Interview: Charlotte Richardson

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Charlotte is an Instagram addict, with a love for fashion and vintage. I was lucky enough to have a little chat with her about her fashion and what inspires her.

Hello Charlotte! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?

Very well, thank you. Thank you for inviting me onto your blog!

Tell us a little bit about your background.

I am 22 years old, with a love for thrifting, vintage clothing and interior design. I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology and have lived in Bath for four years, which is a beautiful city!

Describe your style.

A mixture of patterns, floaty fabrics and textures, with inspiration from 70’s bohemia.

What made you get into this style of clothing?

I have always loved vintage clothing and the idea that a garment has its own history. I am also really drawn to interesting patterns and clothes that have freedom of movement, which I think is epitomised in a lot of designs created during the 1970’s era - for instance, I love the collaborations by Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell.

I adore your fashion. What inspired you to start Instagram and get into vintage fashion?

Thank you! I originally started my account so I could view the feeds of bloggers and brands I liked, and after a while became inspired to post my own photographs, which, incidentally, were mostly of my wardrobe!

Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?

I think it is a great way of sharing inspiration with others!

Have you always been into fashion and vintage clothing?

I think I started to become interested in fashion around the age of thirteen. I remember searching through my grandparents wardrobes and stealing their patterned shirts and chunky knitwear - I think that started my love for vintage!

Do you think it is an important aspect to make your own clothing?

I don’t necessarily think it’s important, but it’s something I would love to learn - it’s a great skill to have!

Do you have any tips for anyone shopping in vintage and charity shops?

Don’t get too caught up on the size of garments. An item may be a few sizes bigger than your normal size, but can look great worn oversized!

Why do you think charity shops are an important place to shop for clothes?

I think recycling clothing is a great way of supporting charitable causes and is important for local communities to help make clothing more affordable for individuals or families that don’t have a large budget to spend on items. 

Your style is very unique and wonderful; how do you go about styling different clothes?

Thank you! I don’t really have any style rules, but I like to mix different patterns and textures and I love Autumnal colour palettes!

What clothing sites do you use? Do you have any recommendations?

I sometimes shop online at ASOS, Zara and Urban Outfitters, but quite often I pick up high street pieces second-hand on eBay – it’s a great way of shopping on a budget!

What new pieces have you picked up for this summer and autumn that we haven't seen on your Instagram yet?

I have a vintage black velvet jacket with gold beading and embroidered edging, which I love and can’t wait to wear! I have also purchased a few vintage waistcoats, which are great for adding a warmer layer to some of my summer dresses ready for Autumn!

Where do you source your vintage clothing from?

I pick up a lot of my items from charity shops, eBay and independent vintage stores. I love Vintage Cow - they have a great shop in Birmingham!

What are your favourite pieces of clothing?

I love my 70’s brown suede penny lane style jacket – the fluffy collar and cuffs are so cosy and it goes with most things in my wardrobe.

What could you not live without?

Probably my Dr Martens – they hardly ever leave my feet!

Do you have any career plans?

I am about to start a medical degree, so hopefully one day will be a doctor!

Where would you like to be in three years from now?

Hopefully, closer to finishing my degree!

Have you ever considered a career within fashion?

I have considered it, but I don’t think it’s something I would ever pursue as a career – fashion is more of a hobby for me!

What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?

It sounds like a cliché, but just be yourself and make time to do the things you love doing.

Please follow Charlotte on her Instagram ‘clouisa31’ and her Twitter ‘charlotte_31’ for exciting updates and fashion posts. 

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