I love cardigans. There’s something so chic (and also of course they have that perfect French vibe to them) They look great tucked into jeans, paired with a slip skirt or thrown unbuttoned over a dress. The versatility of them really is endless and they’re perfect for layering. Definitely a wardrobe staple. Oh and most recently I’ve been obsessing overlaying them with an oversized collar too. See I told you they were great ! I think some of my favourite French brands do the best options-think Sezane, Rouje, Musier etc, their cardigans are almost always sell outs. Trust me, I’ve created so many alerts for my favourites to come back in stock, it’s worth doing.

I especially love the details that they can have, the posibilities are endless-short sleeves, oversized, chunky knit, cropped, patterned, floor length, embroidered (I LOVE the trend for embroidered ones at the moment I have a beautiful vintage one), puff sleeves, matching buttons, etc etc I literally could be here all day. There’s so many variations there really is something for everyone. The only problem I have with them…is that I need more of them! Who knew one person could be so passionate about cardigans? I’m just here to share the love.

Also, before I share with you my ten favourite below, here is a special mention to one I discovered via instagram. It’s on the more expensive side but it is handmade to order, this Tach embroidered cardigan is truly beautiful. You better believe I’m saving up for that beauty.

Cardigan: Musier (sold out similar here) Bag: Dream Baskets (gift) Skirt: Realisation Par

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Being a vintage shop owner/lover of vintage for many, many years now (can you believe I started my shop in 2014? where has the time gone) I thought I’d put together a little guide for you on how I shop for vintage, where to go, what to look out for and what to avoid. I did write a similar blog post years back but I thought I’d do a more updated one and share with you all my tips and tricks on how to find great vintage pieces.

It can be overwhelming when going vintage shopping or buying but there’s nothing better than the thrill of finding that amazing vintage piece no one else has.

 

Wear suitable clothing when vintage shopping

This one may be an obvious one but it’s something I never seem to learn to do, last time I went vintage buying I wore a silk skirt and it kept snagging on things, disaster. When vintage shopping I always find it better to wear simple outfits you can get in and out of quickly when trying things on-either jeans and a top or a dress and wear easy shoes, there’s nothing worse than spending ages in every changing room trying to wriggle out of a jumpsuit or some tight boots to try things on-this lesson I’ve (nearly) learnt haha.

Do your research/save searches online

Keep an eye out wherever you go-if I go to a new place or country I always research the vintage shops, then the markets, then the thrift/charity shops so I’ve got an idea of where I want to start hunting. Then I check their instagrams and read any reviews so I make sure I cover them all. I always save searches of the vintage items I’m looking for- especially on ebay and Vestaire and I create an alert so anytime anything is added I’m the first to know. Also my vintage saves folder on instagram is a real help on for any online vintage stores I discover because I always end up forgetting the names.

Always check a vintage piece thoroughly

Make sure to be on the look out for any stains/tears/holes-hidden tears in the lining, as a lot of vintage in shops sometimes in the greatest condition. For example, sewing a missing button back on is one thing, but replacing a zip or a million hidden moth holes is another. It’s just not worth it sometimes-especially when it comes to the dreaded moth holes or suspicious looking stains no amount of vanish will get rid of. If there are any noticeable defects etc that you spot and they haven’t been written on ‘sold as seen’, don’t be afraid to ask for a discount.

If you look closely you might see that the vintage dress I’m wearing in the photos has been cut by a previous owner (not very well) and it’s that little bit too short to hem now,  but it totally doesn’t bother me (luckily it’s made out of material that won’t fray) as I’m not planning to sell it, ever. I LOVE IT. This is the kind of thing I mean.

 

Check the labels

This is a fun one ! Always check the labels (and if I’ve not heard of one I always google) to see if it’s rare/designer. I stumbled across an amazing oversized houndstooth check blazer the other day, I loved it anyway, but when I opened it and saw it was vintage Burberry! I also found an amazing YSL cardigan in a flea market that no one else seemed interested in/noticed the label. More often than not vintage shops will have already checked the labels, but if you’re hunting at flea markets/car boots/charity shops this is a great one to double check.

Smell it

This may sound weird but it’s an important one. Take a sniff of the armpits- as vintage fabrics, like polyester, the smell of a previous owner can linger, and so can stains. The standard musty vintage smell is usually an easy one to wash out/dry clean but anything else usually isn’t-I’ve learnt this through experience especially when it comes to under the arm. If you are desperate to buy it and it doesn’t smell too great in the armpit area-use baking soda as a paste (it almost always works)

 

Always try things on

Although something may look great on the hanger, it might not on, and vice versa, you honestly don’t know until you try it on. It’s always great to get out of your comfort zone when it comes to trying on different vintage styles and you may try on and fall in love with something you never thought would suit you. Take lots of options in the changing room-esepcially with jeans. Also remember that vintage styles fit a lot differently to todays clothing, so just ignore the size labels and try it on for yourself. It’s  fun to take a friend and have a trying on session of vintage clothing you wouldn’t usually go for too.

Get creative

Now this I do a lot. If you find a vintage piece you love but there’s something not quite right about it, think to yourself: if you buy it, could you customise it to suit you? If you love with a dress but it’s an odd length/too long for you, shorten it! cut the hems of jeans if they fit like a dream but drag on the floor and leave the hem raw, take out shoulder pads of 80s blouses, reworking vintage pieces can bring them a whole new lease of life!

I’m wearing a vintage dress and fringe jacket, Chloe bag, and Bobbies boots (gift)

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Creams, beiges, neutral tones and textures. Shearlings, chiffons, silks, with gold accents. That’s where my head is at this week! And I want that car.

 

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Organising my life/diary out with a little help from Papier

January can sometimes feel like the longest month of the year. The weather’s miserable, Christmas has long gone and you’re either impatiently waiting to get paid, or you have the dreaded tax bill looming. And I have two tax bills. My personal and my company so DOUBLE joy for me. I’m really trying hard not to sit around in my pjs feeling sorry for myself, so I’ve thought of some things below that (hopefully) will help pass the rest of this long month, and you won’t need to spend a penny to do them.

Organise your wardrobe.

This is of course the most obvious one, I don’t know about you but this new year when I got back from home, to my home, I just wanted to declutter and organise EVERYTHING. Apart from the fact I was sick of staring at my wardrobe feeling like I had nothing to wear, I decided to take action and go through it all to see what I needed and was amazed to find things I forgot I even had.

Plus note: depop/ebay anything you think someone might love more than you and you can make a bit of extra cash. Anything else recycle/charity shop.

Shop your own wardrobe

Following on from your wardrobe declutter, shopping your own wardrobe is a great trick in January when you’re trying not to shop IRL. Try and put together new outfits from things you already have. Have a look on pinterest for some outfit inspiration-it’s where I get a lot of mine. I’ve now thought of three other ways to wear my Realisation Par paisley skirt-it’s not just for summer.

Rearrange your house/flat

This is a great one to make you feel more motivated again-especially if you work predominately from home like I do. You don’t need to buy anything to do this (I did just buy the lamp above- after we sold our vintage 60s bar to pay for it, so technically I didn’t actually spend any money and got rid or something I didn’t need for something I needed! win win) Even the littlest things like rearranging ornaments, changing your coffee table display or switching up your cushions from your bedroom to your living room can make all the difference.

DIY projects

Do you ever just endlessly save DIY projects pins to pinterest in the hope you’d one day get round to them, or you’ve got piles of things you want to alter, photos to frame etc. I know I do. January is the time to finally do them. I finally hung up my boyfriends cowboy shirt collection that he wanted me to in the hall and I’ve framed prints that have been lying around since last year, January is such a great time to do things like this as there’s not really a whole lot else going on.

Book Club

I feel like I have the most free time in January, as apart from anything else I hate going outside in this weather, so it’s the perfect time to catch up on my reading or start those books just lying by my bedside table waiting to be read, instead of scrolling aimlessly through Netflix. It’s the perfect time to get cosy with a book (preferably in the bath) and again you don’t need money for this-that’s what libraries are for. You could even look to starting your own book club if being in the house  is getting too much for you, or you loved a book so much you want to hear what if everyone else thought the same.

 

 

 

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This year I’m getting a little more organised with blog posts, I want to start doing certain themes a week/bi weekly. For example off the top of my head: my weekly Pinterest inspiration, the ten best, my week in outfits etc.

I’m just trying to get a little more into a routine of dedicating more time to my blog and blogging and making regular posts-so far so good!

So, without further ado, here is the first my weekly inspiration post, and it’s all things pink that I seem to be saving this week. To find out sources of images etc, head over (and follow me if you like) to my Pinterest.

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