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Luxury pyjamas, and the sudden attraction of high street shopping

luxury pyjamas
luxury pyjamas
luxury pyjamas

This is another outfit from the brief week and a half when it was high summer and any clothes were too many clothes (now its’ warm and rainy. I have never seen so much rain in my life. And I live in blumming Scotland!). Anyway, it was so hot and I was out to get some leggings to wear with this dress, which has a tendency to go static and ride up and is therefore not work proof, or public proof really. I didn’t find a great selection of leggings just loads of tights like stuff and I couldn’t bring myself to spend 15 euros on a simple black cotton pair. Seems a bit excessive!

So I decided to spend the extra fiver and get myself these trousers. They’re a silky sort of material, viscose I think, but not staticky I had a vague idea to wear them with the dress, but that really looks a bit too shalwar kameez for my liking, so I wore them on their own instead.

This outfit I essentially think of as luxury pyjamas. The top is kind of silky as well, and it doesn’t actually feel like being dressed, it’s wonderful! The trousers are so comfortable! I’m not sure I would go as far as to wear them to work, high heels or not, but I did wear them out into public for some evening drinks as well as to the supermarket, with the peach cardigan.

Another thing I wanted to talk about is how in the last couple of weeks I went shopping on the high street TWICE. It’s so bizarre, that’s probably how much I’d been in the previous year! When I was an avid charity shopper, I was so anti high street because I enjoyed the joy of the hunt and I hated the way everything was presented on a platter to me in the shops. Stuff also seemed pretty expensive and low quality to me. I still think that about the value for money in many places (really, h&m seems to make stuff from paper these days) and some shops (again, h&m the standout ones) are just so badly organised and busy that actually just walking into it made me feel vaguely agoraphobic.

But others, chiefly among them Mango, where I got my stuff, I actually really liked. I seem to be at a point in my life, where I just want things to be easy. I like that there are lots of nice things all in one place, in all different sizes. I appreciate that I can go in and know I’ll walk out with something good without effort. I like the interior design where things are presented to me and I don’t have to dig*. And the extra cost for that, and for stuff being new, seems kind of fair now that charity shops have decreed that £8 is a fair price for a basic skirt from h&m**. Maybe I’m getting old!

Has this happened to anyone else, to have gone back from thrifter to high street shopper? Not that I’m reallu a high street shopper now, but I am definitely much more positive about it than before.

Outfit stats:
* Trousers – mango * top – can’t remember * shoes – clarks originals, gift * neacklace – Fave’s mum made it * sunnies – topshop *

* Plus, there don’t seem to be any charity shops in Brussels, just vintage ones.
** Yes, I know, I know why they do it and it’s fair enough and I won’t moan too much. But it’s undeniable that price has been one of the key reason why I am increasingly unenthusiastic about charity shops.

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  • Emily 18 June 2012, 8:03 am

    Totally agree with the horrendous pricing in charity shops, selling something from Primark or similar for probably more than you’d pay in the first place, after its been worn (often to the point of bobbling) is unacceptable. Perhaps they just need more high quality donation….nevertheless overpricing of tata has put me off charity shops too, but I still can’t bear the high street!

    Those trousers look great tho! I approve of anything that feels.like pyjamas but that you can wear or of the house!


  • superheidi 18 June 2012, 8:33 am

    Looking good on a hot day! Well, the fact of getting older won’t get you lazy and run of to the highstreet. What does change though, is you may change your attitude towards values and opinions, you don’t take everthing that serious. I find it hard to put into English words. Let’s say in time, you discover the many shades of grey between black & white.
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  • Penny Dreadful Vintage 18 June 2012, 9:37 am

    You look fabulous in trousers, you should wear them more often 🙂 I’ve never been anti-hight street really. I do find it concerning that I don’t always know how the clothes have been made, but I don’t think it is any of my business really how people choose to spend their money, whether high street, designer, charity shops, or on things other than clothes entirely!

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  • Vix 18 June 2012, 2:20 pm

    They look fantastic on you, great fit and a really cheery colour. x
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  • Jane 18 June 2012, 4:35 pm

    They are such a great fit and colour on you.
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  • Helen 18 June 2012, 7:03 pm

    I am high street through & through! I like some charity shop clothes, but I am too impatient for messy ones and the ones that are nice and more like the highstreet have the bumped up prices. I do have a few nice pieces from charity shops and they are THE BEST for kids clothes! My sister and mum are obsessed with them for cute things for my niece – so many people buy clothes that will only fit babies for a few months and never get round to wearing them and then donate them, so there are some really good quality things available. I also like charity shops for house things, like mirrors and furniture and trinkets. But not so much for clothes anymore.
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  • Amy 18 June 2012, 10:41 pm

    I have a pair of trousers just like that, but light brown! They’re super comfy, I totally agree with you that they’re like wearing pyjamas!
    I’m definitely with you on the price of charity shops these days, I hate to sound like an old woman but I remember when you could pick up a top or skirt for £1-2. Now you’ll be lucky to be paying less than £10. I know it’s good for a charity to make as much money as they can, but on the other hand I think they run the risk of driving people out of charity shops. When old charity shopping stalwarts start leaving, they’ll be lucky to make any serious money. But then on the other hand, if folk are willing to pay that much for second-hand goods then it’s just supply and demand!

  • Terri 19 June 2012, 2:22 am

    Well, it hasn’t happened yet, but that is part of the reason I have been doing the Window Shopping Project. We’ll see if I’ll spring for some higher end items before the end of the year.
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  • Eli 19 June 2012, 3:57 am

    Great pants! Lately I’ve been satisfying my high street needs through the thrift store! it works just as well

  • THE-LOUDMOUTH 19 June 2012, 6:29 am

    I pretty much just buy/wear what I want, though mainly it’s thrifted or from Target because of the price tag. 😉

    So, what did you think of Prometheus!?
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  • Style Eyes 19 June 2012, 6:30 am

    A lovely pair of trousers. Much as I love charity shopping sometimes I do prefer something new, partly because it is easier and it is just there ready to buy. Like you though, when I do take a look at the high street, I am constantly suprised by the lack of quality. These days when I am not charity shopping I do all of my shopping online as there is hardly anything ethical / sustainable on the high street. Although I am a big fan of Monsoon.
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  • Carina 19 June 2012, 3:24 pm

    Ha, ich habe mich eher vom High Street Shopper zum Online Swapper gewandelt 😉 Ich geh gar nicht mehr so oft in den normalen Läden shoppen weil ich a) viele Kollektionen momentan nicht schön finde und b) viel zu geizig bin. Ich finde 30€ für ein Kleid sind schon fast zu viel… 😉

    Ich mochte nie dieses Charity Shops Shopping weil es in den läden oft so muffig ist und ich mich vor müffeligen Klamotten ein wenig ekle, aber 2nd Hand Kleidung tauschen find cih richtig gut und ich hatte auch noch keine negativen erlebnisse 🙂

    So, nun zu deiner Hose: die ist wunderschön! Das ist ein ganz toller Blauton und durch den Schnitt und Stoff find ich sieht sie schick aus, mit High Heels bestimmt noch schicker! Gute Investition würde ich sagen! 🙂
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  • Bella Q 20 June 2012, 1:17 pm

    HIgh shop = sweat shops, right? I get the idea of easy though- my love of the hunt sometime clashes with the speed of the need. I like those pants on you however- different than what I expect to see- and I love that color on you!
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  • Bella Q 20 June 2012, 1:21 pm

    PS I am loving those sunglasses!
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  • angie 21 June 2012, 5:18 am

    I seem to swing between these two. but I definitely loath the poor quality in high street that’s why I ‘m thinking to save for luxury items that last for years. I also love mango.

  • Rochelle 27 June 2012, 7:20 am

    I totally understand what you mean about sometimes just wanting things to be easy. I’m still struggling in Japan to find clothes that fit. I just want a pair of jeans. But my inseam is about 4″ longer than the average here.

    My thrift stores have been going crazy on prices as well and it’s driving me nuts! I don’t want to spend more on an item at a thrift store than I could find the item on clearance.
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