Nothing like a good vintage accessory!

We love a good vintage accessory – the pearls, the jewels, the sparkle, it’s every girls dream! So today we’ve welcomed Gabi into our fold who will be doing some work experience with us over the coming weeks. Gabi’s blog looks into the dazzling World of vintage accessories!


The beauty of vintage is that every piece is original and individual and can be a lot cheaper than high street buys. But what makes vintage accessories really special (and why I love pursuing vintage stalls) is that an item of clothing or an accessory could be past down by generations and have a special meaning or humbling story behind it. It’s rare you will find out where it’s come from and who owned it – but just the idea that it could have been worn to masonic balls and grand events makes me feel like I’ve discovered my own little piece history! Not only this, but the quality of vintage surpasses the quality of high street clothing of today – garments and vintage pieces are made with love and can withstand a lot more than your general high street shop’s garbage! (ok so maybe not all high street shops sell garbage!)

Florals and pearls – quintessentially gorgeous!

So I’ve decided to take a look at past Grammy’s fashions to show you exactly how a clever vintage investment can turn heads and take your outfit to the next level of va-va-voom!

The first look is Zooey Deschanel at the 2009 Grammys. Deschanel takes a very feminine vintage inspired lilac dress and adds a gorgeous vintage headband – finishing off the look perfectly. I particularly love how Zooey looks so dainty and I will most definitely be hunting for some dainty drop earrings at the fairs!

Zooey Deschanel grammys hair clip

We’re LOVING this headband!

The 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals

Zooey looking lovely – although are they sheer tights we can see? Uhoh!

The second look is Janelle Monae’s 2013 Grammys outfit. This is the binary opposite of Zooey Deschanel’s Grammys look.

2013 Grammys Janelle Monae vs Josephine Baker

Janelle Monae and Josephine Baker – showing us how to rock that masculine look!

This photo of Janelle Monae is placed next to the 1920s cabaret dancer, singer and actress Josephine Baker. Janelle’s style is nearly a replicate of the 1920s style, however like Zooey’s look, the accessories in this photo are really what makes the outfit. Janelle has taken inspiration from the 20s but has revamped it with a somewhat glamorous bowler hat and flimsy bow-tie to make it relevant to today’s fashion, but still in keeping with vintage. This look has been copied many times, most notably perhaps by Madonna in recent years!


We’re slightly unsure on this look Madonna!

So….my top tips for sourcing gorgeous gems at our upcoming vintage fairs:

  • Make sure you rummage! Finding gorgeous pieces takes time and persistence. If you are willing to route through all stallholders wears, bowls, boxes and jars you will find that perfect accessory! It takes time though so don’t be disheartened if you can’t see anything straight away!
  • Always ask stallholders if they have what you’re after, many stallholders bring too much stock to display so they can replace items sold. It may be that your perfect brooch or bowler hat is sat under their table waiting for it’s next home!
  • Come with an idea of what you want – although rummaging and taking time to pursue gorgeous stalls is fun, it also can break the bank if you end up buying lots of lovely things on a whim! Come knowing what colours and designs you want so you can easily identify those perfect purchases – who knows you may walk away with that perfect vintage accessory!


Thanks Gabi – we’re not so sure we’ll be replicating Janelle’s and Madona’s 20s cabaret style, but each to their own! So …… wondering where you can find these gorgeous finds, fear not folks as not only do we have York Does Vintage tomorrow – we also have:

Lincoln Does Vintage – 8 Feb

Nottingham Does Vintage – 15 Feb

Sheffield Does Vintage – 22 Feb

Durham Does Vintage – 1 March

York Does Vintage – 9 March

Get saving those pennies!

We’ll be back soon with more pre-loved inspiration and humbling stories! Alex and Sam x
(and of course Gina) 

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