A Charity Shop Challenge in Honour of @knickersmyown

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

 Whatever type of shop you find yourself in, you are looking for a few key features:

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!).

   Floaty fabric, pattern, cowl neck and bubble hem
   Pintuck  detail on chest, pattern
Breast pockets – with pintuck detail

   Floaty fabric, frills, bubble hem

Textured fabric, frilled bib.

   Floaty fabric, pattern, pleated bib and bubble hem

  Pattern, pleated neckline, jersey fabric and gathered waist detail
 Floaty fabric, pattern and gathered elasticated waistband
Next up are items I spotted in my other local charity shops:

 Draped fabric from pleated shoulders  

 Pleated neckline and pattern

   Layered effect of patterned vest with gathered neckline, with contrast cardi

Bold pattern with pleated neckline feature in jersey fabric

  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!)

  Atmosphere blouse: floaty fabric, pleated shoulders and elasticated waistband

Straw hat: perfect for chemo sensitive skin, not great if it’s breezy!

Both from charity shops

Atmosphere sleeveless shirt: Double breast pockets

Necklace and bracelet to add a safari twist!
All charity shop finds
Asos top: Floaty fabric, pattern and pleated neckline

Asos fedora

Both used, from eBay

New Look Tile Print Jacket: Waterfall collar and busy pattern layered with contrasting top

Brand New Without Tag, from ebay

Atmosphere Dress: Pleated neck and waist in floaty patterned fabric

Dress used from ebay, bracelet and impractical hat from charity shops

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