We’ve had cracking summer! But this morning with a slight chill in the air and September dates looming into my calendar I started wondering where the hell I put my all winter coats and boots when I moved to Brighton earlier this year.
Yep Autumn is just around the corner and working in fashion people often ask me “what should I be wearing? and what should I buy for next season?” so I thought I’d highlight some key items that will help update your wardrobe.
The twist is that all these pieces can be easily bought second hand, in fact they work better! There are so many incredible preloved outlets that buying vintage doesn’t just mean you have to have that kooky ‘vintage’ look. If you want to you can look as polished as someone who’s just raided Zara, you just need to know where to look.
Since I’ve started this blog I’ve found it increasingly difficult to shop on the high street. But the spin off is that I’ve re-found my love for vintage. It’s much more of a thrill for me to find an incredible one off item than it is to come out of Zara with an armful of bags.
So where to look? My first ports of call for vintage are mainly Asos Marketplace, Etsy and Beyond Retro. Ebay, Preloved and Vestiare Collective I find better for second hand designer stuff. Also check out Marie Claire’s brilliant listing of the best online vintage shops.
I love dressing down so having a few statement jumpers I can throw on suits me down to the ground. For the past few seasons we’ve seen luxury sweaters in neoprene fabrics or em-blazed with designer slogans, but for autumn it’s knitted styles you need to look out for.
Left to right: Alexander Wang, Miu Miu, Christopher Kane. Blue & white sweater £20 Lone wolves vintage at Asos marketplace, Rainbow sweater £24 Yoke Vintage at Asos marketplace
Keep your eye out for bright cable knits, retro pastels and fair isle styles. Avoid anything too eighties or Christmas inspired.
Team with a leather mini for a sixties look, or achieve a more seventies silhouette with a midi length skirt.
Best online selection at Asos Marketplace & Etsy
Red cable knit sweater £30 WelshWitchKnitting at Etsy.com
Gucci and Louis Vuitton were the two big catwalk names inspired by the swinging sixties, meaning that the high street has followed suit.
Vintage stores are usually rammed with sixties dresses but be careful as you still want to look modern. Avoid big swirly retro prints and florals as these tend to look too fancy dress. Look out for plain styles in good quality fabric, pastels and expensive looking colour blocking.
Left to right: Gucci, Gucci, Louis Viutton. Boots all Gucci
A shift dress hangs loose from the shoulders with very little definition in the waist making it forgiving for all body shapes. The traditional sixties shape is sleeveless but this style doesn’t suit everyone so go for what suits your body shape most. You can always layer a thin polo neck underneath a sleeveless style if you’re not keen on showing your arms.
Enhance the sixties look by wearing with knee high boots. Gucci’s were go-go style with a squarish toe and low heel, but block style heels also work. Avoid stilettos with a mini.
Best online selection at Beyond Retro, Etsy and ballyhoovintage.com
Vintage sixties boots £61.10 fergy at Etsy.com, Beige textured shift dress £14.02 EllipsisThenDot at Etsy.co.uk , orange and beige dress £28 ZeusVintage at Etsy.com, Yellow textured shift dress £33.52 TheThriftingmagpie at Etsy.co.uk, Rust & navy dress £32 beyond retro.com, Pink geometric dress £36 beyond retro.com, £26 vintage aviators Thestellarboutique.com
THE CHECKED CAPE
I’m a big fan of the cape as it looks like a big style statement but requires zero effort. People are a bit scared of them but I promise they’re just as easy as a coat, although carrying a shoulder bag is annoying (chose a long strapped bag)
Lumber jack plaid and wide checks are back this autumn but remember checks never date, they just get re-hashed in different ways each season so a good checked piece is always worth investing in, especially if you find a designer gem.
Best online selection at Etsy and Asos Marketplace
Left to right: Salvatore Feragamo, Saint Laurent. Grey checked cape £55 Peekaboo Vintage at Asos Market Place , Cream & bown check £34 Beyondretro.com, Red checked cape £19.99 Polomocha at Etsy.com
Avoid all thoughts of Trigger and car salesmen. Once you wear shearling in winter you’ll wonder what the hell you did before – there aint nothing warmer than wearing a real sheep!
Wear with checks and knits a la Tommy Hilfiger or use to dress down a printed dress in a more boho style. If you go for a short aviator style you can use a skinny belt to highlight your waist.
From left to right: Tommy Hilfiger, Pucci, Burberry zip up shearling coat £89 Asos marketplace, Button up shearling coat £50 Yokevintage.co.uk
There are absolutely tonnes of traditional shearling coats in vintage stores but if you want a more modern style check out vestiairecollective.com where you can pick up brilliant pre loved brands like APC, Sandro, Marni and Sonia Rykiel.
orange shearling jacket £200.77 Patrizia Pepe at Vestiaire collective.com, Shearling trim cape £175.27 Sandro at Vestiare collective.com, Hooded shearling coat £390 APC at Vestiare collective.com
After a few seasons of wearing Nikes I’m wondering how the fashion girls feet ever going to cope wearing heels again? First world problems hmmm. Luckily cowboy boots are everywhere for autumn with Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger and Alexander Wang all marching them down the catwalk.
The good news is they look great with a checked cape, skinny jeans and a cosy knitted sweater.
You’ll find them all over US eBay and Etsy but its also worth checking out vintagecowboy.co.uk who have an incredible selection.
Top picture Ashlew Williams. Blue detail suede boots £48.13 size US5.5 Freezingmoonvintage at Etsy.com, Black leather tooled boots£45 size UK4 lovemissdaisy.com, Brown leather & suede boots £30 size 6 Red rebel vintage at Asos market place
RETURN OF THE MAC
Catwalk fashion doesn’t always tend to be that wearable, let alone weatherproof but Miu Miu’s retro raincoats are both and that’s why we love you Mucia Prada!
Look out for retro styles- old school rainmacs, waxed fisherman styles and quilted seventies style anoraks in brights and pastel shades.
From left to right: Miu Miu, Miu Miu, Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Mui Miu, Miu Miu Bluue rain mac £25, pink rain mac £22 both Beyond retro.com
Find them everywhere! Beyond Retro, Etsy, Asos Marketplace. Or pick up designer styles at Vestiare collective and preloved.com
The hardest bit is choosing which one!
Heart print mac £119.51 Marc Jacobs at Vestiare collective.com, See through mac £167.31 Philosphy di Alberta Ferretti at Vestiaire collective.com, Pink waxed mac £254 Burberry at Vestiare collective.com
And finally… I did my research for this at the weekend so I apologise if any items are now sold out. Thats the nature of the game vintage lovers but if you look hard enough you’ll always find something better.
Happy vintage shopping!