Here are the final days and thoughts on my Vinnies Victoria #NewYearNewStyle challenge, following on from days 1-5 and days 6-11. Please excuse my crappy photos. This is seriously the only mirror in my flat and how I took most of the pics. Taking photos proved a greater challenge than wearing only 10 items of preloved clothing for 14 days! (Anybody know of any opshops with a full length mirror for sale? 😉 )
Day 12 – Floral Friday
Last item chosen! Vintage floral again…
Vintage D.I.O. Skirt Made in Australia (Opshopped)
Black Square Neck Top (Opshopped)
Black Sun Hat (Opshopped)
Gabor Sandals (eBay)
Day 13 – 2nd Last Day
This is not a pairing I would normally make but with only 10 items to choose from one is compelled to mix things up a bit. I also seem to have acquired a giant hand…
Pink Knit Top (Opshopped)
Aussie Girl Long Skirt (From Bayswater Vinnies – $3)
Leather Belt (Opshopped)
Gabor Sandals (eBay)
Day 14 – The Final Day!
Headed into Melbourne again, this time for the Sticky Institute’s Festival of the Photocopier zine fair. I used to have stalls at this fair back in the day, now I’m just happy to attend and see what the bright young things are up to. Repeat of day 3.
Sussan Jeans (opshopped)
Black Bonds T-Shirt (opshopped)
Django & Juliette Boots (secondhand from eBay)
Bamboo Bag (thrifted)
My 10 Preloved Items:
1. Sussan Jeans
2. Friends of Courture Skirt (From Vinnies)
3. Vintage Excursion Dress (From Vinnies)
4. Bonds T-Shirt
5. Square Neck Top
6. Portmans Colour Block Dress
7. Pink Sleeveless Top
8. Country Road Sleeveless Knit
9. Aussie Girl Skirt (From Vinnies)
10. Vintage D.I.O Skirt
1. We’ve been very lucky with Melbourne’s weather over the duration of the challenge. As there has been warm sunny days for the whole two weeks I haven’t needed to wear any warm clothes, which made choosing the 10 items easier than anticipated. The challenge would have been much harder if some long sleeve items had to be included in the 10.
2. During the challenge I realised I didn’t have many accessories in my wardrobe, belts, scarves, jewellery etc. I hadn’t replaced the ones I’d donated or given away in the past. It’s time to pay more attention to the accessories section in my favourite opshops.
3. I am no style blogger, but I knew that already 🙂
4. At the end of the challenge I ended up having (yet another) clean out of my wardrobe. There was something about having to think about my clothing selections a bit more carefully that made me become a bit more ruthless about what should be in my wardrobe. Stuff that I liked but did not wear is now ready for donation and stuff that was overworn is now a cleaning rag! Working from home can lead to being a bit too cozy and lazy with my clothes, time to smarten up a bit!
5. Doing this challenge has got me thinking about packing for my upcoming trip to Europe. I’ll be there for seven weeks and want to pack smart, so thinking about how to pair fewer clothes for multiple outfits should help me when I come to choose which clothes to take with me. If you are going on a long trip, a trial run of wearing a limited range of clothes might be useful
6. Why would anyone still shop at the mall? The 10 preloved items I wore would have cost an average of $5-6 each, $50-$60 in total. You’d be lucky to buy 1 or 2 quality items for that brand new. In my 10 items were lovely vintage pieces, brand names like Portmans and Country Road, plus your usual casual wear from Sussan and Bonds. Shopping for preloved fashion at opshops has enabled me to save a fortune while recycling clothes. As far as I’m concerned it’s the only way to go!