CHARITY SHOP CO-ORDS MEET BEYONCE WHILE ALEXA DIGS OUT A SECOND HAND BRETTON STRIPE
So with two weeks to go until you can follow Charity Fashion Live I decided to have a practice run. I challenged myself to prove that you can recreate any look in a charity shop by choosing three different celebrities, who’s style I might try to recreate on a trip down to my local British Red Cross store.
I chose three celebrities with three very different body shapes, to demonstrate that charity shopping is not just for very thin, very gamine looking ladies - but for curvy hourglasses, apples, pears and straight up and down rhubarb shapes alike.
1) Beyonce for her chameleon like style that has transcended the ages from Destiny’s child days to the super searing hot yummy mummy to Blue Ivy that she is right now in 2014. She has a beautiful curvaceous womanly figure, and has experimented with many different fashion eras and styles.
2) Alexa Chung for the perfect balance of gamine boyishness with an undercurrent of undeniably delicate femininity.
3) Kate Middleton for nailing simple elegance with every outfit choice.
Take a look at the recreations below and let us know how you think I did?
To recreate Beyonce’s look I picked up on the essence of it - the slightly 70’s vibe and the colour ways and picked out a shirt that had a 70’s feel and a stripy jacket that echoed hers. Be sure to choose a modern style of heel and a punchy red lippy to avoid looking as though you actually stepped out of a 70’s disco.
The secret to Alexa’s delicate balance of boyishness versus femininity is all in the gentle feminine details juxtaposed against boyish cuts - take the jacket with the boyish cut and colour and military buttons teamed with delicate cream short suit. Here I chose a girly silk shirt with pretty bow detail to team with boyish bretton stripes and oversized androgynous jacket.
The secret to emulating Kate’s style is simple - keep it lady like. Not too figure hugging, and skirt length at, or below the knee. Feminine shapes.
Charity shop co-eds tip - These are not actually co-ords, but if you choose a pattern that’s similar enough in colour, you can get away with it being different and get the ‘feel’ of a co-ord as long as the materials don’t actually meet and overlap each other. See here I’ve used a white shirt to break the two patterns up.
Let me know how I did and which is your favourite celeb look and keep your eyes peeled for the next instalment of Charity shop Celeb recreations! In the meantime we hope you’ll support the Red Cross by watching all our live #CharityfashionLive updates on twitter @backofwardrobe and instagram @backofthewardrobe or britishredcross on the 13th September.