Do you ever get sick of finding the same thing in EVERY shop you walk into. Or at least a very similar version. I have actually found identical tops in two shops in the same shopping center, one twice as much as the other. Which proves it definitely pays to shop around. But this fashion incest has more impact then over-inflated prices. It means that you see the same items on everyone and you also get sick of the 'trends' very quickly. The remedy for this? Try shopping in somewhere you don't expect. I actually found the best black shorts I have ever bought at Best and Less for $22. Bargain, and no one would ever know. Other great places to try are op shops (as previously mentioned!), and markets. Last Friday night I went to the Southbank markets and found some great buys in the few stalls I went to (I got there just as they were closing, otherwise I would have gone to ALL the stalls, I'm sure my husband was glad we ran out of time!)
My first find were 50% silk dresses in a one size fits all, long draped style, belted at the waist with a coloured ribbon. The colour and print choices were gorgeous, much more exciting than my usual black, grey and denim colour pallet. Then on to a stall that stocked retail brands but really interesting styles. I wanted to buy everything there! Maybe it was the yummy Turkish food in my belly, the warm summer night or the tiredness brought on by it being 10pm at the end of a long week but I bought something I swear I never would. I bought a playsuit. Not that I don't like them. I have often looked longly at butt-flashing strapless cotton playsuits and figure hugging jumpsuits but convinced myself they wouldn't work for my body type. I have obviously found a magic one. It may be the dark colour (yes, it is a black base, I'm sorry!) or the vertical print but it actually hides my stomach and is quite flattering. And I think I look very cute (I'm just avoiding asking males and non-fashionish females for their opinion at risk of smashing the illusion!) Judge for yourself, and remember to shop out side the retail square.