People of Portobello: Vintage Accounts to Follow on Instagram

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There are so many things to make you fall in love with the culture of Portobello; we have our own unique way of life you see.  But even beyond the rich history, the pretty pastel houses, the amazing food diversity, the unique street style and the endless vintage market stalls and boutiques, there’s something that runs much deeper – and that’s the people. Behind every vintage shop, every business, every stall is someone pretty darn interesting to say the least. If you know Portobello, you’ll know that our part of the world is a place for characters. So if you love British vintage and London’s distinct vintage style, come get to know the people of Portobello. Here are the best vintage and fashion accounts to follow on Instagram…

Sarah Horrillo @london.vintage

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The lovely Sarah Horrillo is a regular trader at Portobello Market and she’s definitely got some stories to tell. Once a waitress, a psychotherapist and a mosaic artist and now an expert vintage trader, Sarah’s boots are well worn in terms of experience. But she’s never felt more at home than she does today, selling beautiful vintage clothing to stylish visitors to Portobello. If you’re not swayed by fast trends and throwaway fashion, you’ll be in good company when visiting Sarah’s Instagram account @london.vintage. Because Sarah believes that the best way to shop vintage is to never adhere to trends but to choose what you like because, and we quote, “you’ll look far more stylish, individual, comfortable and confident.”

She continues, “Also be brave, if you love it wear it . . buy for yourself, not for your wardrobe. Also there’s no shame in mixing vintage with new. There are no rules…”

We love how eclectic, inclusive and exciting her vintage items are so make sure you follow Sarah on Instagram – for shopping, for fun, or just for some daily inspiration.

Claudia @282portobello

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If you read our ‘Weekend in Notting Hill Guide‘, you’ll know that 282 Portobello Road is one of our favourite places to hang out. It’s a small piece of heaven in fact. Step inside Claudia’s shop and you’ll feel like you’ve just entered Pandora’s box of vintage treasures. We’re talking one of a kind pieces that you can’t find anywhere else in the world. We’re talking vintage clothing so unique that everyone will be asking “where did you get that?”

If you want vintage fur, vintage tweed, vintage biker jackets, authentic trilbies and fedoras or classic leather boots, you’ll find it at 282 Portobello Road. Not only does Claudia have a serious knack for styling her customers in items they may not have picked out for themselves (but end up loving all the same) but she also shares photos of her most stylish shop visitors on her @282portobello Instagram account. So get following!


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Capturing community and culture, this Instagram account is a must for anyone who is interested in our neighbourhood. Because like we say, it’s the people and the wonderful characters who really make this place so amazing. What you’ll see from @peopleofportobello is a collection of faces, places and things that will give you a sneak peek into life in our ‘hood’. If you love street style fashion, it doesn’t get any better than this. Because this is exactly what the real people of Portobello look like…expect to see some crazy looking outfits, some genius raw styling, and an awful lot of beautiful vintage clobber on men and women of all backgrounds and of all ages.

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SBP Team x


The Bucket Bag Craze: Get a Vintage Original & Style Like a Pro

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We say “bucket bag”, you say “Zara”. It’s an easy connection to make if you know your high street well. But let’s look back at where this trend began… might think we’re referring to Mansur Gavriel in 2013 and that cold December morning when 95% of the website’s stock sold out in less than an hour and instagram went crazy for the bucket bag. But we assure you fellow fashionistas, designers Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel weren’t the first to turn a spade’s best friend into a fashion accessory. Sure, demand was so high for a Mansur Gavriel bucket bag that for every one bag online, there were 288 people click-fighting to buy it (may the best mouse win) and the brand are currently caught up in lawsuits with Italian brands who have copied their best-selling bucket bag design. But that’s the sort of fashion politics we’re not interested in here at Style By Portobello…

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Because the original bucket bag goes way back before 2013. And you may be thinking about your mum’s or your grandma’s Coach bag from the 1960s…..ah yes, the iconic bucket bag design brought to the world of fashion by the label’s appointed head designer, Bonnie Cashin. She even said of her bucket bag design for Coach: “The best designed handbag in the world is the paper shopping bag. So I didn’t try to improve on it.” Her if-it’s-not-broken-don’t-fix-it approach to accessory design led to one of the most time-honoured trends today, one which has really stood the test of time for women.

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But even before Bonnie Cashin took over at Coach, the first ever ever modern bucket bag appeared in the form of the famous Noé Bag by Louis Vuitton in 1932, originally created to transport up to 5 bottles of champagne. It wasn’t until decades later that the Noé finally got recognition as an everyday handbag or fashion accessory (although we prefer the champagne idea).

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So there we have it. We’ve got the likes of Coach, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Koret and other designer houses of that time to thank for making the bucket bag such a timeless trend today. But it doesn’t even stop there because if you delve a little deeper into the fashion archives, there are old editions of Vogue featuring bucket style designs dating back to at least the early 1900s. And whilst the original “bucket bags” didn’t gain popularity or their name until much later on, it turns out, that with a little bit of digging, the modern day bucket bag is a true turn of the century fashion item. And we’re sure that these early bucket bags took inspiration from centuries before…

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So if you love the bucket bag trend, make your look totally authentic by choosing vintage over high street, always. We love high street (especially when we mix old and new for an eclectic OOTD) but you can’t beat the original bucket bags from decades passed. Grab yourself an original bucket bag from the 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s or 70s and give your wardrobe a unique edge!

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SBP Team x



Biker Chic: A Vintage Look We Can’t Get Enough Of!

We are totally in love with this timeless vintage style trend. And we believe that every girl should have a good quality vintage leather jacket in her fashion repertoire. For spring / summer, the leather biker jacket is absolutely perfect; it’s light enough for festival season and it will keep you warm when the sun goes down. And every self-respecting biker chick knows that when the sun goes down, it’s time to come out and play. The leather trend may have begun with the rebellious rockers of the 1960s but it made a serious style comeback in the 1990s and there are some leather-clad Hollywood bad girls that we’ll never forget. If you love vintage leather and biker chic style, here are the girls of the 90s that did it best…

Kate Moss

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British supermodel Kate Moss was the face of the 90s; she may have started off her career as an innocent teen but it wasn’t before long that she gained a rebellious reputation. From her choice of rock n roll boyfriends to her party lifestyle, she’s always been a bit of a wild child. But her look was always clean and fresh-faced. Totally effortless and never try-hard.

GET THE LOOK: To steal the Kate Moss 90s look, go for a vintage biker jacket with a fitted silhouette and team with natural makeup.

Drew Barrymore

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Drew was the original bad girl. As troubled child stars go, Drew Barrymore excelled in every stereotype. And her fashion sense only played homage to her rebellious ways. Not only was she the queen of grunge and biker chic leather but she was also the queen of denim. So team the two together and you’ll have winning Drew Barrymore style, so synonymous with the 90s.

GET THE LOOK: Go for your boyfriend’s leather jacket and a plain white t-shirt and some dark denim. For extra vampy points, go for dark red / plum lipstick.

Winona Ryder

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Don’t let the angelic face and English rose complexion fool you. For Winona Ryder was a bad chick through and through and that’s why we love her biker leather jacket look. But there was always an ethereal sense of elegance with the way she dressed; so if you’re a girly girl who also loves leather, Winona is the ultimate inspiration.

GET THE LOOK: Winona’s look was kickass but feminine at the same time so opt for a slimline leather jacket and style with a vintage band t-shirt of your choice. 

Angelina Jolie

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When it came to merging inaccessible beauty with dark, grungy style, Angelina Jolie always got it right. Her look back in the 90s was seriously androgynous, yet she was one of the most desirable women of that decade. If you love her look, always go for vintage leather over high street because the Jolie look is 100% authentic.

GET THE LOOK: Team an oversized biker jacket with seductively tousled hair and a 90s vintage inspired brown / mauve lip. 

Jennifer Aniston

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Jen An was more ‘golden girl’ than ‘disobedient diva’ but we believe that every angel has a dark side. And when Jen wasn’t sporting perfectly straight locks and red carpet dresses, she would let her hair loose, rock ripped denim and a classic leather jacket. So even if you’re a good girl with a heart of gold, there’s still room for a biker jacket in your spring/summer wardrobe.

GET THE LOOK: Go for brown or tan leather to mix things up and style with ripped jeans for an edgy look. 

Vintage Chokers: How to Wear + Blogger Style Inspiration

Psst, we’ve got some style secrets to share with you. Word on the street is that chokers are hot for 2016 – and we can’t wait to show you how to style it up, the vintage way of course! Statement necklaces have been a big trend for a number of seasons now but according to our Fashion Week blogging insiders, this year is all about the cute 90s choker. But pfft, we don’t care too much for mainstream trends here at Style By Portobello. Because we’ve loved vintage chokers and vintage necklaces since the beginning of time! ;) If you’re in love with the dreamy 90s choker like we are, take some style tips from our favourite vintage bloggers. They’re rocking the vintage choker look *sighs with admiration*.

Girls, we applaud you because you’re all looking on point…

TIP #1: Go For Feminine Lace

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Chokers don’t have to be overly grungy. Yes, it’s 90s. Yes, Drew Barrymore wore chokers whilst smoking cigarettes. But if you want a bit more of a feminine edge than the badass vibe (though we love that too), try teaming a white lacey choker with some chic Breton stripes, like our girl Alanna from Xander Vintage. We love how this mermaid haired blogger has created the perfect hybrid between ‘preppy Parisian’ with ’90s festival chic’. The finished result? A totally unique rendition of vintage styling at its best. We love this look so much and it’s so fitting for spring / summer. 

Visit Alanna’s cool vintage blog over at

TIP #2: Mix and Match

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Chokers and vintage necklaces should be treated like a pick n mix and that’s the real beauty; when you start to create your own eclectic story by mixing up the decades. Ellie from Rose and Vintage Blog is one of our all time favourite style bloggers and we love how she shows us her vintage necklace mash-up in this #OOTD. 

Visit Ellie’s edgy vintage blog over at 

TIP #3: Go Full On Gothic

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Get the full 90s gothic look by teaming a cool vintage choker with a dark lippy like this blogging babe, Kayla Hadlington! Whatever you do, don’t do things by halves because this trend is all about drama; style a velvet top with dark denim and don’t forget the smokey eyes. Perfect for festivals or nights out.

Visit Kayla’s cool and quirky blog over at 

TIP #4: Glam it Up with Glitter

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This look is a mix of 80s disco vibes and 90s grunge; and what a perfect marriage that is! Blogging queen Amelia Breading is looking hot as hell in this fun, funky party ensemble and we think she’s styled up her choker just perfectly. This look is sweet but seductive at the same time so if you’re looking for tips on how to wear your vintage choker, do it like Amelia and go for an evening glam ensemble.

Visit Amelia’s fabulous blog over at 

TIP #5: Meet Your Inner Mermaid

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There aren’t enough words to express just how much we love vintage style blogger Alice Varney from Alice Tinted Glasses. Her style sense is so true to the world of vintage fashion and she’s always a great source of inspiration for the Style By Portobello team. This look is so ethereal and romantic, we just had to share it. Team natural locks with fairy-like pinks and soft shimmer makeup then finish with a delicate choker for the perfect summer festival outfit.

Visit Alice’s amazing blog over at 

BIG LOVE to the bloggers we’ve featured this week. We’re crushing on your style and we hope you’ll share this post to spread the vintage choker love. ;) For vintage accessories and jewellery delivered to your door every month, don’t forget to check out the Style By Portobello subscription box. Or SHOP NOW for a one-off gift box, perfect as a gift or a treat for yourself.

SBP Team x