We're well into March now so it's overdue for me to confess what I bought in February. I'm pleased to report that my purchases were pretty much all charity shopped, apart from some M&S knickers (you don't need to see those) and some Boden trousers (combination of sale plus voucher). I am trying really hard again to buy secondhand only to help save the planet/the pennies. I didn't think I'd bought that much, but I've started photographing all of my purchases and it just shows how quickly they mount up...
Mid Wales charity shops were great on our trip to the Metropole. I came away with two pairs of heeled vintage-style leather shoes, a Boden dress, vintage leather gloves, a fur tippet and a pile of sewing/household stuff.
A handmade '60s dress came home with me from a local charity shop. I also found a Collectif dress, and pounced quickly. I had assumed that you had to be fairly buxom to pull off the 'Dolores' style but I actually like how it looks on me. I also found a vintage Monsoon jacket and vintage red wool skirt. None of these were expensive - I think the Collectif dress was £5, the jacket was £3 and everything else was £1.
Oh dear, there were more shoes. Well I couldn't leave a genuine pair of Tom Ford era Gucci shoes behind could I? Especially as they were only £2.50. That beats my Prada shoes for £9 I think!
This pair of Clarks bow brogues was £6. The first time I wore them, I was walking down one of the main streets in Cardiff, and a girl actually took a picture of them on her phone without saying anything to me. How odd.
I was tempted by a few original vintage items this month, after visiting a sort of vintage emporium within a charity shop. I found two early dresses and attempted trying them both on. The black satin 1920s number with lace collar was unfortunately a bit misshapen, and too small on the hips. The very lovely - and very early (I'm guessing 1921 at the latest?) - Bourne and Hollingsworth silk frock with its side panels had me swooning. Alas I was about a foot too tall and a dress size too large for it. Just as well, it needs extensive repairs.
Finally, this post wouldn't be complete with a 'things I bought and sent back' section, so here you go, though they stretch further back than February. I bought the 'Violet' B.A.I.T. shoes new off Ebay but alas the seller made a mistake about the sizing (three sizes smaller than stated!) so back they went. I had two disaster Asos items, a top that I thought came with shorts as a sleep set (it didn't, and just the top was no good to me), and a slip dress that was so voluminous I could have smuggled another person underneath.
The Princess Tam Tam bikini I bought from Flo and Joe suffered from that age old problem of proportion. There just wasn't enough coverage for my tall frame. If you're petite you'd probably be okay.
Finally, I bought the Voodoo Vixen 'Olive' dress from Kate's Clothing. I actually bought this before Christmas but forgot to tell you all about it. What a disappointment. I expected it to be a killer dress but it killed any sex appeal. It looked awfully frumpy on me.
That's all for now folks, I've already started on some March purchases so I'll share a roundup of those next month!