As summer fades and autumn gets into swing, you’ll find that your strappy cami top and sandals just don’t cut it any more. But before you go on a spending spree that will dent your bank balance and the planet, why not drop into Manchester’s Northern Quarter for some eco bargain buys. Manchester is full of great quirky shops full of recycled, vintage items which are perfect for cool autumn fashion. Whether you’re in need of some wooly jumpers, vintage knee-length skirts, knitted scarves or sturdy lace-up boots Manchester has it all!
Head down to the original thrift shop Pop Boutique, for vintage jumpers and jeans from another era- and don’t forget to check their basement for coats and boots that will keep your cozy all season. For something ultra-fashionable, visit the two trendiest boutiques of the city. Retro Rehab is style mecca with a celebrity following such as Alexa Chung and Katie from the Ting Tings and stocks a great range of one-off pieces from 1950s-1980s. Their dresses and vibrantly coloured knits are must haves for the fall.
Junk Shop is the place for sustainable and recycled fashion at reasonable prices in Manchester. The store is beautifully decorated with trendy bikes and elegant telephone handles and is a great ethical shopping experience. And finally a visit to Manchester’s vintage shops isn’t complete without dropping into the wonder emporium that is Ryan’s Clothing. Whilst some people hate this shop for its jumble sale feel, I personally love it for its huge selection of genuinely vintage items that are the cheapest around. If there is a bargain to be had, it will be here!
Great new accessories are another great way to bring life to your wardrobe. A well placed necklace here or a trendy new belt there can make a world of difference. Pop into Shared Earth for a great range of fair-trade jewelery and pick up their wood-carved bracelets and necklaces which perfectly complement for the warm colours of fall.
For the ultimate eco-bargain get down to the local swap shops organized by Action for Sustainable Living at the vegetarian co-operative 8th Day Cafe. Bring something that is clean and in decent shape from your wardrobe that you’re happy to swap and then you’re free to pick up as many items as you like.
While you’re looking for items to swap why not have proper rummage through your wardrobe and drawers? The chances are that there are some great forgotten classics hiding somewhere which just need a bit of brightening up or clever accessorizing. Also try to match things with new items. I don’t know about you but I tend to wear certain items with the same things so make the effort to really mix things up and you’ll have some great new outfit in no time!
Source: Retro Rehab, Company Magazine.