Bargainous Black

I sometimes think that the weather dictates the direction of shopping and with scary storms predicted for much of England and Wales already brewing as we blustered through some charity/vintage shopping on Saturday, doing a great deal of walking along the Thames, it wasn’t that surprising that I came home with a great deal of black…


The good thing was that despite the bleak mood of the shopping haul, they were all glorious bargains and ripe for pairing with all things floral.  First up, a tiered leather skirt from Cancer Research Fund for ¬£12, though I did grumble a bit like an old biddy at the rising prices of charity shops.  Then a pair of perfectly fitting (quite an achievement for me…) Plein Sud trousers, with a cool zip detailing running up the seams from Bang Bang, my favoured regular shopping haunt for ¬£10.  Finally, bargains of all bargains, a John Richmond blazer with robot-like leather sleeves from Retromania in Victoria (a gussied up, dressed-up type of charity shop that I used to frequent quite often when I lived in those parts of the world…) for the princely sum of ¬£2.  Yes, I thought the tag read ¬£12 but on the rail of jackets for ¬£2…. there it was, exactly my size, in pristine condition.  It’s been a while since I’ve used coins to pay for a piece of clothing.

Whilst I could look like a tasteful avant garde dresser living in Belgium, all in black….nothing wrong with that of course…. better to combine it with the abundance of florals I have at the moment.  With the sun having not quite peeked out enough, and not many flowers blooming yet, the heap of black with floral prints seems like an appropriate pairing…




23 Replies to “Bargainous Black”

  1. Seriously, if only I could pull of those outfits, I would wear them! I just started a blog yesterday, thanks to you. Hopefully, I get to inspire some people too!
    You might not be interested, as I’ve only posted on it once, but if you do want to see it:

  2. please, don’t think that good of belgium. i can now count those tastefull ones on my fingers:)Love your 279th skirt though.

  3. i found a tiered leather skirt in pop boutique – it was fabulous but too big for me 🙁
    i got a cute leather above the knee instead x

  4. Such bargains! Lucky, lucky!
    I like all the outfits, but the 2nd is my fave – wonderful dress (or is it layered skirts?).
    I really like the PS work too…

  5. The jacket is awesome. What an amazing find, and at that cost, it’s like the jacket fairy was sitting on your shoulder… K

  6. The second and third looks are glorious… not sure about the first, though. Is that a bra over your top???? Anyhow, nice buys! =)

  7. Indeed… it is a bra over the top… mad mad me but I was just playing around with wearing that skirt as a top…

  8. grumbling along about rising prices in charity shops! sometimes I just feel like haggling (being non british I have to restrain myself). have a wee bit of a thing against charity shop personnel anyway cause they tend to be these kind of sour, holier than thou people.
    there. i said it.

  9. So strange, I have that exact same leather skirt, also vintage! Here’s a pic of me in it from wardrobe_remix (a flickr group you should check out if you haven’t already!)[email protected]/2277410880/in/set-72157602822855024/

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