Thrifted silk kaftan, Primark cardigan, Topshop leggings, Steve Madden boots, thrifted bangles, Primark ring, vintage belt
Last weekend during my thrifting adventure, I spotted a flash of colour peeking out from a rail of black and grey. I made a beeline for it and grabbed it with both hands. This is how my thought process went:
1. It’s so pretty!2. It’s pure silk!3. It’s only £2.99!4. It’s a size… 20?!
Feeling more than a little dejected and suddenly wishing for more flesh on my size 12 frame, I made my retreat. As I huffed and puffed my way through pair after pair of size 12 black trousers, I allowed myself more than one sneaky glance at my first find. Could I alter it? (More like could I be bothered to alter it or will it languish at the back of my wardrobe along with my sewing machine and needle and thread!) Wear it loose? Belt it? As I pondered, a ray of sunshine caught my eye. This is how my thought process went:
1. It’s so pretty!2. It’s got the most wonderful yellow print!3. It’s only £3.99!4. It’s a size… 8?!
Damn and blast! Not having much luck in the charity shop. Feeling fed up. Need to be much fatter or much skinnier and can achieve neither before my parking meter runs out. Harumph.
I wandered round aimlessly, watching other people eye up MY finds and cast them aside. After 15 minutes of hawk-like circling, I grabbed them both and headed for the fitting room. First up, the size 20 kaftan. Not bad, not bad… With a belt? Yes! And then, the size 8 skirt. Feeling totally devoid of hope, I inched it up… up… up! How did that happen? Am I wearing a size 8? Yes I am! Woohoo!
I think the volunteer at the charity shop thought I had body issues, as I’m clearly neither a size 20 nor a size 8. But I found a way to make those thrifted bargains work for me. The kaftan is worn as a dress and given shape with a simple belt. The skirt you all loved on Monday is hitched up to waist level, rather than slung about the hips, and belted into place. Both are miles away from my actual size but look (and feel) like the perfect fit.
Next time I’m thrfiting, I’ll definitely take a look at the higher and lower ends of the size scale. I don’t think I’ll be squeezing my way into size 6 jeans any time soon, but if there are gems like these to be found, it’s worth keeping an eye out!
PS – Here’s the kaftan in all its glory, and me allowing myself a smug smile and thumbs up for my belting expertise. 🙂