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Charity Shop Shopping for emergency eco friendly evening out outfit!

Recently I was invited to attend a recording of a show at the Palladium in London. Amazing right? Except at the time I was staying and working at our little holiday flat by the sea and only had a casual day outfit and my pyjamas with me. Oh no! “What will I wear?” I asked my self fully realising this was a first world problem that I could easily figure out.  The old me would have rushed to TK max and bought a brand new outfit that I would have liked but not loved. I’d then let the new outfit hang in my wardrobe for years feeling too guilty to throw it out. But “The Bourgeois Bohemian” me decided to stick to my new eco-friendly ethos so I headed to the local high street to check out the several charity shops hoping I’d find a suitable second hand outfit for my first class night out. To tell youth truth my hopes were high but my I was not prepares for how quick, easy and spot on this shopping trip would be. I was literally shocked by what I found. And I mean SHOCKED!  Not only did I find a lovely little outfit, I found some other gems that I didn’t end up buying but now keep wondering if I should have. I’m talking about a brand new pair of brown leather high heel sandals from Zara. I didn’t get them but let me tell you they were fantastic. I hope someone snapped them up are currently getting #30wears out of them this season and beyond.

Without further Adieu here’s the outfit I found for under £25!! I know right? How is that possible? Well that’s magic of the charity shop (or thrift store if you’re from the US). Behold what £25 can buy you when you stay away from fast fashion or just buy fast fashion second hand. : )

Jumper = £3

Trousers = £4

Coat = £7.00




Shoes = £7.50

Grand total of $21.50

The moral of this post is…. next time you need a last minute outfit, for whatever reason, instead of running to your go to high street store try out some of your local charity shops. You might end up saving yourself some cash as well as giving to a good cause. Every little helps right? If everyone adopted this ethos we’d cut down on the waste and abuse to humans and the planet caused by fast fashion. If you want to read more about how fast fashion affects us check out these sites.










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The Bourgeois Bohemian