Sunday, 20 February 2011

V is for Vintage....

Indeed London Fashion Week is on and like the whole fashion industry, I love seeing new designs, new fabrics, plus new designers coming through the ranks and getting to see the creations that will be coming onto the high-street in Fall this year. Though I have to say, please don't forget about your vintage, as this could be the ticket you were looking for in sprucing up your outfits for the next season and may not mean you have to go buy a whole new wardrobe.

It's great that you can find vintage inspired pieces on the high-street and for a mere few pounds it can really spruce up an outfit, brands like ASOS and Urban Outfitters do this very well. Though for me there is something really special about a broach, hat, bag, or dress that has history and has been loved by someone. When you buy something that has either been carefully looked after or restored to its 'nearly new' state it feels really unique and that you (as a lover of beautiful things) are giving it a new lease of life. London has some amazing vintage shops like Beyond Retro and Absolute Vintage, which I often can be found roming round and is a 'must see' if you are planning a trip to the city and are on the hunt for reasonably priced vintage goods.

One of my favourite things to do in London is to visit Spitalfields Market (especially on a Friday and a Sunday) as it has stands lined with unique and vintage finds. A great stand there is a stall which goes under the title v4vintage which has a beautiful selection of items from the 1900's all the way to 80's classics. The thing I like about stalls like this is that all the items are high quality and in good nick. Some of the jewellery is beautiful as well as the fur coats (I have my eye on a 1920's shawl at the mo!) check out there website if you get a chance. Beautiful fur coat from V4Vintage

Though there are many great vintage shops all over the UK and bloggers who specialize in the subject including, Sally Jane Vintage, Vixen Vintage and D├ębutante Clothing. Might be worth checking out their sites? Happy vintage shopping!

Do you love vintage? Where would you recommend to shop? Vintage shops to check out include:
COW, Ryan Vintage, Vintage Vogue in Manchester
Raiders Vintage, Bullet and Geek in Liverpool
Saratoga Trunk, Glasgow
Vintage Clothing, Birmingham
and online store Bang on Vintage for those online shoppers!