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My Vintage Brighton – Style Me Thrift

25 June 2017 No Comment

Brighton is a second-home to vintage and preloved fashion blogger Jasmine Farram, who regularly visits family in the city. Here the charity shop queen shares her top spots and style secrets. 

Jasmine Farram Style Me Thrift

Who are you? My name is Jasmine Farram, blogger at @stylemethrift

What do you do? 9-to-5 I work in a museum in Kent as a Project Co-ordinator, but I blog about my personal style and love for vintage and thrifted finds over on www.stylemethrift.wordpress.com.

What does vintage mean to you? Vintage is a story, a moment in time encapsulated in clothing. I love dreaming up occasions that my vintage clothing has been worn to and who the person was that owned it before me.

How do you like to get dressed in the morning (and afternoon and evening)? It depends on the day, If I have work and a lot of meetings I dress smarter. On weekends I tend to be a bit more experimental with my look. I do try to think about what I’m going to wear the night before, but failing this. I start with a dress, or patterned shirt and go from there. I love jewellery so I finish most looks with rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings. I don’t do minimal.

Jasmine Farram Style Me Thrift

I like to bring my quirkier vintage dresses out for occasions, especially if I’m giving presentations at work or we are hosting events. I like to wear dresses that are a talking point, I think it stops me getting so nervous!

What’s your favourite decade for style? Either the 1960s or the 1970s. I love the colours and patterns. It’s just a shame about the fabrics!

What’s your favourite vintage shop in Brighton (and the surrounding area)? It has to be The Vintage Workshop in Kemptown: I always find very special, unique pieces in there and the prices are very reasonable. It’s also a chilled-out part of Brighton so you usually get the shop to yourself. I’ve found some wonderful 1960s’ cocktail dresses in amazing condition and there are lovely oriental antiques to look at too.

What’s your favourite online vintage shop? It’s actually on Facebook: The Vintage Corner, a vintage shop in Liverpool, are always posting things on their page, including sale items. I just pay through Paypal and they send the items to me. Their stock is gorgeous, and the quality again is top of the mark. I can’t recommend it enough.

Where do you like to go to eat and drink yummy things in Brighton? It’s got to be VIP Pizza just next to St James Street. THE BEST PIZZA!

Jasmine Farram Style Me Thrift

What are your favourite vintage hangouts? And have you been to any tip top vintage events of late? The Preloved Kilo sales, I’ve been to a few and it is a great way to buy a large quantity of vintage for cheap. They pop-up all over the place. It’s a bit of a mad experience though as everyone is rummaging through huge bins of vintage clothing. Worth it for the experience if not the quirky items to be found.

Where do you like to go hunting for second-hand bargains? Charity shops, my trick is to look for nothing, that way you will discover everything! I’ve found amazing vintage pieces in charity shops at half the price of vintage shops and the money goes to a good cause. I’ve also been fortunate enough to find retro furniture out on the street. Just keep your eyes peeled! Ebay is a nice easy way to shop for vintage from home, you just have to be careful to look at the measurements.

Jasmine Farram Style Me Thrift

What has been your best ever vintage/second-hand/charity shop find? A few months back I was having a browse in my local Sue Ryder charity shop and they had just put out a huge donation of vintage clothing. I ended up buying something like 15 items that day, including 1970s dresses and shirts, waistcoats, scarves and earrings. Someone’s beautiful wardrobe had become mine and everything fit beautifully.

What is it about Brighton that makes you smile? My Mum lives in Brighton so it is a second home to me, I love looking out at the sea, but also the people are so friendly. When I stay there I love waking up and hearing the seagulls.

Any other hints, tips or recommendations for vintage-lovers in Brighton and beyond? Beyond Retro has a great selection of vintage ranging from 1950s through to 1990s. And Waiste Vintage, a pop-up shop in the North Laine, has such unique 1960s and ’70s bohemian stock.

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