Sadly, I am not in Paris or perusing the Parisian streets and cafe’s for this latest blog post. The cloudy streets of central London had to suffice for this looks backdrop. So its a good thing there are pops of colour to bring it to life! Like this vintage brown suede bag with thick fringe detail that I found in a charity shop for £17 a few weeks back on Portobello Road, which wouldn’t have been out of place on one of the many vintage stalls they have there, either. My trusty Topshop skinny jeans never fail me, and gave the look a touch of dressed down simplicity. The vibrant red Talbots shirt was also charity sourced for a few pounds and had such wonderful structure and shape that I knew it would tie this look together wonderfully. And of course, not forgetting, those Castaner espadrilles, which seem to be in every single blog post and photo of mine at the moment! Hey, if it ain’t broke…!
Bag – Vintage – Shirt – Talbots/2nd hand – Jeans, Topshop – Espadrilles – Castaner
Chloe for Everybody: How Charity Shops Make Designer Accessible to All
Written for Oxfam – http://www.oxfam.org.uk/fashion-blog/2017/05/chloe-for-everybody
It’s extremely rare for me to go on too much about my favourite designers or brands, but Chloe is one of the few fashion houses with the ability to make me go weak at the knees and definitely knows how to get my overtly sentimental heart racing, every damn time.
So when I clamped my peepers on these black Chloe trews a few weeks ago for a mere £20 in the Drury Lane Oxfam, I knew they were coming home with me. With an almost satiny shine to the exterior, they encapsulate just the right balance of smart/casual and would be equally well paired with ballet flats and a plain white tee (whatever happened to that band?! *sigh*). I teamed them with a pale grey Gant knit jumper and Zara blazer (both charity shops finds), to keep the outfit conducive with my typical go to uniform – Parisian wannabe (!)
Thank you again to Oxfam charity shops all over, for making high end brands accessible to everyone, not just the minted.
Thank you again to charity shops all over, for making high end brands accessible to everyone, not just the minted.
Wearing: Blazer, Zara. Grey jumper, Gant. Trousers, Chloe.
Elizabeth Miles @elizabethmiles_
Photos by David Jarre
I have been living in pretty much nothing else but these jeans for months. I wore my favourite Topshop steals turned up for a time, then having the brainwave that chopping off the bottoms would be the best way to birth them in to the cropped jean trend happened and I couldn’t adore them any more than I do right now. Teamed with my favourite Uniqlo polo neck and the most babley pair of Mango boots I have ever purchased, make for a simple and understated outfit that I hope pops with the red lippie.
Mango boots. Uniqlo polo (charity shop), Jeans Topshop (charity shop).
ALAIN BASHUNG IS MY SPIRIT ANIMAL.
Floral vintage shirt – Charity shop.
Black tie up jacket – Charity shop.
Black palazzo trousers – Vintage warehouse.
Sandals – TK Maxx.
Sunglasses – Camden market.
Shot by Becca Miles
Wearing: Vintage silk blouse – Charity shop, Blue trousers: Charity shop. Boots: Zara. Sunglasses: Camden market.
Sorry my shit ain’t designer. I will always feel like i’m letting myself down a little on the fashion forward front when ocassionally asked where I got the new jacket I’m wearing, or new boots or bag. It’s very seldom that I buy anything designer or even high street (bar obligs Zara, obvs). Probably 90% of my wardrobe is charity shop bought and I’m sorry that that may sound boring as fuck when you ask me where I got this awesome silk shirt from. (It was a charity shop, by the way.)
I must admit, I’m usually quite fortunate with the weather conditions when it comes to shooting my blog. When I decide to shoot an outfit, the weather man, (Yes, cue having ‘Blame it on the Weather Man’ by B*Witched ringing round your noggin, now ) is very kind to me – So thank you, weather Gods. Blogging against the elements is a bummer.
On this particular day, however, the weather Gods were not feeling so kind (Fuck you weather Gods) and decided to let it rip upon our merry heads.
I think we made the best out of a shit and wet situation here, so thank you to my total mega babe, Omar for shooting this. Despite it pissing down, you never fail to make me laugh uncontrollably, all the while, looking like a soggy biscuit.
I’m wearing: Denim dress: Zara, Leopard print shirt: Charity shop, Black concertina detail blazer: Charity shop from a million moons ago.
Elizabeth Miles Instagram: @elizabethmiles_
I’m wearing: Black Topshop skinnies, Office suede Chelsea boots, Cos white tee, Zara denim shirt and vintage tan suede tassel jacket from Hanks Vintage on eBay.
From the whimsical 1920’s flappers dresses, to the 50’s Rock and Roll revolution, prompted by none other than the King himself, native American fringe-wearing wanderers, and the 70’s Woodstock boho beauties – the tassel trend has been dinging high on the fashion radar for over a century, and for good reason, too.
It’s really important to keep these wearable and diverse trends relevant and alive, not only because they look effing awesome, but because it makes it that much more alluring when you uncover a gem, (like this little tan beauty I’m wearing from an eBay vintage store) from an era that precedes a current trend mania – Which then means we don’t have to bop along to the high street and attempt to replicate an original trend, by buying new.
It can be tricky to be a curator of quality and style in a somewhat disposable world. A lot of clothes being made on the hight street right now are, unfortunately, not constructed with durability in mind – And in fear of sounding like someone’s monotonous Grandmother, they just don’t make clothes like they used to.
It’s always worth going down the vintage route for investment pieces such as jackets, as they’ve undoubtedly been made with love and care and designed to last a lifetime. From generation X, to bikers, to aged rockers – the perennial fringe et tassel are a staple statement, and, I hope, will continue to be so for many generations to come.
The positives of recycling trends:
1. You’ll look far more unique and inspiring than anyone else wearing the current high street ‘trend’, if you nab something of the same trend, but from way back when.
2. Anything vintage always looks effortlessly cool regardless of era.
3. Buying investment pieces that have already stood the test of time, and continue to stand a lot longer, will keep the pennies safe.
4. Being a purveyor of quality and vintage is a positive for the environment and you know you’re contributing, even on a smaller scale – it all counts.
Elizabeth Miles Instagram: @elizabethmiles_