BrightonbyBrentVarleyVictorian ladies saw the Brighton promenade as the perfect place to show off their latest fashions. Sheltering their milky complexions under elaborate parasols, they glided across the decking in lacy bodices and tiered skirts. Today, the same tradition still exists, except fashions have changed. Gone are the conservative dresses and immaculate hairdos and in their place, Brighton has exploded into a city of fashion where vintage and individuality rule. Helen Varley has got the ultimate guide to a vintage day out by the sea.

So what better way to begin a vintage-inspired day out in Britain’s quirkiest holiday town than a strut along the seafront in summer vintage style? When your Mary-Janes start pinching your feet, it may be time to take a break in The Mock Turtle Tea Rooms, Brighton’s best kept secret.

TheMockTurtleTeaShopInspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, this kitsch little cafe will serve your tea in dainty teapots and mismatched cups and saucers. The cakes, homemade like grandma’s, are sugary and delicious and the floral patterned wall-paper, ornamental knick-knacks and pristine table cloths are a definite nod to a time before excessive minimalism and chrome ruled the interiors world.





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  1. Beth

    There isn’t a Georgetown in Brighton. I think you mean Kemptown! There are great charity shops up there, a fleamarket and a fab (my secret) vintage clothes shop run by the lovely Margaret.