Since the age of 16, vintage clothes and accessories have remained a consistent, ever-dependable part of my wardrobe. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t resist a cheeky Topshop splurge, but there’s something incredibly rewarding about thrift shopping, and finding that perfect statement piece that you can’t find anywhere else. Whether you’re rummaging in a vintage shop, or piling your bag high at a kilo sale, there’s a sense of satisfaction that just can’t be obtained from the usual high street sprees.
From a financial perspective, shopping vintage makes perfect sense, as nine times out of ten it’s cheaper than most fashion outlets. I’m not the most affluent person by any means, so it’s nice to treat one’s self without breaking the bank!
So to celebrate all things vintage, I’ll be taking you through some of my favourite retro finds that will be seeing me through Spring. Thanks to my dear friend Nick, (go check out his photography, it’s pretty rad) we’ve curated a few snaps, all for your viewing pleasure.
My favourite ever buy from We Are Cow, this canary little number works as the perfect transitional outfit. Yes, it is a man’s shirt. But it’s a super comfy fit that looks great when fashioned with a pair of tights. Here I’ve teamed mine with my dependable Topshop mac, for a straight forward smart-casual look. The material is almost like suede, but the tiny patterned holes give the shirt plenty of breathability. For a mere £16, it’s an absolute bargain.
I found this little Marchino bag at a vintage fair, and fell in love with it as soon as I set my eyes on it. A classic, 60’s style shoulder bag with a detachable strap, it instantly smartens up any outfit, and gives it a sleek retro twist. The imitation leather is supple and strong, with a cute little horse motif for a statement finish. Here I’ve kept the animal theme going by matching my Marchino with these oh-so-cute cat shoes from Asos, for a subtle feline twist. If you’re going to invest in one high quality vintage accessory, opt for a handbag- a timeless classic piece, it will always keep your outfits looking classy.
Snug and snazzy, this cardigan instantly brings a pop of colour to an otherwise neutral outfit. A statement piece that pays homage to Chanel, it’s a slightly fuzzy material that keeps out the chill. I’m still reeling that it only cost twenty pounds from Blue Rinse, Manchester- these styles can rack up a bit of a hefty price with some vintage suppliers. I adore the over-the-top gold buttons, and love nothing more than teaming it with a pair of sassy earrings for a stylish weekend look. I’ll tend to keep it simple and wear my black velvet pants with this cardigan to balance out the brightness, although it still probably clashes a bit with my ginger head.
I always end up sneaking in a spot of vintage shopping whenever I’m in Manchester city centre, so I’ll no doubt be stocking up on some more treats in due course. I’d love to hear about your own vintage finds and your favourite pieces- give me a shout in the comments section below!
For more photos by Nicholas Bell, check out his work on Instagram- follow nwjb85 and nicholasbell_photo for some super cool visuals.