#FanDayFriday (on a Monday!) Vintage Dresses

My #FanDayFriday post is a few days late. It was my wedding anniversary on the 6th and my hubby took me away for a lovely long weekend in Lincoln, so today I am catching up, and I’m actually taking inspiration from one of the things that made my weekend so perfect – shopping for vintage dresses.

I have a real love for vintage clothes, and trying to find lovely pieces from the past is something I really enjoy. I don’t have a particular decade that I prefer, I look at the individual piece rather than bothering with the time frame, but I do have quite a few 1970s dresses, and I added to my collection with two new ones this weekend, picked up from the fabulous St Barnabas hospice shops that have amazing vintage sections complete with selfie booths.

The first dress was a St Michael label M&S dress in the prettiest yellow shade. The condition was very good, although I think it would originally have included a tie belt. I am going to add a thin animal print belt which I think will contrast nicely with the yellow shade. For £5.99 it was an absolute bargain.

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The second dress was a Shubette of London 1970s design that I loved for its mixed prints. Shubette was founded in 1913 and is a much sort after label. I love that this dress would work well for Summer or Autumn, the fabric is thicker and stiffer than a normal sundress and so would look great with heels and a jacket. Another great find for £8, and I got a string of jet beads to perfectly match it.

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I’d actually packed another vintage dress in my suitcase, and I wore this for a touch of sightseeing. This one cost the princely sum of £2 from a Salvation Army shop and I love it, 1960s era with a simple dotted print and quite simply the only thing you could wear to shoot a storm trooper.

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Of course, charity shops aren’t the only places you can find vintage, and for really special pieces it is worth looking in dedicated vintage shops. Ego Clothing in Lincoln stocks a range of reproduction pieces and authentic vintage from all eras, including labels like Hatty Carnegie, Pierre Cardin and Berketex.

I totally fell in love with a brocade evening dress from the late 1950s/early 1960s and decided it would be perfect for my anniversary dinner. It had no size label, but there was a changing room and I tried it on twice before deciding it was for me. I’m so glad I did!

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This week I am linking up with the fabulous Amanda and Bryan from Forever Blessed. You can read their #FanDayFriday post here.

Pavillions embraces vintage

Whilst the sun was beating down on Sunday, I decided to step inside fashion’s past. I took a trip to Pavillions in Birmingham to enjoy their fabulous vintage fair, and suffice to say, there were bargains galore to be picked up.

In this time of recession, Pavillions deserves praise for being able to provide shoppers with extra-special experiences to enhance their shopping trip, and placing a free entry vintage fair inside the centre was a great way of encouraging new customers to visit. Over 60 stores were involved in the fair, selling a whole range of vintage, and vintage inspired goods. There were stores focused on jewellery created using old pieces that had been reworked and remodelled, amazing period fashions, glamorous evening bags from a bygone era and gorgeous chintzy crockery and china.

I loved the fact that all eras were covered, from 1950s prom dresses, to 60s shifts, 70s maxi’s with original Dotty P labels, and 80s glitter and shoulder pads. The other amazing thing about this fair, which had attracted traders from all over the UK, was that it was so very cheap. One store had an amazing array of vintage dresses all priced at just £5, whilst another was selling a 1980s Burberry mac for £70 – an absolute steal.

This was a great vintage treat which I hope Pavillions repeat sometime soon..maybe close to Christmas time!(Hint!)

Lily and Sarah are coming to Birmingham for Lucy In Disguise launch!

The stylish television event of the year was the Channel 4 documentary ‘Lily Allen – From Riches to Rags’ which focused on Lily Allen  and her sister Sarah Owen as they set up their vintage emporium ‘Lucy In Disguise’. The documentary was fascinating as we watched through the laughter, tears, high and low points as the girls realised their vintage clothing dream. But one thing that was apparent from episode one was that these girls had amazing taste when it came to choosing vintage clothing.

Which is why I  am so excited about the Launch of the new capsule clothing collection from Lucy In Disguise, which is going to be sold through Harvey Nichols stores nationwide.  The 18 piece collection has a vintage feel, but is thoroughly modern and has been christened ‘Treasure box’. Lily and Sarah have worked to create a collection of 1930s style bias cut dresses, cute pieces in leopard prints and an amazing Bettie Page style 1950s swimsuit.  Lily told Vogue magazine  ‘After we’d launched the shop, I think we both felt that we wanted to create vintage styles with more contemporary, clean lines. Sometimes with vintage clothes the femininity can get lost – the market didn’t feel quite perfect, so that’s what we’ve worked on.’

Lily and Sarah are currently on a whistle-stop  tour of launches for the new collection, and here’s where it gets really exciting. On Wednesday 8th June, the girls will be at  Harvey Nichols, The Mailbox, Birmingham to give guests a preview of the complete collection. From 12-3pm guests will enjoy champagne and canapes whilst getting their first proper look at Lucy in Disguise ‘Treasure Box’. Tickets are strictly limited and cost £10. Call 0121 616 6000 for more details.