Dress for less, how to shop second hand ( and still look like million dollars )

9.1.15

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Since I moved in to my own place and started having to pay the rent, all the bills and get my own food especially the god damn ridiculously overpriced healthy food my budget for discretionary expenses became bit more limited ( the adult life, yay ).  But that can't stop me from being me, I just cannot help myself but to spoil myself to something pretty every now and then, I just had to find a way that won't leave me having to live on beans and toast for a month ( I'm quite a diva when it comes to food so I couldn't deal with that ! ) 
So here's a little economy class for all you broke fashionistas out there. How to get maximum utility out of your scarce resources ? ( my economics lecturer would be so proud of this sentence ;') ) Buy same things else where for a lower price ! Seems obvious... but where do you find it ? Shop second hand, DUH ! 
Second hand and vintage shops are full of great basic pieces so if you're a fan of the efortless basic style you're home. The trick is to find those nice numbers amongst mountains of crap... vintage shops ( in cork anyway)  are very good for that as they seem to have everything nicely sectioned.  The charity shops are the real challenge, I personally have bit of a problem with them because they don't smell too nice and everything is a complete chaos that gives my little ocd bit of a hard time. But following my aunt's tips ( she's actually the one who got me into this 'shop second hand' thing ) put on some comfortable shoes, thin tank top, brace yourself with patience and do a little meditation before you leave home and you're good to go .
And so I did! I went on my first second hand hunt last week and bought this entire outfit here. Top was 4.50, jeans whopping 3! and coat ....had to be in the vintage section of course, I tried talking myself out of it, that it's too big etc but I just couldn't and nabbed it for 35. Might seem like a lot for a charity shop but try getting a wool and cashmere coat on eBay or Depop for less than a hundred .. NOT HAPPENNING. Plus all the money went towards a good cause so I don't feel guilty at all. 
I think I should apologise for the state of me in these photos, it was absolutely lashing on the day myself and Cathy of A stitch in style shot this. My soaking wet hair is total opposite of the 'look like million dollars' title of this post hah oops. Cathy did look amazing though so check out her space for her look.
PS. I'm actually going to Dublin in a few hours to shop the new season and contradict everything I just said in this post... I never said I'm going to follow this religiously :)

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4 comments

  1. That jacket is so gorgeous. I am so bad at finding gems in charity shops. I just don't have the knack.


    Emma & The Beauty Blog

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  2. The Crane Lane looks amazing as a backdrop :)

    Sarah
    Post College Chronicles

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  3. you're the most stylish person on the planet, i swear

    Zoë

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