Now anyone who's been on holiday with me before (or observed me in New York) knows that I regularly will disappear for a bit of shopping. It's always interesting to see what the retail offerings they have abroad and I was most excited to see how Berlin might have changed since my last visit seven years ago. So Feminine got in touch with me about a blogger challenge and donated a much appreciated £50 to the cause to find the ultimate fashion bargain. Even though time was limited, I'd decided that the sole Weekday store was a must-visit but also heard about the Humana chain of charity shops thanks to a tweet from Melanie. I managed to visit two different branches, the first at Alexanderplatz was a sprawling single level affair in contrast to the overwhelming four storeys at the Frankfurter Tor location. I was pleasantly surprised with the selection and pricing of the items, with only a few items seeming rather steep (at first I kept confusing Euros with dollars) at over the €20 mark. My visits to Weekday were overwhelming as I had such high expectations and wasn't quite sure where to start (most of the store was in sale) so I decided to just get a few basics. I was more drawn to their Autumnal bits and pieces like sweatshirts and wine coloured jeans but the heatwave threw me off somewhat, so I'll wait until their Selfridges concession opens (well Cheap Monday at least). I've decided to count only the vintage items as part of the challenge as they were under £50 in total, so any thing with a '€' counts!
Used some of Carrie's Photoshop actions for this photo; they're such a quick way to edit!
Sunflower and lemon print dress - Humana €16
Shoes - Swedish Hasbeens for H&M
Sunglasses - c/o Mister Spex
Belt - Angels Sale
I was pretty certain I'd end up shortening this dress but after seeing these photos, I think I'll keep it as it is. I don't have very many maxi lengths as it's tricky to get the right fit in the body, but I was drawn to this style due to the unusual print (repping Stella McCartney SS11 with the lemon and sunflower combination) and cut-out back detail. It's very rare that I find decent vintage dresses but Humana seemed to have a few contenders, though due to the slightly higher prices I told myself I could only bring back one. It is very much a summer dress so I'll have to brave it and get maximum wear for the next couple of months.
Spot midi skirt - Humana €6
Grey marl tee - Weekday
Shoes - Zalando
Belt - Charity Shop
Bracelet - Soho
Midi skirt, Lace top - Humana €7, €3
More pleated midi skirts! It's crazy to think that earlier this year I possessed one and now I have several. The first style is an interesting take on polka dots and is the only style with those all important belt loops that most skirts seem to lack. I thought the second number was very Whistles in the way the pleats are formed and couldn't leave it behind. The lace top has a pretty scalloped-edge detail at the sleeves and hem and reminded me of some of the pricier American Apparel styles.
Dress - Humana €6
This isn't my usual dress style as I'm usually a fit and flare kinda gal, but I decided to give this one a chance due to the low price and ease of wear. Perfect for days when you have no idea what to wear.
Cardigan - Humana €6
Striped top - Weekday
Skirt - Topshop
Brogues - Office
Finally some knitwear! I can rarely find decent vintage cardigans and I'm forever wishing that most jumpers could just somehow mutate and provide the perfect cover up. This style is knitted with tape yarn, something that I've seen a lot of on the High Street but had never quite got round to trying it out for myself. Although a few of the stitches have been pulled, it simply adds to the look and keeps it from looking too neat.
Lace Blouse, Skirt -Humana €3, €4
Lace Collar - Asos
This is more or less what I wore a couple of days ago, deciding to jazz up the lace blouse even further by adding the Asos collar (found in their epic sale). The skirt is the perfect A-line shape and is one of my favourite colours, cranberry. I've already worn it so many times that the cost per wear is about 30p.
My total Humana spend was £44.73 for the two dresses, three skirts, two lace tops and cardigan leaving me a few more pennies to go towards my Weekday buys. I'm glad I had such a successful visit as my 'Summer' wardrobe is pretty much sorted and luckily Ryanair didn't charge me any overweight fees. I would definitely recommend a visit there though I wouldn't mind seeing some of the more typical vintage stores when I return to see how they differ. Which is your favourite bargain item?