My mom doesn’t understand my fascination with vintage clothing. “Why would you want to wear a stranger’s clothes?” She says. When I point out that she wears her cousins’ or sisters’ clothes all the time, she reminds me (with exasperation dripping from her voice) that wearing hand-me-downs are fine. But wearing a stranger’s clothes is not appealing to her. It doesn’t help that my husband, Honey, also doesn’t understand my fascination with vintage clothing. He is however always on the look out for vintage clothes heaven.
And this is how we ended up in Brighton which is a mere 45 minute train ride from Central London. Honey had a business trip and told me how much I would love all of the vintage shops in that town. Oh, man, Brighton has wonderful vintage shops, case in point, this crocodile purse from the 1960s. (scroll below for shopping info)
Hope Harlequin was one of my favorite stores in Brighton. They have a great collection of made to measure vintage wedding dresses. And their accessories are just a treat (all the photos above were taken at their shop).
We will undoubtedly visit Brighton again. The next time it’ll be to pick up a few pieces of furniture for our house. Because, my friend, not only does Brighton do vintage clothes, but they also do vintage furniture. And since the furniture and everything really, is much less expensive in Brighton than in London, we’ll be heading there again.
You may have noticed that I’ve been on a hat bend lately. That is because, my friend, it rains here in London quite a lot. Not a surprise, but the day may be promised to be sunny and then bam, you have a stretch of mist or downpour. Most times, the rain is not heavy enough to warrant an umbrella though it’s enough mist/rain for me to see through my glasses….I still haven’t found my ideal hat, but I’m still on a hunt.
If you haven’t jumped on the fur band wagon, now might be the time. This is one trend that hasn’t gone away. Last year, it seemed that every London woman wore a fur coat or an Anna Karenina-esque fur hat through winter. The weather has been quite warm so I haven’t seen many people in fur, but if Fashion Week is any indication of what’s to come then fur is here to stay.
Karenina Image via: Grazia Daily