Hoxton-based fashion editor Alex Petsetakis from Port Publishing provided us with some charity shopping advice.

She said: “Some key things to look out for would be designer pieces that are timeless that can only get better with age, such as a light-wash pair of Levi’s 501s, or a weathered Barbour jacket or Aquascutum Mac.

“Other wardrobe staples to be on the look-out for could be a classic Breton stripe top, pastel cotton Ralph Lauren shirts, or thick chunky fisherman cable-knits.

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“Also, sometimes there are great ways to mix and match old floral pieces that you can source at charity shops – vivid coloured coats, blouses or even Kimono style robes that are a great option for a floating summer coat.”


But how do you ensure you get what you want when there are so many bargains on offer?

Alex said: “The key to charity shopping is to have something specific in mind when you are on the hunt.

“Charity shops can get overwhelming so having a few key pieces to look out for when you are on the search can help you avoid leaving with a shopping bag full of items that might have been a good idea at the time but will only end up at the back of your wardrobe.

“I say this from personal experience. The best and most proven method towards charity shopping is to not to go for a full charity-find look but combine items with your own wardrobe – an old pair of high-waisted trousers with a simple T-shirt and leather jacket, for example.

Sapper Jacket from Barbour

“Also, have a method of checking for holes, tears and stains that cannot be mended with a trip to the dry-cleaners.

“Stained armpits can sometimes be a tricky one to tackle and don’t be afraid to go to the men’s section if you’re a woman and vice versa.”

So where does Alex go in east London when she wants a bargain?

“Oxfam is great on Kingsland Road – it has a huge selection of pieces from old vinyls to clothing and books as well as the smaller items,” she said.

“The charity store on Mare Street down the pedestrian passageway and the Oxfam in Hampstead are also great.”