Vinnies Victoria invited me to take part in their vintage styling challenge. The purpose? To encourage sustainable style, ethical fashion and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. The conscious consumer movement has grown over the last few years and is something that I really care about. You can read my post on the rise of the conscious consumer here.
To begin the styling challenge, I visited my local Vinnies on Auburn Road in Melbourne. After taking a large pile of pre-loved clothing into the changing room I chose a beautiful tuxedo style cream shirt. The material and cut were lovely but it was slightly large so I took it to my seamstress. I do this with all of my vintage pieces. It's important that they fit well to ensure that I wear it again. Without a good fit it would sit in my wardrobe collecting dust and it would go against my conscious consumer beliefs. I also decided to update the retro buttons to give the shirt a fresh, modern look. See the original shirt below.
I styled the shirt with my tuxedo pants and Senso sandals. While this look may be dressy for some, I would easily wear this to work or out for dinner or drinks with friends.
The beauty of vintage is the rarity. You can be almost certain walking down the street you won't see someone else wearing the same piece of clothing. They are pretty much one of a kind, and that makes them special.
I would love to see your #VinniesStyle! Make sure you tag @VinniesVictoria and #FoundItAtVinnies to share the love.