Laila Bowman

Oxfam Fashion blogger and charity shopping enthusiast

Laila Bowman

Hello! I'm a 24 year old living just outside of London. In September last year, I set myself a challenge to not shop on the high street for a month, and to buy only second hand, vintage and thrifted items. I've still not gone back to the high street, and have developed an ever increasing interest in ethical fashion.

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Second Hand Coats and Jackets

With the days getting colder and colder I decided to take a look through my second hand coat and jacket collection to see what my options are for the chilly weather that's...

Second Hand Treats

With Christmas making a dent in my bank account the past few months, I've been sticking to second hand shopping a lot more than usual recently.  I've been raiding...

Charity Shop Work Wardrobe

I recently started a new job and wanted to smarten up my style a bit. Instead of going round the likes of the high street, I decided to see what I could find in the local charity...

Studs and Spikes

Studs and spikes reappeared on the fashion scene a few years ago and is a trend looking to stay around for a few more seasons. Everything that could be studded, has been - from hats to jackets to...

Charity Shopping: Men's Fashion

My brother, Jeuan, often accompanies me on charity shopping trips or texts me to tell me his latest charity shop bargains. So, when I decided to look into the male perspective...

The Trouble With Jumble Sales

If you've ever bought something second hand and, like me, haven't bothered taking off your layers of clothes to try it on, you've probably experienced the disappointment of getting...

Wild DIY Leopard Print

Leopard print is an old favourite, having resurfaced in the fashion trends of many a season. There can be a fine line between it looking tacky and looking fabulous...

Clothes Show Lead

Clothes Show Live - Graduate Catwalk

Creativity was rife at this year's Clothes Show Live, and this was certainly reflected on the Diet Coke Image catwalk. Graduate students from universities such...

Clothes Show Lead

Clothes Show Live 2012 - Customised Vintage

Having never attended Clothes Show Live before, I was amazed at the sheer amount of vintage clothes available at the various stalls. Although I knew Oxfam were setting up a stall, I was expecting...

A year of thrifting

September has been and gone, and with that marks my year of thrifting! I was already shopping in charity shops for three or four years previously, but last September was when I made the conscious...