Saturday, 12 March 2016

Second Hand Style #3: My Best Berlin Bargains So Far

If you've been following my second hand shopping series from my new home in Berlin, you might have seen that I that I spent some time last month exploring my temporary new neighbourhood of Charlottenburg, where I discovered a brilliant mix of charity shops and upmarket second hand boutiques only a ten minute walk from my apartment. It's testament to the stylish and discerning tastes of the owners that the shops were full of customers, and I ended up buying something in almost every store!

Best buys from Oxfam,
I found two amazing bargains in the men's section of the Oxfam store on Kurf├╝rstendamm, one of Berlin's biggest and oldest shopping streets. My favourite piece was this retro 90s sweater, which I found for the great price of €7.50. The cosy lining and easy fit mean it's the perfect piece for now, when temperatures are only peaking at about 5C, and it can be teamed either with yoga leggings for a quick trip to the gym or with a  jersey pencil skirt and trainers for work. I have no idea what brand it's by, as the label's been cut out, but I love the fact that it has such a strong 90s feel without being tied to specific designer, who seem to be deemed 'in' and 'out' faster than you can say sustainability (Calvin Klein and Michael Kors, I'm looking at you...)

Close up of the  embroidery detailing on the logo
My other buy was an oversized but slim fit, 100% cotton striped shirt for €6.50, which will work just as well now teamed with skinny jeans and a jumper as well as cut-off denim shorts in the summer. The material means it will be super easy to wash and iron (be careful of dry-clean only items when buying second hand), and it would even work as a nightshirt on holiday.

Best buy from Razzo,
I stumbled across Razzo not too far from my apartment, in a sleepy couple of side streets that are bursting with second hand boutiques (read more here). I quickly spotted this polka dot shirt (€12) by Gerry Weber, which is definitely not a store I would ever consider usually shopping in, but it just shows the unexpected treasures that shopping second hand shopping can unearth. I've already worn it to work and again in the evening for dinner and bowling, where the 50s polka dots were a great fit for my retro bowling shoes!

I bought one more item on my second hand trip, but that's for another time...stay tuned soon for a quick and easy DIY that's perfect for transitioning into Spring.

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