vintage blouse

Back in March, I placed an order with LostStock and earlier this month it arrived! If you don't know who LostStock are, where have you been?! When the pandemic hit and countries started going into lockdown, many of the big name brands cancelled their clothing orders with their Bangladeshi suppliers, refused to both pay and take the clothes made, leaving factory workers with nothing. So LostStock stepped in! Money from selling these clothes would help keep factory workers alive and also keep the clothes from going to landfill. It was somewhat of a lucky dip, answer a few questions about your style and they send £70 worth of goods for £35. And there have, rightfully, been a lot of criticisms. I simply got 4 different vest tops which aren't even worth the £35 never mind £70, but it was for a good cause and hopefully helped someone in need so I can't complain too much.

Anyway! There was one vest of the four I received that was actually my style, and given that I don't wear sleeveless tops/dresses of any kind normally (I hate my upper arms) it's pushed me into getting creative with styling. So I thought I'd share!

The Vintage Vibe

bib collar blouse

This white shirt is something that has been on my wishlist for months after seeing a similar Arket number and I finally spotted this one on Reina Vintage Depop shop last week. It's the perfect piece for layering up and creating a look that's just a little different. Paired with my all-time favourite jeans, the Levi wedgie fit, and this is definitely my favourite look of the 5 here.

Decorator Chic

white jumpsuit

A simple option and the usual go-to for me when it comes to vest tops, is just to layer them underneath a jumpsuit. This is a nice, lightweight number I picked up last summer and the orange tie-dye pops perfectly against the white!

Summer Pastels

summer styling

An obvious choice for a vest top is to merely throw it on with a pair of shorts and voila, summer outfit sorted. Not my usual styling choice, but my favourite vintage shorts with a clashing shirt over the top seems to work rather well.

Classically

orange tie dye vest

Another thing that I've been hunting for on Depop/eBay is a nice pair of brown check trousers because once I get an idea in my head, I can't get it out! So finding this Pull & Bear pair on Depop for less than a tenner was a steal. The brown works well with the orange of the vest, and you can never go wrong with a white shirt thrown on top can you?

The Print Clash

tie dye print clash

It wouldn't be right if I didn't add a good print clash now, would it? And what better clash than double tie dye! I've had this mesh number for a few years now and it's just one of my favourite pieces for layering. The orange vest works so well for adding a splash of colour to an otherwise monochrome outfit.

So which of the 5 looks is your favourite?!

Loves. Emma.

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