How to tell if your clothes are vintage

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For the millionth time, I cannot express enough my love for vintage clothes and how I am obsessed with collecting them. Most of my finds are from the many vintage shops, dotted all around Sheffield, especially at Devonshire Green. Particularly, Forum Sheffield.

I am a 21 year old writing a post about vintage clothes that are a lot older than me and ranges back from the 40s, so what do I know you ask?

Well if you are an avid vintage clothes collector, your knowledge expands as you collect. I am not going to pretend and “marvel” as to how much I love antiques, because I don’t and probably never will.

My love for fashion itself prompted me to be curious to its history. That’s all it is to why I even starting collecting vintage clothes.

So I ramble about my amazing vintage finds and the rock bottom prices I get them for, but how do I even know they really are vintage.

At first, I used to ask my boyfriend’s mother and grandmother, both fashionistas from back in their days, the 1940s and the 1970s, respectively, and they still have their clothes from back then because they can never part with their clothes which made them the fashionable girls they were in school in Rotherham. My boyfriend’s mom gave me her Fred Perry Pleated P.E. School Skirt from the 70s! Here it is, how cute.

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Now, after each piece I collect, I know for a fact if an item is vintage or not. Here is a little guide for you to be able to tell what is vintage and what is probably a reproduction.

1) Not sure? Give it a sniff.

No seriously, I mean it, give it a good strong sniff. The smell really is what will give away if a piece of clothing is vintage or not. I don’t mean if it smells stale or if it smells of body odour  because that would only mean it was worn recently. I mean the musty old smell you get when you leave something in your loft for a really long time. If it smells like that, it is probably vintage.

2) It’s all in the labels.

Just like the Fred Perry skirt, the label looks obviously old, however, some owners take pride in their clothes because back then clothes were too expensive so people took extra care of their clothes which shows why a lot of the vintage clothes you find today are in almost perfect condition.

The older the labels look and the more it looks like it has been stitched, the more likely it is vintage. For example, here is my 1980s Topshop Floral Vest

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I am pretty sure you would have never come across this label in recent Topshop collections. That’s because this really is vintage. It doesn’t show it in the photos, but the whiteness is rather yellowing. It also smelt musky when I picked it up.

I also have this 80s Miss Selfridge crop top.

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One of the most common vintage clothes you’ll find in the vintage shops in Sheffield are by St Michael’s, which most of you would know, is the previous Marks & Spencer’s. The labels before the late 80s would usually just bear the “St Michael’s” name. From the late 80s onwards, “St Michael’s by Marks and Spencer’s” was more commonly used. Here is the label of a 1970s netted St Michael’s top I have. It reeked so much, I popped it straight into the washer.

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Sometimes, you can tell how old it is just by looking at it, like this one.

3) Check the zips.

Before the 80s, the zips of dresses were sown in an obvious manner. The zips of such dresses should be jutting out. Hidden zips are a 21st century invention, so if you see one in a vintage shop, avoid it because it is not vintage at all. Here is an 80s dress of mine

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Another factor of this dress being from the 80s is that you really have to breathe in for it to zip up and this is not an excuse for the few pounds I gained over the last few days of eating junk food.

Anyway, the zip on the dress is protruding out slightly. The following photo is a comparison of the zip of this dress and a dress I bought from Topshop last week, which I have yet to try out. Typical me.

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The left is of my Topshop dress and the right is the comparison photo of my 80s vintage dress and my Topshop dress. The zip of the Topshop dress is more hidden in the seam, while the vintage zip is protruding outwards. Recently, a lot of high street shops have been recreating vintage features in their clothes, including the zip details, however, these remade zips are usually in a gold or silver colour.

4) Made in England? It’s probably vintage.

In this time and age, how many high street clothes do you buy that actually has a label which says “made in England”. I would say, none at all. They’re usually made in China or Turkey. Before the 80s, clothes were usually made in England. So if you find clothes which says “Made in UK”, “Made in Great Britain” and “Made in England” and if they are not top notch designer clothes, they are probably vintage. If you have a piece of clothing which was made in a country which does not exist anymore, then obviously it is vintage. I have a pair of Levi’s jeans which has a “made in Yugoslavia” label which really shows how old it is.

5) Contact the brand, they usually help.

If you have high street clothes like Dorothy Perkins and Topshop with old labels or even labels that don’t match the current ones, all you have to do is contact the brands as they usually have archives of their heritage so they will know how old the label is. Designer labels, especially, keep archives of their collections. I contacted the Christian Dior head office and found out the age of this 80s floral top:

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6) Are your Levi’s different to the current collections?

Levi’s jeans are a hot area for vintage lovers. There are so many people who collect Levi’s or buy them to reconstruct them. As for me, I simply collect them. Here are some photos of some unique features I found in my vintage Levi’s jeans.

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Each photo is of a different pair of Levi’s jeans. I recently learnt that if the “e” in the “Levi’s” on the tab of the jeans is in a capital “E” instead, then it is from before the 1970s, otherwise, they are from after the 1970s. So far I know that the jeans I own are all from the 1970s, however, I have never had a pair like the one from the last photo. I have been itching to know the history of that pair of jeans and I found a contact to help me out with it so right now I am just waiting for a response.

If you have a pair of Levi’s jeans which you feel is possibly vintage, visit http://www.levistrauss.com/about/heritage/resources/consumers-collectors

It has the contact information of a Levi’s historian which you can contact to determine the age and history of your special pair of Levi’s jeans. I am excited to find out about mine.

Not sure if your purchases are vintage? drop me a message, I will be more than happy to help. I’ve got all summer 🙂

Victoria’s Secret opening in Sheffield

Whipped out my phone in seconds to take an Instagram photo of my new favourite shop in Meadowhall!

Whipped out my phone in seconds to take an Instagram photo of my new favourite shop in Meadowhall!

I could not believe my eyes when I walked past this massive board in Meadowhall, I know I sound ever so dramatic but a Victoria’s Secret in Sheffield? Coincidentally, I got my Iphone 5 that day and instantly took a  photo of the front and uploaded it onto my Instagram.

I know this blog is all about applauding the fashion culture in Sheffield but it was just unbelievable for me when I thought about how this would be the second Victoria’s Secret in England after the recent opening in Oxford Street in London!

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As you can already tell, I am a great fan of Victoria’s Secret and the only way I can even get anything from one of America’s greatest shops ever is through their online store. Even then, it is illegal for me to buy their divine smelling scents and toiletries as it is banned by UK customs with them having liquid content.

So of course I was jumping for joy after digesting the fact that Victoria’s Secret really is going to open in Autumn this year in Meadowhall. I remember my friends and I used to actually say things like “I wish we had a Victoria’s Secret round here.” back in Sixth Form, so it will be a wish come true in a few months! I am full of South Yorkshire pride right now.

Now I don’t have to bulk buy when I go on holiday to America because I will have a Victoria’s Secret right at my door step. I went to Orlando, Florida last year and they have a massive Victoria’s Secret outlet- I’ll leave out how long I spent in there.

I bought whatever I could, especially their body sprays, as I knew that the next time I would be able to get them was the next holiday to America so I really went over with the bulk buying. I bought two or three bottles of each body spray. This was last March so it has been more than a year now, I have used up six bottles of body spray already, as you know, I am a hoarder so it took a lot of will power to even throw the empty bottles. I still have eight bottles left!

Here is my current collection of my splurge on the lovely Victoria’s Secret clothes and sprays

Hoodie, tops, sprays, tote bag and paper bags which people actually collect

Hoodie, tops, sprays, tote bag and paper bags which people actually collect

The remainder of my body sprays, with three bottles at their final few sprays

The remainder of my body sprays, with three bottles at their final few sprays

I have not been to the newly opened London flagship store yet, but I am hoping they would cost the same, or at least nearly the same as the American prices. My body sprays were only $20 for five bottles. They will leave you smelling fresh and divine, you would think twice about spending on your next Chanel No.5

Anyway, one of the main reasons why I wanted to mention the opening of Victoria’s Secret in Meadowhall was not only because I adore the brand, I wanted to show that there is more to University Outfitters clothing than Jack Wills.

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In England, we go to Jack Wills for our expensive university suited casual clothing. In America, the high school and uni female students go to PINK, the University Outfitters range by Victoria’s Secret.

You would have noticed from my pictures that my clothes had the name “PINK” on most of them. At least now, the students in Sheffield will know that I am not just wearing some random hoodie to my lectures.

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PINK board advertisement in Meadowhall

We don’t have a Jack Wills in South Yorkshire, but we do have a PINK by Victoria’s Secret, well in Autumn anyway. I have already seen a lot of girls wearing this brand around our Hallam city campus, which I am assuming that they have raided the London store before I have.

The clothes at PINK are generally cheaper than the clothes of its mother brand, Victoria’s Secret. Mainly because it is for students after all, but mind you, the prices will still be as dear as Jack Wills but so much more worth it in my opinion.

One of my best friends who goes to London South Bank University said that we should shop at the store in London when I visit because they do offers like “buy 5 knickers for £25”. We worked out that  I could have three and she could have two which would make it so much cheaper.

The PINK range offers everything a girly student needs from bed covers to notepads to hoodies and cute t-shirts. The colours are pink as ever, mind the pun. Here are examples of what to expect!

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Cute and quirky hoodies and tracksuit bottoms. Perfect for lounging around in or grocery shopping. I dare say, great for stumbling into lectures. Nothing like feeling comfy, especially with a hangover.

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Wow. This tracksuit number is something I was trying my hardest to look for in Florida but to no avail. I hope the Sheffield one will have it. Please comment if you have found one!

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A collection of these bottles will do me. How cute are they? The colours are brilliant as is the slogans like “Non stop party” and “bring it on” on them, typical girly student style.

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This is just one example of their many bed sheets and covers made for students. The slogans on them will be truthful to any student.

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Their tote bags are usually cheap. Mine cost me $20 which is not that bad for a tote bag by Victoria’s Secret.

I cannot wait for the store to be opened and I especially cannot wait for more people to be wearing the PINK brand with pride.

Let me know your thoughts on Victoria’s Secret opening its second store in England in none other than Meadowhall, Sheffield!

The Meadowhall Student Lock-In. A student’s shopping heaven/battle.

In this post, I am taking a break with vintage and moving on to clothes I actually wear and not just collect. High street apparel actually dominates my wardrobe.

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Cat fights can be easily spotted in Next or River Island in Meadowhall during Boxing Day sales.

Women go crazy during Boxing Day sales and it usually ends in tears, especially when the price for a pair of Kurt Geiger shoes (that you had your eyes on for ages) gets slashed by half the price, then you walk towards it and reach for it and this horrible smug woman grabs them and runs to pay for them. #notme

To me, nothing sounds better than “student discount” and “sale”. They are the very few words that can easily get the attention of my ears, which I am sure is the same for many of you. I love walking into Topshop and getting my 10% off at the till.

I feel lucky that Sheffield is home to one of the biggest shopping centres in the UK, MeadowhallStudent privileges are the best thing ever in Sheffield if you love shopping because most of the shops in Meadowhall offer student discounts. Even in the shops which students don’t even go into. 

What’s even better than student discounts and sales in Meadowhall? The Meadowhall Student Lock-In! An event which is held a couple of times a year especially for students. The discounts are bigger as well so there’s no surprise that the queues are massive at this event. It literally fills up the entire car park and I am not exaggerating.

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I have been to this event three times and you can never end up getting everything you want because you will find yourself queuing for a long time at the tills in every shop. The event is only for three hours which really is not enough for eager students wanting to take full advantage of their shopping spree.

I have always come out as a happy trooper, contained with the bargains I’ve got. I have become more experienced after each lock-in and know how to get the most out of my three hours and to get value for my money, so if you’re still reading, Here are my Top Three Tips on how to survive student lock-in events!

1) Pre-register, remember your Student Card and your confirmation email.

I know, it’s the most obvious thing to do, but people (me) tend to forget for some reason. I remember the last time I went to the lock-in, I completely forgot to bring my confirmation email so I had to register on the spot.

This meant that all the time I spent queuing was utterly pointless and the rest of the queue walked straight past me as they had their Student IDs and confirmation emails.

I felt so annoyed with myself because not only did I queue out in the cold, I felt like I was missing out and I had this paranoid feeling that the clothes I picked out were going to be sold out. Not to mention my boyfriend giving me the “I told you so” face. Not worth it.

2) Be prepared. Pick out what you want prior to the event.

It was a mad rush at my first lock-in. I spent so much time browsing through all the lovely clothes and getting giddy over how the dress I wanted was £60 and now its a tenner that I lost track of time and just managed to get through Topshop.

I was so gutted because there were so many other shops with bigger discounts. I definitely learnt my lesson from that. For some inspiration, how about learn from Monica from Friends in this video, which nearly replicates the situation you are likely to face if you find that one dress you really want and how to deal with it:

Make sure you know what you want by going to Meadowhall prior to the event ( I recommend the day before the lock-in) and pick out the things that you want. You need to know exactly where the location of whichever bag you want and if you’re desperate enough, take photos so you won’t forget.  I am not joking, it really works and you will get more out of your time. Okay now I really am starting to sound like Monica.

When you’re at the lock-in, go straight to what you picked out and pay for them without anymore browsing as you had plenty of time for that the previous day because the queues for tills are unbelievably long and a lot of time is spent just queuing to pay.

3) Go to the sale rails. Save your pennies.

The student lock-in events are for students to save their money on their shopping sprees. Most of the shops in Meadowhall extends their discounts to their sale items as well, so you need to think about whether you are really getting value for your money for what you are buying. Is it really that cheap or are you just buying it because it has been discounted?

I can say without shame, I love the student lock-ins because I can get 20% off a sale item in H&M and feel like I have saved a lot more money than I would have if I had bought a current season item.

Of course you can go ahead and buy non-sale items if you really had your eye on it, I had my eye on this gorgeous bag in Topshop which was in current season and got it at £20 instead of £25 thanks to the student lock-in.

Here is the damage caused at the April student lock-in at Meadowhall.

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I really wanted this Denim jacket with Faux Leather Sleeves by By Corpus from Urban Outfitters for months. Lucky me, it went from £60 to £10 and with a generous 20% discount it cost me £8. This is what I mean by hitting the sale rails instead where student discounts apply, it really does pay to wait.

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This is my loot from H&M. I got two skater dresses. The one with the birds was a current season one and it was £14.99 but it was £11.99 after discount. My Motley Crue top, Floral Skater dress and Zipper skirt were a fiver each with an additional 20% discount. Better than stealing really.

The queue at the H&M till was the longest one yet at the lock-in. My boyfriend and I came up with a genius plan. While one of us queues (most of the time it’s him to be fair), the other browses or gets what they want and then we swap. We were still no where near the till even with this technique but we would have been far at the back of the queue otherwise.

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These are the two tops which I got from All Saints. I didn’t expect them to be part of the lock-in at all with them being a high-end sort of clothing line but they joined the bandwagon and offered a 10% discount on everything. The tops in All Saints are made of soft and thin material which is very comfortable to wear and they look uniquely stylish too so I got the two tops above. The striped one is made of Angora and was £20 but cost £18 after the discount. The flag t-shirt is actually from the men’s range, but the women’s version was sold out so I bought the men’s one with the idea of tucking it in a pair of denim high waist shorts. Perfect for festivals! This was £28 but cost me £25.20 after the reduction.

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This pile is from Topshop while the Metallic Playsuit is from Miss Selfridge (£17 and it was £13.60 after discount) which was next door. Topshop and Miss Selfridge offered a 20% discount on everything during the lock-in. My Pink Playsuit was £40 to begin with and was a fiver at the sale so it cost me merely £4. My Black Hotpants with Studs was originally £24 but was £15 at the sale so it cost me £12. My Black Faux Fur Clutch bag also cost me £12. The Pink bag with White Bow and Gold Studs was what I mentioned before, it was a current season bag which was £25 so I only paid £20 for it.

Topshop had the second longest queue and the girls were manic  It was worst than the emotions running at the boxing day sales. Topshop is almost like a religion to many girls in  England. When my friends and I go shopping in a different city, when we see a Topshop our eyes light up and we shout “Topshop” like hungry school kids.

I know what you’re thinking, what happened to the vintage loving thrift shopper girl from the previous posts. Well I never said there was anything wrong with high street shops and Topshop never lets me down with their designs, which are almost often shortly followed by other brands, for example, their Geek crop tops. They really do set what makes and breaks fashion in England.

Back to the student lock-in, after all that shopping, you are bound to be hungry and your feet would be begging you for mercy, I know mine did, so make sure you head to the Oasis at about 9pm, just an hour before the event ends because the restaurants usually have ridiculous discounts to offer.

At the lock-in last year in September, I dined at Las Iguanas which offered a massive 40% off as well as 2-4-1 cocktails. This April, I had a Tapas meal at La Tasca which also offered 40% off the total bill. Its not often you get to wine and dine in such places as a student!

The student lock-in is also meant to be like one massive party so they have games throughout Meadowhall and many of the shops have DJs with free cocktails so spare a minute if you can to enjoy everything the lock-in has to offer. I went to the mini-party in Levi’s which had a DJ and I had a cheeky cocktail.

As for me, I simply cannot wait for the next Student Lock-In. Remember, treat my tips as bible!

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A very happy cat after the lock-in! the heavier the bags, the better.

 

 

Check out Freshmans Vintage Clothing in Sheffield

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During one of my random wanders around Sheffield during a two hour break between lectures, I decided to do a bit of window shopping and found the above sign which brought me to yet another vintage shop in Sheffield called Freshmans Vintage Clothing at The Forum.

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Cringy as it sounds, this shop is a student vintage clothes collector’s heaven. The pricetags of the apparel in this shop stays true to its name – it really is for freshmen and their appalling bank balance. I have to say that most of the vintage shops in Sheffield are catered to students so they are a lot cheaper than vintage boutiques.

It had a wide array of early 40s clothes to the recent 90s. The remade vintage Levi’s shorts in the above picture were only £20 each or less. Think about the fact that to buy a pair of Levi’s today is triple the price and how most vintage boutiques charge a lot more for their clothes.

The quirky vintage necklaces they sell were all of brass-like material which is the trend these days and reminded me of the modern day versions in Topshop, but these are the real deal at only a fiver each which is fraction of the high street price.

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The clothes here are a far cry from the mass produced high street labels (not that there is anything wrong with that). As you can see, every piece on the rail are different to each other. Not one shirt on it is the same as the one next to it, which is great for students who don’t want to be walking to their lectures and finding five other girls wearing the same top.Very cringy and awkward. I should know, its happened to me.  Freshmans vintage clothing offers alternatives to your average high street label.

While browsing through the many rails and scarf buckets in Freshmans, I found this new label that they stock called Alice Takes A Trip. This Sheffield brand boasts original designs of unique vintage-esque clothing. Great for those who love Rockabilly style clothes. I liked it so much, as soon as I got home, I went straight to look if they had an online store. I will write a post about it soon. I think its great that the fashion shops in Sheffield help each other out by stocking each others’ labels.

Freshmans’ Vintage Clothing is worth a visit for students who love vintage clothing and it sure is not hard on your pockets.

Freshman’s is located at:

Unite 2, The Forum Shopping Centre, Devonshire Street, Sheffield, S3 7SB

If you don’t live in Sheffield, click here to visit their online store.

A Fashion Treasure Hunt

I used to avoid going into charity shops because of the fact that they were second-hand, but the moment I discovered vintage fashion, I changed my mind completely.

I still wear high street clothes and love my boutique wear but collecting vintage clothes is more of a hobby.

It does feel like a treasure hunt whenever you enter charity shops, but all that hunting will be worth it when you find that gorgeous dress that retails at about £200 but you only got it for a fiver.

Or if you find that rare vintage 1960s Tootal scarf that costs more than £50 to buy online (I found one for a pound)

Here’s what I found in some of the charity shops in Sheffield City Centre to add to my collection.

Joseph Ribkoff is a Canadian designer who mainly makes Cruisewear. His designs are made for the glamorous. Now you probably cannot wear this on a night out round Sheffield, in fact, as a student there’s no where I can actually wear this to. I got this dress anyway because I just thought it was beautiful and it might come in handy one day.

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Beautiful cruise dress by Jospeh Ribkoff, £5.
From Cancer Research UK, City Centre

This next dress is a Vintage 1970s satin dress I found, it is in such a great condition, the owner must have really looked after it.

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Vintage 1970s Dress, £1
From Cancer Research UK, City Centre

I don’t tend to shop in vintage shops that charges drastic prices on something that I could have found on my own. I remember going into a vintage shop in York ( I rather not name it) and every item there was priced over £20 per piece. This included St Michael’s (Previous name for Marks & Spencer)  clothes. It is not hard at all to find a piece of vintage clothing so you could save some pennies if you went to look for a dress yourself instead of going into a specialist vintage boutique. There are cheap ones around like Cow in Sheffield.

It isn’t common to find a top notch designer dress in a charity shop, why would anyone want to give it away after splurging a few hundreds? so imagine my shock when I found an  Alexander Mcqueen dress in the Marie Curie charity shop in Eccessall road! I have an Alexander Mcqueen dress but I felt more excited buying this second-hand one because it felt lovely that I landed with such a bargain. This dress used to retail at £500 at Harvey Nicholls, so my eyes lit up the moment I spotted the label. Charitable or not, I will never understand why anyone would want to buy such an expensive dress and then donate it.

Alexander Mcqueen dress, £10. From the Marie Curie Charity shop, Eccessall Road.

Alexander Mcqueen dress, £10.
From the Marie Curie Charity shop, Eccessall Road.

I love quirky knitted jumpers with old knitwork, however, I only collect them as I know I would get quite a few raised eyebrows if I wore any of the jumpers in my collection. Here’s an example

Vintage 1970s Teddy Bear Knitted Jumper, £5. From Age UK, City  Centre.

Vintage 1970s Teddy Bear Knitted Jumper, £5.
From Age UK, City Centre.

Here’s yet another designer piece, a Paul Smith Waistcoat from the Black Label collection.  This retailed at £100, to find it in a charity shop is just pure luck.

Paul Smith Black Label Waistcoat, £5. From Age UK, City Centre.

Paul Smith Black Label Waistcoat, £5.
From Age UK, City Centre.

I could go on and on about the amount of clothes I end up with after a visit to a charity shop, but you would find yourself in the same situation if you did the same.

Have you found anything great at a charity shop recently?

 

Thrift shopping is not just for girls

I thought I’ll start off by featuring men’s thrift shopping before I move on to women’s.

My boyfriend- also a student- tags along with me whenever I go on my fashion treasure hunt – I do not force him to by the way.

For a male, he is stylish and loves clothes shopping but he dislikes second-hand shops. While he waits for me, he browses through the men’s rails to pass his time and usually cannot believe the clothes that he finds, the first thing he picked out was a Christian Dior Blazer with a price tag of only £6!

Here are a few other examples of what he found:

Vivienne Westwood Shirt ( New with Tags ), £10, from Age UK. Retails at £200 in Harvey Nichols.

Vivienne Westwood 3 Collar Shirt, . From Cancer Research UK, City Centre.

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From Age UK, City Centre.

Hugo Boss Orange Label Shirt, £1, from Cancer Research UK, Retails at around £100.

Hugo Boss Red Label Shirt, £1. From Cancer Research UK,

Hugo Boss Red Label Shirt, £1.
From Cancer Research UK,

Jack Wills Shirt, £1, from Age UK, Retails at £50

Jack Wills Shirt, £1. From Age UK, City Centre.

Jack Wills Shirt, £1.
From Age UK, City Centre.

DKNY Shirt, £5, from Cancer Research UK, Retails at £60.

DKNY Shirt, £1. From Cancer Research UK, City Centre.

DKNY Shirt, £1.
From Cancer Research UK, City Centre.

Barbour Fleece Waistcoat, £6, from Marie Curie Charity Shop, Eccessall Road, Retails at £80.

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Another Hugo Boss Shirt, from the Orange Label, £1, from Age UK.

Hugo Boss Orange Label Shirt, £1.
From Age UK, City Centre.

Men’s designer clothes at jaw dropping prices. I could not believe it at all when my boyfriend showed me what he found. He probably has a better eye at spotting bargains than me.

I’m assuming that the men’s section of charity shops bears more designer clothes because when men grow out of their clothes, they donate them to get rid of them to create more space in their wardrobes.

Whereas, women rather hoard their clothes, especially designer clothes, even if they cannot fit into them. I, for one, am a great example, I have too many clothes that still have tags on for my own good. I am sure many of you are the same.

As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, quite literally in thrift shopping.

Fashion in the Steel City

Whenever I mention Sheffield to my friends, the standard words that come out of their mouths are, Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, Rock music, Steel… I suppose that’s the impression that most people have of this city.

I love the music scene in Sheffield, but to me, Sheffield has more to offer than just music and epic clubbing night outs.

The fashion, culture and lifestyle here is amazing and I am not in any way being biased about it just because I live in South Yorkshire.

First of all, Sheffield is a student-filled city filled with both British and International students.

The style that every student brings to city actually influences the people around them.

There is a wide array of boutiques, vintage stores and quaint shops dotted around in many places and I am constantly landing in a different shop almost every week. There are many indie art exhibits all over and quirky independent cafes to relax in.

I love vintage clothes and I am a collector myself, so I do get rather giddy when I find a new vintage shop, especially when the clothes are sold at below a tenner.

I used to think that Leeds was the city for the vintage shopper but I was wrong, Sheffield definitely boasts more vintage shops than any other city I have been to.

Here you will find photos of my beautiful finds and where I ventured to in Sheffield for them. For example, I recently found an authentic Christian Dior Blazer for £6, which will appear in a later post on men’s fashion.

Being a student that commutes from Doncaster to university, I run out of things to do whenever I have two hour long gaps in between my lectures, so I sit in Starbucks with a large cup of coffee near the Winter Gardens and stare aimlessly out the window, this is when I end up people-watching.

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The lovely winter gardens at Sheffield. Perfect to chill out with friends for lunch!

 

I automatically look at what people are wearing and how they have styled their outfit of the day. It is something of an obsession.

I also spend my time wandering into the many trendy shops in Sheffield.

But for students on a budget, shopping for high end and high street clothes regularly is out of reach….

What I will show you is how great it really is to grab a bargain at a charity shop and will also feature the best vintage shops in Sheffield as well as high street shops and boutiques worth going into.

This will not be the kind of fashion blog where an ugly piece of clothing which makes out to be what seems like an old piece of carpet design, gets featured at a ridiculous price.

There are probably hundreds and hundreds of fashion blogs out there, many of which feature the most ridiculous clothes that costs a bomb.

Sometimes, I even wonder if these so-called high end fashion bloggers even purchase these clothes, or do they get hidden perks to feature them?

Well, this blog will have none of that. Here’s to raw and real fashion, from the steel city.