Only in St Andrews: Thrifting Finds

Here’s my latest vintage find from my favourite thrifting emporium, Cancer Research on South St, St Andrews. You’ve got to be so quick in there as the good stuff is snapped up almost immediately. Luckily I was quick off the mark with this one! I love the gorgeous mint green colour, appropriate for this season’s girlier and less in your face alternative to neon: pastels. The pleats are also incredibly on trend, but these are heavier duty retro box pleats instead of the light chiffon sunray ones that have been everywhere since the Chlo√© S/S 11 show. Don’t get me wrong, I own and love my high street pleated wonders but I’m loving this skirt for a change. The heavy fabric makes things a bit sharper and more tailored.

The skirt was a few sizes too big, but a bit of adjustment here and there and it was absolutely perfect! Just goes to show that you shouldn’t completely disregard items in charity shops if they’re a bit big. Better big than small, as you can adjust them so easily! I’m so glad I didn’t walk away from this one.

As you know I have a bit of a thing for buttons, and these ones are perfect. The burnished gold colour and embellished detail of these buttons is gorgeous, and add to the tailored, ladylike feel. The retro midi length is actually surprisingly wearable, and hot this season too. The skirt was just ¬£4.25 – yes really! I couldn’t believe my eyes and I did think the sales assistant was about to fight me for it as she reluctantly put it in a bag and took my money. Smug, me?!

I look forward to styling it in different ways: with a plain T-shirt like my Jil Sander inspired post, or a denim shirt. For today I decided to emphasise the ladylike vibe with my chiffon lace panelled blouse. I can’t believe how versatile this blouse has been! The headscarf is Liberty for Comic Relief, from T.K. Maxx. I missed the boat with this at the time and was annoyed at myself for not snapping it up quicker. However, when my family came up to visit a few weeks ago, my Mum gave it to me as a present! She just knows me so well, and we share a great love of Liberty. It’s a perfect headscarf size and I love the colour and print.

I wore my Chanel-esque quilted pumps for a sophisticated touch, and added my leather jacket to break things up a little.

Like my new blog header? Thanks again Gillian!

Skirt- Vintage
Blouse- New Look
Jacket- H&M
Shoes- Office
Ring- Primark
Scarf- Liberty for Comic Relief (T. K. Maxx)

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