Two weeks ago I challenged myself to step out of my comfort zone and try on a few pieces that I would normally flip past on the charity shop rails.

If an animal print piece was ever going to find it's way into my closet, it would have a better chance in the form of a cardigan.

If an animal print piece was ever going to find it’s way into my closet, it would have a better chance in the form of a cardigan.

I had so much fun! 

It was a genuine happiness booster for me.  Not once did I leave a charity shop without a smile on my face.  I was also thrilled to find out just days into my challenge that I was not alone in the quest to “just try it on!” Charlotte Lucy over at Shoestring Chic posted to her Instagram feed a terrific orange top that she’s had for an age but was “scared of the bright colour”.

 

 

Much like Charlotte, I tried a few colours that I usually shy away from as well as cuts that I wasn’t sure were right for my body type.  I also tried a few patterns or styles that I love on other people but just don’t feel brave enough to try myself.  A few times I actually laughed at myself in the change room; usually just before taking a selfie for posterity and to share with anyone who visits my blog. *side note, still not sure if anyone out there is reading these posts.

I suppose you could take this challenge in any shop if you wanted to, but I can’t help but feel that the best place is in your local charity shop.  The truth is, if you want a real variety of items, you won’t find them in your high street retail shop.  You don’t want to be limited by the current seasons trends or seasonal colours.  Not everyone looks great skinny jeans or in traditional Autumn colours.  If you want to try out wide leg trousers and a bright yellow dress my money’s on the charity shop.

While I am always grateful to be living in London with amazing access to so many charity shops, this challenge allowed me to gain new appreciation for their value.  I hope you enjoy my challenge photos and feel free to have a chuckle; I did.

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Happy Sunday and happy treasure hunting everyone!