W&W WARDROBE - Kari's vintage wardrobe

January 06, 2020

W&W WARDROBE - Kari's vintage wardrobe

image credit: Levi Strauss & Co

To celebrate the launch of W. Vintage, our handpicked vintage range we asked Watson & White’s Hannah and Kari about their love of vintage and to share with us the vintage pieces they keep in their wardrobe.

 

  1. Kari, when did you start wearing vintage?

 

As a teenager, I grew up in the Levi 501s era and loved customising clothes from a young age, my favourite thing was to visit the vintage stores in Belfast with my pocket money and buy ripped jeans and leather flying jackets. I carried on my bargain hunting at college, as a fashion student I loved finding cheap quirky dresses and coats to chop up or distress. I stopped wearing vintage for a long while but got back into it in my late thirties.

 

  1. How much do you wear?

 

Not that much as I prefer just to add touches here and there, I tend to wear vintage clothes on special occasions so look for evening gowns, but I love vintage jewellery and would wear that all the time. I also love a vintage pair of sunnies, especially bargain ones in charity shops!

 

  1. What is the oldest item in your wardrobe?

 

I have a pair of sunglasses that were my grandfathers, probably from the 1950s, and some of my mums 1960s handbags. My jewellery is the oldest, I have both my grandmothers’ antique rings I adore.

 

  1. Where do you shop for vintage?

 

Charity shops, vintage fairs (my daughter loves a kilo sale) and on eBay.

 

  1. What do you look out for/pitfalls to be aware of?

 

The sizing mainly, more often than not the sizes are tiny and don’t fit me – hence why I usually go for accessories.

 

  1. What’s your most treasured vintage item, and why?

 

I have a rose gold band that was my nana’s wedding ring, It’s so simple it’s as modern today as it was then. I also own a vintage backless black silk dress that is so flattering I will never give it up.

 

  1. What’s the one vintage item you wear the most?

 

Vintage Levi’s 501 Jeans – always.

 

  1. Do you wear vintage jewellery?

 

Yes it’s my favourite way to add a bit of uniqueness and depth to an outfit – I dress quite simply in plain colours and classic shapes, so a vintage watch, bag, sunnies or earrings will give an outfit a different look.

 

  1. What vintage item would you most love to own?

 

Anything Chanel, especially from Coco’s era.

 

  1. Whose vintage style do you admire?

 

Helena Christensen – I love her vintage look from her wardrobe to her quirky homes.

 

image credit: Instagram/HelenaChristensen