Blazers – Bargain Finds At Mary’s Living And Giving

I’m having a huge love affair with blazers at the moment. Perfect for this time of year, and this classic item of clothing will work so hard for you and they just work with everything. I like a good quality blazer and my first port of call for good tailoring at less expense is Mary’s Living And Giving.

Mary’s Living And Giving founded by Mary Portas for the charity Save The Children is a chain of charity shops that I’ve enjoyed watching grow. You can find lots of up to date trends here at a fraction of the price that they were originally. Many famous brands plus celebrities donate to the charity.

As my fourth year of blogging approaches, I wanted to share another post about Mary’s Living And Giving. We have grown together


marys living and giving


The blazer shown above was purchased from the Mary’s living And Giving store. A Michael Kors design that I paid £35.00 for. This is my most worn at the moment, the neutral colour goes with everything. The beauty of shopping at Mary’s Living And Giving is that you can pick up high end designer items at a fraction of the cost.

I’ve been blogging nearly four years now and one of my first posts was about the Mary’s Living And Giving stores. It’s pretty cringe-worthy looking back, but I couldn’t delete it! I like to look back and see how this little blog has changed in the last three years and how much I’ve learned. You can catch the post here if you like.


marys living and giving

This white one was purchased from Mary’s living and giving last year. The brand is Banana Republic. I think I paid £40.00 for this one and it’s a great summer jacket to slip over anything when it gets a bit chilly, although the way our UK weather is behaving, I think I will get a lot more wear out of it this year!

This was styled for a 5over50 post last year. I miss collaborating with my friends! Lace was the theme and this is my version. The lace body alone is a little raunchy!

Perfect for styling  day or night

I will be taking this one on holiday with me (four days and counting!) It’s a perfect day to night jacket and will even work over shorts. That’s the beauty of this classic timepiece you can wear a blazer any way you like and it will just work.

The classic Navy Blazer


Getting into the later months, this has to be my most worn blazer. Paired with my trusty bootcut jeans it’s just such an easy classic style, isn’t it?

I purchased this one from Marks And Spencer last year and I’ve had so much wear out of it. Worth every penny that I paid, it can be worn as a suit with matching Navy trousers or skirt but this is the one I like to pair with my jeans.

The plus side of wearing something with sleeves that are too long is to ruche them up! I can get away with it! and it doesn’t look at all out of place.


accessories by rampley & co

Here’s the Michael Kors jacket worn with trousers. They are just so versatile!

Do take a look at the Mary’s Living And Giving website. The shops originally started popping up everywhere in London, but they have become so popular they are growing rapidly throughout all the Uk. You can find your nearest one here.

The shops are all different. run by each town’s volunteering community and it’s not just clothes that are sold. there are accessories and homeware too. A shop to mark on your map if you’re ever visiting London and for a great cause too. Save The Children.

Xo Laurie

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  3. May 10, 2018 / 11:27 pm

    Your fashion feature is being featured on our Friday Features this weekend.
    Now, I hope you will stop by and share other fun posts.
    Have a great weekend!

    • laurie
      May 12, 2018 / 10:49 pm

      Thank you so much Karen! I’ve seen it. Totally made my day xx

  4. May 10, 2018 / 10:02 am

    I’m a big fan of blazers and have lots in different print and colours. There’s one of these shops in Chester which isn’t too far from me – when I’m next there I’ll make a point of going in. Thanks for linking up! Hope you’re having a fab holiday πŸ™‚

    Emma xxx

    • laurie
      May 13, 2018 / 7:12 am

      Yes, do go in Emma, I think you will really like it xx

  5. May 8, 2018 / 7:01 pm

    I haven’t worn a blazer in years, you look so stylish in each pic! This sounds like a great charity, well done for raising awareness #bloggersbest

    • laurie
      May 13, 2018 / 7:11 am

      Thank you! They are great shops, not your cheapest charity shop, but you can get such a great designer bargain xx

  6. May 7, 2018 / 4:42 pm

    So sharp Laurie
    I love the blazers on you, especially the white one. I am in the market for a new white jacket. blazers really amplify a look and i love the floral dress you are wearng with this look too. Lovely and some great buys!
    Thanks for linking!
    jess xx

    • laurie
      May 13, 2018 / 7:10 am

      Thank you Jess xx

    • laurie
      May 13, 2018 / 7:09 am

      thank you! xx

  7. May 4, 2018 / 10:03 am

    I love a blazer and have several in different colours, seeing this has made me want more #pocolo@_karendennis

    • laurie
      May 13, 2018 / 7:08 am

      Such an easy and versatile piece of clothing. Thank you Karen xx

  8. May 4, 2018 / 12:17 am

    Wow, such amazing finds! You have quite the collection and each one is beautiful in its own right.

    Maureen |

    • laurie
      May 12, 2018 / 11:21 pm

      Thank you Maureen. It’s worth shopping around for the right fit. Being petite, I’ve had to shop quite a bit! xx

  9. May 3, 2018 / 9:41 pm

    You have a lovely selection of blazers Laurie. Love your new one πŸ™‚ Thanks for linking up to The Wednesday Blog Hop. Hope you can join me tomorrow πŸ™‚

    • laurie
      May 12, 2018 / 11:20 pm

      Thank you Claire xx

  10. May 3, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    Blazers can make any look a bit more polished and pulled together! Love your choices! #BloggerClubUK

    • laurie
      May 12, 2018 / 11:19 pm

      Thank you Heather xx

  11. May 3, 2018 / 10:18 am

    Blazers look amazing open you! You have a great selection.

    Gemma x

    • May 3, 2018 / 10:19 am

      I mean they look amazing on you! Have a great day Laurie.
      Gemma x

      • laurie
        May 12, 2018 / 11:14 pm

        Thanks Gemma! I know you have some great Blazers in your wardrobe too xx

  12. May 2, 2018 / 9:41 pm

    Ohh very nice, also that bag is gorgeous! Thanks for linking up Laurie #BloggersBests

    • laurie
      May 12, 2018 / 11:13 pm

      Thank you Helen! xx

  13. May 2, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    Great post Laurie, I had no idea there were so many of these shops. Well worth seeking out!

    • laurie
      May 12, 2018 / 10:59 pm

      Do try and get to one Gail. I know you will love it xx

  14. May 2, 2018 / 6:59 pm

    I hadn’t heard of Mary’s Living And Giving, but am making a mental note for when I next visit London. I’ve bought quite a few blazers myself recently.They are indeed the most versatile items of clothing! I love the dress you’re wearing in the first photo, and you’re looking absolutely stunning in the second outfit, with the daring lace top! xxx

    • laurie
      May 12, 2018 / 10:52 pm

      Thank you Ann. Be sure to visit Mary’s when you come to London. xx

  15. May 2, 2018 / 1:54 am

    I love your collection of blazers and the fact that they were thrifted from a charity shop is even better. You always look amazing! – Amy

    • laurie
      May 2, 2018 / 9:23 am

      Thank you, Amy! I love a bargain just as must as any bargainista! I like to think I’m helping the Save The Children too! xx

    • laurie
      May 12, 2018 / 10:58 pm

      Thank you so much Amy! xx

  16. May 2, 2018 / 12:53 am

    This sounds like a worthwhile place to shop! It’s for a good cause and you’ve found some great items there!

    • laurie
      May 2, 2018 / 9:25 am

      Thanks, Laura. Each one of these shops is filled with different goodies. I like to visit all! I must share my other bargain finds from there. xx

  17. May 1, 2018 / 9:10 pm

    A Michael Kors blazer at a charity shop?? Sigh….

    • laurie
      May 2, 2018 / 9:34 am

      Yes, Nancy! These shops have some top designers in them. A little pricier than your average charity shop but your getting designer at a fraction of the price!

  18. Jodie
    May 1, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    I’m the same way, Laurie!! I could never get rid of all of my blazers just because I retired. They work with so many outfits no matter where I’m going!!

    • laurie
      May 2, 2018 / 9:36 am

      Spot on Jodie. I need more in my life!

  19. May 1, 2018 / 3:26 pm

    Firstly, just what is going on? Two of the blogs I follow have this week had Mary in a title, and neither is about me πŸ˜–. !!I
    Seconly, oh wow, how I like your new spring styling of your beautiful blazer. πŸ’“
    And thirdly, I’ve certainly learned something today about an amazing charity shop though sadly we don’t have the critical mass to lure Mary to set up in our 65k closed catchment. πŸ˜–.
    Thanks for sharing all of this, my sweet, hugs x.

    • laurie
      May 2, 2018 / 9:49 am

      Oh, I hope you get to go to one on your travels Mary. You will love it! The stores are gradually branching out all over the country, you never know. xx

  20. May 1, 2018 / 12:22 pm

    I so need to get more blazers in my life! I’ve been on the hunt for one in navy, but as of yet haven’t found one! Thanks for sharing this worthy site Laurie. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • laurie
      May 2, 2018 / 9:51 am

      This one from M&S has been great for me Jacqui. It’s finding the perfect fit that’s key. Keep trying them on from different stores. It’s worth the wait.

  21. May 1, 2018 / 11:16 am

    Love the neutral colour blazer over floral dress, Laurie. Blazers are so versatile and you absolutely nailed it

    • laurie
      May 2, 2018 / 9:52 am

      Thank you so much Anna xx

    • laurie
      May 2, 2018 / 9:52 am

      You must pay this good cause shop a visit, Maria! xx

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