I have a confession…before I started this blog my idea of going clothes shopping was wandering around my local charity shops. And after this experiment it may still be my favourite!
This was all inspired by Caroline Jones aka @knickersmyown, a brilliant idea of only wearing outfits found in charity shops to raise money for Cancer Research UK. You can follow the campaign on Twitter and Facebook.
This blog is about proving that if you have chosen not to have reconstruction and fancy going without prostheses you can find nice clothes that will suit and flatter your new body shape. This is true if you shop in a department store, high street chain, online catalogue, independent outlet or charity shop!
Charity Shop Pros:
- Finding a designer bargain!
- Supporting charity
- Recycling preloved clothes
Charity Shop Cons:
- Finding a designer bargain in the wrong size!
- Lack of changing rooms
The Flatter Fashion Tips
1. A-Line tops/dresses which flare gently from the chest
2. Bubble hem tops/dresses with elasticated waists
3. Floaty fabrics, draped jersey and textured layers
4. Detailing such as, breast pockets, pleats, frill, patterns and appliqued decoration
As this is in honour of Knickers Model’s Own I will start with my local CRUK shop (where the shop assistant followed me around, at an obvious distance, as I took my photos!).
Textured fabric, frilled bib.
Pleated neckline and gathered waistband
And finally… my homage to @knickersmyown (remember to follow her on Twitter and Facebook); here are a few items I have bought from charity shops (and ebay) since being flat…
#vestmyown (inherited from my precious nanny!)
Straw hat: perfect for chemo sensitive skin, not great if it’s breezy!
Atmosphere sleeveless shirt: Double breast pockets
New Look Tile Print Jacket: Waterfall collar and busy pattern layered with contrasting top
Atmosphere Dress: Pleated neck and waist in floaty patterned fabric
H&M Maxi Dress: elasticated waistband (perfect for those days when you want to flaunt your flatness!)
Asos wide-brimmed felt hat: complete happy fluke that it is the identical shade of plum as the dress!
Wooden necklace for decoration
Dress (brand new with tag) and hat (used) from ebay, necklace from charity shop