Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. It was Mother’s Day here in the UK yesterday and I woke up to flowers and a beautiful handmade card. When I got home from work there was another little gift waiting for me (some perfume and body lotion) and then I slept all afternoon! Although I obviously needed it, it meant the weekend flew by. At least I should be fully rested and ready for a new week.
The Thrifty Six is a group of six international fashion and lifestyle bloggers and influencers from all around the world. We share a love of buying preloved clothing and accessories. Our aim is to demonstrate how to be stylish in an environmentally friendly way. We take it in turns to choose a theme and at least one item in our outfit that fits the theme must be preloved or thrifted.
Shelbee chose the theme of We Are Trail “Blazers” in honour of International Women’s Day. Well, I was very happy about Shelbee’s choice as it gave me plenty of options. Blazers and jackets are probably my most thrifted items and I have quite a collection! I love buying them second hand because they’re such good value for money. I’ve found some amazing bargains in charity shops, including this purple Escada jacket. The last time I featured it on the blog was with a black lace skirt. This time I wanted to try a bold colour combination.
I don’t think I’ve ever colour blocked purple and orange together. I was considering pairing this jacket with my green trousers but I decided to try something different. Maybe I’m blazing a trail in colour combinations! These trousers are a really vibrant orange, so maybe not to everyone’s taste. But if you wanted to try these two colours together and are a bit apprehensive, a darker burnt shade of orange would work just as well. The paisley blouse I’m wearing underneath the jacket has some orange in it, which ties in with the trousers. I’ve added orange earrings too to bring it all together. As it’s quite an unexpected colour combination it needs those details to make it look cohesive.
The footwear posed something or a dilemma though; I didn’t want to introduce a third colour just for my shoes, but I don’t have any orange boots (to my horror and surprise!). I remembered that I had these purple ankle boots under the bed and dug them out to see if they would work. They’re ridiculously high so I wouldn’t be able to walk far in them, but they match the blazer rather well. Maybe a bit too well. In hindsight I think gold shoes or boots would have worked better, but that’s something to keep in mind for next time. In the Summer (when I’ve painted my toenails) I’ll wear my burnt orange sandals instead. It can’t come soon enough!
SHOP THE LOOK
Escada jacket (charity shop) | Hawes & Curtis blouse (charity shop) | River Island trousers | bag and ring from a charity shop | Ted Baker sunglasses | earrings from Mango (old)
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“I found this camel colored mini corduroy men’s blazer on a recent thrifting trip for 50% off its $6.99 price tag. I’m not sure what decade this blazer came from but it is definitely vintage. I layered it over a black thrifted sweater dress, added some leopard print tights and thrifted leather booties to complete this easy blazer outfit. Won’t you stop by my blog for more details!”
“It’s trailblazer time in my wardrobe- so let me introduce you to my ‘piece de resistence’ – my very own pioneer when it comes to blazers. This versatile houndstooth beauty with a purple faux fur collar – styled on or off, was a lucky estate find of mine- seriously! I was eyeing this lady who was holding onto it for dear life, until she decided it was just too tight and put it back!! Lucky me snatched it up! It’s actually two sizes too big, but I don’t care; I moved the button and just wear it loosely, with flair. And notice those ribbon latches on the sleeve cuffs- they’re a conversation piece every time. It’s definitely my favourite blazer. Isn’t it just divine?!”
“Recognize this thrifted blazer?! I thought you might! I wore it for last month’s collaboration and figured the ‘trail-blazers’ theme was the perfect excuse to style it again in a different way. This time I picked a bold red top, cropped flared jeans (all the rage these days), and snakeskin sandals for a more casual, springy look. Love how it came together!”
“Does anyone remember Miami Vice…In this crazy Hawaiian print blazer, I could easily be a little crime-busting side-kick for Crockett and Tubbs. There’s definitely something about it reminding me of that cheesy 80’s TV show.
Get a load of the colours and the zany tropical print and doesn’t it look sensational against this azure sky. It’s a genuine 80’s vintage menswear piece that works perfectly for Spring / Summer 21 and it truly lifts my spirits every time I wear it!”
“This is one of my favorite pre loved blazers because it reminds me of my beloved UK. It has sailing boats on it and whenever I am wearing it, it takes me back to the beach and sea of Rye. My favorite place to be! But I don’t wear it that much, I think because it feels like a real summer blazer and I wear a lot of black. And this one looks better on lighter or bright colors! And on denim! It’s by King Louie which is a fabulous retro orientated brand.”