Vintage shopping Leeds style

Ah, Leeds. Such an excellent city to shop in. Naturally, I’m drawn to the smörgåsbord of vintage opportunities, but I also managed to fall in love with an AMAZING Moschino Cheap and Chic macramé dress and jacket (look up and weep) that I am now so obsessed with, I might have to indulge (see below for the damage). Can you imagine? My bank account can’t.

Before I decided spend a small fortune, I focused my attention on two fabby vintage boutiques. Mad Elizabeth you’ve seen here on Fashion Detective before – and it is still full of funky separates and brill accessories for men and women.

And across the circular hall, a new vintage emporium has just opened: Alice Found Treasure. The two stores complement each other perfectly. Shop with Mad ‘Liz for funky fur jackets, 80s graphic jumpers, cute floral mini skirts and colour pop digital watches, then head to Alice for girly dresses with 50s through to 80s chic, feminine accessories and tea party-perfect homewares: I found the ultimate Molly Ringwald dress and couldn’t get to the till fast enough. Watch this space for evidence.

In the meantime, these piccies might encourage you to book your next shopping trip in lovely Leeds…

The beautiful Corn Exchange, Leeds

As ever, the vintage accessories on offer in Mad Elizabeth were boss

I love an owl necklace – one that helps you tell the time too? Awesome. Lucky me got one of these babies bought as an early Valentine gift (thank you, Matt!)

This tough little fella was tempting me too

So many accessories, so little time

Brill skillz digi watches in every colour you could want

Love these gloves for early spring

There’s a Facebook fan club for this jacket – I’m a bit skint at the mo otherwise I might have indulged myself (it’s £50)

Alice Found Treasure is on the opposite side of the Corn Exchange and opened last week

This is a lovely, chic boutique with some gorgeous pieces

Complementary cakes & sweets and fab vintage bags – what more could you ask?

I found my dream dress on this rail – soooo worth a browse

After a thrifty-yet-glamorous vintage shop, we went to do some drooling in the chi-chi Victoria Quarter

You want designer shopping opportunities? You got ’em in spades

Love. At. First. Sight.

The floral macramé dress and matching jacket in delicious candy colours are £480 each at Harvey Nichols. Gulp. 

El strikes a pose down by the canal (observe Forbidden Planet bag – as Gavroche might say, “something for you, something for me”)

Pink drinks all round at The Calls Landing after a fab day of fashion hunting
Written by Johanna Payton