As many of you will already be aware, I’m a pretty huge fan of all things vintage. So when I struck up a friendship with the wonderful Ellen Wray, owner of Kapada Vintage, it soon became evident that we were on the same page when it comes to thrifty fashion.
Ellen spends her time sourcing items from all over the world to create a beautiful hand-picked online boutique, and being mindful of sustainability. Items are not only great in quality, but also possess a distinct and unique appeal that you just can’t find in typical high street stores.
After an in-depth chat about our shared passion for vintage, we decided to go wild and craft a brand-spanking Winter Look Book, with a few key pieces to see you through this season. Here you’ll find a rather marvellous selection of items that can be purchased from Kapada Vintage, modelled by yours truly (can’t help myself can I). Massive thanks to the ever-talented Nick Bell for his photography skills, and somehow making me look reasonable on camera. Credits also go to the super-cool boys from Baila Coffee and Vinyl for the usual slick vibes.
The High Neck Jumper/Suede Skirt Combo
I may have fallen in love with this jumper. I bloody adore it. Jumper season is my favourite time of the year, and I can’t resist rummaging through vintage stores to find something snuggly. This piece has a fitted roll neck to keep out the chill, and is versatile enough to team with all your winter staples. I opted to pair it with this gorgeous suede mini skirt to go with my usual sixties ensembles.
The Silk Shirt and Pleated Skirt
Who doesn’t love a silk shirt? This uber-jazzy piece is a dream to wear; its ridiculously comfy, and has a bit of an edge on your typical high-street blouses. I loved Ellen’s choice of skirt for this particular piece- while not the most obvious pairing, the hues of the skirt really pack a punch, and keeps the overall look feminine and vibrant. This is an outfit I felt truly at home in, and intend on recreating for myself this season.
The Sparkly Top
Let’s face it, it would be downright criminal to not include anything sparkly during party season. However, sparkles don’t necessarily mean going completely OTT- this top works perfectly for a more understated look, and goes with just about anything. Team with black cigarette trousers, a mini skirt, or even jeans and a tuxedo jacket for a suitably festive outfit.
The Patterned Shirt/High Waisted Jeans Combo
A fail-safe ensemble that looks effortlessly chic. I don’t normally wear jeans (shocking I know) but I’ve never really felt all that comfortable in them- I’ll tend to just sashay about in tights and boots during the winter months. But after giving these Kapada jeans a spin, I’m definitely purchasing a pair. I love wearing shirts and blouses, especially quirky patterned prints like this, and genuinely can’t get over how fierce they look with high waisted jeans and sandals. Really late to the jeans party I know, but I’m converted.
The Furry Coat
I’ve become slightly obsessed with furry/fluffy coats as of late (I’ve purchased one nearly every month, it’s getting a bit ridiculous). This gorgeous little number will keep you snug during Winter, as well as looking super sassy. If you’re searching for a statement piece this season, I’d definitely recommend going for this bad boy.
Ellen, Nick, and myself would love to hear your thoughts on our Look Book, as well as any hints or tips on what you’ll be wearing this Winter. As always, pop your comments below!
To purchase Look Book items, visit https://www.kapadavintage.co.uk/
Or follow Kapada on Instagram: kapada.vintage
To find out more about Nick’s photography, visit https://www.nicholasbellphoto.co.uk/
You can also keep up to date with his work via Instagram: nicholasbell_photo