The Best Celebrity Vintage Outfits of 2016

We love seeing you wearing your Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair finds on Instagram (tag us @clerkenwellvint), but yours are not the only vintage outfits we’ve been keeping our eye on.

Celebrities wowing in pre-loved ensembles is no new thing but 2016 is shaping up to be a particularly good year for vintage style inspiration. Both on and off the red carpet, they’ve been showing us how vintage works for any occasion. Here are some of our favourites of the year so far…

Kate Middleton on the cover of Vogue

Giving vintage the royal seal of approval, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a vintage hat on the cover of British Vogue’s 100th anniversary issue. Choosing to show her relaxed, country-loving side it was nice to see her in a more casual look and that hat really does finish off the look!

Fearne Cotton at the BAFTAS

This dress was a bit Marmite with the press but it gets a big thumbs up from us! Not only is it vintage but the colour looks great on her and she came across as radiant and charming, qualities that are often missing from the red carpet.

Livia Firth in Cannes

Helping to promote the ethical credentials of vintage clothing, Livia Firth wore this sweet little 1960s number to a party thrown by her sustainable fashion company Eco Age in Cannes. The dress used to belong to her mother.

Olivia Wilde shares her maternity style on Instagram

Another celebrity who has spoken openly about her love for vintage as both an original style choice and a more sustainable way to shop is Olivia Wilde. Sharing this sunshine yellow dress on Instagram she also showed how great vintage can look as maternity wear. Positively glowing!

Amal Clooney at the Hail, Caesar! premier

Our favourite vintage red carpet moment of the year so far has to be Amal Clooney in this sparkling Yves Saint Laurent evening gown. The sheer overlay takes this dress to the next level of Hollywood glamour.

How to care for vintage clothes

The very special items you buy at Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair deserve a little extra tender loving care. From beaded flapper dresses to military jackets to lace boleros, these delicate items have lasted the test of time in both style and durability and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t last longer if they’re looked after properly.

Here are a few of our top tips for making the most of your vintage wardrobe:

1)      Get them altered properly to fit. A good fit is crucial to not only the appearance of your clothes when worn but will also help avoid losing their shape or tearing. Crucially, make sure you use a tailor with experience working with vintage clothing. Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair has an on-site tailor for any of your new purchase, and you can also bring in any pieces you already own to be mended or adjusted. Alternatively, ask our traders for recommendations of a good tailor.
Don’t hang beaded garments. Heavily embellished pieces can lose their shape when left on a coat hanger. Instead, lay a sheet of acid-free tissue over the top to protect the beads catching and roll them to avoid creases.

Don’t assume your vintage clothes have to be dry cleaned. Dry cleaning is another process full of harmful chemicals and if you can avoid it, you should. The easiest thing to do is check the clothes label for care instructions, however, as many of us know, the care instructions can often fade off over the years. Oxfam have a great guide to how to look after different fabrics: Hand wash whenever possible.

4)      Moisturise leather shoes. Leather will dry and crack with age. Invest in some saddle soap and buff a pair of vintage leather shoes when you first get them and approximately every three months from there on in to keep them in good nick.

5)      Use non-toxic moth repellent. There’s nothing more frustrating than pulling out your favourite wool jumper to discover it’s a favourite with moths as well! Traditional mothballs not only make your clothes smell slightly curious but contain harmful chemicals that are bad for both you and the environment. Alternative mothballs such as cedar wood or herbal blends of mint, cloves and thyme are not only effective but safe and leave your clothes smelling fresh.

Have more great tips for looking after your vintage attire? Share them with our community by tweeting us @ClerkenwellVint.


Spring Fashion 23rd March, Vintage Fashion Fair 2014

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Spring at last!

Sunday March 23rd 11am-5pm £4 (Trade entry at 10:00 £5)

For those that missed our 1st installment of the year during London Fashion Week – do not fret we have our Spring fair with some of the finest dealers London has to offer when it comes to quality vintage fashion, accessories & textiles. Plenty of authentic designer labels coming too from Lady Jane’s Vintage Bandwagon (Jean Muir, Biba, Ossie Clark) and Alison Mills joins us for the 1st time with some fantastic collectible pieces from the Pierre Cardin space age collection, Courreges,  Norman Hartnell & Dior. Word has it some of the most important international design teams were at our The Vintage Collections event and returning to scoop up some more iconic pieces for design inspiration as well as museum pieces  – so arrive early to get your hands on something fabulous! With 50 traders there is plenty to choose from whether it’s an evening dress for a special occasion, 1960’s men’s suits, 1940’s day dresses or trimmings for your own masterpiece. Prices start at a few pounds to over £100.

Elizabeth of Demains Nails will be returning with her nail salon for classic manicures and nail art starting at just £7 plus the 1st 10 customers get a limited addition gift! 

Marie Finch’s 1940’s style ‘travelling tea room’ join us with traditional British food from cream teas to a classic victoria sponge,  a round of sandwiches and a good cuppa to wash it all down! 11am-5pm with live music from the legendary Noelle Vaughn from 12 noon – 3pm.

Tickets available HERE: Buy your tickets in advance and avoid the queue!—the-most-wanted-looks

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