Again, nothing exotic or interestingly vintage this week, but am slowly piecing together some items for a stint of office-going: it’s been a while since I last worked in public, as it were, and whilst I’m not particularly concerned about keeping up with the latest whims of fashion, I’ve been rather shocked at how dowdy, washed-out, scruffy and, sadly small my remaining corporately-suitable clothing appears to be. So to the charity shops: first up, a lovely indigo silk blouse (Gap), £4.50 from the St Vincent de Paul in Lewes Road. It successfully manages to be reasonably loose and lump-covering whilst steering clear of looking like a maternity tunic – a rare feat, for this type of top – and hangs very well indeed. Love the tie-neck detail, too.
Second, a pair of tops (£1 each from a sale rail) bought on an impulse visit to the Cancer Research Shop, Shoreham High Street, whilst out on a Bank Holiday cycle ride. The staff inside were wondering whether it was worth opening on a Bank Holiday; well, for me it was. Black long-sleeved M&S T-Shirt (tiny hole in the back, but easily mendable) and a floaty silk H&M blouse. And finally, another£1 buy from the St Vincent: a New Look pencil skirt, again in a dark purple-blue but perhaps not to be worn at the same time as the Gap blouse. Missing a belt, but I have plenty of suitable contenders. Will I pass muster back in the workplace? Will wait and see, but at least I should be able to sidle in and find a desk without feeling too tatty.