Vintage Hunting

Whenever I have a successful pre-loved shopping session I am reminded why I love fashion so much - for me it is not about trends but the love of fabric, the creation, the history, the hunt. I had luck on my side last week when I decided to fit in a quick bit of op-shopping before heading away for the weekend. I was surprised to stumble upon some gorgeous high street and designer pieces which have fit into my wardrobe like they were always meant to belong there.

The first one is this Cue linen dress. It is a size too big but that is why I love it; the fit is relaxed, the fabric is high quality and the strap detail is beautiful. I steer away from being too pretty and usually toughen up a dress with boots and with the recent cooler weather, I am styling it with my favourite leather jacket.

I also scored this stripe jumpsuit which is exactly what I have been searching for the last few months. It drapes beautifully and the vertical stripes are super flattering, I love the waist tie and the split side seams finish it off perfectly. This jumpsuit does enough talking on its own so I styled it with simple sandals and some silver jewellery.

I also picked up a few other gorgeous pieces which I will probably save my next trip away this weekend. Being an op-shopping junkie, I have developed a process for vintage hunting. My op-shopping guidelines ensure I don't lost in the seas of fabric and end up walking out like an Absolutely Fabulous character (though even if I did, what would be so wrong with that, am I right?!). Over the years I have discovered which fabrics, prints and cuts to look out for and what to avoid, how to scan a rack quickly and select the best item available and which pre-loved items are worth collecting. If you want to read about my op-shopping tips, click here.

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