Charity Shop Tuesday: Bubble Hem Blast from the Past

Who remembers the great fashion blogger bubble hem craze of 2007?

You probably don't, so I'll explain. Back in the day, when fashion blogs still predominantly featured photos taken in bedroom mirrors and slightly out-of-focus street style snaps, anything that could be DIYed really took off.

One such DIY trend was the bubble hem. It took a while for it to transfer from high fashion to the high street, so bloggers were desperate to make their own. I remember having this bubble hem tutorial from Kingdom of Style bookmarked before I bought my first bubble hem dress in H&M.

A couple of years later, I found this dress in Oxfam.

The bubble hem craze was long dead, but I couldn't resist the vivid blue-purple and the beaded flowers. It was a size too big, but I quickly realised that if I unpicked one of the flowers from the straps, I could adjust them properly and make it fit fine.

I like what I like, regardless of how popular or short-lived a trend is, but still, I haven't worn this dress a lot. Not only is it very much a summer dress - thin, with tiny straps, unwearable in the winter -  but I think it obviously belongs to a previous fad, and that makes me a bit self-conscious.

Still, there is hope. Earlier this year, Who What Wear wondered Is the Bubble Skirt Actually Coming Back in Style? and apparently Amal Clooney wore one to Cannes, so maybe? Pleeeeeeease? This one isn't very puffy, and I quite fancy one of those properly poofy ones...

Are there any fads that you loved so much you kept wearing them after they'd had their moment in the sun (and the shops)?


Charity Shop Tuesday: The Drunk Pixie Dress

I call this dress the Drunk Pixie Dress because I think it looks like it was created by a drunk pixie.

I can't imagine a human or any sober being having the idea for this dress. It's completely bonkers. It just kind of hangs there, with all these random panels and those drapey bits, which are made out of some of the softest fabric I have ever had the pleasure to touch. It's always creased because I don't have the faintest clue how to iron something with such an irregular shape.

The label says Sportsmax Code, which probably means that it was originally about £200. I can't remember exactly what I paid for it but I expect it was less than £12. I do remember that the cashier looked relieved that I was buying it. They probably thought 'This dress is bizarre, thank God someone came in early to take it off our hands', while I thought 'This dress is bizarre, I love it'.

The oddness of this dress makes it strangely formal. I only wear it to look at art. It's the sole time it feels remotely appropriate. I must have worn it to at least three of my sister's private views by now. They're not that fancy, as occasions go, so I dress it down - as much as you can dress a piece like this down - with black tights or thigh-high socks and Doc Martens and a cardigan. When I'm wearing it, I feel like something out of a Holly Black faerie novel. It's a pretty good feeling.

What's the weirdest item of clothing in your wardrobe?
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