So amid the traumatic time that it is trying to fit an entire room into a few suitcases and attempting to write an article on mens' military fashion, I found a few items of clothing on my hunts that I realise have long been missing in my life. The title relates to that feeling when you find that item and you are rendered absolutely speechless and giggly...
The Leather Waistcoat
A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was looking out for a long leather waistcoat. I looked online for new and used items, but no way was I paying for upwards of £20 for one. Then I went into one of our local charity shops. It's one of my favourites as we've found some absolute TREASURES in there from Aquascutum coats, new camelhair cardigans and butter-soft leather jackets. I found this little number in the Fancy Dress box. Because clearly you would only wear a leather waistcoat as fancy dress... Madness... It was priced at £9, but the mother gave me the go ahead and it happened to be a half price sale on clothing. So hello leather waistcoat. I welcome you into my wardrobe.
The Suede Capelet
This little number I found in a vintage shop in London. I'm aware that it is very Pocahontas. But it is also beyond fabulous. Thick but flexible suede, with fringing. FRINGING! I love a wee bit of fringing, but flapper dresses just look ridiculous, so this is perfect. And despite my friends laughing at me, it looks frickin' AWESOME on. Natch.
The Stripey Trousers
I've been looking for a pair of striped trousers for a while now, deeming them suitably ridiculous, yet strangely versatile. This bad-boys are from River Island, in the sale of course. And are surprisingly flattering... And so I love them. I feel they look great with an over-sized t-shirt and trainers. This may be incorrect, but I feel great. Isn't that enough?
That's all folks as I have to attempt to fit five days worth of clothes in a rucksack. I can't pack light. I may have to commit some serious sartorial disasters. I'll fill you all in next week!
Have a superb bank holiday!