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Vintage and velvet

by Annika V., 24 year old Science Student, Sewing Enthusiast & Vintage Lady from Australia, Australia

33 comments · 1 · December 2, 2011


Annika Victoria - Vintage From Japan Cream Polka Dot Textured Cardigan, Tutuanna Lace Frill Socks, Markets In Osaka Maroon Bowler Hat, Vintage Shop In Osaka Bubblegum Patterned Bow Tie Dress, Orange Satchel Bag, Vintage Black Boots - Vintage and velvet
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  1. Cream Polka-dot textured Cardigan

    Vintage from Japan

    , in Polka Dot Cardigans
  2. Lace Frill Socks


    , in Lace Socks
  3. Maroon Bowler Hat

    Markets in Osaka

    , in Bowlers
  4. Vintage Bubblegum Patterned Bow Tie Dress

    Vintage Shop in Osaka

    , in Dresses
  5. Orange Satchel Bag

    , in Satchels
  6. Black Boots


    , in Boots

Wow. So I made the discovery while on my trip to Japan last month that their vintage stores are absolutely incredibly amazing beyond-belief. This is why:

1. Everything is an amazing quality. Japan must have some seriously trendy grannies because the quality of clothing is fantastic. You don’t have to turn the place upside down to find just 1 or 2 okay vintage pieces – basically every piece on the racks is good. The only hard part is choosing what to buy!
2. Everything is my size! No more searching through endless size 18s and 20s. Japanese people are small and so are their clothes, so everything fit me!
3. Everything is well priced. Well, half the stores were “boutique” and very expensive, but the other half were very well priced, such as the 390 yen and 780 yen stores (that’s about $5 and $9). There were also loads of sales.
4. They are open late at night, which is fantastic if like me you don’t get out of bed until way past midday.

If you are seriously into vintage, you seriously need to consider going to Japan. The best suburbs for vintage are Shimokitazawa, Harujuku and Koenji in Tokyo, and Namba in Osaka. This particular photo was taken in Fukushima in Osaka (not THAT Fukushima by the way). My suitcase literally split at the seams trying to lug all these clothes back but it was completely worth it! There will be more photos up from Japan asap, and more on my blog soon:

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Prisca E.
Very cute!!! Love your dress & bag!!! Glad u had a fantastic time in Japan :D
Annika Victoria
Aww thank you! I did, it was great :)
Alex Goldberg
first hype of the day goes to you
Ryry B.
Sweet darling dress and great texture on the cardi. Great you found a treasure trove of deals in Japan, heard a lot of stuff there are crazy expensive :) Hype!
Annika Victoria
Thank you! That's what I was told too, but it's so completely not true, you can find so much cheapness and goodness if you just search for it! :)
Cristina B
Wow this is so amazing! You look fabulous!
Burock Von B.
you look extremellly lovely annika!! I doo love wholeee look n the hat is great touchhh! hyped!!
Annika Victoria
Thank you again Burock!!
Burock Von B.
youre very veryyy welcomee again Annika!! your looks are so sweet!!
Maya O.
gorgeous look, adorable colors!
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Tiina K
again, lovely! I need to fan you.
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