I’m a huge fan of vintage, rework and up-cycling, so when I heard about the Wear It Wild Eco Fashion Awards, I hit the urban jungle to hunt down a fun, sussy outfit which shows a little of my wild side! And to make it interesting, I gave myself a budget of £10, to prove that you can get a great vintage outfit on a shoestring.
So armed with a tenner and my beadiest fashion eye, I set out for buzzing Brixton. While the charity shops are fewer than in some areas, they are of particularly good quality- and you can reward yourself for your great finds by enjoying some lovely locally sourced food and drink in the covered market (try Franco Manca for the best sourdough pizza in London).
First, I pootled past the main drag towards the famed Academy to visit Barnardos. It is a large, well-stocked charity shop on the corner of Brixton Road. I was excited to see a whole swathe of animal prints, feathers and faux-fur. I found a fab cowl-neck summer dress in leopard-print. What’s the damage? £6.98! A bargain; and the perfect central piece for my Wear It Wild get-up.
So just one shop down and I had already secured a gorgeous leopard-print dress and with £3.02 to spend! I set out to track down that finishing detail. Layered prints and textures are a great summer look, so I wanted to find an accessory which would offer some contrast.
I headed over to Traid on Acre Lane. Traid Brixton is as thoughtfully-curated as a museum, and always has a nice mix of retro and recent. And hidden away at the back I found it – the perfect accessory!
This scarf is the perfect amount of contrast to the larger print of the dress. Scarves are always a brilliant buy because you can use them in so many different ways; in a fifties tie-up like I’ve done here, around the neck or even as a belt with jeans. And even better, at just three pounds it was within my remaining budget!
Clutching my wild finds, I headed out to strut my stuff like a snow leopard in Brixton. Et voila! Fun, sussy fashion on a shoestring! Now, where’s that sourdough pizza…
Will you answer the call of the wild?
Indulge your wild stuff with a vintage fashion hunt, share your finds and make sure you use #WearitWild for a chance to win a great prize! I can’t wait to see what you come up with. And don’t forget to Wear It Wild on 5 June to raise vital funds for WWF’s work.
Sussy adj. Sustainable and sassily fashion minded.
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