Category Archives: Vintage Shopping Guide

Chunky knits

It’s cold outside, ladies and a chunky knit is the order of the day. It’s the perfect throw on that goes with just about everything. We like our knits oversized and this vintage gem from our archive is bang on!

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We added a little glitz and glam for this festive season with an 80′s embellished belt but this knit would still look amazing on its own. It’s just that fabulous.

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An oversized chunky knit is great at creating an effortlessly chic look whether you go for neutral tones or brights like we’ve done with our second vintage look.

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We paired this vintage pretty pink number with a subtly floral vintage silk scarf and our go-to staple, vintage denim.

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All these pieces are from our archive and are just the kinds of one-offs we’ll be bringing you when we launch our clothing offering in 2017.

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In the meantime don’t forget that you can treat yourself to some lovely vintage accessories, like the ones we’ve styled in this shoot, by nabbing one of our Bello Boxes – style boxes full of divine vintage jewellery and accessories.

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If you’d like to get our latest news on vintage style and keep up to date on our clothing launch journey, make sure you sign up to our Style By Portobello newsletter. To buy a Scarf Set or one of our Bello Boxes (style boxes full of divine vintage jewellery and accessories) just pop over to stylebyportobello.com.

SBP Team x

The Statement Vintage Cape

A cape should definitely have a place in your wardrobe. They are a great way to add a bit of drama to your look. This statement vintage cape is a real star and we love how it looks with denim – just gorgeous.

Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive

It’s another piece from our archive and a fab example of the kind of one-offs we’ll be bringing you when we launch our clothing offering in 2017. So stay tuned for more great shoots and style inspiration.

Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive

If you’d like to get our latest news on vintage style and keep up to date on our clothing launch journey, make sure you sign up to our Style By Portobello newsletter. To buy a Scarf Set or one of our Bello Boxes (style boxes full of divine vintage jewellery and accessories) just pop over to stylebyportobello.com.

SBP Team x

Christmas present inspiration

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and it’s definitely feeling cold enough to be Christmas. Yes, it’s that time of year again and if you’re anything like us you may have already started to pull your hair out trying to find new and original gift ideas for that person that has just about everything. Well we have had our thinking caps on and have some simply lovely gift suggestions to save the day. You can thank us later.

Vintage crockery by Rare and Racy
These guys have the prettiest stall on Portobello Road every Friday and Saturday stocking the coolest vintage china from all of London’s coolest hangouts.

c/o @racycharlie Instagram
c/o @racycharlie Instagram
c/o @racycharlie Instagram
c/o @racycharlie Instagram

You can’t go wrong with a one-off teacup and saucer set from the team whose Instagram profile describes them as all about, ‘Tea, Cake and Girl Power’. You can’t argue with that. AND they do gorgeous cake stands. If you want to get in touch you can find them at @racycharlie on Instagram.

c/o @racycharlie Instagram
c/o @racycharlie Instagram

Luxury gents grooming at Grooming at 93 for the special man in your life
We just couldn’t leave the guys out and to be honest, sometimes they are the most difficult to buy for. So why not give them an unforgettable grooming experience at Grooming at 93?

c/o @grooming_at_93 Instagram
c/o @grooming_at_93 Instagram
c/o @grooming_at_93 Instagram
c/o @grooming_at_93 Instagram

Grooming at 93 is a new, luxury, gents salon we discovered on Wimpole Street, Marylebone, London. It’s on the lower ground floor of John Rushton Shoes. Not only do they offer quality tailored haircuts and beard trims but also traditional, hot towel shaves. Divine!

c/o @grooming_at_93 Instagram
c/o @grooming_at_93 Instagram

A quintessentially vintage, British grooming experience for the modern man. If you’re around that part of town then they accept walk-ins so you can easily and spontaneously surprise your Mr. For the organised amongst you then you can make bookings here.

93 Wimpole Street, London, W1, 020 7409 2970 http://www.93wimpolest.com/

Vintage earrings from Clair Green Vintage
Another fab stall on Portobello Road. You’ll find Clair and her divine vintage earrings on a Saturday at the Rogers Gallery, 65 Portobello Road. You can go for original retro beauties such as these art deco clip-ons.

c/o @clair_green_vintage Instagram
c/o @clair_green_vintage Instagram

However, if you’re not a fan of clip-ons then have no fear. Genius Clair also creates lovely upcycled earrings using authentic vintage beads with new, modern fittings.

c/o @clair_green_vintage Instagram
c/o @clair_green_vintage Instagram

If you want to snap up some her unique creations then you can find her at @clair_green_vintage on Instagram.

If you’d like to get our latest news on vintage style and keep up to date on our clothing launch journey, make sure you sign up to our Style By Portobello newsletter. To buy a Scarf Set or one of our Bello Boxes (style boxes full of divine vintage jewellery and accessories) just pop over to stylebyportobello.com.

SBP Team x

Style By Portobello does Vintage Clothing

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c/o stylebyportobello.com

We love all things vintage. We love sending out our Bello Boxes full of gorgeous, one-off stylish vintage accessories… AND…we also adore vintage clothes. To that end, in 2017 we are delighted to announce that we’ll be launching a vintage clothing offering! Our edit of women’s vintage clothing and accessories will allow you to explore timeless designs and enduring trends. We can’t give too much away as yet but suffice to say that you’ll be able to preview, pick and buy your favourite pieces there and then. We’ll of course be drip feeding you lots more info as we get closer to launch. Expect gorgeous shoots showcasing the kind of divine pieces you can expect when we go live such as the shot above from our most recent shoot. Talk about a statement vintage jacket. We are so excited and hope you are too! Bring on 2017.

If you’d like to get our latest news on vintage style and keep up to date on our clothing launch journey, make sure you sign up to our Style By Portobello newsletter. To buy a Scarf Set or one of our Bello Boxes (style boxes full of divine vintage jewellery and accessories) just pop over to stylebyportobello.com.

SBP Team x

Vintage Shoes: Why We Love Them & How to Find the Perfect Pair

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We recently visited the Pleasure & Pain exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, which looks at the extremes of footwear through time. As vintage fashion lovers and vintage collectors, we found this extremely interesting and it reignited our passion for buying vintage shoes! 

But we know that shopping for vintage shoes isn’t something that is quite as appealing or accessible as vintage clothing, handbags or jewellery. Mainly because sizing has changed dramatically over the years, wear and tear can be a huge worry for vintage shoppers, and of course it doesn’t always seem as fun sticking your foot into something pre-loved as it is to simply style a vintage brooch on your collar.  If you have a weakness for footwear though, you’ll understand what mean when we say that it’s sort of like an art…

THE BEAUTY OF VINTAGE FOOTWEAR

French shoe designer, Laurence Dacade once said in a magazine interview, ” I buy vintage shoes for the style, not the label.” And famous shoe collector, Jonathan Walford admitted, “The last time I counted, I had over 700 pairs of vintage shoes. I collect through every century.” So we know that collecting vintage shoes is something that the experts are very much into. But you don’t have to be an expert to start your own collection. 

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There are so many reasons to shop for vintage shoes over high street (although we don’t see it as a substitution because you can never have too many shoes!); vintage shoes are always of the highest quality, they are unique and it will make you feel like a modern day Cinderella when you find that perfect shoe with the perfect fit. It almost feels like fate. Although we know that’s also why shopping for the perfect pair isn’t so easy…

COLLECTING THE DECADES

Shopping for vintage shoes can often be like a lottery; you never know what you might find in your size. And you never know which decade of shoe you might stumble across. Look for for the typical suede shoe design from 1910, the painted silk of the 1920s, the iconic black boots of the 1940s or the fabulous square toes of the 1960s. Every decade has its own unique styles and we just love collecting them all.

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HOW TO SHOP FOR VINTAGE SHOES

It’s always a bit of risk buying vintage shoes online; sizing has changed so much over the years. The best way to get the right size if you are ordering over the internet is to ask the seller to take measurements. Ask your seller to run a soft tape flat along the bottom of the insole, from heel to toe and do the same for a pair of your existing shoes to make a comparison. If you are buying shoes in person, always check for wear and tear under the shoe; vintage shoes are usually of great quality (hand made and hand stitched) so the uppers will look fantastic even when the shoe has seen a lot of pavement. So make sure you check everywhere! 

Good luck in vintage shoe shopping and discovering your glass slipper moment!

SBP Team x