Vintage clothes

When does something stop being second hand and start being ‘vintage’? We’ve heard a few definitions, but all we know is that the retro fashion on these pages definitely pass the test. From 70s retro Ossie Clark to amazing original 50s dresses, we’ve found the best vintage pieces, plus details of the designers and vintage experts you’ll want to turn to when your wardrobe needs restocking.

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Daisy and Pearl Lowe put on a show at Vintage at Southbank 2011

Mother-daughter dynamo team, Pearl and Daisy Lowe, were back again to show at the Vintage festival which was this year held at Southbank. The pair unveiled their latest Autumn/Winter 2012 collection for Peacocks... Read more »

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Vintage at Southbank 2011: Street style gallery

The vintage fans were out in force yesterday at the Vintage at Southbank festival . The brainchild of Red or Dead designers Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway , the three-day event attracted a bevy of retro-lovin' guys and... Read more »

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Event: Vintage at Southbank Centre 29th-31st July 2011

Vintage fans listen up because we have some news... The Vintage at Goodwood Festival has moved to the Southbank Centre in London and will kick off tomorrow for a three day party! The festival is a celebration of all... Read more »

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Oxfam sets up shop at Glastonbury

If you're kicking it (or sloshing it) around Glastonbury this weekend and find yourself with nothing left to wear, here may be the answer. Oxfam have set up a tent in the market area of the festival selling ethical... Read more »

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Lily Allen's Lucy in Disguise collection - check it out!

You have seen the sketches , now here is your first proper look at Lily Allen's Lucy in Disguise collection . The line, which she created with her sister, Sarah Owen , has been inspired by their vintage boutique of... Read more »

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CQ loves the Oasis New Vintage Spring 2011 dress range

I think I may have fallen in love *swoon*. Thank you Oasis for your latest collection of New Vintage designs - and just in time for Summer! The High Street retailer has unveiled a five-piece range of frocks, all... Read more »

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Lily Allen launches Lucy in Disguise collection at Harvey Nichols

On Wednesday night Lily Allen and her sister Sarah Owen launched their Lucy in Disguise fashion line at Harvey Nichols. Strongly influenced by vintage designs, the 18-piece collection is based on a fictional... Read more »


Lily Allen set to launch Lucy in Disguise fashion line

Lily Allen will launch a new fashion line under the umbrella of her Lucy in Disguise boutique which she opened with her sister Sarah Owen last year. The singer, who is due to get married later this year, has... Read more »


Oxfam launches vintage website

If you often find yourself disappointed in that elusive hunt to find the perfect vintage bargain, then listen up. Oxfam has launched the UK's very first online vintage store - genius, right?! The website offers sections... Read more »


Lily Allen to unveil fashion line at Vintage at Goodwood festival

Loving this! Ever since Lily Allen dropped a bombshell late last year that she would be putting her music career on hold to pursue fashion we have been all ears. Now we can reveal that the popstrel will be unveiling... Read more »

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Summer floral dresses: go vintage!

'80s and '90s florals are big news this summer, and the high street is awash with amazing retro frocks. As soon as the sun hits we;re all scrabbling for something to update our wardrobe, if you fancy donning something a... Read more »


Shop Shrimpton Couture for fabulous high-end vintage

Imagine a vintage store with a collection so beautiful edited that you find yourself wanting every single piece (even the stuff from the 80s). Now rejoice that it actually exists . In my imaginary fashion dream world... Read more »


Back in Style Vintage - designer and discount vintage shopping

I literally lost my entire morning to Back-In-Style.com . If you're a fan of vintage fashion or designer pieces, this website is your mecca. Stocking everything from 1960s cocktail dresses to original Herve Leger, with... Read more »


Queens of Vintage launches - the perfect site for fans of vintage shopping & retro style

Vintage fans rejoice! The newly-launched Queens of Vintage is a fabulous resource for fans of looks from the last 100 years. I love their 'Top 100 Queens' feature, where each day a new vintage-loving lady is showcased... Read more »


One of a Kind at Net a Porter brings you vintage with a designer price tag

As if Net a Porter didn't have enough of the market wrapped up with their amazing roster of designers (Nina Ricci by Olivier Theyskiens, anyone?) they're now dipping their toes into the vintage market by stocking pieces... Read more »

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World's first Wardrobe Remix?

Click image to enlarge Mad props to Coral Stars for coming across the blog these photos were on, they're a real treat! Anja at Clever Nettle (check out her Etsy shop ) unearthed these photographs at an antique... Read more »

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eBay Picks: burgundy boots, skirts and feather hat

Click image to enlarge, full product details after the jump Sequins and tacky plastic are just the thing to bring a bit of cheer to the dull mid-season. Vintage burgundy boots will never go out of style and this pair... Read more »

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Retro jumper from Rokit

Click image to enlarge Every so often a vintage piece takes your breath away (sequinned handprint tunic anyone?!) and this University jumper by Rokit is one of those special pieces. The £85 price is fairly... Read more »

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eBay Picks: Vintage handbags

Click image to enlarge, full product details after the jump For this week's eBay picks I've selected a range of vintage bags which will add panache to any outfit. The red lizard will look great as part of a dramatic... Read more »

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eBay Picks: Prada heels, fuchsia and taffeta Topshop skirt

Click image to enlarge, full product details after the jump Is it a sculpture? No it's Prada's fantastic banana heel brogue detailed shoe! Bow ties are hot, just ask Elinkan , put it on your head and you will look... Read more »

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eBay Picks: the Rock Selection

Click to enlarge I don't know if it's because we're listening to Ozzy Osbourne in the office, but this week's eBay picks come with a rock flavour. Take your pick from a bodycon dress, leather skater skirt or... Read more »

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eBay Picks: tulip skirt, pussy bow blouse, tuxedo dress and '80s ankle boots

Click image to enlarge There's something for everyone in today's eBay picks, a pretty Zooey Deschanel style tuxedo dress in brown and a great '80s floral tulip skirt. Carrying on the '80s theme is some wicked ankle... Read more »

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eBay Picks: '60s green cape, stockings and handbags

Click image to enlarge To occupy the remainder of your Friday afternoon we have chosen some great pieces for our eBay picks. Star of the show is the deep green '60s cape which will make a feature piece in your winter... Read more »

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eBay Picks: vintage cossies, brogues and skirts

Click image to enlarge This week's eBay picks is skirt themed, choose from the '50s full skirt or the Topshop tulip. If you're bored of ditsy prints but still fancy the Luella-lite look then the ethnic print mini is... Read more »


Molly Ringwald has wardrobe regrets over 'The Breakfast Club' - we don't!

If you weren't a kid (or a fan) of the '80s, then you'd probably find most of what Molly Ringwald wore in her hit teen flicks pretty unforgivable. And why wouldn't you? Looking back now, it was merciless what the poor... Read more »

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CQ eBay picks: harem pants, polka dot mini, suede handbag and mod dress

Click on image to enlarge Here's the first of our eBay picks , how terrific are the silky '70s harem pants? I've got my eye on the polka dot dress, it looks so easy to wear. Full product details after the jump, and... Read more »


The Scene: Stars mingle at Visa Swap shop launch, Covent Garden

For the last three weeks, London's fashionistas have been getting tough with their wardrobes, donating their unwanted high street and designer clobber to the much-anticipated Visa Swap loft. The result? A glittery launch... Read more »