How to shop vintage: tips and tricks

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Dressing in a particular style should be fun; it is an extension of yourself. The 40s/ 50s vibe that I love is a confidence boost and something that I enjoy. When I shop, I try to remember these rules of thumb to find fantastic retro pieces:

 

  • Charity shops: Always my number one port of call. Can’t be beaten for price and you’re doing a good turn by someone else, too. Win-win.

 

  • Money talks: On that note, visit the charity shops in affluent areas of your city – that’s where you will find more high-quality pieces.

 

  • My size: Ignore sizes when shopping vintage; anything can be belted, slouched, reworked into something unique and wonderful.

 

  • Try me: always, always, always check and double check with vintage. Try everything on and check it out from all angles.

 

  • Quality: Find a really good vintage shop in your area that excels in customer service and hand-picked gems. It’s worth a bit of an extra journey to find that one bobby-dazzler.

 

  • Pick your battles: You can’t always wear 50’s ballgowns, but when you can, splash out a little for something incredible.

 

  • Beg, borrow, steal: Ply your family with chocolate/ alcohol/ favours and raid their wardrobes. Your mother definitely has an 80s skirt suit in there somewhere. Also, try freecycle.

 

  • Vintage Fairs: Currently all the rage and rightly so. Time-travel and snap up lovely tidbits – what’s not to love? Look out for Lulu’s vintage fairs across the UK.

 

  • An outlet: Try outlet stores or designer warehouse-type-places that have discounted designer clothes.

 

  • It’s all in the audience: Look in shops intended for an older clientele, like BHS, for example. They will often have items with a more vintage feel. And comfier shoes.

 

  • On-the-line: For accessories Etsy is a good shout. Ebay has some good stuff, too!

 

And, last but not least, don’t be shy! Be yourself!

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It Blue My Mind…

Beat the blues with these vintage vibes! ❤

Casual with Cashmere

Keep it casual with a short-sleeve cashmere and dark wash, high waisted jeans - very Rizzo.

Keep it casual with a short-sleeve cashmere and dark wash, high waisted jeans – very Rizzo.

Surprise me

Take something which might be too dressy and do something different. Bright leathers or a denim with an unusual wash work well for this look.

Take something which might be too dressy and do something different. Bright leathers or a denim with an unusual wash work well for this look.

Prim and proper

Pick a complementing colour, like this pastel pink. Pastels work beautifully with classic demure 50s styles.

Pick a complementing colour, like this pastel pink. Pastels work beautifully with classic demure 50s styles.

Overload

Style your main piece with other items in the same colour. Optical illusion!

Style your main piece with other items in the same colour. Optical illusion!

Keep it in the family

Use accents in the darker tones of the base colour, like these navy accessories.

Use accents in the darker tones of the base colour, like these navy accessories.

Let me know which looks you love!