Saturday, 21 September 2013

How to wear vintage: The Oversized shirt dress

Remember when vintage exploded into the fashion world with a trail of dust and a few choice mothballs? It was funny to see a demand for older people's clothes surge amongst people who would never set foot in a charity shop. But of course, high street shops made their own 'vintage light' versions of typical retro pieces, allowing us to purchase tea dresses without the frankly ugly shoulder pads and essentially meaning that dressing like your grandmother was the ideal look. We have Alexa Chung to blame for that. Now it's become a bit of a saturated market. There's nothing particularly bargain basement about selling seemingly vintage dresses (although I've seen the suspicious 'Atmosphere' logo on many pieces before) at £35 a pop. But my determined desire to be a total cheapskate continues with ferocious force. Sure, vintage can sometimes be hard to wear, whether it's too long, short or seems to be made for a doll (they were smaller back then)! but it's definitely worth it to find something truly special, and to avoid the awkward moment when you buy a unique new piece from Topshop only to find everyone else on the street wearing it.
There is still hope for all us vintage toting hipsters who line the globe with lumberjack shirts and paisley trousers. I recently discovered Brag Vintage, a Sheffield (which I visited only recently) based online shop that sells actual vintage clothes at a, wait for it, reasonable price! I was relieved to see their dress selections were priced at around the £20 to £30 mark, and there's some seriously good quality stuff on there too, and no used underwear to rifle through (though some of us clothes hoarders will make that particular sacrifice for fashun).
This tunic/smock from their selection represents what I tend to like about vintage clothes. I always like vintage that is a bit oversized, as it can double up as a top and a dress (or a drop if you want to use fashion lingo.) A size 20 shirt suddenly becomes a clever fashion statement, and looks really great paired with a pair of leggings and a cardigan. This sunflower print beauty is relentlessly cheerful looking and goes really well with my newly purple hair! Then I've paired it alongside some knee high socks for that thigh chilling look, along with my new cut out boots so I can avoid looking like a five year old's drawing.

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Smock/Tunic - Brag Vintage

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Coat - Charity Shop (originally Whistles)
Socks - New Look

I bought this coat one Christmas Eve in a charity shop the next town over from me. I almost didn't pick it up, but I'm so glad I did now as it's genuinely one of my favourite coats (and I have quite a few!). I'm obsessed with anything brightly coloured and furry at the moment, so this was one hell of a find!

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Shoes - River Island

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And lastly to my newly acquired shoes. Apparently it's an unspoken rule of fashion that you need at least two pairs of cut out boots or something, so naturally I rushed out to River Island to pick up these. What I love about them is that they are pretty much the spitting image of the Jeffrey Campbell Coltranes, and were only £45! You have no idea how quickly I grabbed these. They also do a version in blue which I'm keen to pick up, but I'm sensing that three might be a push.

I'd be interested to know your opinions on vintage clothing, have you ever found something incredible? And where are your favourite places to find it?

Thanks for reading! Belphoebe x
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  1. I only buy vintage clothes at charity shops. Last year I bought a skirt/top combo and the waistband of the skirt only fits around my head :D One day I will fix it.

  2. I love love love loooooooooove the pairing of the shirt and that coat!!!!!!!!


  3. The oversized shirt is one of my favourite lazy day looks! Your hair is all kinds of amazing.

    x The Pretty Secrets

  4. This outfit is just stunning, love the colour combination between your hair, the shirt and the coat! Amazing :D

  5. Ooo that jacket looks super cosy!
    I love charity shop shopping its my favourite!
    And those boots are lovely.


  6. Love the look. You are so right about vintage. Prices on new clothes are becoming crazy *shrugs* I blame that for my addiction to eBay.
    The look is so nice and suits you! And omg your shoes. It's actually the first time I've seen cut out boots but dayum those looks so great! Another thing to add to the xmas list *cough*

    2 Girls And A Blog

  7. Loving your blog and that orange coat....!!
    thanks for your comment over at mine...nice to meet you...
    bestest Daisy x

  8. I think bugger it just get a third pair of cut-out boots! I don't have any as my feet are insanely large so if you get a third pair I can live vicariously through you.

    amazing coat! I want a furry pink one, perhaps if I find the perfect coat we can form a Fraggle Rock tribute act? XXX

  9. Absolutely love your cardigan! And your boots are awesome x

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  10. Olá!!!, Deus te abençoe boa tarde, amiga arrasou na produção amei o look, cabelo estão maravilhoso,SUCESSO AMIGA.
    já estou te seguindo aguardo retribuição.
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  11. Love love love!
    -Deana, from Birds&Oxfords

  12. let's talk about how you are like a modern marilyn monroe.

    1. This is genuinely the best and and most flattering comment I've ever had!

  13. Thanks for the coolest ways of wearing. Really looks nice. And I think no one can notice your that you actually wearing a over size design.
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