Donation of the Day:

Would you or someone you know like a new handbag for Christmas?

Yes please I hear you cry… Well you are in luck.

Today’s Donation of the Day is this stunning  Liberty Tote bag.

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This navy Marlborough leather tote bag is in excellent condition.

An all over Iphis design and two top handle straps make a practical and stylish handbag for day or night and the perfect size to carry your essentials in style.

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Expandable sides for any larger items you may need to carry, a single pop stud fastening and internal pocket allow you to keep your contents secure.

Fully lined in Liberty logo stamped fabric

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The bag also has a removable matching tag embossed with the Iphis design on one side and Liberty London in gold lettering on the other.

It also comes with a branded protective dust bag

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 This beautiful 100% leather handbag is still available to buy from Liberty London and retails for £495

The Clothes Line price £400

So grab yourself a bargain as it wont be around for long.

If you have any questions regarding this bag or any item featured on the Blog or Facebook page please get in touch hello@theclothesline.org.uk

 

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Beach Beautiful

Look like the perfect accessory to sandy, summery picnics or barefoot beach strolls in this classic summer dress. Strapless and an easy pull on, pull off fastening, this dress by coveted surf brand Roxy is just the thing you need on holiday, whether that’s a stay-cation in brilliant Blighty or somewhere a little more exotic…

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Wear over a bikini on the beach, or for mild summer evenings with a statement necklace and chic cardigan; and come winter, layer over a simple black long sleeved tee and tights.

We’ll be sending this to our Wilmslow shop next week, so if you’ve got a holiday planned then you’d better be quick! Find our list of shops and how to get there here

Donation of the Day…

Today’s fab donation had to be this cute 60’s inspired polka dot shift dress from Hobbs, designed by Marilyn Anselm. Hobbs

It’s 50% silk exterior means it drapes beautifully and is ideal for dressing up or down, whilst the velvet bodice adds a hint of nigh-time glamour that will take you effortlessly from summer to winter once the weather starts to turn. This style of dress was seen massively on the catwalks for AW14-15, particularly Louis Vuitton, so you’ll be way ahead of the fashion curve. Wear with block heeled court shoes and a beehive up ‘do’ for the ultimate retro revival.

Find this gorgeous dress available to buy online through eBay for just £30 from tomorrow here.

 

 

Check us out…

We told you all about The Clothes Line’s foray into the world of eBay last month, with a few items going up initially. Well, we’ve had so much success from it we’re keeping it up! We’re uploading new items weekly, all at buy it now prices (and absolute bargains, may we add). So what are you waiting for? Check out our profile and get following so you definitely won’t miss out on anything here.

 Take a look at some of the items we’ve still got for sale and click through the links below them to purchase – we promise you won’t be disappointed!

Condici 2pc

This two-piece show stopper from Mother of the Bride favourite Condici, is just the ticket you need for that long awaited summer wedding. The pastel shade is bang on trend, and believe it or not, so is the black – it’s the only colour to be seen in at weddings these days. But fear not, the combination of pastel pink and black means you’ll nail the trend oh-so gracefully! Its versatile too, wear without the jacket for evening and dress it up with glam accessories. Originally retailing at over £500, you can buy it here.

Ewa IWalla

Up next is this unique, high quality dress from Swedish, earth-friendly designer Ewa iWalla. Ewa iWalla clothing is renowned for its individual garments that are as intricate as pieces of art, and all made by hand using natural materials where possible. This midi length cotton dress is inspired by a mix of traditional Swedish culture and dark fairy tales, and encompasses all that the brand is about. Retailing originally for over £300 you can buy it still in great condition from The Clothes Line here.

Isabel Marant

A fashionista favourite – Isabel Marant regularly produces worldwide coveted pieces, making the label one hot ticket right now. Any piece from Isabel Marant will be timeless in your wardrobe, in particular this lightweight pinstripe blazer. It’s just on the right side of casual, with it’s smart shape dressed down by the denim-y fabric. This means you can wear it with anything, anywhere. With jeans for a subtle take on double denim, or over a dress for work – whatever, you just know it’ll turn heads and last forever. Originally retailing for around £400 you can buy it still in great condition and with lots more wear left in it here.

Jil Sander

Another jacket – but definitely not one to forget. This versatile piece from minimalist, German fashion house Jil Sander is a lightweight wool-blend, so is perfect for layering when it’s colder and throwing over a dress for chilly English summers. The slate grey colour is bang on trend, as is the boxy shape; pair with turned up jeans and an over-sized boxy tee with cute flats, or over this summer’s must have cami dress. Originally retailing at over £400 buy it here.

These are just a selection of the amazing garments we have for sale – take a look at our eBay page for more bargains, and and get following us for updates on new items listed!

 

The Spring Coat Edit

You need a spring coat. Unless you live in any other country except England, in which case your seasons are probably very well defined. But here we’ve already seen a scorching hot (nearly) start to March, more rain and frost towards the end, and sunshine again come April. Trust us, you NEED one.

We’ve put together a selection of the best spring coats we’ve had donated, that are simply perfect for this awkward time of year, and will see you through those rainy July days too…

Hobbs

This swing style slightly cropped jacket from Hobbs will smarten up any outfit. It looks great worn open over a statement dress for a spring wedding or christening, over a simple shift dress for work, and still looks amazing done up over jeans, a polo neck and bright accessories for cooler days. It’s monochrome colour means it’ll go with virtually anything, and what more reason do you need than that? Oh, yes the price; at £30.50 you’ll be walking away with a wardrobe steal, too! Head to our Marlborough shop next week to find this gem.

Jaeger Boutique

Who doesn’t need a classic rain mac in their wardrobe? This choice is great because it’s swing style means you can layer underneath it and it can be worn all year round. It’s light, showerproof fabric makes it ideal for springtime though, and this is one style statement that will never go out of fashion. From Jaeger Boutique, one of the most trusted British heritage brands still around today, this jacket is made to such a high standard, and the bow details on each cuff set it apart from the rest. Priced at just £39.50 we’ll be sending your future coat to our Henley shop.

Toast

Now believe us when we say this is one of the most stylish coats to be seen in this season, and is set to stay at the top of the fashion charts for a few more seasons to come. The Boyfriend coat. This oversized and slouchy garment says casual cool, yet, made in a cotton and linen fabric and finished to a high standard, it screams sophistication. Wear over dresses, jeans, your suit for work, heels or flats. Everything works with this coat – plus we love the gorgeous spring colour! Usually retailing at £295 this hardly worn jacket is priced at £95 and will be available next week at our Hale shop.

The White Company

It’s not quite a coat but it still made the cut. This 100% cashmere jumper from The White Company is so luxurious we had to include it. It’s lightweight but as it’s cashmere it’ll still be ultra warm when you need it to be. Perfect over a t shirt when you’re shopping – because how annoying are multiple layers when you’re trying to get some serious retail therapy? The asymmetric neckline has a nod towards this season’s hottest trend too, so you needn’t worry about accessorising too much, this speaks wonders for itself. Get over to our Wilmslow shop next week and find this beauty for just £30.

Click here to find details on where you’re nearest Blue Cross shop is. if you’d like any more information on the products featured above then please email hello@theclothesline.org.uk

Wedding Season is here…

Yep, that means getting out those dusty dresses from last year’s season of love, joy and happiness only to find you have nothing suitable for this season. But The Clothes Line have had so many amazing donations this week that we’ve been able to pick out some of the best dresses that we know are perfect for turning you into the perfect wedding guest…

The versatile one

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First up is this 100% silk dress from Ted Baker. It’s soft purple colour is flattering on most skin tones, and its strapless style makes it ideal for day-to-night glamour. All you need is a cover up for the day in case the weather isn’t great and a clutch bag for instant party-feel come evening. Plus, it’s perfect for way more than just a wedding. We’re thinking a day at the races, formal garden party and even your sister/brother/cousin’s graduation.

Heading to our Henley-upon-Thames shop this week for £20

The understated one

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It’s your work colleagues wedding. You don’t know her too well (despite spending most of everyday with her), and you’re not entirely sure what sort of ‘do’ it is. This is the answer. Understated glamour from Coast in this classic orange number, you’re not going to step on anyone’s toes by dressing up too much, but you’ll still turn heads in this fabulous colour. It’s conservative neckline mean it’s suitable for just about any event (dinner with the in-laws?), but the beautiful draping means it’s interesting and super flattering too.

Heading to our Hale shop on Tuesday for £18

The vintage one

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We all know the feeling, you show up to a party and someone else has the same outfit on. You spend the whole time wondering who looks better in it, and avoiding standing in the same photos. But a classic vintage dress usually leaves you safe in the knowledge that you’ll be the only person in the room wearing it, and leaves way more time for enjoying yourself, which can only be a good thing. This structured dress from Charles Creed is the right amount of party (thanks to it’s metallic gold colour), wow factor (due to it’s unusual print and vintage history), and sensibility (comfortable and flattering) so we think it makes the perfect “I’m important today, but not as important as the bride”. Mothers, we’re talking about you. Pair with a black hat or fascinator for the ultimate ensemble (yes, it’s OK to accessorize with black at wedding. In fact, it’s pretty cool).

This is being sent to our vintage shop in Summertown, Oxford for just £15

The summery one

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This dress has summer written all over it. Silk, tick. Paisley print, tick. Bright colours, tick. This wrap dress is not only ideal for that high summer, English heatwave type wedding (some people get lucky), but it’s also perfect for taking on holiday too. Dress up for the wedding with bright orange or pink court shoes and a fascinator, and then dress down with tan leather sandals for balmy summer nights. Not sure about the low neckline either? No problem, a simple stitch will solve that, or layer it up with a colourful camisole underneath.

We’re sending this gorgeous dress to our shop in Wilmslow on Tuesday for £20

Donation of the Day

Today’s donation is extra special. From the woman who invented the wrap dress, Diane Von Furstenberg is the only person who gets these wardrobe staples spot on. So when one of her original vintage wrap dresses presents itself to you, you should grab it with both hands. Without thinking. It’s a must, trust us.

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This floral printed version is made from a heavyweight cotton, so it feels wonderfully soft, despite it’s age, and is in excellent condition too. The mix of bright florals with a black base is just the thing for spring – but you’ll really be able to wear this statement piece year-round. Pair with bright accessories and sandals for summer (who are we kidding? Long sleeves are fine for our British summers), and come winter bring out those autumnal hues with tan leather boots and a long trench coat.

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We’re sending this unmissable icon to our dedicated vintage shop in Summertown, Oxford. It will be on sale in the shop from tomorrow (2nd April 2014), and is priced at just £75.