Vintage knits and ditzy dresses at Top Deck Closing Down Party

green and white stripped vintage dress

Happy Monday folks, I’ve just about recovered from my mildly traumatic carbooting experience to share with you some gems I picked up at the Top Deck Closing Down Party. Friday evening was the last time Top Deck opened before sailing away into the sunset and A and I went down to see if we could bag ourselves a bargain.

As well as booze, live music and a SNES (!) which left me pinning for my old Sega Megadrive, there were plenty of vintage and retro gems to riffle through. While A fell in love with a pair of woven tan sandals, I found a gorgeous white and green striped sleeveless mini dress, above.

While I’m not a huge fan of polyester, I do love the prints that accompany this style of dress, and unlike most of my vintage finds this is already a suitable length to wear without feeling like I am channeling an OAP. The mint green buttons are a nice touch though I think I’ll switch the belt for a tan number. As well as this I found myself transfixed by a lemon yellow knitted tank, below.

While I am partial to a spot of ill-advised 80s knitwear, I find that, thanks to having breasts and more meat on my bones than a size 6 catwalk model, these jumpers often just make me look frumpy. Not Shoreditch chic or dripping in ironic cool, but just like they looked on your mum the first time round, only without a scrunchie and Pat Butcher earrings.

It was therefore a rather pleasant surprise to find that not only did this jumper fit me, it actually suited my shape and was, dare I type the words, flattering. The lemon colour suits my post-holiday skin and the fine knit cable details and scalloped edges keep it the right side of feminine. It took us some time to make it to the till as every rail had something to offer but I managed to restrain myself to buying just these two items.

It’s a shame to see a hidden gem of vintage finds close down and I wish the Top Deck owners all the best for the future. If you checked out the closing party let me know what you thought and what found its way into your wardrobe!

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