My inbox is often filled with questions about getting started with charity shops and how to find bargains. I’m always asked, by charity shop virgins, how to go about pulling together an entire outfit from a charity shop. My answer? Have fun and don’t be too serious but also don’t expect to go on your first charity shop trip and come out with THE BEST HAUL EVAAAAA. No one is going to give you a medal for throwing out your current high street wardrobe and going all chazza chic on us over night, so go easy and enjoy it – work with what you already have.
If you’re new to charity shops but really want to give it a go perhaps read some of my old posts such as How to thrift – clothes or 8 reasons to shop in charity shops (I’ll link to some other relevant ones below) but most importantly don’t over think it. Get in there and see what you can find, see what you like. You don’t have to pull a whole outfit from the rails of your local Oxfam, maybe start out with an accessory or something to bring your favourite top into summer? Whilst it is great to experiment (and charity shops are the perfect place to do this) if you’re worried or nervous go slow, go easy and don’t stray too far from your current comfort zone.
If you’re a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl, why not add in a new belt or tie a bright scarf in your hair? Fancy getting dressed up for a night out? Maybe stick with that dress you know you feel great in but find a little something to sling over your shoulders or a statement necklace to give the outfit a colour pop. I find some of the most stylish women such as Zoe, Jen and Ellie mix up their charity shop finds with great well thought out pieces from the high street. I particularly think this is key if you’re new to charity shops. Slowly adding small bits and bobs which work with your current style gives you great confidence and over time you’ll be able to throw together and entire look from a charity shop or boot sale without so much as a hint of doubt.