Grazia magazine – I never miss an issue! – recently ran a feature about some of the best charity shops and vintage stores in the UK. Alderley Edge, a town in Cheshire was identified as top destination of choice for thrifters. It just so happens that a very good friend of mine from university lives there – the stage was set for a weekend of charity shopping and vino. The town is known for being the home of many Manchester United and Manchester City footballers. Would that mean the secondhand shops would be full of WAG cast-offs? Could I pick up Georgina Rodriguez’s least-season ski suit or Paige Milian’s bodycon dresses? Nope. In fact, we didn’t see a single celeb all weekend (unbelievable!) but I did pick up this gorgeous true-vintage navy pleated wool skirt in Age UK for ten pounds.
I’ve been looking for something like this for ages. This skirt is made from quite heavy material whose weight causes it to fall very nicely. The pleats are well-defined and I’m confident they’ll stay in place. I’ve had a skirt similar to this before – one I bought new in & Other Stories. However, it wasn’t this good. The pleats weren’t as crisp and nor did the fabric drape as well. Vintage clothes really are so much better quality.
Above – styled for work with a Whistles silk shirt
Above – styled for leisure with a Depop Zara jumper and a burgundy belt.
Thanks for reading and happy thrifting
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