Donation of the Day…

Today’s chosen piece for Donation of the Day is this gorgeous vintage Laura Ashley dress

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This beautiful original vintage Laura Ashley dress has the loveliest all over floral print in  muted browns & beiges with a striking contrasting navy trim.

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The dress is 100% silk so hangs beautifully and with the addition of darts from the bust help to create a lovely fitted shape.

Side seam concealed pockets are an added bonus for this very wearable dress.

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A lovely vintage item that certainly wouldn’t look out of place on the rails in Topshop or Miss Selfridge.

We have styled the dress with a fabulous vintage brown leather handbag and suede peep toe open back heels by Pollini.

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Laura Ashley Vintage Floral Dress – Size 10 – £22

Pollini Suede Peep Toe Heels – Size 4 – £25

Vintage Leather Handbag – £15

Donation of the Day…

Our latest choice for donation of the day is a double whammy!

Two beautiful original 1970’s vintage Laura Ashley dresses.

The first is a gorgeous ‘Ditsy’ print prairie dress, with a ruffle yoke, buttoned funnel neck and long bell sleeves.

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Smock style & knee length with two concealed side pockets, this is a little gem.

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The second is a fabulous polka dot pin-tuck dress, with a ruffle funnel neck and long slim sleeves.

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A more fitted style with a nipped in waist, rear zip & two concealed front pockets, another unique vintage piece.

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Both are a size 10 and both are 100% cotton.

At only £30 each, a real bargain for true vintage Laura Ashley.

Available next week from our Harpenden store.

Summer Styling – Part One

With summer fast approaching, we have been looking to the high street for inspiration on what to wear and how to wear it and selecting some of our favourite key trends for the summer months.

Whether you’re heading to one of the many festivals on offer this summer, looking for an outfit to party the night away or just want to look your best on the beach, we have put together some summer inspired looks from The Clothes Line range for you to enjoy.

FESTIVAL FEVER:

The great thing about festivals is…. anything goes. Sandals on your first day, wellies on your next…..

You need a versatile outfit come rain or shine and it needs to look effortlessly chic (even if in reality it has taken you over a week to decide what to wear!)

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For our festival inspired outfit we have teamed a beautiful black & white ‘dot’ print waterfall hem sleeveless blouse by D&G with a black silk camisole by Boden, denim shorts by Warehouse, brown leather ankle boots by Think and a chunky beaded necklace (bag stylists own)

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D&G Silk Blouse, Size M/L, £60 – Boden Camisole, Size 14, £6 – Warehouse Denim Shorts, Size 14, £6 – Think Leather Ankle Boots, Size 3.5, £40 – Beaded Necklace £6.

HOLIDAY CHIC:

A capsule suitcase is a must whether its a vacation or a staycation you’re having this summer.

You need outfits that are going to work from day to night by simply added a layer or changing your shoes. Items need to be lightweight and easily packed into your bag – shorts and lace tops would definately be ticking all the right boxes.

Shorts, yet again are a must this season whether they be denim hotpants, structured culottes or the trending skort style, there will be a pair of shorts for you.

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For our holiday inspired outfit we have teamed a simple pair of black shorts from Bon Marche, with a black crochet/lace over shirt from Atmosphere, black Boden camisole, a chunky multi strung beaded necklace and black leather sandals from Prada

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Bon Marche Shorts, Size 14, £3 – Atmosphere Crochet Shirt, Size M, £6 – Boden Camisole, Size 14, £6 – Chunky Beaded Necklace, £6 – Prada Leather Sandals, Size 3, £85.

TAILORED BLAZERS:

Blazers are a must have item to take us from spring into summer, versatile for work and for days/nights out.

Oversized & boxy or fitted & sleek, worn with jeans or a pretty cotton dress, there’s not much that can go wrong!

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We dressed our single breasted patterned blazer from New Look, with a boden black camisole and wide leg vintage jeans and accessorized with a Monsoon diamante necklace and TOD’S black patent wedge shoes.

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New Look Patterned Blazer, Size 14, £25 (new with tags) – Boden Black Camisole, Size 14, £6 – Vintage Denim Jeans, Size 18, £14 – TOD’S Black Patent Wedge shoes, Size 3, £95 (Excellent condition) – Monsoon Diamante Necklace, £6 (new)

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Summer Styling – Part Two coming soon……..

Donation of the Day…

Today’s donation of the day is this stunning vintage sheer silk gown

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A delicate sheer silk dress with front gathered panel and an ornate diamante rear yoke embellished with tassels.

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With a matching 3/4 sleeve jacket with gathered sleeves, pleated cuff and a pleated front edging you really would stand out in the crowd (perhaps an under garment would be advisable unless you’re feeling brave!).

Approx a size 10 and available from a Blue Cross shop soon

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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.

Donation of The Day

Today’s been the first dry, sunny day in a long time, and frankly, we’re getting excited for warmer weather at The Clothes Line HQ. But knowing the UK, even if it’s sunny there’ll still be a chill in the air and the likely chance of rain. Today’s Donation of the Day is perfect for that tricky trans-season period of dressing, where we’re always tempted to ditch the tights but then regret it as soon as we step out of the door. This vintage St. Michael tweed-effect jacket is made of wool and has a handy funnel neck, so will keep you warm when you need it most. But it’s grey colour with tones of blue and pink and swing-style fastening, channels just the right amount of spring for it to be acceptable from, well, now.

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Wear this this bargain piece (priced at just £18) over dresses that are just a bit too summery to be worn alone yet, or simply pair with jeans and a white tee. it’s so versatile, we can even see it belted over a classic LBD to take you from day to night.

Got to have it? The Clothes Line are sending it to our dedicated vintage shop on Summertown high street in Oxford – Vintage Blue. Get it from Wednesday 26th Feb, but we cant guarantee it’ll still be there come the weekend…

All I want for Christmas is… Chanel & YSL

Forget the rules: today we have TWO Donation’s of The Day! And when they come in the form of vintage Chanel & YSL then who’s counting?

We received this amazing cream blouse from one of our supporters, and it’s simple, elegant shape, yet intricate stripe detailing and authentic Chanel C buttons, make it even more covetable up close. With an original paper ‘Fabrique en France’ label sewn in, including it’s product number, we suspect this blouse was made between 1969-1989.

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But it was a double whammy… Check out these beautiful YSL clip on earrings! Their classic shape (and the fact that they’re clip-on) makes them perfect for anyone, anytime. Whether it’s adding a bit of much needed Christmas sparkle to your party outfit, or everyday sparkle to your school-run outfit; when you’re wearing earring that look as good as these it doesn’t matter.

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