It’s no secret that I’m a self-confessed vintage fashion fiend—give me a sunny Saturday afternoon, a takeaway coffee and a high street dotted with charity shops and I’ll happily wile away the hours rummaging through those densely-packed rails. It’s all about the thrill of the chase: the unique buzz that comes from spotting something special which is laden with its own unique history.
If I’m honest, when I first started out second-hand hunting as a teenager my main motivations were budget and creativity. It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve come to appreciate the environmental benefits of buying vintage (not that I needed more reasons to hit my favourite London vintage haunts…) From dusty charity shops in remote Welsh villages and poky Parisian shops, to Covent Garden kilo stores and online hidden gems, I’ve been everywhere in search for my next second-hand hit.
With this in mind, I thought I’d show you the 8 pieces that I consider some of the highlights of my pre-loved fashion journey. These are items of clothing that have slipped seamlessly into my day-to-day wardrobe and offered newer purchases a more distinctive twist. From cowboy boots to pie crust collared dresses, scroll down to see my vintage faves.