Pretty patterns please

What is it about summer that has us yearning colour and pattern? Maybe it’s a need to break away from the quiet shades of winter and inject some brightness into our lives, or a subconscious attempt to reflect the colour and vibrancy of the landscape in bloom around us. Who knows! But whatever the reason, I’ve found myself drawn to more interesting prints in the last few weeks.

The great thing is that many charity shops now merchandise and stock according to the season. They are making it much easier to find certain product types and styles. They’re realising, just like regular high street fashion stores, that there’s no point stocking rails of knitwear when it’s 28 degrees outside!

So, if you head out for a charity shop rummage in the summer with holiday dresses in mind, the chances are you’ll find them easily. That’s how I picked up these lovely summery additions to my wardrobe for absolute bargain prices.

I love the New Look top (£2.25, Save The Children) as it’s light and loose and the print is very vintage in style. It’s absolutely beautiful with skinny jeans. The M&S geometric top (£3.95, NI Hospice) is very different in style, again beautifully loose but very structured and boxy in shape. Lovely again with skinnies but equally beautiful tucked into a grey pencil skirt for work. The unlabelled skirt (£2, Age NI) is also a light cotton and heavily lined to give the pleats weight. I don’t think it’s flirty enough to wear in the sun with just a vest-top so I’m planning to pick up some tailored tops and cardies to give it a more 50s feel. And a nice waist-cinching belt too!

When the seasons change, our first port of call is often the high street for a change of look. But charity shops can help us make that transition for a whole lot less. And satisfy an irrational need for light, bright summery patterns cheaply and quickly too!

Rosie xx

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