The Souvenir Print Shirt Dress
Over the past few months, my charity shop finds have dwindled in number and you’ve seen very few purchases here on the blog. I can’t complain because in July, the charity shop Gods bestowed some amazing thrift luck upon me when I found some key, quality pieces for my autumn wardrobe: a 60’s style Boden skirt, a Topshop trench coat and a Wheels & Dollbaby cardigan, to name but a few. I’m excited for autumn fashion, but I’m still embracing summer. Strangely, it was when I was searching for autumn fashion staples that I chanced upon the souvenir print dress, a dress I’d wanted to buy first-hand- until it sold out.
July saw me browsing in fewer charity shops than ever before; it was a busy month, both socially, home and work wise, with my calendar full of theatre trips, evenings out for tea with friends, Kendal Calling
with John, days out with family, decorating our living room: you name it! Nonetheless, it was on a visit to my local hospice shop that I found the souvenir print shirt dress- a dress from River Island’s ‘Chelsea Girl’ range.
Maybe it’s my yearning for a holiday in the sun that made me take the dress from the rack to look at its bright, holiday themed print? Maybe it was the fact that it’s a midi length dress (perfect for the ever-changing English summer)? In reality, it was Willowbrook’s half price sale that cast the final vote and saw me take it home for £2.50. Yes, £2.50. Brand new, I suspect, and perfectly fitting.
// Souvenir Print Shirt Dress :: Willowbrook Hospice, originally River Island ‘Chelsea Girl //
// Tan leather sandals :: Clarks c/o Brantano //
// Suitcase novelty bag & snail ring :: both Accessorize //
// ‘Mermaids have more fun’ necklace :: Punky Pins //
I wore this outfit on Friday when John and I decided to have an impromptu day out in Ormskirk (you might have heard of it as it’s the home of Edge Hill University). As John had time booked off, I thought I’d join him and we started the long, lazy weekend by stopping by our favourite bistro for lunch and searching for mid-century finds in Ormskirk’s numerous charity shops. We aimed to finish with a coffee at Ormskirk’s latest, and hippest, coffee shop, Cobble, but the English weather had other ideas and we found it too warm to be drinking lattes.
Although we didn’t find any mid-century furniture finds, we did find a dinosaur teapot! After the disappointment of not being able to find ‘that’ Morrison’s planter, we’ve decided to buy a succulent and make our very own version for a snippet of the price and a donation to charity. Even though I wasn’t supposed to be looking at clothes, how could I not? I found a vintage style handmade dress with a delicate, embroidered collar for just £1. I can’t wait to feature it, until then, Instagram Stories?