I love vintage. Vintage clothes…accessories…shoes…style…the romance that is conjured up when the word is mentioned…everything!
I have been lucky enough to get my hands on a small (but perfectly formed) collection of vintage and vintage inspired pieces and that is what I would like to share with you today. I have been investing and collecting these pieces for a couple of years now and have no intention on stopping anytime soon.
So up first accessories. I’m lacking in the accessory department as you can easily create a vintage look with a modern headscarf or flower clip etc without buying something vintage. You can also pick up lots of costume jewellery with a vintage slant at the moment so no need to trawl through your local vintage shop or the internet to find that perfect and potentially more expensive piece. But for this post I have only included things that are actually vintage or vintage inspired pieces from vintage shops and fairs.
I picked up this cute and versatile black bandana in my local vintage shop here in Waterford. The Vintage Factory is a pretty new addition to the city and I cannot tell you how excited I was at its opening. This head piece can be worn with so many different outfits and looks and adds a vintage pop to any hairstyle.
The next item I also picked up in The Vintage Factory. This black checked scarf is very warm and soft and again is just a plain and simple piece that completes any outfit. This piece especially shows that to add vintage to your style you don’t have to be outrageous. These kind of pieces are great for those just interested in wearing vintage but don’t want to dive head first into bright colours and petticoats.
Next is this beautiful pair of dark brown leather driving gloves. I always find it hard to find leather gloves to fit my small hands. Most leather gloves are made for those with beautifully long elegant digits but these fit like…well fit like a glove if I’m honest. I picked these up in the £10 Thrift Store in Glasgow.
My last accessory is this gorgeous ring that I picked up at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair in Edinburgh. I love the elongated shape of this piece, in fact I prefer these shapes to a more traditional round shape that the majority of rings have. This has just the right amount of bling and the green centre stone draws the eye without being overpowering and too in your face.
Next, on to clothes. I have a love/hate relationship with vintage clothes, I’ll admit it’s mostly love. I would love to have some more original pieces in my collection but I’m afraid most of the time I have to make do with reproductions, most of which are just fabulous anyway. This is mainly to do with sizing. As a plus size woman it is often to very difficult to find original pieces that will fit. As time goes on sizes change, a good rule of thumb to follow when buying vintage clothes is that vintage sizes are typically at least four sizes smaller than modern sizes. The further back in time you go the smaller the clothes get and you have to adjust another size or two.
That being said, there are some really good reproduction and vintage inspired pieces out there. And if you are willing to spend that little extra there are places out there that follow original vintage patterns and use good quality materials (just like the originals) to make pieces in modern sizes.
This first piece is one of my favourites and is most definitely on my go to list as an item of clothing. It is great for a casual night out on the town or for a more demure occasion like a family gathering. The peach colour is subtle and classic and the gold knot buttons give it a unique look and the peplum style gives cinches in the waist giving great shape. I picked this up in the vintage/second hand section of Cheap Monday in Stockholm. As a little side note, Scandinavia is fantastic for vintage clobber so if you find yourself in that part of the world, do go and check it out.
In that same shop I picked up this beautiful and extra sparkly top. Now I know to some this can look tacky and over the top but hear me out. With a completely black outfit this adds the perfect pop of something special, especially over the christmas season. I will admit however that it can get a little uncomfortable due to the itchy material but it’s all worth it to add a little vintage bling to your otherwise plain outfit.
The next piece I also picked up at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair in Edinburgh. It is a gorgeous, 1960s original wool jacket and it is a piece that I fell in love with immediately. This gorgeous warm jacket has three quarter length sleeves, black trim and gold bottoms. Next is an item from Retro in Dublin. This is one that my lovely sister bought me to wear to my graduation. You can read a full post about this Hepburn dress here.
And finally another lovely dress, this time with a more spring/summer vibe. I picked this one up in Amity in Cork. I wore this to a wedding last summer and you can read the full review of this dress here.
So guys…that’s it…my whole collection, so far anyway. I’m always on the look out for vintage bargains or even just some really stand out pieces so if you know of any places I should be checking out, online or otherwise, let me know.
What is your favourite place shop? Do you have a fashion obsession? Would love if you let me know in the comments below so that I know I’m not alone!