I was recently contacted by Rokit – arguably the best vintage store in London, to style some vintage pieces from their website and obviously I was so thrilled at the opportunity as I am no stranger to store itself. P.S. you have to check them out, a lot of one of a kind statement pieces.
The first time I came across Rokit about 2 years ago; I was going to a warehouse sale somewhere around Liverpool street in London. Fortunately, I got to the warehouse earlier than anticipated and decided to have a look around the area. Rokit, located at 107 Brick Lane a couple of blocks from where the warehouse was, had such a 70’s/80’s urban feel to it. It was there that I purchased my very first Levis vintage jeans and a pair of leather Bermuda shorts 😊. Since then, I can’t make a shopping trip to Liverpool street without making a quick stop at Rokit, even just for some window shopping – my second favourite type of shopping.
So, when Rokit reached out to me, it was no brainer. I selected 3 pieces from their collections online and ended up creating two looks for this from the outfits that picked. The first one, a work wear ensemble, is created with my blog them in mind – a blog for the working girl, whilst the second is more of a casual chic look (which will be up on my blog in a few days – sign up here to get blog post alerts – no spam)
Sometimes when we think of vintage outfits, what comes to mind is a combination of bold colours and statement pieces; however, that doesn’t work for every occasion, particularly when you work in a stereotypical cooperate environment. Therefore, for my vintage inspired work wear look, I picked up a port brown-grey cap (here) and patterned silk-like top
The key to selecting and styling vintage pieces for corporate world (i.e. if you want to avoid the bold-faced colours) is to opt for muted tones such as those in this post.
The patterned top
You can never go wrong with a white blouse or shirt; seriously they one of the easiest pieces to style and are practically made to suit different occasions. If you are going to shop for a white blouse, why not get one with a bit of ‘extra-ness’ to it. The intricate details in an item that turn an otherwise basic piece to a something worthy of a second glance. Fortunately, I found this stunning versatile piece on the Rokit website (check them out here). Although white tops can be styled several ways, my two favourite style combinations are:
- to pair it with a pair of tailored trousers as seen in this blog post or
- a pair of dark blue jeans.
This blouse is long sleeved making it suited for the current cold weather in England. I particularly like the subtle silvery white diamond-shaped print detailed over it and the demi-turtle neck feature with a tie at the back. It gorgeous piece, it is no wonder that I received a lot of compliments on the day I wore it.
The Cap and Tweed Trousers
The next item which I picked from Rokit was this gorgeous vintage tweed cap. I was going for an androgynous vintage look, the cap reminded me of the men’s fashion during the Victoria era. Now all I needed was the perfect trouser to tie everything together.
I found the perfect pair in this Zara tailored trousers which I picked up last year. The tweed style and the extra-long wide legged cut made it suited for the vintage theme; the muted toned colours complimented the hat perfectly. A match made in fashion-heaven.