Banana Republic do Mad Men

Remember how much I have loved finding Banana Republic in the charity shops, like here and here? In the UK, they have 5 shops in London and one in Bath, so it feels like finding treasure when I spot something by BR here in Scotland. I doubt I will ever pay full price, despite the high quality, because the prices are a bit beyond a student budget. However, they've announced a collaboration with Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant, and it's really making me wish I had lots of money: 
The right hand picture isn't far off what cardigan girls like to wear currently. And that trench is just awesome.
Houndstooth and pearls, headscarf and tweed suit! 
The gentleman's collection is equally gorgeous. I love that shawl collar cardigan.
And hats! I also love that those heels look like they could actually be walked in.

(Images from NYMag.com)

C x


Charity Shop Find - Belated June

Volunteering in a charity shop has been oddly cathartic. Being surrounded by clothes, good or bad quality, has made me appreciate the variety of clothes in my own wardrobe, and when it comes to my addiction to sales and special offers, realising that I can always pick up something similar for even less within four or five charity shops has stopped that feeling of missing out when I walk past a sale without looking in. 

Seeing the kinds of things people donate also reminds me of how ridiculous my consumerist desires could become. Trends barely a month old are recognisable among the recent donations, as more harem pants and floor length skirts than we can sell fill the rails. Sometimes these cast offs match the styles (but never the quality) of the vintage rail, and you can be damn sure it'll be in fashion again one day. A member of my family has this sussed, and deliberately puts clothes into storage, to discover them a few years later when they're next in fashion. Do you ever watch those Gok Wan TV shows where he visits the wardrobes of women with sales addictions, and they have cupboards and drawers bursting with clothes? We buy into the next trend, but where does really that get us? As I was wondering this, I looked through my wardrobe, and noted that since I stopped trying to keep up with trends, my clothes (now around 50% from charity shops) have started to become a cohesive collection of mix and match pieces (how often I would have to buy a new top to match a new skirt!), which offers the potential for longer term style. I may not look on trend, but the money I might be able to save and put towards a life experience (hello holiday) is, for me, worth infinitely more.

So here's the ONE new piece of clothing I bought in June, from Bethany Christian Trust on Hamilton Place. It's a gem, and I consider it underpriced at £5. 
Black wool Banana Republic kilt, £5.
(Antoni & Alison pink silk shirt, satin bow from the sewing kit, Dune pumps)

It's very, very heavy, so not really practical for summer. Oh, actually wait, I live in Scotland, it's probably completely appropriate for July (there were flash floods in Edinburgh, people lost their cars! In July!).

C x


Tulle Time - Harry Potter Premiere

What did y'all think of Emma Watson's gown for the final Harry Potter premiere?

I think the dress (Oscar de la Renta) would be fabulous on someone with more of a romantic/free-spirit nature, but with Emma Watson's gamine haircut and love of all things tailored and neat (she was the face of Burberry after all), this dress wears her a little? Perhaps she should donate it to A Cardigan Girl, mmyes???

Okay, I should perhaps have read the blogosphere a little more thoroughly. She actually wore the dress with this super chic Antonio Berardi jacket, which I think you'll agree, is much more Brit style/Emma Watson.


This works much better, doesn't it? It's curious that something as simple as a plain white blazer should change an outfit to that extent, but it really balances out the wild tulle, and moves the outfit towards EW's gamine personality.

C x