Last week I was invited to the Sheffield COW lock-in on West Street. Never wanting to pass up an opportunity to pretend to be a student again (hello discount) I trotted up to West Street for an evening of bargain vintage hunting, red bull and indie DJs.
I love a mooch round COW, whether I'm in Birmingham, Sheffield or Nottingham. It has slowly but surely become the recognisable vintage destination of choice for anyone and everyone. In my wardrobe I collect floral midi skirts and of course dirt cheap second hand levis shorts, but I've always been slightly more on the conservative side of vintage. I wish I had the guts to be a complete rework follower but I guess I just love the high street too much to boycott Topshop completely.
Fairly heavy photo-post today but there was just too many pretty things not to share! With the relatively recent launch of their website, COW are here to stay. I love the independence that every store has; the layout and feel of a unit is different in each city, and every team has their own design and amendment team to create one-off reworked pieces, inspired by high street trends.
It's a refreshing change from smelly, saggy, charity shop cast offs that call themselves "vintage". I don't think COW claims to stock only the finest pieces at least x decades old, but it doesn't have to. The reworking makes it a destination to pick up something old with a modern twist. I totally loved the floral minis as seen above, and the homemade tie-dye denim range. The whole place is so colourful and comfortably chaotic - it's like being in a wardrobe den on a mission to find the treasure.
I tried on both the shirt and skirt as seen above (love a bit of print clash!) and came away with a couple of pieces I'll be styling over the next few outfit posts. And Hannah had to tear me away from those adorable slippers!
Much more to come from COW on the blog over the next few weeks - but I will say that if you've walked past the neon yellow signs once or twice and have carried on past, you're missing out. It's a little slice of beloved, affordable nostalgia, and it's lovely.
I'm off to Paris early tomorrow so this will be the last you hear from me for a couple of days! Back Sunday, no doubt with a suitcase full of pastry and a camera full of Parisian photographs.