Expert tips on vintage fashion shopping
Make it special
Sophie Merchant, owner of west London’s wonderful Merchant Archive (a favourite of Kate Moss and Sienna Miller), says:
"Look for show-stopping pieces - a 20s French blue marabou feather cape, a jet-encrusted Victorian cape or a 30s gown."
320 Kilburn Lane, London W9, tel 020 8969 6470, Merchantarchive.com
Always think about what suits you
Steven Phillips from west London style mecca Rellik, says:
never normally buy something floral/asymmetric/yellow, why would you with vintage items?"
Buy for your shape
Fiona Stewart, also from Rellik, says:
"60s and 70s shapes suit skinny girls, while 50s styles are great if you have curves and want to show off your waist."