Mix vintage with modern
Nina May of Nina & Lola, which sells vintage and new designers online, says:
"Wear vintage floral tea dresses with modern strappy platforms, or your Current/Elliott jeans with a vintage jacket. Always wear one thing that’s fabulous!"
Nina also recommends you check seams. "Always hold vintage up to the light to check for open seams and for pin-holes (or worse). If a seam is open you can mend it, but if it's ripped open don't bother, - back-tagging is going to change the shape of the garment."
Nina is also in favour of not kidding yourself, especially when buying online.
"If you are buying online be honest with yourself - there's nobody here to judge you! I always put the garment measurements in cms and inches on the website and the most common returns reason is 'too small'."
Look out for hot labels
Claire Stansfield from Rellik says:
"Last year it was Halston, this year it’s Balmain. Otherwise, Pucci, YSL and Chanel are infinitely stylish, not to mention an investment."
8 Golborne Road, London W10, tel 020 8962 0089 www.relliklondon.co.uk
Ask what they have stashed in the storeroom!
Vivienne Bartholomew of Vien in south London says:
"If you’ve seen a suede jacket you really like but it doesn’t fit or isn’t the shape you want, ask if they have others. The chances are they’ll have a whole stash of similar items in storage."
Vien, 87 Church Road, Crystal Palace, London, www.vienvintage.co.uk