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.
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.
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.
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!