STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Time to Go Opshopping

I have noticed lately that more and more people are toting around the same bags and wearing the same jewelry, which to some doesn’t matte,r but to me tends to get on my nerves sometimes. It is hard to be unique in a time of worldwide chain stores and mass produced clothes. To be honest, I have become accustomed to guessing where people’s outfits are from when I ask them, the usual answer being Zara, Topshop or Primark. Don’t get me wrong, I do love those stores, but I also love the thrill of finding a little boutique that no one else knows about – or yet, even better that antique street vender selling jewelry. I have even searched my mother’s jewelry box since I have been home, finding some true gems in there. This Fashionista made me yearn to go back to the stalls of Portabello Road to search some more when she told me that the majority of her accessories are from ‘Opshops’ – the name for a vintage store in Australia.

This Fashionista’s basics can be found in stores like Topshop, however her jacket is one of a kind. Though she does not have it on, I love the detail of the gold buttons, which add a military feel to it. Her messenger bag is what pulls the whole outfit together, a true opshop find. The white and black stripes work well with this ensemble, as would it with any and the embellished gold suns tie perfectly with the gold buttons on the jacket. One of my favorite parts of her ensemble is her collection of necklaces, two from an opshop (with her own added touch) and one of her own pieces. I love a collection of eclectic jewelry. For me it’s my bracelets and rings, mixing pieces I found in my mother’s jewelry box to gifts I have received over the years. Try these online stores with vintage sections, ModCloth and LuLu's, for an array of items from clothes to accessories.

Hint: Explore the vintage store you always walk by, but never go in, venture into your mother’s (or even grandmother’s) jewelry box and make every outfit you wear unique.

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