If you want to know how to rock a vintage look like a pro, there’s only one lady to ask – The Fabulous Miss K. With years of experience in the fashion industry, Karen James-Welton is the expert on vintage fashion and we were excited to invite her to our October meeting.
Karen arrived with lots of clothes and accessories to show us, demonstrating some of the ways she wears vintage in her every day life. As somebody often pictured in head-to-toe vintage, Karen was keen to explain that you don’t have to worry about going to all that effort in your day-to-day outfits, but merely to mix some vintage pieces in with your modern garments too.
As it happened, Karen delivered her talk just after a fascinating documentary about fast fashion by Stacey Dooley had been screened. Our current consumption of fast fashion is bad for the environment and has a myriad of ethical consequences too. Karen talked passionately about how choosing to buy vintage is a great way to do your bit for the planet and save money while you do it. If that wasn’t enough to have us scrambling to the second hand clothes emporiums, Karen also reminded us that when you are wearing vintage, it’s unlikely somebody else will show up wearing the same thing.
Finally, we were taught how the simple scarf can be used to jazz up an outfit in many different ways. Karen showed us several excellent folding and knotting techniques so we could make neckties, boleros and capes out of the same piece of cloth – cue much hilarity as we tried, and sometimes failed, to master the art.
Norwich is resplendent with vintage clothes places, charity shops and thrift stores. Get down there and find yourself an eye-catching outfit that’ll be great for your bank balance and your conscience.
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