In love with pre-loved!

Friday - - Editor’s Letter - KarenPasquali Jones, Ed­i­tor kpasqual­i­

Ev­ery time I heard the click-click-clack of my mother’s knit­ting nee­dles, I’d cringe. That meant that any day another itchy jumper or cardi­gan would be head­ing my way, with over­sized but­tons and – cru­cially – no la­bel at the back. I was only five and hated wear­ing my mum’s hand-made clothes. Not only did the wool bring me out in hives, but ev­ery­one else in my class at school could tell it was home-made and all I wanted was to buy some­thing new at the only kids’ fash­ion store in town. I’d press my nose up at the win­dow long­ing for a floaty dress with flow­ers on, or a denim jacket with match­ing jeans.

In­stead I had to en­dure my mother’s made-to-mea­sure cre­ations that shouted out: I’m not a rich kid. I’d long for sum­mer so I had an ex­cuse to cast off the lat­est jumper, cardi or waist­coat – they were the worst of all – and drag my mother to a store to buy T-shirts as, for­tu­nately, she couldn’t make those.

As I grew up I re­alised I couldn’t af­ford the fash­ion­able clothes on the high street, but found my own quirky style at the lo­cal vil­lage hall when it held jum­ble sales. Other peo­ple’s cast-offs were cat­nip to me. I found de­signer polo necks and dun­ga­rees I could bleach, along with evening gowns I teamed with boots, and brightly coloured swing skirts I wore with striped stock­ings. I lapped up the praise for my unique fash­ion sense, know­ing most out­fits cost me only a few pen­nies.

Vin­tage fash­ion has fi­nally hit our shores and we’re all drool­ing over pre-loved de­signer bags, shoes and dresses at a frac­tion of their orig­i­nal price. Meet the women be­hind the vin­tage-in-vogue trend on page 48 – they’re all su­per-stylish. Un­til next week,

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