Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Mum's Vintage Oversize Shirt

I pinched this gorgeous number from my Mum a good couple of years ago but remember it literally drowning me at the time. I thought I was clever by making it into a crop top and skirt (see photo further down) but upon finding them in a draw I could not be more horrified in hindsight and came to realise I'd ruined a perfectly good shirt! So last night I set to work about salvaging it and piecing it back together and I don't think the outcome was too shabby!
Mum will probably kill me for dubbing this shirt as vintage but she had it in the good old 80s so let's face it is kind of is and what she doesn't know won't hurt her! She also felt slight regret about letting me have it when I wore it today. I don't think I've ever loved a print so much; the tones are quite autumnal and I love the subtle tie dye/bleached effect with a gorgeous mix of blues and purples. To give the oversized shirt more shape I paired it with a tan belt and tan shoes.

Love the old Topshop Label; I've not heard of the Coppernob label before but just searched for it and it's still around supplying for places like Tesco! I also love the fact that it was made in the UK as textiles production in the UK now is only a small slice of the magnitude of what it used to be because of the transference to overseas manufacture now.
However I think in the future we could potentially see productions migrating back onto home turf because the need for fashionable, disposible clothes could be fuelled more effectively with closer manufacture. Zara is an example who manufacture in neighbouring/closer countries and can get a product from the initial idea to store in 15 days! Putting this into perspective; overseas shipping alone takes around a month. Other stores like Topshop are also implementing similar fast fashion production methods! Anyway enough of my degree-related ramblings! 
I wore this outfit shopping today in Milton Keynes; I bought a cheap jumper and skirt and the top left ring from Claire's for £2.50. I always recommend Claire's as it always seems to be preconceived as a child's accessory shop (which admittedly I did for a substantial amount of time) but they have some really good stuff in there for reasonable prices. I also applied some new nail wraps that a friend bought me for my birthday which I love!

Here's the horrific skirt and top I made the shirt into initially, what was I thinking! I even made the waist elasticated on the skirt which looks really unflattering on me and the crop top is way too cropped, I never even wore them! This outfit's got me even more in the mood for Autumn fashion with the colours in the print but it was still scorching today and I even regretted wearing tights (never thought I'd say this in September!).


  1. So glad I came across your blog, it's so nice :).
    I love what you did to that shirt it looks lovely, and the nails are great too.
    Have followed you and looking forward to reading your blog posts.



    1. Thanks for the lovely comment! Love your blog too!:)x

  2. Love your nail design http://differentcands.blogspot.kr/2013/09/plaid-shirt.html

  3. You are a great talent! You made the shirt very unique, it looks beautiful on you. I absolutely love the colours! And your nails are so cool! :)

    Sofie x

    1. I don't know about that hahah, thanks Sofie!xx

  4. The shirt is lovely with that belt!

  5. Cool shirt and nails, feel free to check out our newest blog post xx

  6. Very nice outfit!
    thanks you for commenting on my blog
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  7. I love wearing my mum's old stuff too!! Lovely blog, now following you x


  8. love your nails, too cool! and same here, love raiding through my mum's old stuff. also, thank you for stopping by my blog.


  9. great outfit!

    following you now, follow me back maybe?


  10. nice outfit
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