Saturday, 30 January 2010

Bathroom Suit(e)

The "experts" will always tell you to make a bee-line for charity shops in well-to-do areas but in my opinion that's misguided, do so and expect stiff competition and higher prices as the well-heeled volunteers know their labels. It's better to head for more down-at-heel, less trendy areas where the locals buy second-hand from need rather than style, where practicality is prized over glamour so prices are low and pickings rich.

Earlier today I picked up this 1950's "Emgee, London" suit for £4 and the TopShop t-bar shoes for £2.95.


Never worry about sizing in charity shops, pick out what you like and try it on. Items are often incorrectly labelled and due to our ever-expanding waistlines a vintage size 12 is the equivalent of our modern UK size 8. My suit was marked by the volunteer as a Size 6, but fits like a glove and as the shoes are leather and pre-worn I got away with a size smaller than usual.
 

14 comments:

  1. Love the outfit!! and the photos.

    Was the compact a charity shop find? It's gorgeous!
    And I love that giant green bottle behind you.

    x x

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  2. Wow amazing finds and I love your chair!

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  3. Thanks, Kel! I found the compact in an old handbag I bought at a boot sale - it's Statton, which is a great name to look for.
    The green glass jar was a 21st pressie, it was my mum's 21st present, too.
    Vix
    xxx

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  4. Thanks, Daisy! The chair was rescued from a skip and gives the bathroom a bit of a regal touch.
    Vix
    xxx

    PS Meant to say STRATTON was a great name to collect but my finger slipped.

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  5. I love the shoes, the colour is fab. You are 100% right about the charity shops, its much better to avoid the well to do ones. I've got to say your house is exactly how i would love mine to be! x

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  6. OOOhhh! I love your bathroom!! It looks like a sanctuary for beauty and comfort. Very amazing suit as well, I love the fur trim ;)

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  7. Vix, you look gorgeous as always. This outfit reminds me of the wonderful costumes on Mad Men - do you ever watch that? I'd really recommend it, it's a fashion feast!

    Great tips about charity shop shopping. :)

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  8. Your purchases were brilliant and the idea to model them in your bathroom , totally inspired ...love it xx

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  9. Great finds as always! Is crazy how the sizing has changed so much in the space of 50-60 years! Loving the idea of the chair in the bathroom, may have to pinch your idea and go on the hunt for one!

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  10. Très chic!
    You look so sophisticated in that outfit, I love it & what a stupendous bargain too.
    As regards to charity shopping in well-heeled areas; as a rule I don't even bother with posh Mary Portas-esque charity shops cause like you say volunteers are usually quite label aware. I stick to the “ghetto shops” (larf larf) run by the lovely purple rinse brigade who will sometimes charge more for 'George of ASDA' than 'Giorgio Armani'.
    ...xXx

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  11. Fabulous pictures ! You're so so pretty !!!

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  12. Thanks so much for all those lovely comments, everyone!

    Vix
    xxx

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