Vintage Fair - Haul & Top Tips!
Bonsoir les filles and a happy Wednesday to you all! Over the weekend I took a trip to Bath's Affordable Vintage Fair, held in the beautifully decadent Guildhall. With rows and rows of vintage treasures to leaf through, I was in clothes heaven! Today's post gives you a sneak peak at what I bought and lets slip a few of my top tips for vintage clothes shopping. Not only do I love vintage stores and fairs because of the amount of clothes you can find from different eras, but also because you can really hone your own individual style and experiment by purchasing bold, daring pieces, usually without paying mega bucks!
I picked up some really diverse bits and bobs to add to my wardrobe.
The 60's striped jacket:
This is a real show stopper and I can't wait to style it up. The A-line tailoring would suit high-waisted white skinny jeans and mules, elongating the legs as the eye follows the vertical stripes.
The sequin flapper skirt:
This bejewelled number goes to show that silver and gold can work beautifully together when paired with muted nudes. This "slip" design is dainty, flowy and oh so feminine. Take a throwback to 1920's chic with a headband and a cute updo.
The designer scarf:
This Liberty scarf is a dainty square size, perfect for use as a cute hair accessory! La couleur jaune est très jolie!
The 1950's skirt:
There's no denying that the colours in the skirt scream summer of love. The romantic, 50's midi sits just below the knee and gives the illusion of curves whilst nipping you in at the waist. The scarf and the skirt goes exceptionally well together, don't you think?
The beach-hut playsuit:
The blue and white nautical stripes on this dainty playsuit are perfect for summer trips to the beach. This simple one-piece makes me think of old-fashioned swimming costumes and Punch and Judy by the seaside! Quintessentially British - now pass me the Pimms!
The silk shirt:
What's not to love about this pretty silk shirt clad in shoes and handbags!? Wear untied as a loose, boxy dress with tights, or tuck up like I've done to pair with high-waisted denim shorts.
Now you've had a sneak peak at my purchases, have a read of my top tips for vintage mooching:
1. Trust your instinct. If your eye catches something that has that je ne sais quoi then make a beeline for that baby. (For me it was the sequin skirt which I located in approximately 1 minute upon entering.) Trop chic!
2. Try things on. Vintage sizes can be tricky and so it's always best to try items on before buying or disregarding them. This is also a handy opportunity to take a really close look at the quality of the garment whilst figuring out how you can style it up later on!
3. If you don't love it, leave it. Far too often we fill our bags with things that we're not that fussed about just because it's vintage. You want to ensure that your vintage pieces are key items that you'll come back to again and again, so they don't end up gathering dust - so if it's not j'adore, show them the door.
4. Haggle the price down. When it comes to vintage stall-holders, don't be afraid to try your luck with negotiating the price. More often than not they'd prefer a discounted sale to nothing at all! But be realistic, if you're on the hunt for designer items expect to pay more for the haute couture.
5. Step out of your comfort zone. I always try to buy at least one item that pushes my fashion boundaries. (This time around it was the striped blazer!) Know the power of iconic pieces and don't be afraid to experiment with your style - think of it like dressing up and you'll be suprised at how creative you can get!
I hope you enjoyed this post lovelies! What is your fave item from the bunch? Tell me in the comments below, and don't forget to follow PrettyDaring for more fashion, beauty and lifestyle natter!
Bisous et bon soirée!