Be the Best Dressed Guest!

April 25th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

It’s that time of year again where the invites start flooding in and then shear panic  “WHAT am I going to wear” starts to set in!

Don’t worry, we’ve all been there but whether it’s your best friend’s wedding, a summer birthday or family get together, sometimes the trick to nailing that perfect event look, is to turn to vintage. Not only can it be more affordable but you’re guaranteed that noone else will be wearing your fabulous look. (Lets face it, noone wants to turn up to a party and find that they’re wearing that same high street dress as their friend…not a good result!!).

So here are our top vintage picks, for those Summer events, all available to purchase on our ASOS boutique.

1970s Halterneck Dress – UK size 8

This gorgeous 1970s halter neck dress is perfect for swanning around a wedding on a hot Summer’s day. Even though it is vintage, it has a modern feel to it, we really love the lace bandeau around the waist!



1970s Paisley Dress – UK Size 8

This dress would be great worn to a summer garden party or wedding, you can’t go wrong with paisley. Jazz it up by wearing a belt, perhaps a sparkly light weight bolero and some statement jewellery and you’re good to go!


1970s Maxi Dress – UK size 8-10

What a perfect dress to wear to a festival! We just love the abstract but simple leaf print against the white background. It really makes the print pop and the cut of the dress is rather flattering too.


1970s Floral Maxi – UK Size 8

Rock the boho look with this fun cotton 70s maxi dress!


1980s Orange Party Dress – UK Size 8-10

A striking colour and unusual design, this dress will make you stand out from the crowd!


1990s Printed Red Dress – UK Size 12-14

Dress this cute Betty Barcley shift, with heeled chunky sandals, big earrings and a light long cardi and your in for a chic but fun 90’s look.


1990s Animal Print Maxi Dress – UK Size 8-12

This sexy dress is perfect for an after party! We love the criss crossed straps at the back and the high slit at the front. Gerrr




1970s Kimono Top – UK Size 8-10

Lastly, we have this 70’s show stopper of a top. Perfect if you want to make an impact at a party without going crazy.



If you’ve got any questions about a particular item or need help finding a superb and stylish look we’d love to hear from you! Email us at or get in touch via Facebook, we’re always happy to help.

Love PFR xxxxx

Looking Good During the Winter Months

December 11th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

The winter months seem to be a lot more changeable these days.

One year it can be below freezing, making layering imperative but other years it can be spring like in October, which quite frankly is rather confusing when it comes to deciding what to wear!!!

So it’s December again, boy time flies and we find ourselves yet again wondering what on earth the weather has in store for us.

Have no fear PFR are here…..

We’ve added loads of new stock to our ASOS Boutique to help with those confusing weather days and hopefully find you the perfect outfit.

1) You can pair this lovely MOD white blouse with jeans, if it’s a bit cold out there or with a cute mini skirt.


Fabulous 1960’s White Blouse

Click here to view on ASOS


2) Like most mixed wool cardigans, you can add a light cropped jacket or a warm coat over the top and you know that you’ll be nice and toasty.  In fact, if it has a bit of sparkle, you can pretty much pair a cardi with any outfit.


Sparkly 1960’s Purple Cardi

Click here to view on ASOS  

3) This white sparkly handmade jumper has a larger knit to it, which makes it perfect for either a warmish day or a cold one. Fab!


Adorable 1970’s White Knitted Jumper

Click here to view on ASOS.


4) Ok so we’ve probably gone a bit sparkle mad here but who doesn’t love a bit of spark?! This 1980’s Silk Blouse/top will def add a bit of glam to any outfit (dressed up or down).


1980’s Sequin & Beads Butterfly Top


Click here to view on ASOS

We love to layer in Winter, it’s what we naturally want to do, but as it seems to be warmer this season don’t put away some of those glam summer frocks, instead keep a few of your favourites out and pair them with thicker tights, ankle boots, a cropped (wool) coat and a fab wide brimmed hat.


Past Forward Retro x

Five London Vintage Shops You Have To Visit!

August 13th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

It goes without saying that Past Forward Retro is one of the best places to find beautiful vintage clothing but where on earth do you go to buy vintage for the home?

Here is some of our favourite places for buying vintage textiles, homeware and furniture around london.


1). The first Place on our list is Circus Antiques located in Kensal Rise. This place is certainly not bargain basement but they do have a fantastic and unique collection of 18th – 20th Century furniture.

So if your looking for an interesting and quirky piece to go into your home then this is definitely the place to find it.

We spotted this amazing palm metal wall light for £240, it’s not cheap but it is seriously cool.

Circus Antiques

60 Chamberlayne Road
Kensal Rise
NW10 3JH

Tel: +44 (0)20 8968 8244

Mob: +44 (0)7957 184 007

Opening Hours: Wednesday to Saturday: 11:00am – 5:00pm


2). One of our all time favourite places to go and find vintage treasures is Alfies Antique Market. If you haven’t been here before you are in for a real treat!!

Located in a wonderful 1930’s former department store, the building is everything you would hope an antique shop would be.  The shop is full to the brim of amazing stuff and what makes this place so special is that there is a huge range of dealers selling a wide verity of items. “The Market is a treasure trove where you can buy a huge range of antique and retro goods from the 20th century including vintage fashion and accessories, modernist furniture, costume jewellery and 20th century decorative arts”.  This is a place where you can definitely find a bargain or spend some real cash. Either way it’s a place you should absolutely visit.








Alfies Antique Market

13-25 Church Street
London, NW8 8DT

T: 020 7723 6066
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am-6pm


3). WE  LOVE Judy’s affordable vintage fair but did you know they also have a retro furniture flea?! Ok so technically this isn’t a shop but Located in York Hall, this amazing fair has everything from retro furniture, atomic print furnishings, kitchenalia, to retro electricals! Everything the vintage gal could ever dream of, all in one place!!

“Doing away with expensive replicas and focusing on quality and affordability, the Flea provides an antidote; a celebration of mid-century living from the 50s and beyond, the event offers up 50 TOP vintage traders, all offering furniture and homewares without costing the earth!”.

So now you can see why we had to add this to our list! This is absolutely an event you shouldn’t miss.  The next furniture flea is on the 3rd September and we highly recommend you there early.


The Vintage Furniture Flea

York Hall
5 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green
E2 9PJ

Opening Hours: 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM

3rd September 2015


4). Les couill de chien (meaning the dogs bollocks) is another treasure trove.  This wonderful characterful emporium is located on Golborne Road and is packed full to the brim of vintage collectables and antiques. They sell everything from crystal chandeliers, taxidermiy fish, art deco lampshades, vintage chairs to wooden dolls, but quite frankly if the name alone doesn’t make you want to go to this shop,  we don’t know what will! The owners are friendly and there is always something to be found in this amazing shop. There are a lot of antique shops to visit along the Golborne road but this one by far is the most interesting. You really never know what your going to find here and thats what makes this place a little bit more special than everywhere else.

Les Couilles Du Chien
65 Golborne Rd
London W10 5NP


5). Crystal Palace Antiques and Design Emporium is crammed full of wonderful items! It houses a large collection of furniture and lighting which spans over four large flours and is packed full of vintage and antique objects.  Is it a classic piece of 1960’s danish furniture your after? or perhaps a large victorian mirror? Whatever it is, you’ll be sure to find something you never knew you needed at this establishment.

The items range in price but we can safely say that there is absolutely something here for everybody.

Retro 50s, 60s and 70s - Mid Century Modern chairs

Crystal Palace Antiques

Imperial House, Jasper Road
(just off Westow Hill)
Crystal Palace SE19 1SG

T. 0208 480 7042

Open hours: Monday – Saturday 10am till 6 pm
Sundays 10 am till 5 pm



Past Forward Retro x

Hidden gems: London’s best charity shops, vintage sales and thrift stores!

April 3rd, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink


In our opinion you don’t have to spend a lot of cash to look great and have your own interesting individual style. We are massive fans of vintage shops, kilo sales, car boot sales and charity shops! Shopping like this not only sets you apart from the crowd (how many times have you seen that Topshop season staple on someone else???) but you can sort yourself out with a new wardrobe for easily under £100!

Here are a few of our London gems we had to share with you…

The East End Thrift Store, E1 – Tucked away in Whitechapel, this is our go to shop for denim jackets and jumpers. You have to literally rummage through massive piles of crap but then out of nowhere you’ll find something perfect! They often have ‘fill a bag for a tenner’ type deals or section off part of the shop where every item is £1. Make sure you give everything a good wash before you wear it though!


Vintage Kilo Sales – These kind of sales require a proper rummage to unearth goodies but it’s well worth it in the end. Go for light items such as silk shirts, summer dresses and skirts and you could leave with 8 nice vintage pieces for just £15! The next London one is on 3rd May 2015 and is held at York Hall in Bethnal Green. We would suggest getting there as early as possible to snap up the best items.

Factory Seconds Shop, E17 – One of our favourite factory outlets is this hidden away leather seconds shop in Walthamstow. We can’t actually remember the name of this shop but it’s tucked behind St James St rail station. They supply leather jackets to Topshop, Oasis, Ted Baker etc.. and have rails and rails of slight seconds that are £30 or £40 instead of £200 or £300! We found an amazing shearling leather jacket here and it’s been one of our staples for years and was only £40! They also have handbags, shoes, shorts, strange leather dresses and menswear. This place we highly recommend for leather jackets!

The Charity Shop -‘Probably the best charity shop in the world’ E9. This shop really does live up to it’s name. Located on Well Street in Homerton it probably is the best charity shop ever! There are rails and rails of designer second hand and vintage clothes. They do know when something is a good find but you still won’t pay more than £20 for a designer item. Jess used to live on this road and almost every time we went in we’d end up finding something great!



Wayside Community Centre Charity Shop, E5 – This charity shop is on Chatsworth Road and whenever I visit this shop I leave with a bag full of great clothes. I once bought some brand new Kurt Geiger heeled leather boots from here for £10. Its a great place for summer dresses and second hand high street brands.

All Aboard, West Hampstead – This is one of our favourite areas for charity shopping. There are 5 charity shops in a row and our absolute favourite is All Aboard which always has some great vintage clothes and accessories. They are more on the pricer side for a charity shop but it’s really well worth paying that little bit extra. They also happen to do some fantastic sales which are super affordable so keep an eye out.

Battersea Car Boot Sale – This car boot is still one of our absolute faves, mainly because you don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to find a fabulous bargain! It’s every Sunday from 1.30pm – 5pm and only costs £0.50 to get in!!  However if you want to be amongst the first buyers inside, then you can pay £5 for entry at 11.30am. There is a smaller selection of sellers already onsite at this time (usually around 50). These sellers are ʻpremiumʼ pitch holders and have paid more than most for their pitch so they usually have higher quality goods for sale.  This is a really well run car boot sale so if you’re buying or selling it’s definitely one not to miss!


We hope you find this post helpful, look out for our next instalment where we will reveal even more hidden gems!


Past Forward Retro x

A Guide To Vintage Clothes Shopping In New York

June 30th, 2010 § 10 comments § permalink

Following on from our guide to vintage clothes shopping in London…here is a guide for New York! There are so many fantastic places in NY to go vintage shopping it’s sometimes a hard to know where to begin. If you’re flying in for a quick visit or staying for a few weeks this list will hopefully help you find some vintage goodies.

Thrift Stores

Ok so our first list is for those of you who are looking for cheap vintage bargains. This is just some of the thrift stores (charity shops) you may want to check out. Trust me there’s a lot more but thought I should just give you a taster!

The Thrift Shop
62 Thomas St,
NYC, 10013
(212) 571-2644

St. Margarets House Thrift Shop
49 Fulton St.
NYC, 10038, (no phone)

Village Thrift Shop
130 W. 3rd St.,
NYC, 10012
(212) 673-0231

St. Luke’s Thrift Shop
487 Hudson St.,
NYC, 10014
(212) 924-9364

Salvation Army Thrift Store
112 4th Ave.,
NYC 10003,
(212) 873-2741

Designer/ High End Vintage

If you want more antique or high end designer vintage clothing you may want to check these shops out.

Atomic Passion
Impressive variety of gently used designer clothing and shoes for all occasions & seasons.
430 E. 9th St.,
East Village NY 10009
Between 1st Ave.& Ave. A,
Tel 212-533-0718

Chelsea Girl
An eclectic array of vintage clothing and accessories spanning the 1920’s – 1970’s
63 Thompson St.,
Soho NY 10012
Tel 212-343-1658

Cherry Men
Vintage designer & couture clothing & accessories.
17 Eighth Ave., West Village NY 10014
Tel 212-924-5188

Family Jewels
Named “one of the best vintage stores” by the Zagat Guide, In Style, Elle, New York Magazine. Buying & selling the best of Victorian through to 1980’s for men/women/kids.
130 W. 23rd St.,
Flatiron District
NY 10011
Between 6th & 7th Ave.,
Tel 212-633-6020


From Around the World Vintage Archive
Vintage clothing and accessories from all corners of the world from 1800’s to 1980’s including men’s, women’s & children’s. By appointment only.
209 W. 38th St.,
Fashion District NY
Tel 212-354-6536

Great vintage clothing, accessories and shoes, plus reworked designs from local designers.
172 Ludlow St.,
Lower East Side NY near Houston St,
Tel 212-473-8070

1970s clothes, costume jewelry, hats, shoes, Hawaiian shirts. Lots of fun to look around.
50 W. 23rd St., Flatiron District NY 10011
Tel 212-243-2292

Star Struck
Jeans, cords, and many eclectic clothing items and accessories from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
47 Greenwich Ave.,
Greenwich Village NY between Charles & Perry.,
Tel 212-691-5357

Rue St. Denis
Never worn and European vintage clothing from the 1950’s to the 1980’s.
170 Avenue B, East Village NY 10009
Tel 212-260-3388

Tokio 7
Men’s and women’s vintage clothing. Great collection of Japanese designer clothing.
64 E. 7th St.,
East Village NY 10003
Between 1st & 2nd Ave.,
Tel 212-353-8443

What Comes Around Goes Around – Soho
Interesting vintage and second-hand apparel.
351 West Broadway,
Soho NY between Gr & Broome,
Tel 212-343-9303

Love, Past Forward Retro xxx

Vintage Clothes Shopping in London – All You Need To Know!!

June 3rd, 2010 § 3 comments § permalink

There are so many great places to shop for vintage clothes in London, we just don’t know where to start! With Brick Lane in East London catering for weird and wonderful, cheep and cheerful vintage clothes and accessories, and west London hosting heaps of high end designer vintage clothing, there really is something for everyone. We have broken our list down into territories, so wherever you find yourself in London, there’s no excuse not to pop into a market or boutique!


Located in the stables area of Camden market are several brilliant vintage shops. Thea Vintage is a small but on-trend unit with seasonally appropriate stock. You’ll find colourful skinny jeans for £20 and polka-dot PVC cropped macs that’ll weather spring showers for £15. A word of advice (and this is true for several other ‘vintage’ shops): some of the stock is new but ‘vintage inspired’. This can be a false economy, so it’s worth being a savvy shopper and digging around for the designer labels to ensure quality.

Unit 16, Camden Stables Market, NW1
Telephone: 020 7482 5002.

Nearest tube: Camden Town

LOST ‘N’ FOUND (Best for 1950’s Americana)
Arguably the best vintage shop in Camden market is this two-floor den of sartorial pleasure. Much of the stock is 1950’s Americana with cotton dresses selling for around £40, college sweaters priced at £30-£50, and T-Bird-esque leather jackets from £80. There are also 1930’s floor-length gowns around £70 and ladylike 1940’s frocks.

Address: Camden Stables Market, NW1
Telephone: 020 7482 2848.

Nearest tube: Camden Town.



Vintage Basement is new vintage clothes shop just off Brick Lane. At the moment everything on the lower shop floor is £10!

Address: 15 Cheshire Street london E2 6EH
Telephone: 07775 582 413


A massive warehouse near Brick Lane packed with vintage clothing and accessories. Vintage clothing outlets don’t get much bigger or better than this!

Address: 112 Cheshire Street, Shoreditch, London, E2



This is a great shop full of vintage treasures. They can be a bit pricey but they have a full range of 1920′s-70′s dresses, jackets, shoes… the list goes on. A really great to place to go even if it’s just to have a look!

Address: 51 Pembridge Road, Notting hill gate, W11 3HG

Across the road from Dolly Diamond there is an exchange shop. They mainly sell second hand items but sometimes you can find fab stuff in there and everything is £3. Next door to that is another vintage shop but they only sell home-wears.


All along Portobello Road there are arcades of vintage and antique shops. Portobello road is really long, and there are so many great stalls so make sure you cover the whole street



Merchant Archive is a vintage and contemporary lifestyle shop which has grown from modest beginnings into a hub for stylists, fashion, interior designers and celebrities alike. Expect lots of quirky vintage furniture and plenty of vintage designer items.

The Merchant Archive Boutique
320 Kilburn Lane, London W9 3EF
Telephone: 020 8969 6470

Nearest tube: Queens Park


Howie & Belle has a small but very interesting selection of vintage clothes. Expect lots of sequins and cute lace play-suits!

Address: 52 Chamberlayne Road
Kensal Rise NW10 3JH
Telephone: 0208 964 4553 / 07801 816 389

Nearest tube: Kensal Green/ Kensal Rise

This shop sells a mixture of high end vintage clothes like YSL, CD and their own label which is called BI LA LI.

Address: 15 Station Terrace
Kensal Rise

Nearest tube: Kensal Green/ Kensal Rise

There are also events such as Frock Me Vintage Fashion Fair which happens once a month at Chelsea Town Hall.

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