19 February 2018

Discovering the charm of vintage pieces with Rokit

This post is in collaboration with Rokit

We have a masterpost to share with you all today! We collaborated with Rokit to style some wonderful vintage pieces from their London stores. 

H: Over the past year Summer & I have been sharing our thoughts on fast-fashion and the impact this industry has on people and our planet. The more we learn the more passionate we become and the more thought we put into where we put our money. One of our main goals of 2018 is to buy less and buy well, so this collaboration couldn't have come at a better time.
Thrift stores come with their pros and cons. On the one hand you're minimizing your carbon footprint and crafting your own personal style with unique secondhand pieces, on the other you may spend hours looking through the racks with no success. That being said, once you find something it is utterly unique and brings so much value to your personal style. It's always worth the effort!
The great thing about Rokit is on top of having 4 stores around London, they also have a great online shop. It was super easy to filter through all the pieces and explore different styles from the comfort of our own home.

Rokit Vintage blouse (similar here /here) - & Other Stories belt
Zara skirt + lace up shoes + oversize trench coat

H: I really couldn't make up my mind about this bold 80's blouse. I find blouses problematic in general (you know when the boobs just ruin the button fastening? Yeah, that) so I tend to avoid buying them all together, especially blouses with such bold colours. That being said the structure of this one won me over, I completely fell in love with the rich blue colour and the old-fashioned neck-line. It reminds me of the late 19th early 20th century London dresses you might see on Penny Dreadful's Vanessa Ives. The bold blue colour is broken up by lighter thin vertical stripes making it quite a versatile piece. It would work just as well in the work wardrobe as it would for a smart/casual evening out. It would go nicely with Summer's cropped flares (featured below) but I really wanted to wear something high-waisted with it as I find the cinched waist look super flattering on my body shape. I opted for my black skirt as I don't like to clash colours too much and the shade of blue is so beautiful I think it would be a shame to draw the attention away from it with an equally bold piece.

Vintage Ralph Lauren blazer (other / other) - & Other Stories jeans 
& Other Stories cotton tee - Marks & Spencers bag - Zara lace up heels

S: This vintage Ralph Lauren blazer caught my eye instantly, with it's defined shoulder pads and stitching detail. It isn't a piece I would usually go for, I tend to feel more comfortable in long-line blazers - but the sleeves and colour won me over and I couldn't be happier with it. I did struggle trying to style it initially, I wanted it to remain the statement piece but give it a modern feel too. I went for a simple all black look, with a plain cotton tee and cropped flares, borrowing these lace up heels from Holly to complete the look. I was afraid of the outfit looking a little too dull and dark, which I why I incorporated my burgundy bucket bag to give it a splash of colour. A little accessorising would have gone nicely here too, like layering some gold necklaces as a finishing touch. It's 100% wool and fits really well - so although it may be a little tricky wearing it over a knit, it's very warm and suitable for spring!

Giorgio Armani vintage blazer (similar) - Topshop polka dot culottes 
 & Other Stories belt - Zara boots

H: We both wanted to expand our outerwear collection after we gave away/sold most of our coats and jackets last year. I tend to choose outerwear based on my already existing wardrobe- I'd rather buy a coat which goes with everything! Unfortunately that means that most of the time I end up buying a plain black coat. I decided to break that habit and invest in an eye-catching blazer, a choice which will challenge me to be more creative with my outfits in the future.
We were able to filter out the items on the Rokit website by choosing our desired size and the decade we were interested in. I've always admired super structured jackets as I find they really bring out a feeling of power and confidence when you wear them: it's one of those pieces which is designed to turn heads and bring about that kind of energy in you.
This beige vintage Giorgio Armani 80's blazer has a three button fastening complete with thick shoulder pads for a sharp and professional look. The shoulder pad detail sets the blazer as a statement piece but the the intricate zig-zag design is soft on the eye which balances it all out quite nicely. It's eye-catching but not loud. It's definitely meant to be worn as a transitional spring/summer piece as there is no room for layering.
I opted for a monochrome look with a plain black high neck; I wanted the focus to be on the lines of the blazer as opposed to the design of the top underneath so my goal was to keep the outfit as minimalist as possible. 

Rokit Vintage blazer (similar) - & Other Stories cotton tee + cropped jeans 
Zara bag + heeled boots

S: This fitted Herringbone blazer is mostly polyester & acrylic, with a lovely collar & three button fastening. The Herringbone is a classic and timeless print that I know I will reach for time and time again, making it the perfect investment piece & a wardrobe must-have. This is more of a office-wear inspired outfit, very suitable for work yet can easily be dressed up or down. Both of the blazers I'm wearing are very well fitted and leave little room for layering underneath, however they are statement pieces that look great beneath my over-size trench coat.  Once again, I stuck to a fail safe simple cotton tee & cropped jeans combination. I've seen a lot of people styling blazers with dresses and midi skirt, creating bold & beautiful looks - with Spring around the corner I look forward to styling this piece in a different and more interesting way.

 Vintage Lacoste polo shirt (similar) - Zara faux leather jacket + lace up shoes + bag 
& Other Stories cropped flare jeans 

S: I own very few white / cream pieces in my wardrobe. It can be a risky and difficult colour to pull off, but it's a challenge I'm willing to undertake more in the future. This vintage Lacoste polo shirt is slightly cropped, stopping just past my belly button - however the S size I got just about fits me, I should have ordered a size up. Although I'm quite comfortable in my own skin, I felt a little exposed in such a tight-fitting piece: I very rarely wear such fitted tops so I couldn't help but cross my arms and feel a little apprehensive when wearing it. However I loved how it looked with my faux leather jacket and a pair of straight jeans: an easy, casual, every-day look. I was really impressed with the quality too, the material itself is quite thick yet doesn't feel uncomfortable at all.
My personal style has always been a balance between occasional new fashion pieces and my wardrobe staples. My goal is to spend more time in second hand & vintage stores (not to mention websites like Rokit & Depop) and less time in fast-fashion ones on the high street. Although I may not give up fast-fashion altogether, investing in more second-hand pieces is definitely a step in the right direction. Every little helps and there is no such thing as the perfect consumer, but nothing is stopping us from making small changes that will have a big, positive impact on our environment.

H: We hope you enjoyed reading this post! It's been so nice to have a break with the travel content. It's amazing how nearly 3 months on we still have videos to share from our backpacking trip. Now that spring is well on it's way we can look forward to shooting some more content in the charming cobbled streets of rural France before the next adventure (whatever that may be) begins.

Holly & Summer x


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