Update your Vintage look for Autumn by Gemma

Hi my name’s Gemma and I manage Barnardo’s Vintage (the only Barnardo’s shop that sells solely vintage items). I hope you’ll all be able to make the Autumn/Winter preview shopping event on Friday 30th September 6-9pm in store at 76 High Street, Cheadle, Cheshire SK8 1AE.


I’d also like to share with you a few hints and tips on vintage style and how you can incorporate vintage pieces as part of your everyday look.

When I dress mannequins for the shop window I always start by choosing a colour palette. To make each look distinct I pick an accent colour and construct an outfit around it.

It’s always worth remembering that vintage sizing is very different to what you find on the high street. For this reason I don’t generally size the garments in my store. I recommend trying each item on as they can look very different than on the hanger.

A visit to the Barnardo’s Vintage dressing room is an experience in itself.


When wearing a vintage garment you can often get a better fit by using accessories. For example, why not add an accent belt or a silk scarf tied round your waist. You can always take the garment to a tailor to customise your look to fit perfectly (or do this yourself if you have the sewing skills); this will make the garment even more unique.

It’s always important to go for shapes and styles that you feel comfortable in and suit your body. Also, don’t feel the need to dress head to toe in vintage. You can simply incorporate vintage pieces into your everyday wardrobe. You can take a vintage tailored jacket and style it with a top and a pair of trousers from the high street. As demonstrated here so effortlessly by Solange Knowles.

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