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A quick guide to vintage styling

Their nibs founder, Fiona Bell, shares her retro children's styling tips

Posted: 30 April 2012
by Junior

■ Vary the stylist The most satisfying thing about the vintage look is its appeal for everyone – from a proud grandmother to the trendiest mother. A grandmother may style a vintage dress in a more traditional way, with a ballet-wrap cardigan and ballet-style pumps, but the same dress could be worn with battered canvas shoes and a long-sleeved T-shirt – as styled by Mum. 

■ Mix and match Vintage clothing is so versatile and perfect for children’s fashion. Current items, such as leggings, sheepskin boots and jeans, can all be teamed to great effect with vintage pieces. A boy’s formal vintage jacket looks amazing when dressed down with skinny jeans and a vintage T-shirt, for example.

■ Customise clothes Adding personal details is another way of achieving an individual look and is lots of fun to do with children. My son adds interesting buttons to jackets and collects old woven badges from markets to use, too. It’s lovely to see an old button that belonged to your grandmother reused in a decorative way on a piece of your child’s clothing.

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