Restyle 2013: the beginning


Day 1: Pink

A skirt I wear to work at least once a week – I think I found it at The Salvos in Osborne Park.

Skirt: Op shopped / Shirt: Jcrew / Cardigan: Op shopped



Day 2: Polka dot

I found this shirt fairly recently from the Salvos in Osborne Park. It was one of those times when I walked around the store umming and ahhing about it because I didn’t know how I’d wear it or if it fit right. I still don’t know but I cut out the shoulder pads and gave it a wear for Restyle.

Shirt: Op shopped / Jeans: Wrangler



Day 3: White shirt

I don’t wear white because it never ever stays white but how could I resist a shirt that made me look like a fancy frilled neck lizard? A white short is a bit too fancy for my business casual (emphasis on the casual) job so wearing it with jeans and a coloured cardi seems to make it a bit less “do you have a business woman special?” than usual.

Shirt: Op shopped / Jeans: Wrangler / Cardigan: Op shopped



Day 4: Mixed print

I ay have cheated by taking mixed print and making it all-the-same print. This is the skirt that I mentioned a while ago that had the tag that it was made in West Germany and it’s a little beat up so I had to do some hand sewing whilst wearing it. And by wearing it with another floral drape-y cardigan thing, I feel kind of nanna-ish but in a good way.

Skirt: Op shopped / Drape-y thing: Asos



Day 5: Sequins

And this is the point when I start to really bend the rules. They’re beads, not sequins and this top came from Etsy, not an op shop. But they’re sparkly and second hand and that ticks two boxes for me so it counts.

Top: Etsy / Skirt: Op shopped


Winter warmers [Part 2]

Well in the last week, Perth has actually felt some cold. Wet stuff has been falling from the sky causing traffic to stop (Perth drivers…)


This was one of those Melbourne coats and it’s long enough to cover my butt (important when it’s cold) but short enough to be stylish and cool and chic and all those other things that I definitely am not in the middle of winter.


And on the other end of the classy and chic spectrum, a corduroy jacket. Worn to events such as: parties where I know I’m going to be huddled by a bonfire; gigs where all the band members have longer hair than I do; farms.


Replace farms with bars and you will have occasions when this red/purple denim jacket is appropriate.


All the classy bloggers have trench coats and so do I. Unfortunately, I don’t own enough Breton stripe shirts and circle skirts to make this work, so this coat sits in my closet. Sorry, trench coat.


On the other hand, I wear this wool coat constantly. I bought it for my first big backpacking trip – Europe in the dead of winter – and it still has museum ticket stubs and a tube map in the pockets. And as you can see, my cat has made it his bed.


Then we have this leather jacket. It smells as rock n roll as it looks (smoke, beer and cat pee) so it can’t actually go in my wardrobe. Instead, it’s has to hang on the wall for all to see. Which is kinda good seeing as this is THE coolest jacket to grace this Earth. Yup, I called it.


So that all (most?) of what I have. Certainly more warm coats than there are cold days here. Maybe it’s time to redonate a few – which is bound to end with me doing a bit of browsing and replacing what I’d just donated. But get down to your local oppie because trust me, there’s no shortage of great winter wear.

coat pile

Now who wants to help me hang these all up?


Winter warmers [Part 1]

Now that Perth has finally received the memo that it is Autumn, it’s time to discuss the absolute best thing that you can find at op shops:


Seriously, winter clothes are the easiest thing to find at op shops. They’re big and bulky and easy to find. They’re always cheaper than buying new. There’s just so much great winter wear in every. single. op shop.

To prove my point, I decide to go and photograph all the wintery clothes I’ve bought from op shops. But to even further prove my point, I have too many for a single post so this is going to be a double post.

Without further adieu;


The fleece lining in this bomber jacket is removable which has made it perfect for the cold-but-not-freezing Autumn days.


Short, faux fur jacket. I’ve posted about my Lisa Ho bargain but the problem is that I’m too scared to wear it when there’s a chance I’ll spill wine on it or leave it behind somewhere. But this coat isn’t real fur so in my mind, that means it’s a bit more durable and perfectly fine to wear to bars when I’m planning on buying a bottle of wine and only asking for one glass.


Yup, it’s a denim jacket, what more is there to say? I also have a lighter blue for light blue denim occasions.


Brown coat that I bought in Melbourne – it has a hood, toggles and pockets and is everything you need in a cute coat. And when I went op shopping last weekend, I spotted several similar coats so now you have no excuse to not own one.


The biggest, comfiest cardi in the world. This is the one I wear on Friday nights when I’m having a night in or on Monday mornings when I wish it was still the weekend. Bonus comfy points for it being handmade.


And then we have the classy cardi. For around Wednesday when I want to wear something a bit nicer (houndstooth = nice, right?) and a bit interesting.That’s when this cardigan comes in.


Ok, I said the earlier cardigan was the best ever but clearly I was wrong. This cardigan with an amazing pattern and metal hardware is the best. And it was made in Norway which is basically the coldest place on Earth so you’d hope they’d make toasty warm cardigans (spoiler: they do – this cardigan is surprisingly warm).


So that’s approximately half of what I’ve got in my wardrobe. I’ll post the other half later this week. Or maybe later this month, no promises here.


Music Monday: Roy Orbison

Well I haven’t had a Music Monday post for many Mondays now but since this Monday just happens to be a freakin’ public holiday, I think it’s well time to get back to tradition. I also need a well earned break between Teen Mom episodes.

So today, I bring you Roy Orbison’s album, Mystery Girl. I can’t remember exactly where I bought it but I suspect it was at a vinyl sale that was held in a community hall in Vic Park years ago.

Roy Orbison - Mystery Girl via opshopped.wordpress.com

The album begins somewhat shakily with You Got It. I say shakily not because Orbison was a nervous singer, but rather because the record I own is either slightly scratched or warped. But hey, that just makes it authentic, right? This song is one that you’d listen to with friends at 1am when everyone has had a bottle of wine and wants to sing while swaying arm in arm. It’s kind of the Champagne Supernova of the 80’s.


Anyway, the drunken singing swaying camaraderie theme keeps going with the second track (In the Real World) although I don’t know the lyrics so it’d be a case of swaying and mumbling if it was played at an opshopped household party.

Now, we can not talk about Roy Orbison without mentioning how unbelievably cool he was.

Roy Orbison vinyl via opshopped

See? So cool. Hipsters have been trying to copy him and his dark, brooding, Ray Ban-wearing look for years. If ol’ Roy was around today, he’d have a blog or The Satorialist would be chasing him down the street.

But that brings us to the sad fact that apparently Roy Orbison died in 1988 (not long after this album was recorded) so there will be no style blogs, no revival shows and we’ll have to make do with swaying in our lounge rooms rather than at a concert. But thanks for making Wayfarers cool.


Op shop Perth

I’ve just created a page of WA op shops because all the lists I’ve found online are out of date. So check it out!


It’s a great way for the newly op shopping and to plan a day of op shopping.

If you’re looking for an op shopping spree, here a few I recommend;

Belmont: – Three op shops in a row with a fourth just down the road

Fremantle: Op shops everywhere! Be sure to check out Retro Vinnies

Midland: Just follow Great Eastern Highway