Katie Thomson has the best vintage we've ever seen. No, really. Jen Barton met the founder of The Powderpuff Girls to browse her buys and get some shopping tips...
Ever wonder what it's like to live and breathe vintage? Then take a peek inside the envy-inspiring wardrobe of Katie Thomson, makeup artist and director of retro beauty pampering service The Powderpuff Girls (the glammed-out beauty therapists in 1950s powder pink uniforms livening up everything from hen parties to corporate events).From her beautifully kitted-out home to her signature dark berry lipstick, Katie is a vintage girl through and through – and we want everything she owns.
I buy vintage because I can see and feel the craft and the quality of the work. Quite often items were from times of great austerity too, so different from much of today's mass produced clothes and furniture.
Where are your favourite places to source vintage?
I still love markets the best - I shop in them all over the world - and vintage fairs like Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair, as you can buy clothes and household items all in one place. I can never walk past a charity shop without going in. I have found some pieces on eBay too.
What are some of your tips for styling vintage outfits?
Buy eras that suit your shape. I love the Sixties but the mini just doesn't suit me! Neither do the gorgeous drop-waists of the 1920s. I suit nipped-in waists of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s so I tend to stick to those eras. But don't forget to accessorise! A fabulous outfit can look even better with a good bag or some vintage sunglasses.
Do you have a favourite vintage beauty look?
Personally, for myself I love the 1940s. I do so love the 1920s - I just can't wear that much eye make-up, although I do like a dark berry lip but that's as 1920s as I can go.
What are some of your top tips for scouring the best vintage pieces?
Check for moth holes! I am plagued by moths and a friend tells me it's because I buy so many vintage clothes. If you can afford it get items dry cleaned before you bring them into the house, this will get rid of any pesky moth eggs that might not be visible
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