Oxfam’s Top Fashion Picks for Isle of Wight Festival

By Samantha-Kay Oliver

There isn’t much of the Isle of Wight festival not to love. From June 13-16, come rain or shine some of the world’s most influential bands of our time will be headlining such as The Killers, Bastille and Bon Jovi. Whether you’re a hard-core rock fan or someone who loves nothing more than a girl & her guitar, there is an act, (and a look) for everyone at the Isle of Wight.

Having seen the sun-drenched starlets of Coachella already leading the way for festival fashion trends, we in the UK have to be prepared for all weathers. For your perfect capsule wardrobe this summer, why not take a look at the Oxfam Online Shop.

With hundreds of fantastic hidden jewels shortlisted from stores around the country, the Oxfam Online Shop allows you to combine your love of coveted vintage finds and designer label bargain’s, no matter what style you’re after… or what weather you face!

 

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The beauty of a British summer is it’s unpredictability! If you’re feeling brave and you want to show off your long slender pins, then mix and match your ever-classic polka-dot summer dress with a barbour jacket- perfect for protecting you against the mud, not to mention keeping you bang on-trend for this summer. Add a touch of colour by incorporating some bright colours- wear it as a scarf, tie it to your bag, or make into a bow in your hair!

Personally, it’s all about keeping warm whilst dancing until the sun comes up. Combining two of my favourite summer trends, I’ll be investing in some old school full-length denim dungaree’s with a classic crop-tee. Partnering these with some rocking Gold-Digger boots, all from the Oxfam Online Shop, this is the perfect one-stop shop for what is undoubtedly going to be an epic summer of British festivals.

Great Gatsby Vintage Style from the Oxfam Online Shop

Team fash have been getting far too excited about the release of the Great Gatsby (starring Carey Mulligan, Leo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire). I’ve even considered coming to work in a full evening gown, pearls and pin curl hair to show my glee.

Fashion may be heading back to the jazz age for inspiration and we say bring on the pearls, ruffles, hats and sparkle. 

Tell us what your best vintage Oxfam find was on Twitter with the hash tag #foundinoxfam. It doesn’t have to be 1920s but whatever era you like.

We all know Oxfam is THE charity shop to go to get your vintage fashion fix and you can find your nearest shop here we’ve also put together this 1920s style fashion mood board below featuring items from the Oxfam Online Shop to get you in the mood.

Great Gatsby style

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Royal Windsor Horse Show fashion

From Whistles to Mulberry, Daks to Paul Smith – the Oxfam shop at Royal Windsor was bursting with fashion gems for women and men.

Set amongst an array of equestrian wear and artisan craft stalls the Oxfam shop stood out with its bright Hermes scarves and quirky displays. So, what was the first thing to do?

Get mooching around the rails of course!

I firstly had a look at some of the men’s clothes on offer, getting shop volunteer Jim (pictured below, middle, in the chair) and my friend Ben (in the blue jacket) to try on some cool jackets and blazers. I then had a look around the horse show site and bumped into Russell Taylor (right, at the bottom) who was running a clothes stand across the way from Oxfam. I loved his flamboyant style mixing a plain shirt with a colourful neck scarf.

Oxfam shop manager Lisa pointed the way to an intrinsically Windsor shop – DuBarrys of Ireland. I went in to have a quick chat with Benjamin Buxton (right, at the top) who was more than happy for me to take a few snaps of him in his finest attire!

Royal Windsor men's fashion

And here’s how you can get the look from the Oxfam Online Shop – Daks, Harris Tweed and Barbour galore!

Royal Windsor men's fashion

 

I was in heaven looking through the vintage Liberty dresses and Jaeger scarves and was so pleased when shop volunteer Molli said she’d model some clothes for me.  Mollie (below with brown hair) tried on a quite a few dresses and then we decided to get our equestrian on!!!

The shop team helped Molli dress up with some jodhpurs, a white shirt and blazer – all we needed now was a horse. We had a quick walk around the site, we couldn’t find a real one but stumbled across a horse model, which was good enough for us. Fran and Lisa, who run the festival shop, are on the left in their Royal Windsor outfits.

Whilst on our search for a horse, Molli and I spotted this eccentric red and tartin outfit across the fields sported by the lovely Joan Thomas. She should definitely feature on the advanced syle blog!

To top the event off I got to see the Shetland pony grand national, which flooded back my love for ‘my little pony’. I had every pet imaginable when I was younger but alas never a pony, one day….

And then, the finale – seeing the queen give out the final horse show prize and then I saw her being driven past me. Maybe next year we can get to style spot the Queen?

Royal windsor women's fashion

Get your look ladies, from the Oxfam Online Shop, I found these similar items below. 

 

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Hope you’ve enjoyed looking at the fashions from Royal Windsor.

Ceri Heathcote’s Key Spring Trends

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Last weekend, we got our first proper taste of Spring for 2013. It may have felt like it was never going to arrive but now it has, it is time to pack away those winter woollies and dust off something bold and bright for the season ahead. As always, there are plenty of trends around for Spring, so I have picked out a few of my favourites using the Oxfam Online Shop. I love these looks, not just because they are so now but I also think the pieces can be styled in different ways and will keep working for year after year.

Stripes

   
 

Almost every fashion blog that I checked out lately has had its own version of a striped or monochrome trend. Of course there are plenty of stripes to be found on Oxfam Fashion and just remember that stripes are great for creating an optical illusion. If you want to elongate, go for vertical or diagonal stripes, to add shape, go for horizontal stripes. Stripes are such a classic and bold look. You can stick with pure monochrome, add brightly coloured accessories or even a camel coloured jacket for a very chic look.

Fun Florals

    

Florals are always a popular choice for Spring but this year they are getting brighter, bolder and busier. For a really on on trend look try combining two different floral pieces. The trick to really making this work is to pick floral prints with similar colours or patterns.

Neon Brights

         

Wearing neons makes a brave style statement and whether this look will work for you depends partly on you colouring but also whether you have the confidence to carry it off. For those who want to give it a try but are a little neon shy try wearing with neutrals like beige or grey for a slightly more subtle take on the trend. 

What styles will you be wearing this Spring?

Oxfam and Nectar team up!

Thought about having a Spring clean lately? With the Spring/Summer fashion season arriving its time to dig out those old coats and knits and bring them down to your local Oxfam shop. And now you’ve got even more reason to have a clear out – Nectar points.

Oxfam customers who sign up to Tag Your Bag (Oxfam’s Gift Aid scheme) will be able to collect Nectar points when items they donate to Oxfam shops sell in store or on the Oxfam Online Shop. Those signed up to the scheme will be able to earn two points for every £1 donated items raise and you’ll get 100 points when you first sign up. 

Oxfam can claim Gift Aid on tagged donations raising 25% more thanks to the government’s Gift Aid scheme. For this reason, the scheme is only open to UK Taxpayers.

Well, what are you waiting for? Bring your unwanted fashions to Oxfam (find your local shop here), sign up for Tag Your Bag, we’ll be able to raise more money from your donations and you get Nectar Points when they sell. Simple.

You can find out more abut the scheme here and below is some of the reaction from Twitter about the partnership.

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Shop the Trends on the Oxfam Online Shop

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The fashion cycle dictates that what goes around comes back around. Using this logic, you can follow current designer and high street trends straight through the rails of your local charity shops.

The Oxfam Online Shop is  here to lend a helping hand with a newly launched ‘Shop the Trends‘ page which identifies, the key seasonal trends and offers a selection of the finest, unique pieces on sale online. The page will be updated with the freshest trends on a monthly basis so check back regularly to keep your wardrobe up to date.

As we amble into April, the key trends to kick of the Spring/Summer season are starting to emerge and it’s the swinging sixties which is the era en vogue.

Here’s a sneak peek at April’s trends…

COLOURFUL FLORALS

It’s all about flower power for this vibrant trend.
 

SHIFT DRESSES

Key to any sixties style wardrobe is the modish, mini shift dress.

 
METALLIC SHOES

Make a sparkling statement with bold footwear.

 
BOLD NECKLACES

Chunky, bold, colour block accessories are key to Spring/Summer style.

 
Visit the Oxfam Online Shop Trends page for a selection of Oxfam’s finest, on trend items.

LFW: Sequinspiration at Topshop Unique AW13

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Thank goodness for the digital age which was able to bring me to the f-row of London Fashion Week’s Topshop Unique AW13 show. Topshop partnered up with Google to continue their quest to deliver creativity and innovation to their customers. You may have watched the live streaming of the Topshop Unique AW13 show which included a ‘Model Cam’, a ‘be the buyer’ moodboard app and a ‘Google Hang Out’ which spoke to the design team at Topshop headquarters. This digital experience fused beautifully with the catwalk looks, with exposed midriffs, contrasting fabrics,
sparking sequins and oversized coats in shades of ash, blue and pink. It seems sequins will be lighting up the high street this AW13, as supported by WGSN’s trend forecast at the recent Pure London Show.  

This got me thinking about what sequins I own and I think I once had a light pink bandeau top which got a lot of wear on the dance floor! Sadly, it is no more but having had a look on the Oxfam Online Shop, you can start getting sequin ready for AW13 now with some of these great buys. If too many sequins blind you, why not try sequin detailing on accessories like scarves and handbags for a subtle sparkle. 

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Mother’s Day: Stylish Mums

It’s Mother’s Day on March 10th and here at Oxfam we’re celebrating the style genes we’ve inherited from our lovely mums.

Now it’s your turn. If you think your mum is a bit of a style icon or you’ve come across an old photo of her looking totally trendy, we want you to show us! Tweet us @OxfamFashion or email harchard@oxfam.org.uk and your mum could star on this blog very soon. 

ROSALIND JANA

Oxfam Fashion Blogger

Style is obviously in the genes with Rosalind and her mum. This hue of turquoise/green perfectly complements her blazing red curls whilst the additional leather accessories accent these sophisticated bohemian outfits.

VINTAGE MULTI-COLOURED SHIRT DRESS // TURQUOISE POLKA DOT DRESS // TURQUOISE PATTERNED DRESS // DRAWSTRING BAG // EMBELLISHED BALLET PUMPS // TED BAKER BELT // CALVIN KLEIN SUNGLASSES

HELEN ARCHARD

Oxfam

“My mumma is simply one in a billion. This photo was taken in 1980, nearly a decade before I was born, and I love how effortlessly elegant she looks. She has a very demure and sophisticated style and, although modest about her ‘fashion sense’, I certainly have my nose in her wardrobe more than she does in mine. It’s also her I have to thank for my charity shopping expertise and casual crafting skills amongst everything else.”

SARA GRIFFITHS

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Sara is herself a super stylish mum with daughter Katie (pictured) always wearing her gorgeous skirts. As well as additions to the wardrobe, Katie has inherited the Oxfam DIY ethos from her mum. She will be spending Mother’s Day on a make and mend sewing course so she can alter and customise lots of Oxfam goodies with her new sewing machine, also a present from her mum. 

YELLOW CHEQUERED SKIRT // YELLOW STRIPED SKIRT // BLACK CHEQUERED SKIRT // TED BAKER BLACK AND PURPLE STRIPED SKIRT // BROWN CHEQUERED SKIRT // MOSCHINO BLUE A-LINE SKIRT 

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KELLY O’CONNOR

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“My mum Diana is boss (as we say in Liverpool!) I don’t get to see her that often living in Oxford but we are always on the phone to each other. My mum and I love a good mooch around charity shops and she always chooses things that I think will never look good on me but do. She once found a polka dot Mary Quant dress in a charity shop for £3 – she has the eye! As you can see from the photos, she is a fan of polka dots and loves dark colours with cool patterns. Don’t tell her but some of her old Chelsea Girl patterned dresses may have ended up in Oxford with
me..shhhhhh!”

MONOCHROME POLKA DOT DRESS // POLKA DOT SHOES // TURQUOISE SPOTTED DRESS //
NAVY POLKA DOT BLOUSE // RED SPOTTED DRESS // POLKA DOT A-LINE SKIRT

LAILA BOWMAN

Oxfam Fashion Blogger

“If there’s one thing I inherited from my mum it’s her love of all things second hand. For as long as I can remember, a trip to town would include browsing in charity shops. At 11 years old I was embarrassed however, at 24 years old, whenever we get a rare day off at the same time we plan a second hand shopping trip. I snapped this photo just before one of our second hand shopping trips. She had forgotten I’d asked to take her photo and, by chance, happened to be wearing a fully thrifted outfit.  I think she looks fab!”

BLACK FLORAL TOP // FLORAL HALTER NECK // BEIGE FLORAL TOP // LONG FLUFFY BOOT // FLUFFY ANKLE BOOT // BLACK ROSE PRINT TOP   




FEE GILFEATHER

Oxfam

“This is a photo of my mum in France in 1967 wearing a dress she made herself. She made all her own clothes, including her wedding dress which she then turned into my first communion dress 10 years later!”

MULTICOLOURED STRIPED SHIFT DRESS // GREY AND PINK CARDIGAN // CREAM EMBELLISHED SHIFT DRESS // VINTAGE 1960S TURQUOISE DRESS // BLUE HEELS

EMMA WAIGHT

Oxfam Fashion Blogger

“Mummy Waight never puts herself first so it’s great when she treats herself to new clothes, whether they’re charity shop or high street. She’s constantly running around the countryside with our two dogs so leggings, cosy jumpers and great boots are her staples. Far from superficial, clothes and shopping hold lots of mother/daughter memories, especially as I have two equally stylish sisters!” 

VINTAGE CLOCHE HAT // KAREN MILLEN ROLL NECK // PONCHO // QUILTED JACKET // VINTAGE KNITTED JACKET // ANKLE BOOTS

Happy Mother’s Day to all our inspirational mums!

If you’re inspired by any of the looks you’ve seen from the Oxfam mums or need a unique Mother’s Day gift, try the Oxfam Online Shop for some genuine treasures.

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Vintage Culture Bath Fashion Museum

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Fashion inspiration can strike in many places these days but, for designers, stylists and fashion editors, the history books are often one of the best places to start.That’s why I love visiting the Fashion Museum in Bath, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year. Nestled between Georgian buildings, quaint boutiques and tearooms, the Fashion Museum is a source of inspiration for fashion-forward thinkers from across the country.

For years designers have looked to the past – the experimental shapes of the 60s, the power suits of the 80s and now the 90s grunge look has been reimagined for the 21st century. All those looks, yes even grunge, can be found in this museum which is located beneath Bath’s majestic Assembly Rooms.

Although there are new exhibitions to visit every year, one of the perks of the permanent collection is seeing how the curators showcase current trends with garments from their collection, many of which are decades if not hundreds of years old. In this small area of the museum, original pastel, monochrome and oriental looks are the current trends on display. True to the trend there are the shapes, colours and styles that you can expect to see popping up on your local high street.

Seeing these garments, carefully preserved and kept in a delicately controlled environment is a joy. Last year the museum embraced the Olympic spirit with an exhibition entitled SPORT and FASHION and it celebrated the previous year’s Royal Wedding with a year-long display of antique wedding dresses and photographs. The details of each outfit reflect a time gone by captured in fabric. It’s sobering to think that many of the garments were handmade in their entirety, which I should remember the next time I’m struggling to fix a hem or getting frustrated with my sewing
machine!

London may have the V&A and the Fashion and Textiles Museum but Bath’s Fashion Museum is definitely a force to be reckoned with in the vintage and costume stakes. 

The Fashion Museum can be found in Bath Assembly Rooms, Bennett St, Bath, Avon BA1 2QH

London Fashion Week Designers at the Oxfam Online Shop

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The patter of stilettos has faded and only the empty champagne flutes and discarded show invites   remain in the wake of London Fashion Week AW13. The catwalks have channelled London’s famous originality with commendable collections from the city’s showcasing designers.  

Some of London’s fashion week designers can be found in Oxfam shops nationwide as well as the Oxfam Online Shop. Here’s our pick of some of the fashion capital’s finest…

Oxfam Fashion Week Designers