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Secondhand Sept #2

I'm taking part in the Oxfam's #secondhandseptember challenge to only buy secondhand for the month of September.

Outfit No 2

I'll be sharing my favourite vintage pieces throughout September and my second outfit (even thought it is still August) is this sweet little 60s blouse. Picked up for around £4. It has a pussy bow collar and a vibrant floral print. The label in the collar is 'Majestic of New York'. I doubt this was a flashy American label as the blouse is made from nylon but I do have visions of some New York shop girl wearing this pretty little blouse. I would usually wear the blouse with dark jeans but we had a Club a'Gogo event on Saturday and it was boiling hot so I thought I'd go full on colour and wear my lime kick flare jeans with a cream vintage handbag 🌼

My love of vintage ...

As a lover of all things second hand this challenge isn't too much of a hardship. My love of secondhand , started in 1979 or thereabouts when I first walked into my local Oxfam shop for the first time and picked up a pair of 1960s turquoise kitten heel slingbacks. These shoes were hand painted which fascinated me at the time, I later found out from our Newcastle mod girls that shoes would frequently be dyed to match the colour of their latest outfit, sometimes having many layers of dye. I was hooked and this passion continues to this day.

For me vintage, or secondhand as it used to be called! is about the quality and also the heritage of the garment. I love to think of the person who wore the piece, did they love it as much as I do? Lots of the pieces I own are handmade and it is the love and care that has gone into making these beautiful little pieces which is a stand out feature for me.

If anyone is ever having a clear out and finds any old clothes from the 50s, 60s or 70s pleeese bear me in mind as I'm a bit of an addict!

More vintage to follow


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