Vintage stylist Simone Hadfield channels the glamour and femininity of the Forties and Fifties every day – and helps other women unleash their inner screen sirens with the perfect vintage finds. No wonder her jaw-dropping vintage collection has its own room. Jen Barton sneaks a peek...
Meet Simone Hadfield (aka Miss Turnstiles), vintage lover extraordinaire whose passion for vintage is reflected in her career, home décor, music tastes and out-of-this-world amazing wardrobe (even her boyfriend, François, is a vintage lover and owns Vintage King in Camden Stables Market).
Describe your style in three words.
Any tips for styling vintage outfits?
Clothes shouldn't just be an afterthought but have the potential for you to express yourself and be creative.
I find the majority of my clothes on the Internet and when I go to America once a year for buying trips. Etsy is my full-time hobby! However, there are some great shops in London - I live just off of Brick Lane so am always popping into some of the great vintage shops there as well as Dreamtime in Camden Passage. For most birthdays and Christmases, I will treat myself to an outfit from Mela Mela in Teddington; the ladies are always so helpful.
What are some of your top tips for scouring the best vintage pieces?
It's really important to know your measurements when vintage shopping, so always take a tape measure to measure the clothes and to inspect the items carefully before purchase as there is nothing worse than getting an item home and finding some undiscovered hole or stain that may just ruin the item for you.
Another tip is to not get too caught up in the moment - yes you may not find that item again but the likelihood is that if you've caught the vintage bug, next week there will be something equally breathtaking that will catch your eye, so if the price is too high or you're just not sure, don't worry. Something else will find its way to you.
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