Once an advocate of clean and minimal, preferably something Helmut Lang, and most certainly black, a few years ago I’ve traded in my first sartorial love for a new one: the unique appeal of vintage clothing.

Albeit keeping an eclectic mix of decades, most of my pieces – either garments or jewellery – do come from the 1930s/40s, as I am a self-confessed WWII junkie (think period dramas such as ‘Atonement‘, ‘Brideshead Revisited‘, ‘Foyle’s War‘, ‘Poirot‘ or the delightful ‘Miss Marple‘), and do feel its jewel colours and quirky romanticism suit me best.

Moving to London three years ago has only helped increase the endless love I already felt, as this town is packed full with markets and retail spaces catering to the vintage aficionado, but – with such an abundance of offer – it’s all too easy to feel overwhemed… Until you come across Peekaboo Vintage, that is.

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Founded by Emily Bothwell in the early 90s, this vintage godsend of a brand cleverly handpicks items for you, repairs and brands them, pre-selecting the pieces for your shopping convenience.
These curated beauties are then retailed in locations such as Topshop in Oxford Circus (jewellery on ground floor, clothing and bags on the SB2), Decadent Vintage (Camden Passage, Angel), and everyone’s favorite one-stop for dresses, Asos, making the whole vintage shopping process more time-affordable.

I wore this 1980s kelly-green playsuit and mid-century bag (seen above) to a Press event at Debenhams in Clapham Junction last Friday and received so many compliments, I needed to share the provenance of my vintage finds.

Regarding the dreaded price tags, these are reasonable enough to get you hooked (around £45/£80), and do make up for the fact you’ll see no one else wearing your outfit at that special event you’re attending.
And that, boys and girls, is priceless indeed.

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