With the arrival of the autumn drop in high street stores there is a treasure of vintage inspired designs and prints. Just walking into Topshop you can be bedazzled the sight of rust coloured skirts, suede trousers and fabulous mongolian faux fur gilets. And at the AW15 shows at Chloe, Balmain, and Gucci were full of sumptuous rich fabric, prints, bell bottoms, and fur. We saw everything from flares to shearling coats and fringed jackets. It all looks very much like a seventies flash back updated for the modern day, but it’s not all about looking like you’ve dressed in your grandma’s best curtains or been thrown out of Abigail’s party.

Chloe AW 15 campaign
As a girl on a budget sometimes even the high street can be pricey, the cost of real suede can be scary. But what could be better than the original items! For me I work on a budget and that means looking anyway and everywhere for a bargain. Whether that is hunting through the sale rails looking at how to update last season’s treasures, working my way through Ebay, or rummaging in the local vintage shops.  True vintage can be affordable and even cheaper than the high street, with the added benefit of being environmentally guilt free. My friend’s always say wow where did you find that, and at least you know you’ll never turn up wearing the same outfit. Known as the fashion bargain hunter amongst my friends I love the thrill of finding a bargain and if it’s bang on trend what could be better. Here are some of my little gems for this autumn…

This gorgeous red suede skirt is a bargain at £1, in perfect condition just needing a little tuck at the waist to fit.

High waisted leather skirt is super soft £5 Topshop vintage.

This sleek and fluffy gilet was only £6.50 on Ebay.

This ethereal white vintage lace dress has a seventies flare but for the more daring it could be worn with underwear on show £9 on Ebay.

If you’re looking for some great finds the Ballroom Emporium at the Plain, Reign on Cowley road, and the Cowley road charity shops are fantastic. Also check out websites like Beyond Retro- it has a great clearance section. Ebay is also my go to for unique finds. Excuse me while I run into town now in my platforms and paisley dress… laters.

By Bea Cox

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