My Vintage Brighton – Sophie Churcher
Brighton-based writer Sophie Churcher blogs about her love of second-hand shopping and vintage fashion at jumblestyleblog.com. Here she shares her tips on where to shop, eat and hangout in the city.
Who are you? Hiya! I’m Sophie.
What do you do? I’m a Brighton-based writer and editor with a penchant for crafting, painting and second-hand shopping, which I talk about over at jumblestyleblog.com.
What does vintage mean to you? Clothing with character and soul. All it takes is one great vintage item to give your outfit an edge.
How do you like to get dressed in the morning (and afternoon and evening)? I try to choose my outfit the night before to allow myself an alarm-snooze or two, but I always end up changing elements of it five minutes before I leave, so I guess I dress for how I feel that day. If in doubt, I reach for a pinafore dress. Or stripes. Something timeless.
What’s your favourite decade for style? At the moment it’s probably the 1970s; I have a thing for fancy sleeves and long, floaty things. Actually I recently bought a mustard roll neck – it doesn’t get more ’70s than that!
What’s your favourite vintage shop in Brighton (and the surrounding area)? We’re spoilt for choice in Brighton! Aside from hunting in charity shops, Beyond Retro and To Be Worn Again are my go-to as they have so much stock and aren’t too pricey. I also love the beautiful bohemian items in All About Aud.
What’s your favourite online vintage shop? I don’t really shop for vintage online as I find the sizing can be awkward sometimes, but Oxfam have an amazing collection on their site, and Etsy is a must-browse.
Where do you like to go to eat and drink yummy things in Brighton? Mange Tout on Trafalgar Street is my go-to for a cracking veggie breakfast. I’d also recommend We Love Falafel, Silo and Franco Manca for (arguably) the best pizza in Brighton. Oh and Flour Pot Bakery do the most incredible doughnuts on a Friday.
What are your favourite vintage hangouts? And have you been to any tip top vintage events of late? The Open Market has a great vibe on weekends with a few vintage stalls and a cute cafe. Judy’s Vintage Fair came to The Open Market a while ago too which was great. So. many. bargains! I’m keeping an eye out for their next visit.
Where do you like to go hunting for second-hand bargains? Charity shops are definitely my favourite — I can rarely pass one without nipping in for a rummage. My favourite charity shop in Brighton is the Age UK on London Road, I’ve found some amazing bargains in there.
What has been your best ever vintage/second-hand/charity shop find? I’d say this suede and sheepskin jacket is up there with one of my favourite purchases, along with my little Radley doctor’s bag and a beautiful hand-made midi dress I found for £2 last summer.
What is it about Brighton that makes you smile? The sea and the people.
Any other hints, tips or recommendations for vintage-lovers in Brighton and beyond? I’ve written a post full of second-hand shopping tips on my blog, but my top tip is to not just focus on items in your usual size. Whether the previous owner shrunk it in the wash, or an item was a little over-sized in the first place, it might be perfect for you. Try to gauge it by eye and then try it on to be sure.