I don't give monkey about where you get your godforsaken jacket from, or if your bag is some stupid Paul's Boutique overpriced PU leather item.
Talk to me about the science behind your items and then I'll listen. The fabrics, the textures, the craftmanship, the tears, all the history behind your items, your understanding of that speaks far louder than the silly money wastage.
A darling lovely asked the other day where I shop. Phowr. That's a hard one. I'm a rummager, there's an outlet warehouse thing, TK Maxx and when I was younger my girlfriends would make fun of the random designer pieces I'd find because they weren't of high street brands. I thought I was insane for not loving the cheap threads of Next, Dorothy Perkins, New Look, all that. The idea of sweating through poly blend fabrics never appealed to me, in fact I'd rather go without, better yet, I'd rather go naked.
My favourite thrifty places to shop:
*Vintage warehouses (The Amsterdam Markets, Paris warehouses, Camden)
*Charity shops, as my Momma puts it they're like ebay but without the postage, and plus I crazy love rummaging. My favourite local stops include Severn Hospice, and local little charity stores. I used to volunteer in an Oxfam shop and I truly hate the politics involved in donations, long prices lists which staff have to comply with is stupid.
*Car Boot sales, oh my gosh, I've found some fabulous vintage pieces, and also it's a great place to pick up small furniture like my footstool.
*Markets, you never know what you'll find
My favourite unique places to shop:
*Boutiques, oh my gosh, Montmartre in Paris is riddled with side streets boasting new talent.
*Ebay, eek! I've developed great relationships with stylists who sell their stuff. So I like to source items from ebay which haven't yet to even hit the shelves.
*Yoox, I'm not sure if I should tell you encase you pillage all the gorgeous items, dare and I'll show you my ring <3 Jokes, kinda, but massive designer names plummeted in price because it's in season or just out of it. Staple pieces are a must, buy classic rather than fashionable.
There are a few things I naturally remember:
*Did I hesitate when deciding? if so put it down.
*Can I mix it with any item? if not put it down.
*Is it poly blend? if so put it down.
The main thing is, hesitation, no matter how fabulous the item, if you hesitate when deciding whether to buy it, you'll most likely never wear it. And enjoy yourself, shopping shouldn't be stressful, put on a big jacket, oversized sunglasses and a great soundtrack and enjoy yourself.
Moving on, my honey's, these are a few pieces with tales:
*Jumper: Cynthia Rowley (Mommas) I stole this jumper of Mommas last weekend for Holland, I never took it off (it's a bit bobbled now) it's a classic staple and I just can't get enough of layering jumpers over dresses.
*Dress: from a boutique designer at tkmaxx, maybe... on my 19th Birthday 4 years ago, still a staple, staple and a great fabric - lace.
*Jacket: I bought it today from a Charity Shop for £8. Cashmere 1950's. Yes. Yes. and YES.
*Bag: Momma's Mulberry