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How to RESTYLE recycled fashion

28 Oct

One of my favourite things about opshopping is the huge array of fashion styles spanning decades that you might find in a single shop. For an imaginative person this is great fun and if you’re like me whose style is non specific bordering on schizophrenic its the perfect way to shop, but many people tell me they struggle with the idea of making a 1980’s jacket work into their current wardrobe. My advice is to leave your signature style at the door and enter op shops with an open mind. Try on things you love but have never been game to try in a retail shop, take a risk. The small outlay in cash for a pre-loved item means fashion can be fun again. This is not investment shopping or even a planned purchase. Op shopping is spontaneous, surprising and I think more rewarding than buying retail.

In August I participated in a fashion challenge on Instagram. I must admit to being a much more prolific Instagrammer than a blogger so if you’d love to see more of my second-hand finds and haunts you can follow me here. The RESTYLE challenge was run by the Perth Fashion Festival. Each day presented a new theme to restyle a pre-loved fashion piece.

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Here’s a selection of my entries into the Restyle challenge. What do you think?

Collar - Men's YSL shirt with a beautiful suede tie.

Collar – Men’s YSL shirt with a beautiful suede tie.

Button Down - a have a few thrifted denim jackets but this one is is a fave.

Button Down – I have a few thrifted denim jackets but this LEE Riders one is is a fave.

Fringed - everything in this shot is thrifted - the Aldo bag, the vintage mags, even the mat!

Fringed – everything in this shot is thrifted – the Aldo bag, the vintage mags, even the mat!

Classic - the Claudia Strater silk knit top, the Ellery scarf & the silver/copper earrings were all found second hand.

Classic – the Claudia Strater silk knit top, the Ellery scarf & the silver/copper earrings were all found second-hand.

The DIY challenge was about modifing a pre-loved garment. This top had big ruffled sleeves that I simply cut into fringe for an edgier look.

The DIY challenge was about modifying a pre-loved garment. This top had big ruffled sleeves that I simply cut into fringe for an edgier look.

Graphic - a fave Lola Vs Harper top found in an op shop still with the tags attached.

Graphic – a fave Lola Vs Harper top found in an op shop still with the tags attached.

Arm Candy - all of these silver bangles were found second hand and most of them I wear everyday.

Arm Candy – all of these silver bangles were found second-hand and most of them I wear everyday.

Tomboy - This outfit cost a total of $9. Ksubi denim cut offs, muscle shirt & Converse.

Tomboy – This outfit cost a total of $9. Ksubi denim cut offs, muscle shirt & Converse.

Knit - Someone knitted this super long, super soft scarf with love & now I'm loving wearing it.

Knit – Someone knitted this super long, super soft scarf with love & now I’m loving wearing it.

Monochrome - The leather Kahlo shorts, Zara top & graphic Converse all thrifted finds.

Monochrome – The leather Kahlo shorts, Zara top & graphic Converse all thrifted finds.

Spots - I wish I could find more spotted clothing, they are so much fun! This knit & the satin Wittner heels are both op shops finds.

Spots – I wish I could find more spotted clothing, they are so much fun! This knit & the satin Wittner heels are both op shops finds.

Cropped - thrifted leather Damselfly vest worn back the front. All the jewellery is pre-loved.

Cropped – thrifted leather Damselfly vest worn back the front. All the jewellery is pre-loved.

Outerwear - This felt Brixton hat is a favourite in winter and it only cost me $4

Outerwear – This felt Brixton hat is a favourite in winter and it only cost me $4

 

These challenges are pretty hard work but I find them very rewarding. I love seeing what everyone comes up with everyday and meeting so many like-minded op shoppers. It creates a little community but also a melting pot of ideas. Here are some of my fave posts by other Instagrammers during the challenge.

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Aren’t they just fabulous? So much fabulousness! Go forth & follow them on Instagram.

 

 

 

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The Teen Hunter Gatherer

29 Nov

I take my kids gathering with me and teach them how to hunt just as my parents taught me. Our teenager over the years has honed her hunting skills and developed a personal style I could only dream of having at her age. She prides herself on not following trends and dressing exactly the same as all her friends, instead wearing what she loves. Op shopping has provided her with not only a cheap outlet to indulge her spending sprees but also a creative melting pot in which to experiment with new looks. I’m proud to introduce our very first guest blogger to give a teenager’s perspective on op shopping.    

When teenagers walk into an op shop, the general reaction is one of embarrassment, dissatisfaction and assumed defunct.  However, people don’t realise that the $200 outfit they are wearing, I duplicated for $20 at the shop they dismissed at first glance. So, I think it is fair to say that it is ignorance that stops teenagers from shopping at op shops, not fashion incompatibility.

Kimbra

Walking into an op shop, the first place I look is the basket of scarfs. They have to be my favourite op shop purchase as they are timeless and versatile. I tie them around denim shorts, a handbag, drape around my neck, or tie around my head (whichever look you’re going for). Also, shoes are always cheap and usually unique, such as sequined, coloured or vintage (just make sure they’re washed before they’re worn!). In terms of clothing, there is a lot of sifting to be done. Floral patterns, stripes and spots veil the $5 denim jeans and $10 maxi dresses, so remain calm and don’t vomit! LOL. Finally, books, music, art and kitchenware are in no shortage; however, due to my sensitive allergies medication is a necessity for the perusal of this section. There can be lots of dust.

Nicole Ritchie

All in all, I think it is important to value that everything you buy second-hand has a history deeper than modern retail. Items seem more original, more important to the community, and more fashionable because they are in a store that is not focused on marketing and trends. When I wear an outfit or read a book I don’t feel guilt; I feel a part of my community. Op shopping and markets have provided me with my style and opened my eyes to shopping outside the boarders of convention.

Angus & Julia Stone

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