Vintage

Retro Street Style

On Sunday I met up with Alice Cruickshank, gorgeous red-haired retro fashionista, who blogs over at Twenty Something City. We decided to go on a stroll around the hidden graffiti-laden treasures of Edinburgh and team up to take some street-style shots for our respective blogs. The theme was retro, with Alice in her 70’s flared jumpsuit and me in my 90’s polka-dot jumpsuit! I teamed mine (from Snooper’s Paradise in Brighton) with a Monki oversized denim jacket (similar here),  classic vintage Converse hi-tops, some silver hoop earrings and Forever 21 sunglasses.





I wouldn’t always opt for such a bold print, but after trying this bad boy on for size, it fit like a dream and made me feel like a late eighties party girl. I love it’s simple, classic cut, insanely comfy loose-fit trousers, and pretty zip detailing on the back with a big black ribbon round the waist. It is perfect for this awkward time of year where it’s not quite summer yet, and saves me from baring those painfully pale pins! I realised while writing this post that I own about 10 playsuits and jumpsuits…I think its becoming an obsession!



I normally dress it up, for work or a night out, with black heeled ankle boots, a cropped leather jacket and a wee clutch bag, but for a lazy weekend, I think that casual was the way to go! And nothing screams ‘laid back’ louder than chuck taylors. I always forget I have these and usually prefer the low-rise style, but they are genuinely the comfiest shoes I own! SO the moral of the story is, even if you think you can’t rock that statement retro piece, you totally can, and style it in your very own way.



Ruth @ Urbanity xxx


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Hunted SS16 Collection

Last Thursday, blogger and stylist extraordinaire Natalie Messer (http://www.17thstreet.com) and I went along to the launch party of Hunted Vintage SS16 Collection. This vintage womenswear brand is curated by Nicole Perry, who I have discovered to be one of the nicest people in the fashion industry I’ve met so far! 

The event took place in The Poetry Club (SWG3) in Glasgow; an industrial-chic venue that’s become popular for gatherings of elite creatives. Photography from Ellie Clinch.



We were greeted with gorgeous goodie bags, filled with Kiehl’s, Body Shop and Sassoon products, lots of lovely discount vouchers, some delicious chocolate and a lovely little flower.

The bags themselves scrawled with a handwritten message from Nicole : ‘Let us do the hunting for you’. We were also completely and utterly spoiled for choice when it came to party nibbles, from indulgent brownies, to fancy macaroons and gourmet doughnuts iced with the brand name!

Now the most important part, after nibbling, sipping and mingling with like-minded fashion folk, I got to preview the stunning clothes from the new collection. 

There were rails of statement pieces, including retro swimsuits, tropical bikinis, printed shirts and playsuits, alongside more classic styles such as leather jackets, summer shorts and LBDs. Scroll on to see some of Nicole’s beautiful models wearing Hunted Vintage.



Ruth @ Urbanity xxx 
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Vintage Heaven

This Saturday, Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair came to the beautiful Edinburgh Assembly Rooms, and jam packed it with stalls full of vintage and reworked fashion, as well as gorgeous jewellery and a retro make-up and hair service! I regularly work for Judy’s as a promoter, but this time I just shopped to my heart’s delight!

Find out more at http://www.judysvintagefair.co.uk


I heard from my two favourite girl bosses Emily and Becc that the turnout all day had been amazing. One of the great things about this fair was all the offers, sales and discounts. 
Who doesn’t love a good bargain? 

Fashionistas always enjoy the Assembly rooms as a venue too, with its grand halls, amazing ceilings and general feeling of class and sophistication.


I obsessed over the intricate vintage gems laid beautifully across the trader’s tables. There were so many stunning brooches, rings, necklaces and earrings to choose from. I particularly love the huge, over the top gemstone knuckle duster rings! 

I can’t remember the last time I truly enjoyed a shopping experience so much, I was like a kid in a sweetie store! Judy’s Vintage Fairs are the best in the UK, hands down.

Usually I adore everything from Tallula Vintage, but this time I was looking for some more sports-luxe pieces, which I found plenty of at Ginger Nut Vintage, and came home with a retro Ralph Lauren polo shirt and a black and white Adidas track jacket.

But above all, the most memorable designs were from Thrifty Little. Think skirts and dresses up cycled from fabric adorned with Powerpuff Girls, Barbies and Toy Story Characters.

Now, on a slightly darker note, I always hit a bit of a dilemma when shopping from vintage or charity stores in terms of ethics. I want to ask you, lovely readers, if you would buy real fur, suede or leather if it was second hand?

A head scratcher! 

Anyway, hope to see you all at the next vintage fair!

Ruth @ Urbanity xxx

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Edinburgh Vintage Shopping

I love a bit of charity-shop-hopping for retro bargains, but sometimes you can’t beat a specialist vintage boutique to find that perfect piece. Edinburgh has some great shops which I’ll talk all about under the read more, and if you are a fellow vintage-lover, come along to Judy’s Affordable Vintage fair at the Assembly Rooms on January 30th!


For the classic vintage frock:
Herman Brown
(Just off Lothian road and the Grassmarket)

For the showstopping fancy dress look: Armstrong’s 
Teviot Place / Clerk Street / The Grass Market (3 different branches!)



For the one-off accessory:

 The Frayed Hem
EH1 1BS

For a modern vintage twist:
Hoochie Coochie
48 Home Street (Near Tollcross)


For a unique retro vibe:

Godiva Boutique
EH1 2JA








Ruth @ Urbanity xxx
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Boho Vintage Concept Store



During my adventures in Prague, Czech Republic, this week, I’ve discovered so many intriguing retail treasure troves. From pokey, dark little shopfronts filled with eccentric collections of antiques to huge thrift stores full of second-hand clothes to vinyl record and book shops with bargain classics lining the walls to flagship high-street and designer giants on the main shopping street. However, the one that stood out most to me was Boho, a “vintage concept store” pop-up….




Boho surprised us as we peeked inside, as it lay on a street full of traditional pubs, newsagents, pet shops and the like. Also, no offence Prague, but what we’d seen so far of it’s fashion scene, it seemed to be rather behind the times with little innovation! Like most stores there, signage and windows were very minimal and it was so dimly lit we doubted it was even open.


We were greeted by a shy but utterly lovely young woman who sat quietly, behind a counter covered with flyers and business cards advertising arty events, Czech fashion designers and cool music, while I browsed the intriguing selection of products that made me wish I hadn’t left half my koruna at the hotel! 



On display were mannequins dressed in authentic vintage clothing, rails of reworked or up cycled garments, original, high-end pieces from local talent hanging from huge suspended ropes, and distressed wooden shelving adorned with sumptuous leather gloves and handbags scattered amongst bespoke hand-made jewellery.


Prague was full of surprises, and it was amazing to discover the ‘underground’ style scene developing. Another post is coming soon about the stunning architecture, music and food!


For more information visit http://boho.cz


Ruth @ Urbanity xxx
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