Second-hand finds: Paddy Campbell wool dress & wood bangles

I’ve said this many times before, but one of the really good things about second-hand shopping is discovering great designers, that you’d otherwise never have encountered.

Like the British designer Paddy Campbell, who is the woman behind this petroleum blue wool dress, bought for £12 in the Trinity Hospice Charity Shop in Chiswick.

I didn’t recognise the name on the label, but when the shop manager saw me looking at the dress she said: “Ooooh, that’s a PADDY CAMPBELL, that’s a really good brand,” I decided to take her word for it. Turns out former actress Paddy has been designing clothes since 1979 and is known for timeless pieces in a superb quality. And what’ s not to love about a designer whose  company slogan is “Clothes to Love Forever”. Read more about Paddy Campbell here.

I’ll definitely love this one until it falls apart. First of all there’s nothing better than those well-constructed everyday dresses that looks good in their own right. Only thing you have to do is pull them over your head. This one has tiny shoulder-pads which give it a bit of structure and the not too tight cut is quite flattering and doesn’t cling in the wrong places.

It’s a little bit plain though, so here I’ve spiced it up with a pair of second-hand wood bangles.

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