Last weekend, as I very regularly do, I visited one of my favourite places in the North East- Tynemouth market.
I adore visiting this place as it is just a complete treasure trove for all things vintage, handmade and up-cycled.
I always go there with my usual mental list of specific things to look out for like vinyl and vintage homeware from my favourite sellers (OH and cake ofc), but no matter how hard I try will often find surprise pieces which I never knew I needed and can’t resist spending on.
I’ve always been a massive lover of vintage clothes, I think I was supposed to have been born in another era, so I was all eagle-eyed when I spotted this sunny vintage dress hanging from a vintage stalls rail, like the holy grail amongst an overwhelming sea of tweed.
I had been just five minutes later it would have been gone as a blonde lady spotted it simultaneously. I’d say it’s from the early sixties/ very late fifties as it has the most beautiful, bold flower pattern which is an iconic look of the era, however the hemline isn’t short enough to be mini and although it’s yellow, it’s subtle, which may suggest it not being from the height of the swinging 60’s.
What I love about it apart from its beautiful daffodil yellow hue is that it can be worn a range of different ways. It is a bit big for me, so initially, I thought of using it as a sort of summer trench coat over skirts, dresses, and shorts as it is quite tailored.
When worn buttoned as an actual dress, it’s quite boxy but comes with a belt so becomes slightly A-line. It also has a high oriental-style neckline which adds a pretty little twist to the look. The collar also looks great folded down to create a more relaxed V-shaped neckline for when the weather gets a bit warmer.
The thing I adore about vintage clothing, apart from the fact that it is more of a one-off, is the detail and quality of the clothing from the 20th century and before. Garments like this dress were just made to last. The material is a crisp cotton which makes it more durable and there is so much attention to detail in the matching crafted buttons and stitching.
As a huge lover of vintage, I have to say in my opinion the North East isn’t the best when it comes to vintage shops, and a lot of the ones we do have can be rather pricey, unlike the amazing Northern Quater of Manchester. So I was delighted to find out that the dress was a complete bargain at fifteen pounds!!! Which was the best offer I’ve had on vintage clothing since I visited COW Manchester.
So yes, the North East may not have many vintage stores but sometimes if you are willing to hunt, you might just find the best retro easter eggs in the most unlikely of places (like quirky little train stations).