Here at Judy HQ, we love nothing more than interacting with our customers at fairs. And what a fab bunch you are! From immaculate 50s frocks to funky 70s style, you never disappoint us with your amazing purchases, creative outfits and unique way of expressing yourselves.
We’re also a big fan of our bloggers, none more so that Ellie Connor Phillips of award-winning site Rose & Vintage. Between studying for her A-Levels, working in a costume jewellery store and blogging about all things retro, she also finds time to write for our official magazine, Judy’s Affordable Vintage Digest.
We caught up with Ellie to ask her a few questions about style, colour clashing and the horrors of wearing crocs…
Hi Ellie! Tell us about your blog and how you started it?
My blog is pretty much an online representation of me – it’s a collection of my clothes, my likes and dislikes, the places I’ve been to…pretty much everything goes on the blog! It’s very much like a diary. I started it because I had been reading blogs for ages, and loved vintage fashion, and setting up a blog seemed like the right thing to do.
What were your earliest memories of vintage fashion?
In all honesty I was a little scared of vintage as a child – the idea of second-hand items was new to me and I was worried they would be dirty or smell. Then my cousin and cousin-in-law introduced me to Spitalfield’s Market and Brick Lane, where I bought my first vintage sweater…it was a spiral from there really. It got me completely hooked!
What is your favourite vintage era and why?
It depends on my mood. My style usually has a little bit of a 60’s/70’s twist to it, but I think that is because I love the music from that era and it’s the era my parents grew up in, so I know more about it, it comes more naturally to me. I adore 40s and 50s shapes and styles though, and so I often end up trying to combine eras in my outfits. 50s is perfect for parties or special occasions!
You’re queen of the colour clash – what advice would you give to people looking to add more colour to their wardrobe?
Thank you haha! I love clashing colours and prints – I think the key is to just forget what you think goes together, and just wear whatyou want to put together…if you like that green skirt and orange coat, wear it! You’ll look great, and anyone that disagrees just doesn’t understand fashion. True style has no rules!
Is there anything you’d really never be seen dead in?
Oooh. I break a lot of rules, especially those I set myself. I guess right now it would have to be a pair of Crocs. I have nothing against them – they are really comfy and great for kids but I feel the relationship must end once you hit your teens. I’m sorry Crocs.
Who is your style icon?
David Bowie. But then again, he is my icon for everything. I just adore his style, and how he was never afraid to just change and do something completely different. I also admire Vivienne Westwood as she never fails to wear and make the most amazing garments…and of course Iris Apfel, and all of the amazing women on Advanced Style.
What has been your all time best Judy’s fair buy?
That’s a hard one! I think the last one was definitely a pair of wooden frames with cute watercolour drawings inside. They look great on my wall.
Where are your favourite hang out spots in London?
Brick Lane is THE place for vintage, and there is always a kooky and cool market on in Spitalfield’s. I also adore Covent Garden, Berwick Street and Carnaby Street, and Camden Market too!
Does it feel odd to think that so many people are fans of your style? It must put some pressure on you to dress quirkily all the time…
It’s a bit strange, as I feel I can’t repeat outfits as much (such a guilty pleasure of mine). It’s also hard sometimes as I don’t want to drastically change but I want to let my style develop – I’m sure I’ll manage somehow!
Check out Ellie’s post about the Vintage Kilo Sale here