It’s easy to dress like a Vintage Princess with unlimited funds to spend on fairytale 50s frocks, immaculately tailored vintage suits and top end custom made repro.
But what if you’re on a budget?
Today we’re going to take a little peek at how to get a touch of vintage style on a budget. “Budget” means different things to different people, for some it might mean under £5 and others under £50, but hopefully there’ll be some tips here for everyone.
If you’re on a budget you might have to work a little harder to find the styles you want, but they’re still out there. Use your imagination, and don’t expect to find a 50s prom dress just sitting on the rails for £5, Charity Shops are a little more savvy than that these days. If you like the 50s style then give 80s dresses a chance, the 50s was a big influence on 80s fashion. Equally a lot of 70s clothing is a dead ringer for 30s stuff, and you can pick it up cheap if you keep your eyes peeled.
If you have a little more to spend then try a specialist vintage charity shop like Break Vintage, which is in Banham, just outside Norwich (opposite the zoo!), they also occasionally have stalls at vintage fairs.
Break Vintage in Banham
A little more of a gamble than charity shops, but I’ve found a fabulous 60s shift dress and some cute 70s A Line skirts buried at the bottom of an unpromising looking pile of clothes. Be prepared to rummage!
Arminghall Boot Fair on Sunday mornings is one of the largest in Norwich and normally has a good selection of sellers with clothes.
If your budget is a little higher then the sellers at vintage fairs often have less overheads than those in shops and might have lower prices. They might also be open to a little haggling, but be nice about it! Remember there’s more work involved in selling vintage than just hanging stuff up. Those dresses have to be cleaned, pressed, repaired, stored and transported.
Check out our Whats On guide for news of upcoming Vintage Fairs.
If you take your shopping online then it’s still possible to find bargains on eBay. Filter your searches by price and try searching for common misspellings of items you’re looking for. Be wary of modern high street labelled as vintage, but if you like the style and the price is right then don’t get put off.
The High Street
Knowing your vintage shapes and styles means you can buy on the High Street and still recreate a vintage look. Look for dresses cut on the bias for a 30s look, a line skirts and knitwear with puffed shoulders for the 40s, classic full, gathered skirts for the 50s, or A line mini dresses for the 60s. The High Street isn’t always the cheapest place to shop, but keep an eye out for sale rails, online services that notify you when a product goes on sale or discount voucher sites like thebestdiscountcodes.com.
Vintage styles are in fashion currently, so discount brands like Primark on Haymarket and Peacocks in the Mall are a good place to hunt for cheap accessories like handbags and sunglasses to finish off your look.
Principles Dress, Warehouse Jacket, New Look Shoes
For more tips on buying vintage style, we highly recommend you take a peek at Perditas Pursuits excellent advice or Vintage Norwich Editor, Retro Chick, and her advice on finding vintage style on the High Street and in Charity Shops.
This post was produced in collaboration with The Best Discount Codes.