DIY Skeleton Halloween Costume

DIY Skeleton Halloween Costume

Look no further for a Halloween costume, Cassie Fairy shares her step by step guide to create a DIY look out of old clothes you can find in your wardrobe.

It’s Halloween and as usual I don’t have any budget for a costume for all these parties I’ll be going to. But I’m not worried about that because I personally think that Halloween is about making-do and creating some crazy costume yourself that no one else will be wearing – the tattier the better in some instances! I have therefore made my own skeleton costume using an old (and I mean ooolllddd) stretchy top and I’ll show you how to make one for yourself below.

You will need:
An old black top
A white top to wear underneath
A pair of scissors
A white pen or chalk

Step by step

Step one: Fold your top in half along the centre point.
Step two: Use the chalk or white pen to mark out where you will be cutting out the ribs
Step three: Cut out the ribs, making sure you’re cutting all the way through both layers of fabric. This will give you a symmetrical set of ribs on each side when you have finished cutting.

Step four: Cut out small triangles along the centre to create the spine bones
Step five: I even cut some bone shapes from the arms, which aren’t clear in the photo, but when I’m wearing it, you can really see them.
Step six: Wear over the top of a white t-shirt to show off the shape of the bones!

I hope you’ll have a go at making this simple Halloween costume and enjoy your spooky celebrations, whatever you get up to!

Need some of the items above or would like to see our range of costumes? Head over to Oxfam Online Shop.

By Cassie of cassiefairy.com

 

9 Reasons To Love Preloved – In Your Own Words

9 Reasons To Love Preloved – In Your Own Words

You took part in #SecondHandSeptember in your thousands. Many of you – celebs included – also got online to share your reasons why. Here are just some of our favourite quotes and posts.

1. ‘Inspiring change happens with action’ @akwearsthings

Five words that couldn’t ring truer. As history always proves, it’s when we get up and do something about the issues we care about that things start to change. More than 60,000 of you said no to new with @OxfamGB, showing the fast fashion industry the time for change is NOW.

 

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A new month means a new sustainable style challenge, amiright?! In comes #secondhandseptember, which encourages us to say no to new clothes for the whole month⚡️ . While shopping sustainably has become commonplace in many of our lives, I think it’s fun to spread awareness of sustainable style through monthly challenges like this one by @oxfamgb 🌞 . Inspiring change happens with action. By being open, transparent and outspoken about sustainable style, we can more easily convert people to shop sustainably. We can show them how easy it is by shopping our closets, borrowing from friends, hitting up the thrift store or even organizing a swap meet. And that’s the kind of action that’s going to save our planet 🖤 . Top: Vintage / size M / thrifted from @salvationarmyclt Shorts: @americaneagle / size 8 / thrifted from @goodwillsp Boots: B.O.C. / size 7 / thrifted from @salvationarmyclt Purse: Vintage / thrifted from @salvationarmyclt . #chooseused #goodfinds #cltblogger #secondhandstyle #charlotteblogger #ethicalfashionblogger #fashrev #sustainablestyle #consciousfashion #discoverunder5k #akwearsthings #thriftersunite #cltstyle #individualitymatters #thriftedootd #consciouschic #choosereused #responsiblestyle #charlottethrifters #saynotofastfashion #thriftblogger #whenthriftersthrift #secondhandaintsecondbest #secondhandseptember

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2. ‘Our throwaway culture is having a huge impact on our planet’ @jessicamurae

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves. According to our #SecondHandSeptember survey, issues like waste and climate change were massive motivators for taking part. You can read more about the shocking impact of fast fashion here


3. ‘There’s nothing better than when you can combine a need for a new (to you) handbag with giving to charity’ @simplifyyourcloset

Posting on the International Day of Charity, Kaiza bigged up the benefits of buying second hand – for you AND for the causes you care about. Here’s just one way that shopping and donating with @OxfamGB can help fight poverty around the world.

 

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It’s a TRIPLE-WIN kinda situation🌍🤑✌🏽 • September is the month when we’re all A BIT CONFUSED with what to wear. Shorts or winter coat? So let’s completely ignore clothes today and talk ACCESSORIES instead, shall we?! I’ll tell you WHY + HOW buying these things will create a WIN – WIN – WIN situation✨✨✨ • How do you feel about BROWSING charity shops for accessories? Love it or hate it? What about the online charity shops? EH WHAT- ONLINE?!?! • Yup, ladies you can DO GOOD, buy stuff in YOUR PJ’S all while sipping on a glass of PINOT GRIGIO. At least that how I like my shopping sessions to look like😉 • One of my favourite places to hang is at @fashion_4_change ONLINE BOUTIQUE. It’s so aesthetically pleasing + they have some pretty cool CELEBRITY DONATIONS! Who doesn’t want to walk around in GILLIAN ANDERSON’S OLD DRESSING GOWN?! It’s an online fashion-recycling boutique dedicated to fundraising, where you can donate and BUY LUXURY CLOTHES FOR CHARITY. I mean Hello, who doesn’t want to do that! • As you know I’m only buying second hand this September as part of @oxfamgb #secondhandseptember @Oxfamonlineshop have some absolutely crazy luxury designer handbags like Marc Jacobs, Celine, Bottega Veneta for a fraction of the price. Next time you want to invest in accessories look here first, it almost an order. • Accessories is hands down the easiest way to change an outfit + you don’t need a lot of it, just a few WELL SELECTED things that can be combined endlessly💋 • Today is International Day of Charity. To me there’s nothing better than when you can combine a need for a new (to you) handbag with giving to charity – as well as playing a better role slowing down the fast fashion industry. WIN-WIN-WIN 🙌 . . . #dontbuynew #dayofcharity #buyoncebuywell #shopused #stressfreeshopping #charityshopstyle #classicpieces #ecostylist #stylecoach #stylefinder #styleinspostylist #styleista #myfeelgoodfashion #buypreloved #buysecondhandfirst #charityshopbargain #shopsecondhandfirst #previouslyowned #prelovedpremium #prelovedshopping #preloveddesigner #curatedvintage #seasonless #makingstatements #ethicalisthenewblack #fashionrevolution2019

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4. ‘Shocked when I cottoned on that the textiles industry produces MORE pollution than aviation AND shipping combined!’ @sarajcox

The lovely Sara Cox was among some seriously savvy celebs who got tweeting to spread the word about #SecondHandSeptember and the shocking fashion facts that inspired them to take part. Thank you!

 

5. ‘It doesn’t have to be new to suit you’ @PrestonCP

Big thanks to Cats Protection Preston for supporting the cause too – and sharing yet another reason to love preloved. Pop into any charity shop and you’re guaranteed to find something special, basically! Check out our top tips on finding something you love – in a hurry.

 

6 ‘Oxfam offers a way to help reduce the harmful effect of ‘fast fashion’ on our planet and its people.’ @mssophiedahl

Covering everything from the impact of new clothes on precious water sources , to the poverty-busting power of buying and donating with Oxfam, we LOVED Sophie Dahl’s post. Inspired to put your unwanted clothes to good use? Find your local @OxfamGB store here

 

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I’m supporting #SecondHandSeptember and @oxfamgb GB this month by digging out my favourite vintage and thrift dresses and wearing them with joy. @baygarnett was my thrift companion and guru back in the day, and she’s working with Oxfam on this incredible initiative, which is encouraging people to recycle clothes, and, if they are tempted to buy in September, to buy vintage, rather than new. The textile industry accounts for 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions… more than international aviation and shipping combined. To keep prices low, garment workers are often not paid a living wage… These are people from some of the poorest communities around the world, and this unfair treatment makes it impossible for them to work their way out of poverty. When clothes are made they often use a LOT of water and/or pollute water (e.g. chemicals in pesticides and dyes). A lack of water (or polluted water) again, affects the poorest people most… Oxfam offers a way to help reduce the harmful effect of ‘fast fashion’ on our planet and its people. By buying and donating your clothes through Oxfam shops you can give clothes a second chance – prolonging their lifespan, while protecting the planet, and raising money to help the poorest people around the world. On the 19th of September @vestiaireco will have an auction selling pieces from all sorts of wonderful women, all of the proceeds of which will go to @oxfamgb There’s some fantastic bits, I waved goodbye to a cream Alberta Ferretti coat which is waiting for a new owner to love it. This is my favourite vintage dress, which I unearthed today, a little column thing from the nineties, photo by my nice husband. Just needs some gazelles, a cigarette and a bit of a cad, and we’re back in ‘97…..

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7. ‘I’ve been making a conscious effort to shop less and when I do, to shop second hand, to hunt out vintage gems and (most importantly!) to treasure the pieces I already have’ @fleurdeforce

When a vlogging queen like @fleurdeforce starts talking about the environmental impact of fast fashion, you know things are a-happening. Huge thanks for sharing your thoughts Fleur – and spreading the word!

 

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Well HELLO September! This month I’m going to be taking part in #SecondHandSeptember (thanks for the heads up @OxfamGB ) and am making a pledge not to buy ANY new clothes for the whole month. Lots of you might have noticed I’ve been uploading A LOT less haul videos recently? The environmental impact of fast fashion is something I’ve been made much more aware of this year and as a result I’ve been making a conscious effort to shop less and when I do, to shop second hand, to hunt out vintage gems and (most importantly!) to treasure the pieces I already have in my wardrobe. Sometimes it’s as simple as taking a step back before you buy something and asking yourself ‘Do I really need this?’ and ‘Do I really LOVE this?’ – Excited to take on this challenge – anyone fancy joining me?! 😘

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8. ‘Each year, over 300,000 tonnes of clothing goes to landfill in the UK’ @zeroinonwaste

Shared by @zeroinonwaste this was one of the campaign’s headline stats and got loads of you talking. Thankfully, we could also share the fact that @OxfamGB saves more than 12,000 tonnes of clothing from landfill every year. Find out more about Wastesaver, our brilliant recycling and sorting centre, here.

 

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Each year, over 300,000 tonnes of clothing goes to landfill in the UK (source: Ethical Consumer Markets Report 2018), but attitudes to fashion are changing. 🙂⠀ ⠀ From Oxfam’s #secondhandseptember campaign to today’s extinction rebellion protests at #londonfashionweek, its great to see growing awareness of the damaging impact of fast fashion. 🙌⠀ ⠀ Have you changed your fashion shopping habits to reduce waste? 🤔 what are your best tips? 💚⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ #zeroniononwaste #zerowasteuk #zerowastelondon #zerowaste #zerowastejourney #zerowastetips #plasticfreejuly #breakfreefromplastic #ecolifestyle #goingzerowaste #beatplasticpollution #lowimpact #ecowarrior #lovetheearth #plasticfreeliving #plasticfreejuly #noplanetb #nomoreplastic #waronwaste #zerowastelife #circulareconomy #ecolife #ecoconscious #lessplastic #wastefree #reducewaste #ecofriendlyliving

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9 ‘@OxfamGB & the world are trying to get people to think more about sustainable fashion. The most sustainable is wearing clothes which already exist’ @weemissbea

The brilliant Aisling Bea knows how to tell it like it is – and all about the many, change-making ways you can shop more sustainably. Like charity shops AND vintage AND renting AND borrowing AND swapping AND… choosing second hand and ethical brands for the costumes on your new telly show.

 

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I know we are half way through but it is #SecondHandSeptember! Huh? What? Yes. PLEASE read on. I looooove 2nd hand & charity shops are as cheap & budget friendly as high street shops which often use pretty much slave labour or dodgy as hell work practices to make their clothes with ridiculous profits for themselves which don’t trickle down to the women & men who make them. @Oxfamgb & the world are trying to get people to think more about Sustainable Fashion. The most sustainable is wearing clothes which already exist. 2nd hand, charity shops, goodwill, vintage, renting, borrowing, swapping! Here’s some pics of a few second marriage outfits I’ve worn of all price ranges. So for even a month why not pledge not to buy new clothes; disrupting the fast fashion cycle, growing awareness of the effect of fast fashion and the 11 million items of clothing that end up in landfill each week. I LOVE charity & 2nd hand shops, see recs below plus NONE of the clothes donated to Oxfam end up in landfill. Plus, by spreading the message that by buying and donating your clothes in our shops, you can slow down the fast fashion cycle, protect our planet, and help the poorest people around the world escape poverty. Oxfam is the only major charity with its own textile sorting facility in Leeds which ensures that 0% of the clothes donated to Oxfam end up in landfill. The plant sorts textiles and recycles them and the recycled clothes go including mattresses, carpet underlay and our sister project in Senegal which sells the clothes in local African markets. Oxfam has launched the 1st online high street charity shop @oxfamonlineshop where hundreds of thousands of vintage, designer, second hand and unique items are listed on our marketplace. Oxfam programmes help women fight for their labour rights and working conditions, which helps get to the root of the fast fashion problem. Also my show #ThisWayUp & @thecostumedirectory designed the whole show using second hand first for the costumes or else small ethical brands! It CAN be done! @salvagedproject @maryportasofficial @vestiaireco @beyondretro @suerydercharity @sheltercharity @one_scoop_store

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Second Hand September: a month in your clothes

Second Hand September: a month in your clothes

We knew you’d do Second Hand September in style. But we downright LOVED your outfits. Here are 30 of our favourites – one for every day of this incredible, change-making month

You wowed in preloved Stella McCartney and Armani. Made a super-cool fashion statement in a dyed vintage nightie. Even introduced us to the wonders of original Beatrix Potter knitwear… If anyone needed proof that preloved clothing can be stylish as well as sustainable, you provided it. Throughout #SecondHandSeptember you shared look after trend-setting look, inspiring even more people to say ‘no to new’. Here are 30 of our favourites – there were SO many more. Please keep them coming – September may be over, but the positive impact of choosing second-hand never will be.


Not only did @jessicamurae share an entirely thrifted outfit, she included fab £1 jeans – a brilliant alternative to water-glugging new ones AND shared her top charity shopping spots.


There are lots of ways to say ‘no to new’ – @shinyshiny054 gave us 3-for-1, with her charity shop dress, ‘local clothes swap’ boots and decade-old jacket from her very own wardrobe 🙂


We had to include this one. Not just for the stunning #FoundInOxfam kimono – but also for Claire’s incredible hair!


This stunning blouse shared by @thestylebalance has already had three owners and counting – preloved, re-loved fashion at its best. Got something gorgeous that you barely wear? Share the love and pass it on.


Savvy swapping is yet another way you helped make #SecondHandSeptember so brilliant, with great finds like this polo neck dress shared by @betsysclosetswapshop

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Swooooooosh. The technical term for a skirt that rustles with your every move. CJ x . . Want it? It can be yours ♻️👉SEE LINK IN MY BIO👈♻️ (search under KnickersModelsOwn, where you’ll also see more of my donations). . Vintage @carolinecharleslondon skirt, circa 1980s. ‘Josephine’ lavender, silk pin-tuck pleated blouse. Vintage @lauraashleyuk cardigan all for sale. . @hm earrings, bare feet & knickers model’s own. . Supporting @oxfamgb #SecondHandSeptember #knickersmodelsown #secondhand #slowfashion #lauraashley #carolinecharleslondon Photo thanks @florajnoble. Shot at MK Point, Oxfam’s Southern Logistics Centre and home to their online shop.

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Preloved style gurus like Caroline Jones played a huge role in #SecondHandSeptember, inspiring us all with covetable vintage outfits like this one. Get following for oodles more.


The final week of #SecondHandSeptember and the cracking outfits just kept on coming… We were mightily impressed by this super-hip look shared by @armadioverde

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Actually had to put trousers on first thing but back in the shorts now, yessss! Winning at life! I wonder apart from the obligatory postie and PE teacher does anyone else actually wear shorts for most of the year in the UK?! When’s your transition date?!😂 shorts @hm tshirt @parttwo shirt very old& belt vintage from @oxfamgb #secondhandseptember #hm #parttwoclothing #vintageclothing #vintageclothes #secondhandclothes #charityshopfashion #mumstyle #mumfashion #mumsover40 #whatimwearingtoday #overforty #fashionoverforty #overfortystyle #styleoverforty #over40 #styleover40 #over40andfabulous #fashionover40 #styleover40 #over40style #over40fashion #fortynotfrumpy #ootd #ootdfashion #outfitoftheday

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We love this laid-back daytime look, shared on Day 5. Fancy recreating it? You’ll find loads of check shirts and shorts – for women and men – in the Oxfam Online Shop. Just add tights for winter!

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All dressed up with somewhere to go. I was fortunate to be invited to a Exeter bloggers event hosted by Exeter @johnlewisandpartnerspr So what’s a girl wear to her first Instagram bloggers meet? The pressure of being surrounded by a bunch of exceptionally stylish women! I choose to wear a £1 thrifted vintage nightie which I dyed grey. Wearing with a vintage oversized wool blazer, oversized on account of it being a menswear. I paid £10 #hospicecareshops Style gurus @annacascarina and @styledby_mutha_clutta have posted recently on the different styling options for an oversized blazer. I think it’s going to be a wardrobe staple for Autumn. So if you are looking for sustainable or affordable version of that @arketofficial jacket, don’t be afraid of checking out the menswear in your local charity shop. My boots were bought in the spring from @egoofficial They are my go to boot for finishing off an outfit. #SecondHandSeptember @oxfamgb #secondhandfirst#secondhandnotsecondbest #choosereused @sarahwearsthis #rockingthethrift @stylemeonashoestring #chazzerqueen @hijacstyle #mycharityshopoutfit @sarahrobinslikestoshop @mrs_oakie @preloving_it #charityshoppingaddict #thriftedandstyled @addielee_hatfield @nataliamode #fashtagfriday @finlay_fox @gingermumstyle @shellandthelittlies #fashionflauntfriday @keepingitrealat40 #kimsfeelgoodfriday @thefeelgoodmum #feelingfabulousfriday @justleftmyforties_ @permanentlyinapickle #fetchingfridayfashion @fetchingfifties #fridayfashionfreestyle @being.just.jude #thriftyfashion #thriftingfinds #tentdress #buffetdress #mydress2day @bowstreetstyle #oversizedblazer #blazerglory #thriftqueen #styledsustainable

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It was once a £1 vintage nightie. Then @thecannyfashionista got her hands on it and turned it into an incredible statement dress, fit for a fancy event. We like. A lot.


Hannah helped spread the word about #SecondHandSeptember and proved you can holiday without buying new too. We love her sundress, #FoundInOxfam for £3 – search the hashtag for more great finds.


What do you do when you find a fab Stella McCartney dress in Oxfam? Put it on and shrink yourself down to fairy size for the ultimate autumnal Instagram pic of course. Got to love @leapofcharly


Of course it’s not all about the outfits… @thedelightful.mrsb knows all about the power of preloved accessories. Check out this stunning necklace ‘beautiful quality and it goes with absolutely everything’ 🙂


Once you discover the wonders of second-hand fashion, you can spot preloved gems pretty much everywhere. This stylish look shared by @alterszura was sourced in Bristol and Amsterdam.

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Je me glisse dans le feed pour soutenir l’initiative #secondhandseptember #oxfamgb avec un #closetedit de #vintage et de choses perso. Le vintage a longtemps été une passion avant de passer la quarantaine (vintage myself). Jamais totalement abandonné pour son charme et ses détails. J’aime l’idée de seconde vie à tout et l’histoire d’un vêtement. Pour contrôler le vintage, aller vers les mélanges : une pièce chic + une pièce choc + un basic. Associer couleurs, motifs. Ne pas hésiter à le pimper ou le faire reprendre par un couturier pour que ça tombe parfaitement. Tips : pour les sacs, on fait des bandoulière canons, ça leurs donne une autre dégaine . . . . . #closetedit #secondhandseptember #closettherapy #stylerehab #lessbutmore #slowlife #reload #styletips #wardrobestylist #sustainableliving #update #outfitinspiration #slowlife #slowfashion #vintageshirt #vintagebag #buysecondhand

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This beautifully chic look had to make the top 30. Merci beaucoup @closet_therapy_paris for bringing us a blast of Parisian style…

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Desperately clinging onto the last bits of sunshine! I’ve loved wearing these #preloved @boden_clothing shorts I picked up from @ebay_uk at the beginning of the summer. They fit really well and go perfectly with my #samplesale bargain from @scampanddude and my new blue nails! 🦋🐳🐬🐟 . . Still enjoying a few days away with the fam before the #twins start reception. We are taking advantage of our @nationaltrust membership today with a visit to a property called @thevyne_nt it’s really beautiful and they have a great adventure play park for the kiddos to run around in. . . Have your kiddos gone back to school yet? I can’t quite decide which emotion I should be feeling about them starting full time school. What I do know is that I’m really proud of the little people they are turning into. They have been a pleasure to spend time with this summer. 🥰 . . #schoolrunmum #prelovedfashion #alltheblues #familytime #growkngup #thriftedfashion #secondhandseptember #slowfashionseason @oxfamgb @fash_rev #summersun #lovemyfamily @sidders72

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You can’t beat a bit of preloved Boden. These shorts were a great way to finish off this simple but stylish look – and make the most of the last of the sunshine. Big thanks for sharing, @mumdrobe


In Erin’s own words ‘couples who thrift together, thrive together’ and these guys certainly looked happy in their super-hip second hand outfits, shared on Day 29.

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Pink and green should never be seen! Especially when you’re in fuschia pink in a green field with bulls nearby! Yep! Beyond the camera lens’ line of sight in this pic from my trip to Colonsay were grazing cattle. . In the local hotel we saw a notice advising that bulls were out in the fields grazing with the cows at this time of year. And now on reflection I’m wondering about the wisdom of traipsing through a field nearby dressed head to toe in the same shade of hot pink as a bullfighters cape!! The word foolish springs to mind. . Doing it for the gram ladies! Doing it for the gram… . . One for @maman_de_cinq and her Pink Edit for #mygrabngostyle . . Vintage dress and basket bag #kathrynvintage @shopkathrynvintage . . #slowfashionseason #sfsambassador @slowfashionseason @collaction_org #secondhandseptember @oxfamgb #bellsandwhistles @girlwithbellsandwhistles #truevintageootd @truevintageootd #thursdaystylefiles @stylebykpa #notsavingotforbest @lynnlovesshopping #sparkleupthursday @womenwithsparkle #mumafierce @glamamuma #mummygotstyle @mummygotstyleuk @mywardrobe_daily #reclaimyoursass @emmas_closet73 #rockingthethrift @stylemeonashoestring #tbt #mystylephotochallenge @mystylephotochallenge . #vintagechic #vintagestyle #styledbyme #ootdfashion #vintageclothing #truevintage #vintagefashion #truevintagestyle #80sballgown #pinkballgown #pinkdress #ootd #sustainablefashion #slowfashion

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Throughout the month, you showed us that you really can find preloved clothes for every occasion – check out this stunning vintage gown, shared by slow fashion ambassador @veshoevius


Throughout the month, you continued to share loads of ways to say ‘no to new’, be it charity shops, clothes swaps or, as with this pretty dress, a quick click on Depop.


With just days to go, @stephnimmo picked up this great shirt for just £3. What better way to see out a month of ‘no new’? Fancy working some paisley into your wardrobe? Search the Oxfam Online Shop now.


Described as probably her ‘best ever second hand purchase’, @annabel_czyba snapped up this chic cashmere Armani jacket 15 years ago. And it looks as fabulous as ever.


It’s a jumper. With Jemima Puddleducks on. How could this not make the cut? @cyclingkirst was lucky enough to bag this original Beatrix Potter jumper in tip top condition.


Callie spotted this amazing skirt in a charity shop years ago, now teamed with a £2 second-hand jumper to create yet another covetable #SecondHandSeptember look. Search the hashtag for more.


Brights are huge news this season and we love this berry red slip dress worn by slow fashion queen @restylethemother Start following for vast quantities of vintage inspiration.

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Living my best matchy-matchy life✌🏼. • • Hee hee 😏. I’m actually trekking up a mountain today, so will be off grid for the remainder of the day! I’ll be back tomorrow with my day 7 outfit of the #basicallyunworn10x10 challenge! • For today, I’m throwing it back to another picture from our June trip to Quebec City! And a photo of one of my most worn pieces from my summer capsule… which was this thrifted silk dress. I literally lived in it on that trip – wearing it 5 of the 10 days we were there! And also wore it an average of 2 days per week all summer. It’s exhausted from all the wear lol but I’m not at all tired of it! 🙋🏼‍♀️ So, guess what? I’ll be adding it into my fall capsule!! • Happy Labor Day! Hope you have a wonderful day! • #thevillagelook #thestorybehindthelook • • [OUTFIT DETAILS:] Dress (Wilfred @aritzia) ~Thrifted White tee (@forever21) ~Thrifted Hat ~Thrifted Necklace ~Thrifted • #secondhandseptember @oxfamgb #secondhandfirstseptember @junkyardjournals

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Charity shops are just brilliant for basics – and a black dress like this one can be styled up in SO many ways. Perfect for daytime with a simple white tee… and matching backdrop.


A charity shop bargain circa 2018, Kate says she loves this skirt more every time she wears it. We can see why. Find more striking florals in the Oxfam Online Shop now.

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My pledge for #sewyourselfsustainable is not to buy any new clothes or fabric this month. Fabric should be easy as I already have planned this month’s project with fabric in my stash. Not buying new clothes may be a little more tricky, as after a year of very limited shopping I have a number of gaps in my wardrobe. . . However, since this challenge is is coinciding with @oxfamgb ‘s challenge #secondhandseptember , I’m going to have a look in some charity shops to see what I can find. . . I did start the year thinking I would stop buying ready to wear clothes altogether. This has not been feasible but I have managed to limit my shopping to things I wouldn’t be able to make myself/second hand items. In total I have bought: 🔹A swimming costume (pictured here with a skirt I refashioned/upcycled from an old sundress) 🔷A jacket (pictured with my Culottes.. I have virtually lived in this jacket at work over the summer so was a good purchase – if anyone has a suggestion for a similar pattern I would love to make one in black) 🔷A white cami Top with a patterned edge to go with my linen Ava skirt 🔷And two charity shop items – a dress and a top. So not a bad effort to reduce my consumerism

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Upcycling was ANOTHER way you made #SecondHandSeptember rock. We love this bold print skirt, refashioned by @sewistandthecity from an old sundress. Find more great upcycling ideas here


Big hand to the Oxfam GB Yemen team, rocking their finest second hand clothes in support of our month of ‘no new’…


It’s chunky. It’s peachy. And it was #FoundInOxfam for just £7. We’re loving this super-cosy knit – thanks for sharing, @brixcollective_ Read our blog for more great autumn-winter looks


Half-way through the challenge, preloved style blogger @hannahxelliman celebrated by sharing this gem of an outfit. Like her style? Check out Hannah’s top tips for charity shopping


In the words of @switchoff.ie ‘Coat: 20 Shirt:5 Wellies: 2 Sustainable fashion: PRICELESS’. We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.

Top tips for finding second hand gems

Top tips for finding second hand gems

With so many clothes ready and waiting to be loved again, Bel and Alice give their advice on how to find great second hand items.

Sustainable fashion stylists Bel Jacobs and Alice Wilby both have a love and talent for spotting the very best second hand clothes and accessories. They know their styles and aren’t afraid of trying new ones. Join them on the sofa as they share their expertise on thrifting, because not only are there endless amounts of gems waiting to be rediscovered, but it’s a wardrobe choice that helps the planet too.

Now you can take Bel and Alice’s top tips and try them out for yourself. We’ve got 1,000s of items on our online shop or you can find your local Oxfam shop here. Wherever you shop, you could update your wardrobe with something one-of-a-kind and raise money to help people beat poverty around the world.

New season fashion: how to wear… autumn brights

New season fashion: how to wear… autumn brights

Like the idea of livening up your wardrobe in time for autumn? Discover how to get this vibrant on-trend look with designer pieces – without buying new.

As we edge our way towards autumn, everything can start to look a little greyer. But that doesn’t mean our outfits need to. Thankfully, this particular new season trend is set to add a splash of colour to our wardrobes, with top-to-toe brights and in-your-face neons all over the 2019 autumn-winter catwalks. For second hand inspiration and the chance to shop the looks, savvy fashion students Sophie Connell and Amina Patel have pulled together outfits using designer pieces and more #FoundInOxfam.

Mustard-coloured outfit

Missing the sunshine? Check out this bright Whistles skirt and vintage jacket combo, great with a contrasting faux fur handbag to finish the look. Vintage jacket £39.99, skirt £19.99, bag £7.99.

Red outfit on a light background

Scarlet is big news this season. This bright, wool and cashmere blend coat is perfect teamed with these striking Joseph trousers and matching berry-red boots. Lakeland coat £55, trousers £65, boots £12.99.

blue outfit on a light background

Don’t fancy top-to-toe neon? Wear key pieces in softer hues of blue with something more out-there – like this super-fluffy jacket and sparkly-heeled shoes. Jacket £19.99, DKNY trousers £24.99, shoes £9.99.

Sports luxe outfit on a light background

Sports luxe continues to be big this season, both for women and men. Team neon tops and trainers with neutral tones for a more pared down look. Ralph Lauren polo shirt £24.99, Nike trainers £35.

Blue sports outfit on a light background

Work the sporty look in every shade of blue going, with this bold and snug ski jacket, teamed with North Face trousers and a super-soft jumper. Ski jacket £15.99.

Graphic prints outfit on light background

Graphic prints are a great way to offset in-your-face shades and this Nike jacket’s a winner. Contrast with a vintage shirt for added impact. Nike jacket £50, vintage shirt £17.99, shoes £25.99.

Camouflage fashion outfit on light background

While this vintage camouflage jacket may help you blend in, the orange ski pants and bright YSL shirt will make sure you don’t. Vintage camouflage jacket £65, YSL shirt £55, ski pants £29.99, Marc Jacobs boots £90.

Dapper outfit on a light background

After something a little more dapper? Ditch the sportswear and opt for a classic tailored look updated with a shirt and accessories in the latest shades. YSL shirt £34.99, Christian Dior tie £14.99, Cos ankle boots £32.99.

Vintage windbreaker outfit on light background

You’ve got to love a vintage windbreaker. This one looks great paired with check trousers – another key autumn trend – finished off with super-bright Adidas trainers. Jacket £34.99, Adidas trainers £21.99.

Whether you want to go sporty or keep it tailored and smart – every single item raises money to help people beat poverty around the world. Find more autumn brights and so much more on our online shop.

6 Simple Ways To Remove Stubborn Stains

6 Simple Ways To Remove Stubborn Stains

Keep your clothes in your wardrobe and out of landfill with these nifty stain-shifting home remedies, shared by our friends at Love Your Clothes

Stains. They’re one of the biggest reasons great clothes get binned. But no longer will that chocolate smudge force you to say farewell to your beloved t-shirt. Never again will a splosh of coffee come between you and your suit. And, if you’ve just dropped a forkful of jalfrezi down your favourite jumper, don’t fret – it’ll be sorted in no time. All thanks to these simple guides, courtesy of Love Your Clothes.

1. Remove grass stains with… hand sanitiser

6 Simple Ways To Remove Stubborn Stains - oxfam second hand september
Yes, even unsightly green marks can be tackled if you know how. Apparently, all you need to do is to squirt some hand sanitiser directly onto the grass stain, rub in and leave for a few minutes, before washing on a normal wash – about 30 degrees – with ordinary washing detergent.

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2. Remove chocolate goop with… milk

6 Simple Ways To Remove Stubborn Stains - oxfam second hand september
Who’d have thought full-fat could be so useful? Using a bowl, simply pour the milk onto the chocolate splodge and leave soaking for 2-3 hours. The chocolate should then lift off the fabric. Wash on a normal wash and, if there’s still a slight mark, put it straight back in the washer for another cycle.

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3. Remove coffee sploshes with… egg

6 Simple Ways To Remove Stubborn Stains - oxfam second hand september
Yes, egg. Crack into a bowl and beat with a fork, then apply to the stain using kitchen towel, rubbing in well. Then just wash on a 30 degree cycle. See you later latte. Farewell flat white. Adios espresso etc.

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4.Remove sun cream with… white vinegar and washing up liquid


Top ruined by yellowy sun cream stains? Apply some neat washing up liquid and rub in. Rinse in cold water, gently squeeze out the excess, then soak in a solution of half cold water, half white vinegar, for about an hour. Wash according to the care label and, if there’s still a bit of staining, repeat the process.

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5. Remove curry spills with… washing up liquid and lemon

6 Simple Ways To Remove Stubborn Stains - oxfam second hand september
Madras mishap? First, remove as much curry as possible using a blunt knife or napkin. Rinse in cold water, pat dry, then apply some neat washing up liquid and rub in. Rinse in clean cold water and pat dry again. Finally, take half a lemon and squeeze liberally onto the stain, leave for half an hour then wash according to the care label. If there’s still a mark, simply repeat the steps again.

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6. Shift engine oil with… lip balm and cola

6 Simple Ways To Remove Stubborn Stains - oxfam second hand september
Yes, random one this, but apparently it works! Place the stain face down on a paper towel, take a moisturising lip balm and simply rub it on – this should start lifting the oil onto the paper. Repeat a few times, then wash at about 30 degrees but, instead of detergent, pour a bottle of cola in the drum!

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Help keep more clothes out of landfill – discover how to shift other unsightly stains at loveyourclothes.org.uk

 

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