Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Christmas Delivery Dates

Here are the dates you need to know for the Christmas period...
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During the Christmas and New Year break we will despatch orders on various available days so you should not experience much disruption during this time.

May we take this opportunity to wish all our customers a very happy Christmas and all the best for 2011. Thank you for your custom this year.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

How to do vintage on trend!

OK so it's pretty obvious that I love fashion, especially vintage, and I have always been a great believer that you can dress vintage and still keep bang on trend.

If any of you aren't aware, I have a "Search by Trend" feature on the website... I keep this regularly updated and you can find it here

Love them or hate them, I am a regular reader of the fashion glossies, and I love exploring what the high street and designers have to offer each season as well as which celebs are wearing what. It was just the other day I was flicking through a copy of Look magazine and I spied a gorgeous dress that was virtually identical to a vintage dress I had just listed on the website. Most fashion designers will take inspiration from the past but you may be surprised just how much of the fashion we see on the shelves is derived from bygone styles. With this in mind, I embarked on a search to find some comparisons that are currently available on

Not only does the vintage option often cost less, but you are getting the best of both worlds - dressing bang on trend without the fear of any other girl arriving in the same outfit! And also there is nothing better than that smug feeling we get when someone asks us "Oh wow, where DID you get that?"... "Oh, it's vintage"...

First up we have this fabulous blue drape cocktail dress from the amazing Matthew Williamson...
Matthew Williamson Crepe Drape Dress

A gorgeous shade of blue and love the waist gathering piece - it draws the eye to the waist and creates a gorgeous hourglass figure. But if you fancy something in this style yet totally unique, why not go for this stunning dress from My Vintage ...

Vintage 1970s Dress UK Size 10/12 £75
 So similar! And only a fraction of the £1500 for the designer counterpart! 

Sticking with party frocks, this floral print cocktail dress really caught my eye from the cool and quirky Miss Selfridge...
Floral Cocktail Dress from Miss Selfridge

 Great print, great shape and great colours... But of course, as your vintage fairy godmother, I have found the perfect vintage equivalent from the gorgeous Laura Ashley...
1980s Vintage Laura Ashley Dress UK Size 10 £110
If anything, I think the sweetheart neckline gives this a much sexier and more feminine shape and it certainly gives Miss S a run for their money!

For a Little Black Dress with a difference, this French Connection number is sexy yet still super sophisticated...

French Connection Sheer Panel Dress
But if you're a fabulous size 16 then you could slip into this equally gorgeous 1970s vintage number with high shine crystals...
1970s Dress with Crystals UK Size 16 £48
And finally, as the days are getting colder and we want to wrap up warm, it's great to find some alternative knitwear, a woollen dress is a great way to keep warm and stay stylish.

If you fancy splurging the pounds, this grey cable knitted dress will set you back over £1000 from Pringle of Scotland...

Pringle of Scotland Cable Knit Cashmere Dress
I love the grey colour and the mid length, would be great with a pair of boots and tights. But you can still grab this look for less with this fab 80s woollen piece from us here at My Vintage ...

1980s Vintage Dress UK Size 16 £42
So there we have it, I am sure this theme will run and run! We take new stock in nearly every day so there will be plenty of designer lookalikes for me to blog about!

PS if you like any of these pieces then get online now! They won't hang around for long!

As always, if you have any questions or comments I'd love to hear from you!

Over and out x

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

New Blog Promise + Let's Go Wild!

A big hello to all my subscribers new and old... today I have made a promise to start blogging properly! I promise to bring you blogs of all shapes, sizes and flavours at least twice a week from here on in!

Let's Go Wild!

I have to admit, I have always been a huge fan of animal print, so I am thrilled so see it back in a BIG way!

I am loving the animal print bags like this gorgeous little one of Alexa Chung's. Whether is a clutch, tote or shoulder bag, animal print has simply GOT to feature!

But it certainly doesn't stop at leopard-print, My Vintage currently has this fantastic faux fur zebra print bag for sale. It's an original 1970s piece and a snip at only £22!

I'm also loving Sarah Jessica Parker's glam yet casual animal print scarf...

You can pick up a gorgeous vintage animal print scarf from My Vintage from £15 - £30 here are a couple of my current favourites...

Vintage scarves are a great accessory - you can make a pair of jeans and vest top instantly become a stylish outfit with a cute bit of neck-wear!

Another great bit of animal print chic is Olivia Palermo's leopard-print belt. I love how she has clashed this with a purple/pink printed chiffon dress, it looks gorgeous...

Why not create a similar look with this vintage dress and vintage belt from My Vintage?!

And finally, I could NOT do an animal print post without featuring one of my current favourites on My Vintage - this sexy and slouchy leopardskin dress can easily be dressed up or down and is a must-have for any fashionista! And a snip at £48!

So the moral of the story is TRUST your animal instincts -you really can wear at least one item of animal print this season. Don't be afraid!

As always, questions and comments are welcome.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Designer Vintage Clothing Profile - Janice Wainwright

Janice Wainwright was born in Chesterfield in 1940 and studied at Wimbledon School of Art, Kingston School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. Her 1960s work was youthful, bright and feminine and she was also, the only other designer permitted to use Celia Birtwell's printed textiles in the 1960s (Ossie greatly respected Janice as a designer).

In 1970 she started her own label 'Janice Wainwright at Forty Seven Poland Street' which continued until around 1974. Her Poland Street era's work is what has become the signature Wainwright look - using wonderful jerseys, chiffons and crepes for beautiful bias cut dresses, stylishly tailored suits and glamourous top and skirt ensembles. At this point she also began to use embroidery extensively in her work; both in art deco inspired motifs and intricately designed birds and flowers.

From around 1974, her work began to bear the simpler 'Janice Wainwright' label - although sometimes the two labels turn up in the same ensemble so they must have had a crossover period.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

20% Off All Orders over £50!!!

20% Off all Orders over £50!

From the 1st July 2010 and for a limited time all orders over £50 will automatically save 20%. Just add your items to the shopping basket and when you go to checkout 20% will automatically be deducted! This is available on all items, not just a few select items like most other websites!

So what are you waiting for! Be individual and stylish for less at My Vintage.

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Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Designer Vintage Clothing Profile - Hermes

The legendary French luxury goods house began as a harness workshop in Paris in 1837. By the 1920s, Hermès had the patent for the zipper in France, and introduced the first ladies’ bags with zip closures, and in 1937, the first Hermès silk scarves were born (today, a scarf is allegedly sold every twenty seconds). The company expanded into riding gloves, belts, and men’s and women's sportswear, and designed the now-famous travel trunks to meet the needs of the new automobile drivers.

The Kelly bag debuted in 1956 after Grace Kelly used a large crocodile handbag to hide her pregnancy. In the seventies, the first women's shoe collection and the first complete men's ready-to-wear collection were introduced. Actress Jane Birkin replaced her old straw purse with a leather Hermès number in 1984, and started the rage that is the Birkin bag. Today the Birkin continues to have the longest waiting list of any luxury accessory—about six years.

Hermès also has a complete home line, bed and bath linens, furniture, silverware, crystal and porcelain, office accessories, and baby gifts.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Designer Vintage Clothing Profile - Quorum

Alice Pollock, a young, self taught designer with a boutique in Kensington, approached him as a business partner. When Ossie discovered that he and Alice shared the same birth date (9th June 1942) he considered their partnership predestined and Alice his astrological twin. So following a very brief period at Woollands 21 Ossie joined Alice Pollock at Quorum.

Quorum was one of the great London boutiques of the 1960s. It was founded by Alice Pollock in 1964. She was joined by husband and wife Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell in late 1965. The clothes at Quorum were designed by Pollock and Clark, and they were often made from fabrics designed by Birtwell.

Quorum became a regular shopping venue for the 60's elite. Ossie recalled in his diaries that Brian Jones and Keith Richards wore Celia Birtwell print satin shirts and skin-tight jewel-coloured trousers made from pre-war corset satin that Alice Pollock had found. Customers included Marianne Faithful and Anita Pallenberg, both of whom were girlfriends of the Rolling Stones, and Patti Boyd (George Harrison's girlfriend and later wife of Eric Clapton) who also modeled for the Quorum shows.

Because of an ever increasing debt, controlling interest in Quorum was sold to Radley in 1969, but Pollock, Clark and Birtwell remained as designers into the 70s.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Just Arrived - 1970s Designer Vintage Ossie Clark Black & Gold Gown

Ossie Clark vintage clothing is rare, unique and highly collectible. His most famous designs are of course his vintage dresses which date mainly from the 1970s. He designed for Radley Boutique as well as combining with his wife Celia Birtwell in producing stunning clothing such as moss crepe and chiffon printed dresses, coats, suits and blouses.

A stunning sheer metallic gown from the ultimate designer - Ossie Clark. Made for Radley, this semi sheer dress looks fantastic either with or without a belt or sash. Collared shirt top with loose sleeves and gathered cuffs. The loose body makes this breathtaking dress suitable for a range of sizes from 8-14. The label reads 14 so this would be best suited to a modern day size 10. Black chiffon with distinct stripes of shimmering metallic gold lurex. This magnificent gown simply oozes quality, style and history from the most collectible fashion label in history. Non stretch material. Two buttons at cuffs.

Free to fit sizes 8/10/12/14 Length - 46"

Excellent vintage condition

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Thursday, 29 April 2010

Vintage Fashion History - 80s Power Dressing

Vintage Fashion History - 1980s Power Dressing

The 1980s gave us memorable and distinctive fashions, none more so that the power dressing phenomenon. The eighties were very tailored, it was hard to go anywhere without at least a jacket, but preferable to wear a complete suit. This was influenced by several movements including the popularity of TV dramas like Dynasty and Dallas. Margaret Thatcher and the Yuppies lead the way to the huge power dressing movement.

But power dressing extended far beyond the boardroom. Dynasty was the hugely popular 1980s television soap that promoted fashions which shocked and stunned. The biggest change was the enlarging of the shoulder. One of the main characters in Dynasty was played by the naturally broad shouldered film star Linda Evans. Nolan Miller, the Dynasty film set costume designer, decided to work with her big shoulders and give emphasis to them.

Lavish use of both fine and costume jewellery was worn day and night on the show and with 250 million viewers worldwide, it naturally drifted into mainstream fashion. Huge earrings drew attention to the faces of glamorous women with super backcombed hair drowning in shoulder pads. Stones could be fake or real. Diamantés, pearls and thick gold chains were loud and proud. The more vulgar the better.

The women in Dynasty also wore a wide range of lavish and sexy lingerie - the black lacy teddy was a favourite for bedroom scenes. There was also the comeback of the silky French knickers and camisoles, the must have look for any eighties screen siren.

Both Dallas and Dynasty heralded the return of the shift dress in bold and strong colours. Fuchsia pinks, sea greens, gem purples, royal blues and ravishing reds shimmered in silk and polyester. No sleeve, collar or skirt was too big and colour clashing was both acceptable and encouraged.

Lavish use of fabric in batwing sleeves was in keeping with the excessive largesse of the era. The eighties were all about excess, everything was bigger, better and more indulgent than ever before. The glitz and glamour was ten fold yet all so more attainable. An ironic mixture of economic gloom and new found personal freedom saw hundreds of thousands of fashion conscious people fall deeper into debt in order to achieve the looks of their idols.

The shoulder pad began to act as an accessory for women in the eighties. Knitwear, sweatshirts, oversized shirts and T-shirts started to appear with detachable Velcro fixing shoulder pads. Designers tried to drop the shoulder pad in the same way they tried to drop the mini for the maxi in the sixties, but as in the case of the mini the public stuck to what they wanted and they wanted big shoulders! By its nature a shoulder pad creates a smooth line over the natural hollows of the collar bone area. Women suddenly noticed that shoulder pads smoothed out body postural imperfections and they liked the effect.

By the 1980s, patterned tights also returned, but now they were spotted or delicately textured lace, striped or enhanced with embellishment such as a flock flower, embroidery, bows or diamantés at the ankle. In the mid to late 80s, coloured tights sheer, opaque or solid that toned and matched coordinated shoes could be seen everywhere. Barely black sheer tights were worn with power suits through the eighties and there was of course always room for an American Tan pair of tights in any eighties wardrobe!

Despite everything you may read today about power dressing being dead, it is still alive and well in the corporate office simple well cut black or navy suit remains the staple business attire for women who want to be taken seriously.

We have now also seen a massive revival of the more glamorous eighties power dressing, particularly the large shoulder detailing of the Dynasty days. We have seen huge emblazoned box shoulders and sharp pointy edges all over the world's catwalks this year. One of the more wearable and popular takes on this is the one shoulder dress. Strappy or long sleeved, the one shoulder dress not overtly sexual yet holds great femininity and shows just enough flesh.

Accessories have also gotten bigger of late. Large statement necklaces, huge drop earrings and chunky wristwear are all over the high street and designer boutiques. An over size pair of earrings, heavy drop necklace or deep buckle belt, can give a once lifeless outfit a breath of fresh air

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Monday, 26 April 2010

Just Arrived - 1980s Designer Vintage Zandra Rhodes Prom/Party Dress!

Just arrived at My Vintage is this stunning 1980s Zandra Rhodes prom/party dress!

Zandra Rhodes was one of the new wave of British designers who put London at the forefront of the international fashion scene in the 1970s. Her designs are considered clear, creative statements, dramatic but graceful, bold but feminine. Rhodes' inspiration has been from organic material and nature.


Our favourite vintage prom dresses! Stunning gown from eighties Zandra Rhodes in classic black and gold. Rouched body hugging bodice with deep sweetheart neckline and frilled edging. Dropped waist and huge volume mini skirt with undernetting. Non stretch with back zip fastening. Simply stunning!

Bust - 34" Waist - 30" Length - 38" (UK Size 10)

Excellent vintage condition

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Thursday, 15 April 2010

Designer Vintage Clothing Profile - John Bates

John Bates started his career as an apprentice at Herbert Sidon in the late 50's, around 1959/60 he started the label Jean Varon. Although he claims to have come up with the name himself, "I called it Jean Varon because at the time an English name like John Bates meant nothing, you had to appear to be French. Jean is French for John and Varon because there was no ‘V’ in the rag trade book. Jean Varon made a good graphic image”

John Bates was a main contributor in introducing the miniskirt. He designed the costumes for Emma Peel on the fourth season of the TV series The Avengers including what he called, "the smallest dress in the world." In 1965 these designs became very popular and sold out through shops within Britain. The same year one of his designs won "dress of the year." Other designs John Bates helped popularize were the trouser suit(1962), string vest dresses(1963), bridal catsuits, striped tube dresses, the "bikini" dress, and stockings with matching dresses(1964.) He was also known for his pop-art designs, mesh fabrics and the use of PVC (polyvinyl chloride.)

John Bates was one of the main British fashion designers working in what fashion editors on newspapers and magazines had termed ‘the Puritan look’. Essentially, this was a neat phrase coined to describe ‘buttoned-up’ dresses in sombre shades, but with flashes of lighter colours.

Towards the end of the 60's the clothing started becoming softer and more feminine. He became more known for his evening wear. In 1972 John Bates formed his own label. He continued to design for Jean Varon, although his own label was a lot more expensive. In the late 70's early 80's his label went bankrupt and he decided to leave the fashion business. Jean Varon continued through the 80's with designer Tom Bowker.

John Bates is now living in Wales working as an artist.

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This is the first in a series profiling the iconic fashion designers from the 1960s, 1970s & 1980s.
Keep checking back for the next post in the series!

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Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Just Arrived - Vintage 1920s Sequinned Flapper Dress!

Just arrived at My Vintage is this stunning and rare find!

Own a piece of fashion history with this stunning 1920s Sequinned/Beaded Flapper Dress in champagne/gold colour.


A jaw dropping antique find! This is a dress that you just want to stare at! Twenties flapper dress in as rich cream champagne colour - completely covered in iridescent and edged with beautifully intricate bead-work in pewter and pearl. Wide cut-out neckline with delicately padded shoulders. Designed to hang loose from the body and shape lightly around the bust and bottom. Uneven hem with bead edged cut out detail and elbow length sleeves, again edged with gorgeous beading. Heavyweight, light catching and elegantly dazzling. There are a couple of small runs of sequins missing but these are very hard to spot when the dress is on and do not detract from the style or the sheer history of this piece.

Bust - 36" Waist - Upto 32" will fit size 8, 10 and 12 Length - 44" (UK Size 8/10/12)

Excellent vintage condition

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Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Just Arrived - 1980s Designer Vintage Zandra Rhodes Wiggle Dress!

Just arrived at My Vintage is this stunning 1980s Zandra Rhodes wiggle dress!

Zandra Rhodes was one of the new wave of British designers who put London at the forefront of the international fashion scene in the 1970s. Her designs are considered clear, creative statements, dramatic but graceful, bold but feminine. Rhodes' inspiration has been from organic material and nature.



Amazing Zandra Rhodes at Fifth Avenue wiggle dress! You can now own this designer vintage LBD that is good enough to grace any red carpet event! Black stretch fabric with plunge neck and large ornate silver sequin panel that draws the waist right in. Large padded shoulders and long sleeves. Glamour and style in bucketloads! Please note that one of the shoulder pads has come loose and needs a little stitch to hold it. Back zip fastening.

Bust - 38" Waist - 34" Length - 42" (UK Size 14)

Excellent vintage condition

More fantastic designer vintage clothing being added on a daily basis from iconic names like Ossie Clarke, Mary Quant, Biba, Zandra Rhodes, Moschino, Chloe, Hermes, Christian Dior and many many more.

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