Guest: Past Forward Retro – Affordable fashion in London

In our opinion you don’t have to spend a lot of cash to look great and have your own interesting individual style. We are massive fans of vintage shops, kilo sales, car boot sales and charity shops! Shopping like this sets you apart from the crowd (how many times have you seen that Topshop season staple on someone else???) and you can sort yourself out with a new wardrobe for under £100! Here are a few of our London gems…

Found in a Hackney charity shop for £5

The Best Charity Shop, E9 – It’s called this for a reason! Located on Well Street in Homerton this probably is the best charity shop ever. There are rails and rails of designer second hand and vintage clothes. They do know when something is a good find but you still won’t pay more than £20 for a designer item. Jess used to live on this road and almost every time we went in we’d end up finding something great!

Wayside Community Centre Charity, E5 – This charity shop is on Chatsworth Road and whenever we visit this shop we leave with bags full of great clothes. Jess once bought some brand new Kurt Geiger heeled leather boots from here for £10! It’s great for finding summer dresses and second hand high street clothes. 

All Aboard, West Hampstead – This is one of our favourite areas for charity shops. There are 5 charity shops in a row and our favourite is All Aboard which has some great vintage clothes and accessories. Look out for their sales which are super affordable!

The East End Thrift Store, E1 – Tucked away in Whitechapel, this is our go to shop for denim jackets and jumpers. You have to literally rummage through massive piles of questionable clothes but then out of nowhere you’ll find something perfect! They often have ‘fill a bag for a tenner’  events and sometimes they section off part of the shop where every item is £1. Make sure you give everything a good wash before you wear it though!

Vintage Kilo Sales – These kind of sales require a proper rummage to unearth goodies but it’s well worth it in the end. Go for light items such as silk shirts, summer dresses and skirts and you could leave with 8 nice vintage pieces for just £15! The next London one is on 3rd May 2015 and is held at York Hall in Bethnal Green. We would suggest getting there as early as possible to snap up the best items.

Factory Seconds Shops – One of our favourite factory outlets is a leather seconds shop hidden away in Walthamstow. They supply leather jackets to Topshop, Oasis, Ted Baker etc and have rails and rails of slight seconds that are like £30 or £40 instead of £200 or £300! Sarah found an amazing shearling leather jacket here and it’s been one of her staples for years and was just £40! They also have handbags, shoes, shorts, strange leather dresses, menswear etc. We can’t remember the name of this shop but it’s tucked behind St James St rail station. Highly recommended for leather jackets!

Check out our vintage fashion blog; Past Forward Retro,  run by  Sarah Barton-Keeley and Jess Murray for vintage styling tips and details of our upcoming events!

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