Cape Fear??

This season’s biggest trend is the cape. Alluding back to the 1960s mod look, the cape is this winters coat. Whether it is a short faux fur cape, a tweed hip length cape or an elegant maxi cape this is the one thing you should be wearing!

But how should you wear one? What should you team it with? Don’t experience cape fear…hear at Your Vintage Life we can offer some advice!

Firstly there is the casual cape often described as the utility cape. This is often more like a poncho or reminiscant of a parka.

Detailing comes in the form of buckles, hoods, duffle toggles and wood buttons.

The feel is soft, blanket like wool.

 Colours are khakis, browns and camels. These are perfect for keeping warm on the weekend, long walks or simply shopping.

Wear with chunky knits, skinny jeans and flat boots. Team with this winter’s jumper dress and cable knit cream tights.

Next there is the evening cape worn mini or maxi. Create a huge statement by wearing a floor length hooded cape over your little black dress.

Choose velvet or thick wool ones, mainly in black with shiny button details.

The mini cape in a faux fur or sequined finish will glam up any outfit. This is perfect for this year’s ladylike look, think Mad Men or Audrey Hepburn.

 I love this furry one with the front plastic buckles…over a glam maxi dress, with gloves in butter soft leather or satin

Then there is the fashion cape. This is a cape that picks up and incorporates other fashion trends such as the military look.

The military cape is adorned with gold buttons down the front and on the pockets.

 A line shapes with slits within the cape to slot your arms through reminds me of capes worn over army uniforms or the navy ones worn over the 40s nurses uniform.

The vintage cape, tweed, hip length and colourful is the perfect cape for this key look. This has a real 60s mod feel to it…wear with a belt if you want to slim the cape down.

Clothes underneath want to be slimline for this look such as skinny jeans, leggings or a mini with opaque tights. The Welsh tweed cape were made in abundance in the 60s and are perfect for this look.

Lastly there is the work cape..think smart, worn over your suit to give it a fashion twist. This cape thinks it is a jacket or a coat and has a tailored finish.

It often has wide arms that merge into the coat to give it the cape feel. Smart buttons, self tie belts and piped edge collars finish the look. Wear with a pencil skirt and heels…think Mad Men, think sexy secretary!

The must have coat this year is the camel coat…why not choose a camel cape coat instead?

We have a great selection available in our ebay shop with  more to follow. (The lovely fur one and tweed one are my own, cant live without capes…..the tweed one can also hide a thousand sins…I wore it after the birth of my first child to mask the last of the baby tummy… slims you down and the shape draws the eye outwards to the shoulder line or to the legs!)


Vintage Mania!

Homes and Antiques magazine has mentioned Your Vintage Life on the news pages in the October issue! We are so grateful for the endorsement and are really pleased to see our beautiful stock shown.

Shaken not stirred

We were given a great pair of vintage champagne glasses recently to celebrate the birth of our second child. Kitty Jen was born in July and the champagne definately flowed.


They are really unusual and I havent seen any glasses like this before. They are the perfect his and her glasses and are so kitsch! They look a bit Spanish with her flat hat cocked to the side. The rimmed bases give them a touch of colour which I love.





They now sit in our 1950s glass cabinet along with our other vintage glasses and cocktail shakers. We found the cabinet thrown away outside someones house…we rescued it, cleaned it, re-painted it and added a mirror to the back. We have 2 1950s drinks cabinets..the other houses my 1950 handbag collection!

Here are some of our other lovelies.  Great 1950s frosted pastels…I use these for Baileys in the winter…the colour reminds you of summer on those cold nights!

Great branded glasses…Cherry B, Britvic and Babycham.

The Britvic ones have tomatoes, oranges, lemons and pineapples on. We also recently found matching champagne glasses. The Cherry B’s are my favourites…Now I don’t remember Cherry B at all…but I love the 50s feel of the kitsch cherries (although the glasses and the drink were later). Babycham glasses are the ultimate in retro drinking….I do love these glasses….when my partner proposed he had hidden a bottle of champagne in our VW campervan (hoping I would say yes) and after I did say yes we sat and drank it out of the Babycham glasses. So very glam!

Great 50s shot glasses in a red atomic ball feet stand. We have so many shot glasses in different colours and designs and we dont ever use them! I just can’t resist!

Decanters…These are so pretty, perfect to pour a shot as the stoppers fill up when you turn them upside down.

Great jugs (!). The pink frosted one is really heavy and perfect for cocktails. The gold flower one was given to me by my mother in law last birthday with matching glasses.

1930s cocktails…so so so pretty! I use these for deserts….or dips for a starter.

1980s cocktails…I havent used these ones. Every time we have a cocktail party I worry about using them as I have a full set and I dont want them smashed in the raucousness!

These were given to me for Valentines Day a few years back. I was lucky enough to receive 6 of these highballs in mint condition! The colour is so vibrant and they are a great size.

My absolute favourite frosted blue glass cocktail shaker. When you see the metal ones used today you just can’t believe that people used glass ones. I worry about breaking it with all that shaking!

And no collection would be complete without an original cocktail bar! This one is made from cream vinyl and teak. It houses our record player…complete with pineapple ice bucket on top! The ice bucket is unusually made from metal with each leaf curving outwards.

Here is a small selection of our current stock great for Your Vintage Cocktail Party. Get the Pimms out, summers not quite over! (and there are loads more available too including ice buckets, little forks, soda syphons and bowls for your peanuts!)