Charity Garb

There's a good handful of places that I frequent when it comes to charity shopping and vintage. Nonetheless, eventually I find myself scouring specific places regularly when I know exactly what I'm seeking. My personal shopping list included wanting a purple dress or something navy and red. With that being said I decided to stay in the Pimlico district to have a quick coffee and continue on the shopping journey. 

One major reason that I completely support charity shops is their simple mission: to aid others. I'm constantly drawn to places that are passionate in helping people, especially when it also involves children. This time I went to FARA's Retromania, which for the most part is a boutique-styled aggregate of retro clothing, vintage, and a generous hodgepodge of other hi-fashion items. FARA aids disadvantaged children, and funds special needs educational programmes for children of Romania.


I've been to several of their locations, and from my experience the environment is always quite friendly. Generally, I love a great deal, and of course there are tons of other places that you may check out when it comes to thrifting. However, it's safe to say that if you're not in a rush, and have time to kill, Fara is definitely always worth the reward of quality merchandise. 

During my secondhand haul I found several pieces, one in particular (that I've already worn twice) is this lovely V-neck oversize sweater. 

This sweater is so versatile, despite its bold stated colour in the overall aesthetic. I've worn it shorter (above), and slightly billowed, but it also has the ability to be worn much longer if preferred as a tunic. One of my favourite parts of this sweater is the ribbing colours (which are the banding elements on the sleeve hem, and bottom hem of the garment.) 

THE PATTERN MIX-ME-UP:
Red, White, Blue: These colours emit an intense significance to so many people, in different cultures, and in different countries. Additionally, they also sort of herald a patriotism and daring expression (fashionably) that just goes so well together. I'm forever sold on the red, white and blue hues, and even emerald if you look closely, as I've managed to slip in a print that carries the colour of green leaves into this ensemble!  

Fashion should be fun! As a whole perhaps we are all encompassed by world affairs, pressures of family, work, or even times of feeling helpless. Isn't it a great feeling when you can score an article of clothing that you immediately cherish; knowing that a mere purchase not only brings a smile to your face, but to a child or anyone who might be in need. Spread fashion love in your way!  

For more information on Fara charity shops click here!

The Goods: Grazia 60s Mod Sweater-Fara charity shop, Vintage YSL knit skirt, Handbag-Dorothy Perkins, Heeled loafers-BCBG, Cherry printed dress worn as skirt-Urban Outfitters, assorted chain necklaces-Ladyofashion, teardrop necklace-Nordstroms.
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54 comments

  1. A playful mix of patters. Happy Sunday to you;-)

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  2. shopping, helping others and looking good, what more do you want! i love that sweater so much because of the quirky details, the neckline is simply divine 

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  3. Maali Maikori09 October, 2011

    Love the first look-classy!

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  4. Effortlessxcool09 October, 2011

    amazing! great mixed prints :)

    XO Sahra
    EffortlessCool
    PS Don't forget to check out the Hallie Friedman Jewelry giveaway on my blog!

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  5. SACRAMENTO Amate09 October, 2011

    Love your pattern mixing and your fabulous bag.
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  6. Fashion should always be fun! Love your take on the red, white and blue. Patriotism indeed! 

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  7. I think the sweater is great... and my fav is the second outfit!

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  8. Love the way you styled the sweater! it has a nice cut and colors

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  9. Thank you Alexis, the second one is my favourite as well. gotta love the stripes! :)

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  10. Thanks dear! Enjoy your day. :) xo

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  11. I agree, shopping & helping others= fantastic! Thanks so much for the lovely comment. Hope your weekend was wonderful!  xx

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  12. I am slowly warming up to mixing patterns.  I think you look awesome in this ensemble!  What a great thrift store to help those in Romania!  Many years ago 20/20 discussed the horrors of the orphanages in Romania and how they were understaffed, and the lack of care these children received.  Thank you for supporting a good cause!

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  13. Thank you for taking the time to read about this great cause. I definitely appreciate & support charities like this; wishing you a fabulous week! -xx

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  14. Gorgeous outfits! <3<3

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  15. Sick By Trend10 October, 2011

    you look fabulous.. that skirt is beautiful

    xxwww.sickbytrend.com

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  16. I have never before attempted mixing patterns; but if I came out looking even half as amazing as you do in this ensemble, I would be ecstatic!  :)

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  17. sartorialsidelines10 October, 2011

    I love the pattern mixing - and that charity shop sounds awesome!


    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  18. love look #2! Great mixing of patterns.

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  19. I dare say vintage YSL is always a safe bet. Paired with that sweater, they make beautiful music together! You are a modern, mod, marvel. I love it all!

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  20. I love mixing prints, textures, etc. Thanks Sahra! :)

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  21. Wow, I really appreciate that fabulous comment. Would love to see your print mixing anytime dear. Have a wonderful day! 

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  22. GlamKitten8810 October, 2011

    I love the way you mixed it up!  The white skirt is so pretty.  I love the patterns and the colors.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/Twitter: @GlamKitten88 

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  23. BestofPBConsign11 October, 2011

    Ugh I love the pattern mix up and the colors...The bag is amazing! I love going to thrift stores for the same reason, not only to find something cute and cheap but to support a cause.

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  24. I love it when you can get a good score second hand - love the cardigan, and the striped blazer!

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  25. I absolutely love the sweater.  What a terrific find!

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  26. You look so chic in both the pattern mix-up is super super cool. Love it.
    Daphne.
    http://fashiondivamommy.blogspot.com

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  27. it is always of great satisfaction to help others and look fabulous at the same time.

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  28. cecylia.com11 October, 2011

    these are amazing love your nautical stripes!!
    Come follow my blog darling!xx

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  29. i love pattern mixes and you pull it off well!! (i don't think i would, haha)

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  30. Ooh vintage YSL - lucky!  Great matching of coordinating patterns!

    xoxo,Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  31. I'm obsessed with your top!! You did a great job mixing the patterns. 

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  32. great sweater!! nice pairing with your bag!
    xo
    MosaMuse

    MosaMuse.blogspot.com

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  33. Oh to Be a Muse11 October, 2011

    this sounds like a wonderful shop, and i think that v-neck sweater was a great buy. i love how you mixed and matched it with other looks.

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  34. oh yes beautiful music, that  I love. This YSL find was a total gifted treasure a few years back. Thank you dear, you are so sweet. :)

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  35. Thank you Carrie, I love it, it's a good one that will get tons of wear for my lifestyle. :)

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  36. Thanks Lauren dear! Gotta love red, white, & blue. :)

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  37. Absolutely! Thanks for reading Veronica.  :)

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  38. First, Madison I loved your oh-so-stylish and pulled together look. You look beautiful! I love the red accents on the sweater, shoes and purse. If you dont already know this, I absolutely love oversized clothing as it adds an element of edge and cool. Second, you are promoting such a noble cause. I went to the orphanage of Mother Theresa in Calcutta and was overwhelmed with emotions after meeting the little kids there. Atrocities against children are barbaric and we cannot do enough to support a cause benefitting kids. Thanks for sharing this post!

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  39. grace - stripes &amp; sequins13 October, 2011

    You look great - I LOVE the mixed up patterns - so fun.

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  40. Margie Walker13 October, 2011

    Such a lovely outfit and really like the place its refreshing :)

    -Margie
    Khaki jeans @suitauthority.com

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  41. The bag is super cute and I love your pattern mix up!  Ah vintage YSL am I jealous. Yes. Yes I am! X

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  42. You look really gorge, love the mix :)
    xxx

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  43. I agree! Lately it's been pretty good scores! -xx

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  44. Thank you dear, I'm keeping that YSl forever, haha! hopefully. :) Enjoy your day. :)

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  45. Wow, you are an angel dear Ambu! I agree, and love helping children. they are usually the first to get things taken away from them, i.e. art, music, etc. How amazing that you were able to go to the orphanage in Calcutta... now there's a selfless woman of faith and hope, Mother Theresa; changing lives and the world around her. Thank you.

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  46. lol, I'm kind of obsessed as well. It's just so comfortable and bold. -xxoo

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  47. Thanks lady! I did enjoy the mixing with these colours.  :)

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  48. I think you would. Thanks Krystal. :)

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  49. OH I wish I could shop at Fara's I took a little peek at their site and the shops look so amazing. LOVE LOVE the sweater you picked up from them and you know I love shopping for a cause. The red, white, and blue pattern mixing is so so classic but you give it a little edge. 

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  50. Yes, Jamillah you would love this place definitely! - thought of you when I was shopping there, because they do such great work holding events in the city. Thanks for your comment dear, it's always good to aid those in need.

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