It's no secret that I'm a self-confessed vintage fashion fiend—give me a sunny Saturday afternoon, a takeaway coffee and a high street dotted with charity shops and I'll happily wile away the hours rummaging through those densely-packed rails. It's all about the thrill of the chase: the unique buzz that comes from spotting something special which is laden with its own unique history.
If I'm honest, when I first started out second-hand hunting as a teenager my main motivations were budget and creativity. It's only been in the last few years that I've come to appreciate the environmental benefits of buying vintage (not that I needed more reasons to hit my favourite London vintage haunts...) From dusty charity shops in remote Welsh villages and poky Parisian shops, to Covent Garden kilo stores and online hidden gems, I've been everywhere in search for my next second-hand hit.
With this in mind, I thought I'd show you the 8 pieces that I consider some of the highlights of my pre-loved fashion journey. These are items of clothing that have slipped seamlessly into my day-to-day wardrobe and offered newer purchases a more distinctive twist. From cowboy boots to pie crust collared dresses, scroll down to see my vintage faves.
Boxy Tweed Jacket
Style Notes: I found this tweed jacket during a trip to Rokit, Covent Garden for a vintage-focused Joy of Shopping. I loved the boxy fit and Chanel-like fabric, so much so that I wore it to fashion week (see above). It also looks fab with just jeans and a white tee.
Vintage Tweed Jacket (£26)
Chanel Vintage Blazer (£800)
Style Notes: This was my very first Depop purchase, and it was a good'un. The boots are amazing quality leather and cost way less than your average pair on the high street. I'll be wearing all winter long with high waisted jeans and blazers.
Vintage Leather Cowboy Boots (£136)
Vintage Russel and Bromley Black Leather Cowboy Boots (£70)
'70s Dagger Collar Shirt
Style Notes: I came across this beauty thanks to an Instagram Stories post from Cleo Vintage. I can't resist a dagger collar, and this style came in the most gorgeous shade of green.
Vintage 70s Orange Brown & Beige Graphic Shirt (£40)
Vintage Miss Rodeo America 70s Polyester Western Shirt (£35)
'70s Flared Jeans
Style Notes: Vintage denim can be tricky to find (sizing varies a lot), but I came across this pair at a little vintage store in Peckham called Little Sister. They are seriously wide-legged, but are flatteringly fitted on the waist and hips. So good to pair with statement blouses.
Vintage High Waisted Blue Flared Jeans (£40)
Vintage Original 70s High Waist Flared Jeans (£45)
Suede Embroidered Jacket
Style Notes: This is one of my favorite vintage jackets (although admittedly I have many) that I nabbed from Pop Boutique in Covent Garden. It fitted so perfectly and was in such great condition, and the embroidery was just too good to resist.
Vintage 70s Tan Suede and Hand Painted Leather Jacket (£195)
Vinatge 70's Reversible Suede Jacket (£125)
'90s Maxi Dress
Style Notes: While I'm not usually a fan of the '90s fashion look, I made an exception for this dress. Sourced at Mary's Living and Giving in Blackheath, I liked how it offered a dramatic, body-skimming fit but without a traditionally 'girly' floral print. It was such a life-saver during this summer's heatwave.
Vintage 90s Chablis Maxi Summer Dress (£40)
Vinatge 90s Sleeveless Summer Dress (£30)
'70 Leather Shirt
Style Notes: This is another Pop Boutique find and, yet again, they really delivered on sizing (so many vintage pieces are either tiny or huge). I either wear this on its own tucked into jeans or layered over a thin top. The collar is, obviously, my favourite part.
Vintage 70's Blue Leather Dagger Collar Shirt (£65)
Vintage 70s Suede Jacket (£250)
Ruffle Collar Prairie Dress
Style Notes: This was a bit of a curveball purchase for me, as I don't usually go in for the floaty bohemian dress look, however this Selena's Shop buy had such a beautiful pie crust collar neckline and unusual paisley print skirt. I can't wait to wear it with knee high boots and a trench coat this autumn.
Vintage 1970s White Cotton Prairie Wedding Dress (£190)
Vintage Cotton Prairie Dress in Coral (£55)
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