Friday 28 April 2017

Stylemma: How can I get the vintage look on the high street?

Alexa Chung with her Mulberry Alexa
Alexa Chung with her Mulberry Alexa

Angela Scanlon

I really like the vintage styles that celebrities like Lily Allen and Alexa Chung are always wearing, but I don't have the time or patience to go scouring the charity shops (like I'm always told) to find the perfect outfit. How else can I embrace this trend?

Any celebrity worth their salt has caught on to the vintage trend that's been sweeping the nation for the last couple of years. Style icons such as Chloe Sevigny, the Olsen twins, Kate Moss and Alexa Chung have all been recognised for their penchant for vintage as it guarantees an individual and unique look.

A great way to tackle this trend is with accessories. Add a vintage bag, belt or scarf for a unique splash to any outfit. Antique jewellery is another take on the trend - add a brooch, some clip on earrings, a vintage style watch or a ribbon for an instant vintage hit.

While charity shopping is a great way to find one-off pieces at bargain prices, it's not everybody's cup of tea. Thankfully, high street have stores copped on to our love of all things age-old and offer a great selection of vintage inspired clothing and accessories.

Urban Outfitters is particularly good and does the dirty work for you, scouring vintage flea markets and editing it for the customer. Great for vintage Levis, retro trackies and kitch blouses. Also try River Island this season for worn leather that looks like it’s been around before.

Wendy's Wardrobe at Bow Boutique in Powerscourt is also a favourite for vintage pieces minus the hassle of charity shops. Cute shirts sourced in Paris, embossed satchels from New York and vintage ribbons made in to bows brooches - divine!

Though the thought of rummaging through charity shops can be daunting to many, once you know how to shop it can become quite enjoyable.

Charity shops can be a great way to find a bargain belt, a tie, an old clutch or some clip-ons from as little as €1. Most shops have a section for accessories, a quick scan will tell if you've hit the jackpot or not.

Another great way to grab vintage treasures at bargain prices is on eBay. There are countless vintage stores on eBay that make looking for pieces a whole lot easier.

Bunny’s Vintage Boutique and Cotton-on on eBay are both definitely worth a look.

Also check out our own Dublin flea market (on the last Sunday of every

month) chock full of vintage finds and the most wonderfully random selection of bric-a-brac!

Got a style dilemma? Email Angela at fashion@independent-digital.com .

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