I do love a good vintage find, there is nothing quite like the feeling of discovering a beautiful and unique vintage piece, even more so when it's in your size! Yet I know that quite a few people are a bit dubious about shopping vintage and I'm not gonna lie it can take a lot of effort to find something that you like, that fits and is still in a wearable condition. But isn't the hunt what it's all about? and besides I find the rewards greatly outweigh the negatives.

I'm always looking in vintage stores, charity shops and attending vintage kilo sales even when there is nothing I'm looking for in particular as you never know when you might stumble upon something remarkable. My most recent find is this gorgeous leather jacket I discovered in Dolly Mix vintage in Leicester for only £35! It is a brilliant statement piece that will go with a number of looks, so versatile! In this particular look I styled the jacket with a simple but sleek monochromatic outfit, I absolutely love the edge and detail this vintage jacket brings to the overall look.       

One of the issues people sometimes have with vintage is that they automatically think they are gonna look like they've raided their grandmas wardrobe, but I promise you this isn't the case at all! 
Contemporary fashion constantly looks to the past, taking inspiration from previous decades and bringing it to the now by modernizing certain aspects. A great example of this is the 70s revival we are experiencing at the moment, there are so many elements in todays trends that have derived from the 1970s such as bell sleeves and ruffles to embroidery and floral prints. Even this top I'm wearing has been influenced by the decade in the form of a bishop sleeve. 

So why not go authentic and get yourself an item of clothing from an era of fashion you love. Even high street shops such as Topshop and Urban Outfitters are now stocking vintage pieces, it's becoming a lot more accessible nowadays and challenges the throwaway culture produced by fast fashion. 

Below is a list of a few of my favourite places to shop vintage, if there are any places you love to shop that I missed out then leave a link in the comments below I'd love to check them out!

Photos by Jay Hillyer