EDINBURGH. Vintage fashion has gone from strength to strength in the past ten years, from the likes of Kate Moss wearing the perfect Levi Cut off, to pop sensation Bruno Mars channeling the 70’s and 80’s with his sharp suits and a fedora hat. We can also find inspiration in pop-culture from period dramas like Downtown Abbey and Mr. Selfridge.
Vintage fashion is something that is unique and adds personality to an outfit. The years that have gone by seem much more exciting and glamorous, so we cling to the nostalgia and the fascination with the past.
The 1920’s have often been seen as a period of glamour and change in fashion, and this is something we should try to bring back into our own lives today. Most of what you wore as a kid is back in style (or should be) today.
Vintage allows experimentation, a chance to step out of your comfort zone and fully indulge your individual style at a time of conformity. Of course, there are some items that should stay in their genre – I’m sure no one is ready to sport parachute pants again anytime soon, and most women can be relieved not to wear a corset every day.
One of the best vintage shops in Britain can be found tucked away in the historic Grassmarket area of Edinburgh, Scotland, just behind its towering castle: W. Armstrong & Son, the perfect location for picking up something truly unique.
From heart shaped sunglasses to funky flares and occasional wear, Armstrong’s is a hidden treasure trove. You can find anything from traditional Scottish Highland attire to Levi denim. And if you’re lucky you may even find the odd designer piece at a fraction of the price – Burberry items have been known to hide along the railings.
Established in 1840, Britain’s largest vintage clothing emporium is an experience in itself, almost like taking a trip to a museum with the rails of fashion pieces and accessories from a whole host of era’s, including Victorian costume.
Even if vintage fashion isn’t your forte, this TARDIS-like shop is definitely worth a trip, and the friendly staffs are always on hand to assist you in your unique purchases.
Nostalgia forms part of the allure of Armstrong’s. It reminds you of being a child playing with your mother or grandmother’s clothes. It is like having a dressing up box; you are welcomed to touch and try on items before purchasing.
There is no stuffiness to Armstrong’s it’s quaint with dresses hung from the ceiling and racks of intricately detailed scarfs. It’s easy to spend an hour or two simply looking through the racks of history and thinking of the people who wore these pieces many years ago.
W. Armstrong & Son, 83,The Grass Market Edinburgh, EH1 2HJ
Other locations in the city include: 64-66 Clerk Street, Edinburgh,EH8 9JB and 14 Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2QZ