Combine Amber's encyclopaedic knowledge of vintage (she was head buyer at Beyond Retro for seven years and still loves to shop there) with her eclectic style and you have a winning fashion formula: lots of prints, pieces from different countries as well as eras and a "more is more" maximalism that's led to some of her most amazing purchases: turbans, jester and toreador outfits, colourful bow ties and tights in every colour.
I would say be open-minded - vintage is where you can really go crazy with statement pieces. If you're looking for basics then you may as well head to the high street.
Charity shops and car boot sales are still my favourite. In terms of vintage shops it will always be Beyond Retro as I spent so much time there - it was like a second home for me.
What are some of your tips for styling vintage outfits?
A turban is my answer to all woes. They look good with any outfit, any era.
I used to be quite experimental with brightly coloured eyeshadow - that's a look I want to get back into one day. But generally I keep my make up fairly classic - black liquid eyeliner and red lips. You can't go wrong with it really. A turban always tops it off, especially as I have quite a sharp bob.
To brush up on your fashion history, check out Amber's current book, Amber Jane Butchart's Fashion Miscellany: An Elegant Collection of Stories, Quotations, Tips and Trivia from the World of Style
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