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Get designer brands at high-street cost with thrifty London shopping

20 SEPTEMBER 2012

Yet again we've seen another spectacular season of style on the London catwalks.

But you needn't break the bank for the best of designer brands. London, of all cities, is the very best place for thrifty fashion finds.

To add some vintage daytime elegance to your wardrobe, such as the elegant Fifties silhouettes, chiffon skirts and wide-brimmed hats that dominated the shows of Alice Temperley and Erdem, head to Cloud Cuckoo Land
 

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A charming shop just off Islington's Camden Passage, the shop is responsible for keeping local Islington ladies stylishly clad since 1982.

It's not hard to find the perfect capes, cardigans and cotton-print frocks amongst the boutique's vast collection. Although do go for the sugar-pastel colours of this season for the ultimate feminine feel.

Among the strong selection of accessories, search for exquisite 1950s cocktail hats, clutch bags and costume jewellery. Head to Lost 'N' Found nearby in Camden's marketwhere for an evening gown to match. Here you'll find floor-length dresses with nipped-in waists reminiscent of Grace Kelly chic.

 

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For timeless pieces with an alternative edge seek out What Goes Around Comes Around in Camden.

Vivienne Westwood recently wowed us with retro fashion featuring extravagant cuts and colours. And this shop's 50-piece strong collection by the eccentric British designer will be guaranteed to give you just an essence of this punk appeal.

Take a quick journey down to Pimlico where you'll find a charmingly eccentric charity shop described by Alan Carr as "the Harvey Nichols of charity shops". Fortunately, the prices at Crusaid are somewhat more purse-friendly than the Knightsbridge department store.

Expect top brands including Hackett and Nicole Farhi who regularly donate pieces from their opulent collection.



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And if you're simply looking for a one-off show-stopper then why not think about renting.

There's no need to invest in a couture piece accompanied by a hefty bill with the creation of Lily Allen and her sister, Sarah Owen. Their shop in Carnaby Street, Lucy in Disguise, sells and hires out rare high-end vintage and kitsch retro ranges.

Why not get your hair and make-up done after finding the perfect outfit at their in-store salon to complete your perfect unique look.

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