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Canberra Op Shop Guide – Hitting the Town

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Heading out for a night on the town? You could run out to a chain store to find a fun new outfit (and risk looking like every second person you see), or, you could head to your local op-shop, get thrifty, and rock a one-of-a-kind outfit that screams effortless cool.

So, what are the key ingredients in a fun going out look that’s still suitable for winter? Let’s break it down:

Faux fur coat – $25 Salvos Jamison
Sparkly sweater – $7 Salvos Belconnen
Black skirt – $7 Salvos Jamison
Colour block heels – $6 Ys Buys Belconnen

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Since Canberra’s weather is so cold, it pays to invest in a few interesting coats to mix things up a bit. Op shops are great for finding cool vintage-style coats, but you may have to shop around a bit to find one that fits well. That being said, over-sized coats are quite trendy right now, and can look especially cool draped over your shoulders (just pretend you’re an old-school Hollywood fancy person). Here we’ve gone for a quirky, fuzzy faux fur coat that’s sure to turn heads. It makes a bit of a statement and will prove a great ice-breaker as many people will come up to you and ask if they can stoke it. You see? Warm and practical!

Underneath our coat we’ve got a black sparkly sweater, which is great for injecting some fun into the look while still keeping you warm. The sweater is so long that it’s covering up our black mini skirt (there is a skirt I promise!). This creates quite a sexy look, but also helps to balance the bulkiness of the coat.

And as for shoes, we’ve gone for sky-high colour blocked heels. The high platform helps elongate the leg while the ankle straps will ensure they stay on your feet while you’re cutting shapes on the D floor. There are lots of great party shoes to be found at op shops, as I think people only wear such statement shoes a few times until they get bored of them. Fortunately you can reap the benefit of their impulse purchases and nab a cool pair of heels for just a few bucks.

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Adding all of our elements together, we’ve come up with a distinctly Carrie Bradshaw-esque ensemble that looks cool while keeping you warm. The coat will prove useful time and time again during winter (it makes a great blanket at the movies trust me I know) and the heels are great for injecting a pop of colour into an otherwise monochrome outfit.

Let me know in the comments if you like the look, or if you’ve ever found a great going out piece in an op shop!

Photography by Jiawa Liu from Closet Voyage.

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16 Responses to
Canberra Op Shop Guide – Hitting the Town
rosscoact 12:01 pm
14 Jul 14
#1

My wife is a fan of the Op shop hunt. I’ve noticed that unlike conventional shopping, every scalp needs
1. What it is, preferably with brand, 2. Which Op shop, 3. How much it was.

More power to you, it’s a great hobby, and you look a picture.

switch 12:46 pm
14 Jul 14
#2

So where are all the single men, Heather?

Maya123 1:11 pm
14 Jul 14
#3

The bare legs look cold.

Heather Lansdowne 3:23 pm
14 Jul 14
#4

rosscoact said :

My wife is a fan of the Op shop hunt. .

Thanks! I hope your wife has been finding some good stuff :)

Heather Lansdowne 3:24 pm
14 Jul 14
#5

Maya123 said :

The bare legs look cold.

Haha people say that to me a lot but I find that when my core is warm my legs don’t feel that cold! Of course you could always add stockings to stay a little warmer ;)

Queen_of_the_Bun 4:14 pm
14 Jul 14
#6

I still can’t see the skirt.

rosscoact 4:44 pm
14 Jul 14
#7

Heather Lansdowne said :

rosscoact said :

My wife is a fan of the Op shop hunt. .

Thanks! I hope your wife has been finding some good stuff :)

Oh yes, never empty handed. Came back with four Le Creuset casseroles with the original labels still on them for $15 each a week or two back.

Masquara 7:22 pm
14 Jul 14
#8

rosscoact said :

Heather Lansdowne said :

rosscoact said :

My wife is a fan of the Op shop hunt. .

Thanks! I hope your wife has been finding some good stuff :)

Oh yes, never empty handed. Came back with four Le Creuset casseroles with the original labels still on them for $15 each a week or two back.

Be careful – there are fake Le Creusets out there would you believe.

Heather Lansdowne 9:13 pm
14 Jul 14
#9

Queen_of_the_Bun said :

I still can’t see the skirt.

Like I said it’s hidden under the long sweater :)

Heather Lansdowne 9:27 pm
14 Jul 14
#10

switch said :

So where are all the single men, Heather?

There are a bunch of men in the comic book store (not sure if they are single though).

justin heywood 10:47 am
15 Jul 14
#11

Heather Lansdowne said :

switch said :

So where are all the single men, Heather?

There are a bunch of men in the comic book store (not sure if they are single though).

I think I can confirm that the men in a comic book store tend not to have girlfriends :)

Heather Lansdowne 3:52 pm
15 Jul 14
#12

justin heywood said :

I think I can confirm that the men in a comic book store tend not to have girlfriends :)

Nah man that’s a stereotype all the good nerds are taken :)

justin heywood 4:04 pm
15 Jul 14
#13

Heather Lansdowne said :

justin heywood said :

I think I can confirm that the men in a comic book store tend not to have girlfriends :)

Nah man that’s a stereotype all the good nerds are taken :)

Ah. Undoubtedly true. I get all my nerd stereotyping ideas from Big Bang Theory.

neanderthalsis 4:11 pm
15 Jul 14
#14

That sparkly jumper looks rather like the one my wife dropped off at the Salvos in Belco recently (she was a volunteer there for a while too). I am sure she will be slightly miffed that the daggy jumper that she donated is now considered fashionable.

Heather Lansdowne 6:16 pm
15 Jul 14
#15

justin heywood said :

I get all my nerd stereotyping ideas from Big Bang Theory.

Ah. Real nerds watch Community :)

Heather Lansdowne 6:17 pm
15 Jul 14
#16

neanderthalsis said :

That sparkly jumper looks rather like the one my wife dropped off at the Salvos in Belco recently (she was a volunteer there for a while too). I am sure she will be slightly miffed that the daggy jumper that she donated is now considered fashionable.

How could a sparkly jumper be daggy?! ;)

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