have been in style for decades now and the earliest picture I can see is from Balenciagas Fall 1954 collection, featuring this rather fashionable cocoon design:


Fast forward more than half a century and Prada have the style in their Autumn/Winter 2011 collection-the shape and cut is so easily such a style classic, reinvented by different designers virtually every decade in plain or printed versions:


Before I realised the coccon coat was back in fashion this winter, I had bought this 1960s heritage green version for my vintage fashion fair stall. It had not sold all year and I decided to try it on last month as an alternative day winter coat and its been in my own wardrobe ever since!


Lisa Armstrong did an article on cocoon coats last month, featuring an Etro claret version and I do agree with her that they are such a style which tend to go with skirts or trousers and have the added bonus of allowing thick jumpers underneath without creating extra bulk.

Here is my Aquascutum coat in action with skinny jeans-its a perfect day coat and I really love the colour too:


What style of coat are you currently in this winter?

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