Happy new year! I bet you’ve said that a thousand times this week.
To start the year off I thought I’d take a look at my fave buys from 2014. I’m going to have a wardrobe clearout this week so I need to think about what to keep and what not – and set out my 2015 vintage resolutions. It’s hard with vintage as I get so distracted by a pattern sometimes that I end up with pieces that don’t fit or are a little bit too mad to actually wear. This was a problem earlier in the year, when I went a bit crazy bidding on Ebay for pieces by Norman Linton. When they arrived I couldn’t wear any of them so a challenge this year is to actually do something to them to make them wearable.
I also ordered a Welsh Wool cape for Christmas, which at the time I thought was fab but when it arrived, the pattern was too wild, it was huuuugggeee on me, the wool made me itch and it wasn’t official Welsh wool. Kelly – 0, Ebay – 1. I think a vintage shopping lesson for me is stay away from Ebay and stick to shops, where you can actually try pieces on.
I am going to start looking for more vintage accessories and so I thought these sunglasses I bought from Oxfam Hove have been one of my faves this year. Well, untill I sat on them and they snapped 🙁
These smaller pieces can jazz up any outfit, so if you know where I can get some decent small pieces let me know!
I have so many coats and I’m still on the look for the perfect one. This piece I bought at the Gloucester Green market in Oxford for only a tenner. Similar to accessories, having a fab vintage coat can transform any outfit. Every time I wear this coat I get compliments. The 2015 coat hunt begins……
This Liberty print top was a top buy in 2014 from Oxfam Hove. It’s such a simple top, with a lovely pattern and I wore it so many times over the summer with a pair of jeans and a yellow blazer I bought from Cancer research. It was just smart enough for work with the blazer and then add the sunglasses above and I was ready to hit the Rusty Bike beer garden afterwards to soak up the sunshine!
A dress or three
My biggest weakness is dresses and I bought so many in 2014, so this is something I need to draw back on. This piece from Rokit Vintage is a recent purchase and I just love it. It’s silk and actually fits me ha! The pattern stands out but as with my vintage fails it’s not too crazy to actually wear in public. With the dresses I buy this year, I want them to be smart enough to wear to work or jazzy enough for a weekend out. No plain jane dresses.
So, the clearout will start before my 2015 shopping begins (and the January pay-day ha!). I’m also aiming to get out and about in Oxford a bit more. I’ve been writing this blog for a year now and it all started because I was finding great pieces in great places and wanted to share it – and promote Oxford. The last few months with the cold weather and Christmas savings has hindered by shop snooping so expect more of that soon. First up will be a cultural visit to the Ashmolean to see the William Blake exhibition. Here’s to 2015, hope yours is a good’n.