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Sheffield Shopping: Vulgar

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Our fashion writer Sophie Cockett visited Vulgar Vintage, in the heart of Sheffield’s Devonshire Street, for the second instalment in our Sheffield Shopping series. 

Last week, Liberty Belle hit up Cow, West Street’s one stop vintage shop. This week, I headed just five minutes away to another one of Sheffield’s go-to shopping destinations. A fraction of the size of Cow, Vulgar is an Aladdin’s cave of vintage goodness. Hours could easily be spent exploring the clothing, accessories, curiosities and taxidermies that are on offer.

It’s this wide range of stock which makes Vulgar that little bit different. Their USP, if you like: clothes and accessories are just the beginning.

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Sheffield is bursting with independent boutiques and unique shopping experiences, so Vulgar had to bring something different to the table when they opened. They told me: “We sell taxidermies and curiosities. We’ve also got a great designer section which is really different.”

A range of big brands and designers make an appearance on the rails of Vulgar, from Levis to Dolce and Gabbana. The majority of these pieces have been hand picked from 7 Hills Selected, ensuring only the best of the best can feature in store. Perhaps better than all of this is the pocket friendly price tag that these once bank-destroying pieces posses. That’s what makes it perfect for the university goer: Vulgar’s primary aim is to appeal to the student market.

To keep this style savvy demographic happy, Vulgar are currently channelling all things seventies – a trend which is popular everywhere from catwalk to high street. Nothing says seventies quite like a fringing frenzy, and this shows. The biggest sellers of the moment are their tasselled Mongolian suede jackets. Fringing swings from the breasts of many of their leather jackets, too, adding a slight boho vibe to an otherwise tough and grungy outer piece.

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The seventies influence doesn’t just stop at clothing; many of Vulgar’s accessories are inspired by the “decade of disco”. Cat-eye frames dominate the sunglasses section, where shoppers can pick up a stylish pair of shades for as little as five pounds. Yes, the middle of October it may be, but who said sunnies are just for summer?! Anyone who’s anyone is jumping on the autumn/winter eyewear bandwagon, so protect your eyes from the October sunshine in the most stylish way possible.

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Perhaps a more stereotypically season appropriate piece is a woolly jumper, and that’s something that Vulgar have got down to a T. There’s racks full of the things, which is a good job considering the perishingly cold student lets most of us inhabit. In more prints than you could ever wish for and with an average price of £15, it’s perfectly justifiable to splash some of your student loan on a piece that will keep you feeling warm and looking great.

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The rest of Vulgar’s shop floor is taken over by a whole host of denim and boldly printed shirts, rails rammed full of fur coats and our favorite blast from the not-so-distant past: the scrunchie. They’re back in full force and at £1 each, they will look coolest twisted through a messy bun.

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There’s absolutely no reason not to spend that two hour lecture break of yours visiting one of Liberty Belle’s favorite vintage shops in the city. Even if you don’t splash any of your well earned cash, it’s worth an explore. Find them from 127-129 Devonshire Street, follow them on instagram @VULGARsheffield and have a peak at their ASOS store here.

Words and photographs by Sophie Cockett

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