When I was at college and University I used to buy the most outrageous outfits from antique fairs, vintage stores and charity shops. At one point I had an original 1960′s baton twirler uniform which I wore to clubs on the regular. My wardrobe was simply overflowing with an array of rainbow coloured clothes…or perhaps costumes is a better way to describe them!
Although it was so much fun to wear a new era everyday, I now consider the longevity of a piece when I make my purchases and only pick things that I absolutely adore.There is something really satisfying about having a wardrobe containing a small number of things that you cherish rather than heaps of different stuff that you may only wear once. Rather than shopping exclusively vintage (or exclusively any style) I now prefer to mix all different things together, from luxury, well crafted pieces to unusual vintage finds and funky high-street items.
The look in this post combines all three of those categories giving a little nod to the flower power of the 1970′s.
Vintage: These bright bakelite bangles were popular in the 1930′s. Bakelite was an early form of plastic and was a popular material for jewelry due to the bright colours available and a more affordable pricepoint than diamonds or gold (as there was little costume jewelry available). They have since become collectors items. There are lots of current styles that have been modeled on this style such as this square bangle by Mikey and this set of bangles by TopShop.
Luxury: CRU kindly sent me this beautiful ‘Old Nichol Backpack’. I could tell as soon as I unwrapped the big red parcel that I would cherish it forever. Hours of traditional craftsmanship have gone into the making of this piece and the luxury leather is fully lined with suede.
It was designed in London then handcrafted, stitch-by-stitch and seam-by-seam by a small workshop of skilled Artisans in Portugal. The leather will change and develop character as it ages, like a fine wine. It is great for city break adventures.
20% Discount For LedByLucy Readers: The team at CRU are offering LedByLucy readers a special 20% discount off all orders, simply enter CRU15LBL20 when you reach the final stage of the checkout process. Be sure to check out the Rivington Tote bag too, another favourite of mine.
High Street: Before purchasing anything pause for a moment and ask yourself: will it last (both style wise and in design), can I think of five or more occasions where I could realistically wear it and do I LOVE it?
I paused to consider these points and concluded that this dress simply had to come home with me. I love the multi-coulored 70′s vibe, it is really well made, comfortable and I could also wear it in winter with tights. #Winner River Island Brown Textured Floral Print Dress
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