Vintage Trends 2016

This year, fashion houses have gone back in time to source inspiration for their runway shows. Our friend Sarah Bennett owner of vintage boutique Make Do & Mend takes a look at some of the key trends for Spring / Summer 2016.

Sarah has an expert eye for beautiful vintage pieces, her shop in Brixton is bursting with vibrant clothes and accessories. We love sustainable fashion and Sarah also offers on site alterations and workshops.

Many of the styles highlighted in this blog can be recreated with pieces from Make Do & Mend.


There is a noticeable Vintage theme for the up and coming year in fashion proving vintage is not only here to stay but influencing the designers of today. From bold 60s prints to Victorian lace, the catwalk has covered it all. We have picked some of the on trend spring themes and shown you how to recreate these looks using some statement vintage pieces from our  Make Do and Mend Boutique.

Victorian Lace

Elie Saab SS16

Elie Saab SS16

As seen on the catwalk this year from Erdem, Valentino, Elie Saab and Zimmerman. Blouses and dresses with high necks, ruffles, lace, pintucks and billowing sleeves are all having their moment. Pair one of these blouses with a modern leather skirt for the an upto date office look. Skinny jeans or leather trousers will take you through the weekend for a more casual take on this 19th century revamp.

Print and Pattern

Many fashion houses have been inspired by the fabulous prints of the past. From Orla Kielys fun 60s prints on everything from jumpsuits to blouses, paired with cute 60s pinafore dresses. To the 1950s floral prints and bright colours of  Dolce and Gabbana's Amalfi coast inspired collection. We are so excited by these trends and seeing such bold references to decades gone by. We love print and pattern in our store.

Pretty in Pink

Floaty, ethereal, lacey and feminine. This flattering trend in those dusky, powdery hues is here to stay for another year. Seen on pretty much all the catwalks from Stella McCartney, Gucci, Caroline Herrera, Chloe and Alexander McQueen to name a few! Flattering and perfect for a spring wedding or occasion, this is a staple for any girls wardrobe so why not make yours a vintage one! A classic cut such as this 1950s lace dress is a timeless piece that shows vintage can hold its own time and again.

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