One of the things I find most inspiring about some of my fellow fashion bloggers is the ease with which they put together outfits gleaned from thrift shops and op-shop goodies.
Bloggers like Caroline at the Second-Hand Shopper (and closer to home Lady Smaggle at Smaggle Style) leave me wishfully prowling the racks at my local charity shops in the hope of finding that special vintage item that I can effortlessly waltz out of the house in.
Alas, it would seem that I don’t quite have the gene that allows me to look at a fedora hat, a man’s shirt and some cowboy boots and make a fashion statement out of it.
Plus (though it sounds like a cop-out) I think that being… on the curvier side really hampers my ability to find items that will actually fit in most of the op-shops (God knows what the plus-sized ladies of years past did with their frocks, but they sure as heck didn’t donate them to charity!)
Well, I did some searching, and I found a few places online that cater to – or specialise in – plus-sized vintage-wear.
Obviously there’s eBay, where I found today’s outfit:
There’s a treasure trove of vintage sellers on Etsy but the following always have a great range for larger sizes:
Other websites include:
Obviously price and quality can vary wildy, but the upside is that because most vintage stores give measurements, rather than a size chart you’re more likely to get a good fit.
I’d love to know any others if any of you have some good pointers. Anyone know of someone in Australia who’s doing good thrifted items in larger sizes? Leave me a message!