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Shopping on a Shoestring

Posted by SJP Oxfam Fashion blogger

13th Nov 2013

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The fashion weeks are all over, autumn is making way for winter and those in the know are already planning their Spring/Summer 14 wardrobes. If you're a fan of the high street this may be a problem - new season clothes won't be hitting the shops until late January - but if charity shops are your thing, why wait till then?

The beauty of second-hand shopping is that, if you know where to look, future trends will always be there, hidden in amongst the mohair jumpers and novelty ties of Christmases past.

Here's a run down of the S/S14 trends you can find in your local charity shop this weekend...


Like newborn lambs and the premature temptation to go tight-less, florals come around every spring without fail. Yes, the interpretation is a little different each season, but the fundamental principals are the same: flower power rules. Many charity shops divide stock by colour or pattern, so a pretty floral camisole or layers skirt should be easy to find all year round.


Fashion works in cycles - why wait till the 1970s are reinterpreted by Topshop when a little digging around in a charity shop or vintage fair could unearth the real thing? Holly Fulton showcased a distinctly 70s vibe during LFW and her key shapes can be found in charity shops across the country, in the form of midi-skirts, high necklines and denim. Many charity shops have dedicated vintage sections these days, or you can visit your nearest Oxfam Boutique for the best vintage in town.


There was a surprising amount of black on the catwalk for S/S14, with designers such as Giles Deacon and Saint Laurent going for all-out gothic glamour at their shows. Despite the fact that black is a tricky colour to carry off, lots of us turn to it for dresses, separates and coats, meaning lots of black cast-offs waiting for you in your local charity shop! Look for blouses with sheer or lace details to keep the look up to date. 

Double Denim

Denim is back in a big way next season and it's still all about pairing denim with, well, denim. This trend ties in nicely with the 1970s look and even if you can't find a quilted denim bomber to rival those in the Balmain collection, you can find reasonably priced denim jackets to customise. Your local haberdashery will stock studs, chains and ornate-looking buttons so with a little effort a once unloved denim jacket can become a statement piece in time for spring.

Vintage Accessories

Accessories come in all shapes and sizes each season, but for S/S14 there was a distinctly vintage feel, with (hopefully faux) animal skin and structured box bags appearing in several shows.  Charity shops can be a goldmine for vintage bags, shoes and scarves but if you can't find what you're looking for in your local shop, don't forget to check out the vintage section in Oxfam's online shop.

All of the pictures are of items currently available on the Oxfam Online Shop : )

Blog post written by SJP

Oxfam Fashion blogger

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