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!