Weekend Vintage Shopping Treat

The British summer is really showing itself up with the relentless rain! We haven’t booked many big festivals this summer so have been relieved of the leaky marquee/boggy field/dampshopper worries! 

We are trading at the Severn Valley Railway Sounds of the 60s weekend, we will be bringing only relevent stock to sell…OK we might sneak in a bit of late 50s and early 70s but are looking forward to seeing the no doubt impeccible Mods and their beautiful wheels of choice! 

Follow the link above for details and hopefully see you there on the weekend of the 15th August. 

Meanwhile, here’s a treat to while away the rainy days, 20% off with code RAINYDAY at checkout in our online Etsy shop until Sunday 26th July.

Etsy shop discounts!

Etsy shop discount code

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Gingham Style

Gingham fabric sits in the same pile as Breton stripes and chinese silks, classic textiles that are always stylish and don’t need to be in fashion. It is a sign of fresh, breezy summer days whether gathered in a skirt or spread across a cafe table! Spring/Summer collections for this year saw lots of gingham, we especially loved Diane Von Furstenburg’s take  

DVF Gingham

DVF Gingham

This woven fabric had been used since the 1600’s and interestingly doesnt have a ‘wrong side’ due to the weave technique. 
The above styles are very retrospective, definite 50s and 60s influence. We have a few gingham pieces in our Etsy shop from different eras, this 1950s full skirt dress is perfect for a picnic or a bit of a rock n roll!


1950s Gingham

1950s Gingham

Another of this summers trends, and hey its only July so still time to wear it, is 1970s classic silhouettes, mostly the flare, whether its your jeans or a maxi dress like this


1970s Gingham Maxi Dress

1970s Gingham Maxi Dress

The next gingham dress is a great example of how classic this fabric is. The dress is handmade and from construction was made in the early 70s, but with the fitted waist and pretty hemline it could be 1930s with a bolero up to the 90s with a denim jacket! 


Pink gingham dress

Pink gingham dress

We don’t like to forget our little ones either, we love children’s vintage and gingham is super cute on little girls, I can just see this with some mary janes and white ankle socks!


Girls French Gingham dress

Girls French Gingham dress


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Liberty of London

We love the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, we go to most of the exhibitions and are very much looking forward to a planned day out for the Riviera Style Swimwear and Beachwear show thats currently on until SeptemberWe had an email about the Autumn plan at the museum and are very excited to hear its Liberty in fashion. Like most vintage fans its impossible not to be attracted to the history, style and provinence of all things Liberty of London so an exhibition exploring its impact within fashion in Britian will be brilliant. I feel I can spot the printing, colours and feel of a Liberty textile a mile off, such distinct quality, very useful skill at a jumble sale! The shop itself is awe inspiring and I always make time to browse the scarf hall when in the capital, looking down at the tables laid with sumptuous silks and up at the levels of carved wood structure balconies that is Liberty of London.


Liberty of London from Wikipedia

Liberty of London from Wikipedia

Anything from this worldwide favourite sells quick but we have a few things in our Etsy shop at the moment, these first two outfits are unworn, new but old stock with the original tag! 

Vintage Liberty of London

Vintage Liberty of London

 Take a better look here at this paisley two piece.

vintage Liberty paisley fabric

vintage Liberty paisley fabric

I am especially fond of their fine tana lawn cottons in beatifully printed chintzy florals, and of course the famous Hera Peacock design print on the smooth light veruna wool. this dress is made from Veruna wool, I havent managed to track down this print yet but am sure of its origin.. 


vintage veruna wool by Liberty

vintage Veruna wool by Liberty

This is available in our Etsy shop too!

The exhibition about Liberty in Fashion starts on the 9th October. 

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Don’t get in a flapper about that 1920s party, wear Ghost!

The most popular eras we are asked for at the moment are the 1920s and 1930s. People are hosting flapper 21st parties, Downton Abbey themed anniversary celebrations and Great Gatsby weddings and the dress code at the bottom of the invite can really stump people!

️Original dresses from the 20s and 30s can be delicate, expensive and difficult to source so we like to think a little outside the box to dress to impress. The British brand Ghost is perfect for this…

1930s style Ghost dress

1930s style statuesque shocking pink gown

Ghost was started by Tanya Sarne in 1984 and uses vintage look fabrics such as viscose and georgette in vintage influenced designs. Using ️classic shapes that flatter most body shapes and wearable fabrics Ghost has become a design standard of its own that’s stood the test of time.

1920s look crepe dress

1920s style cranberry crepe dress by Ghost

The above dress is bias cut crepe viscose with embroidery and a frilly shawl collar, all features key to 20s styles, click Here to see more pictures, or click any of the pictures to see our Ghost selection on sale now.

When putting together a 20s or 30s look heres a few things to look for;

  • BIAS CUT fabric is cut diagonally along the grain to change its nature to slighty stretch and hug the bodies curves
  • LUXURIOUS FABRICS drapey, sleek fabrics like silk, satin and fine cottons and crepes
  • EMBELLISHMENT beading, embroidery, sequins and fringing, they loved to ‘guild the lily’ when it came to evening and formal wear
1920s 1930s bias cut dress

Seafoam crepe bias cut Ghost dress

This sheath dress above is a good example of bias cutting and has the sexy figure hugging look, like a lady has been ‘poured into her dress’ as said by famous 1920s fashion designer Fortuna.

1920s 1930s Ghost dress

ephemeral lilac 1920s 1930s feel dress

So if you’ve been invited to a vintage themed event rather than look directly on the high street, look out for these pre loved beauties by Ghost that will stand up to a night of shimmying and not end up in shreds on the dance floor! 

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1970s Mad Men Style

We love 1970s fashion here at SHR and have been excited to watch the latest Mad Men episodes with all that classic 1970s style!

We have loads of gorgeous 1970s maxi dresses, tunics and two pieces, not to mention jackets and knits and of course ponchos in our Etsy Shop! We’ve items that would be perfect for Betty, Joan, Peggy and Megan!

Click the links to browse our 1970s shop section HERE and the 1960s section HERE for super Seventies and late Sixties treats. We’ve got daywear, evening dresses, office wear and something cocktail hour – perfect if you’re mad on Mad Men Fashion!

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Country Living Magazine

I’ve been included in an article in Country Living Magazine!

CountryLivingMagIt’s highlighting women who have turned their passions in life into money making businesses. They thought our story about changing the direction of Second Hand Rose from a physical shop to an online and mobile business was particularly inspiring.

I met the author of the article when I was interviewed at the Hay Literature Festival about our book Wearable Vintage Fashion. She remembered our story and now it’s in this month’s May edition, available to buy now!

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