Top - Topshop
Blazer - Topshop
Shorts - Zara (DIY)
Boots - Bianco
Belt - Topman
Necklace - Vintage
As you may be able to tell from the title, this post just a little Topshop heavy. Ahem. It wasn't until I began to attempt to conjure a title though (and, personally, I think that might be the hardest part of blogging) that I realised just how appropriate that old marital adage would be. And, well, if the shoe fits...
So here we are. Let's start with something old. I picked this top up back in the dusky days of 2010 on a pre-university shopping trip in Birmingham. I found this piece reduced from £38 to just £8 (I remember because I was so darn impressed with my bargain hunting) and I believe there was a 20% student discount event on at the time, taking it down to just £6.40. Quite the steal, I'm sure you'll agree. However, when I plucked this item from the rail, it didn't look quite as it does today. No, at the time it was entirely adorned with silk feathers. On somebody with a different body shape to me I'm sure this would have been quite the statement piece, but unfortunately as somebody with a chest, I ended up just looking like a large, peach coloured bush. It wasn't the most flattering. Never to be deterred though, I took my craft scissors to the foliage and was left with this rather useful, mostly sheer but subtly striped vest. Not bad for £6.40.
The new, borrowed and blue have rather a less to the story of them. In fact, the new and blue are actually rolled up in one in the jacket. No doubt that's bad luck in a wedding, but luckily nobody's put a ring on it yet (yes, let's just take a moment to appreciate Queen Bey shall we?) so I'm safe on that front. Having hunted for a navy blazer for at least a year now, I was pretty happy to find this one for £20 in the Christmas sales just gone. It's just what I was looking for shape-wise and it's been a very useful addition to the wardrobe. I've also taken to layering it with my beige mac to create a little extra warmth and an effect I quite enjoy. As for the something borrowed, I am of course referring to this belt, also picked up in a sale (£2 for a real leather belt I do recall, yes siree!) but from Topman, so stolen from the boys this time.
Along with my cut up Zara jeans, this outfit is a perfect example of how well worn items can be combined together in a different way to create a new look. As I'm now two months into my spending ban, I've taken to pulling old favourites out of hiding like this quite regularly, in order to breathe a well needed bit of fresh air into my wardrobe as we head into Spring. Long may the penny saving continue.