After my successful trip to Dalston for the rooftop sale on Thursday, I spent a fantastic Saturday afternoon with The Boy at Bloomsbury Lanes, where the London Vintage Fair was being held.
Here is the outfit I wore. Thanks to my lovely fiancé for taking the snap when we were outside the Lanes enjoying a well-deserved cold bottle of beer after our walk to Bloomsbury (and me in high-heeled brogues!)
Dress - Johann Earl
Shoes - Fornarina
Tweed blazer - Silence + Noise
'B' brooch - Tatty Devine
Satchel - Urban Outfitters
Glasses - Ray Ban
Thirty-ish stalls over two floors held all sorts of treats - rack upon rack of clothes, shoes, accessories, jewellery, and homewares. There was also hairstyling and make-up, cupcakes and retro American diner food, and of course the obligatory 10-pin bowling.
I apologise that the photos aren't as great quality as I usually like them to be. My temperamental compact camera decided to run out of juice about 4 pictures in, so the rest were taken on my mobile phone. Not ideal, but it gives you an idea.
My first spot was a 1980s black and white polka dot knee-length pleated skirt. It was the perfect example of an item that had come round again to rediscover its on-trend worth. However, when I asked the lady running the stall for the price, it was £20 and therefore, in my opinion, a little overpriced. I popped it back on the rail, promising myself that if I didn't find anything else that I wanted to buy, I would go back and do a bit of haggling.
I was so right to hold out! Next to the venue's bar was a stall holding all sorts of wonders at very reasonable prices. A long red, white and black patterned dress caught my eye. It was sheer and constructed with tiny pleats all over. Even though it was beautiful and an absolute steal at just £12, I hesitated. As I'm only 5' 2", I tend to avoid long dresses. I've steered well clear of the recent maxi trend, but this exciting find came to about mid-calf when I held it up to myself. The lovely lady peddling her wares said that I could try the dress on and away I skipped, hoping against hope that it didn't swamp me or make my petite yet curvy frame look like a sack of spuds (albeit, a sack made from gorgeous vintage fabric.) But success! It actually looked really rather lovely and surprisingly flattering. Yay, purchase!
It's very exciting to add something to my wardrobe that is so unlike anything else I own, and with its length, long sleeves and high neckline it's going to be perfect for autumn/winter. I think I'm going to have to pair it with sky-high heels to get the best out of it.
Make sure to come back tomorrow for photos.
If you watch the show Mad Men, you'll understand why we were excited to see this oversized business card hanging on the wall. And don't you think the bowling beauty below looks uncannily like Betty Draper? Although I can't imagine her putting her pampered feet into shoes that someone else has worn!
There will be another London Vintage Fair held at Bloomsbury Lanes on Saturday 6th November. See you there?!