Category Archives: Preloved Fashion Look of the Day

From The Glamourai to Portmans

For a while now I have been following a fellow fashion blogger called The Glamourai and yesterday I saw that she had partnered with Portmans to model some of their latest range. I have chosen the outfit I covet the most and you can go to the Portmans website to find the individual garments. Then I have found garments on Trademe to recreate a version of the outfit. Recreating it exactly would be impossible but the idea is the same. Here we go.

Find the garments at these links: Jacket, Top, Scarf, Pants, Shoes.

As a bonus I have put together one of the other looks that Kelly Framel from The Glamourai wore. This comes in a close second.

Look of the Day – Lace and Grunge

Today I’m showing you one of my favorite looks – combining the femininity of lace with a severe jacket. I bought both these items off  Trademe for less than $40 and couldn’t be more pleased with the number of outfits I can create with these used separately as the base item. The jacket does up with internal studs which show if you leave the neck open. If you close them all the way up the collar, you have external studs showing and a couple of strips of  studs which hang down the front. The sleeves are slashed at the elbows and hang together by other pieces of the same stud-covered strips. I wear this silver skull brooch on the jacket as a fun piece which plays to the hard and the soft elements.

Click on the photo to enlarge it if you want to see the garments in better detail.

Tulle Skirt Miracle

This black, multi-layered tulle skirt is such a versatile garment. An ordinary two-piece outfit becomes edgy as soon as I add this skirt.

The mauve outfit has all been bought from Trademe with the jacket the most expensive piece because it is from the Pierrucci collection.

I bought the orange jacket on Trademe but unfortunately it had a stain on the side. Rather than battle with the trader and because I love the color, I bought a stick-on motif and ironed it on over the stain.

The polka-dot skirt is a hand-me-down from my sister and I bought the black smoking jacket with satin lapels very cheaply from a mail-order catalogue.

Depending on whether I want to  feel more dressy or more grungy, I wear the heels or the flat boots.

Taffeta and Tulle – Look of the Day

This skirt is one of my favorites. I paid a little more than I normally would for an item on Trademe but the label was Cue and the color was so rich. It ‘s made of taffeta with a tulle underskirt and black ribbon trim.  It stands out stiff and proud and has to be beaten down into place after being seated for a while. It’s fabulous with all sorts of tops and jackets but for work this one works well. It’s the same one from the last Look of the Day post. I’ve added high, strappy heels for the evening and a pair with a lower heel for those dreaded cocktail parties when you have to stand for hours. The boots are for chilly work days.

I’m playing with photoshopping effects hence the directed lighting.

Look of the Day – Black and Silver

This is an outfit I feel comfortable wearing to work or out in the evening though the shoes could go a bit higher for after dark. I bought the top at Portmans for very little. It doesn’t hug the body but glides over it so no worries if you are feeling a bit dumpy. I wear it with my black Storm leggings and either with the zip closing jacket (I have added a bigger picture of it so you can see the zip details) I bought off trademe for $20 or my cropped smoking jacket you have seen in other postings. The shoes have cut out diamonds to echo the silver ones on the top.

Both of these jackets get worn heaps because they work with many of  the garments in my wardrobe. If I fall for a preloved garment and buy it but then it sits in my wardrobe without being worn because it doesn’t match anything, I sell it on rather than let it take up precious space.

Time for an Evening Out

Nothing can beat black for an evening out – slimming and elegant. I start with a chiffon dress/top with lovely pintucked detailing on the yoke and cuffs. This can be worn alone with a wide belt to pull it in at the waist. However, I wear it with my Storm leggings and a fabulous sequinned waistcoat which fits tightly and pulls all that loose fabric in. I also open the high neck so I can wear a black cross and bead necklace with it. Either the shoes or the boots work depending on the temperature that day.

Versatility – Many Outfits in One

I started with  a lace top/dress I bought off and played with a few pieces I already had – a waistcoat my niece gave me, my prized black Storm leggings and the jacket from this post.

Wear it in any of the combinations in the photos and that’s just the start for a basic like this. I added high, strappy heels but boots would work well too. To finish I added a necklace made of chain, large pearls, gold baubles and a gold metal butterfly.

Polka Dots for Work

Another work into evening outfit. The skirt is made of a simple cotton polka dot fabric with shirring about the basque to keep it close against the body. Then it flares out in gathers and inverted pleats to create a very full hemline.

The top/jacket is in a silky stretchy fabric which slides against the body without clinging. It closes with a zip up the front and at the neckline is a wide gathered frill which sits wide on the shoulders. I often wear a silky singlet beneath so the top can be removed for the evening. Both the skirt and the top were given to me by my sister when she grew tired of them. She is a great source of preloved clothes for me.

I either wear flat ballerina shoes or the ones in the photo depending on how I feel that morning. I always wear the wonderful metal cuff in the picture, which I bought on The sleeves of the top are three-quarter length and I take advantage of the bare skin to wear it.

Highwayman Outfit

I love to have a theme when I dress and this is my highwayman outfit. The trousers are narrow-legged with a smart sewn-in pleat down the centre front.

The white cotton blouse, designed by Trelise Cooper, was bought for $40 on The original price could easily have been close to $500. The frills about the neck and on one side at the hemline is right in keeping with the theme. Trelise Cooper garments are a favourite of mine because of her unique touches. I have bought several items of hers. Occasionally they don’t fit and so I sell them on, always for good money, even making a small profit because I display the clothes well on my mannequin and that makes all the difference.

Over the top I wear an embossed velvet fitted coat I also bought on for about $30. No one else bid for it because they couldn’t see the potential. Many people remark on it when I wear it.

The only appropriate footwear are the  lace-up boots in the photo. The trousers are tucked into them and they complete the look perfectly.

Cropped blazer + Chiffon + Satin leggings


Today I have another outfit which can go from day into evening. This always gets me compliments for the delicate colours. Let’s start:

– The base item here, the satin leggings, are not actually secondhand because I have never seen these at any of  my usual preloved sources. Once you have found these stretchy, Storm leggings, you will never look back. They fit perfectly enough to be worn as slinky trousers as well as leggings. They have topstitched panels that melt around the leg shape. The ones in the picture area beautiful bronze colour and I own black ones too. The colour goes beautifully with the other two items.

– The salmon coloured top is a mix of cotton jersey and a swathe of chiffon draped down the front and back. The front is decorated with giant rhinestones.

– Over the top, a pink, cropped, non-closing jacket  allows this to be worn to work. Take off the jacket for the evening. I roll back the sleeves to reveal the striped lining and so I can wear my beautiful silver cuff. I also accessorize with a big silver ring and crystal earrings to match the rhinestones.

– If I am going out after work or just feel like a little more elegance, I wear the snakeskin heels I bought on Trademe for $20. The boots, which I bought many years ago in an Italian market, are for chillier days. They look a little beaten up but that is part of the appeal. They are a little brighter in the photo than what they are. Their colour is actually a great match for the leggings.

And there you have another great outfit to wear to work and out afterwards.