My Vintage Wardrobe: Lulu Gwynne, Owner Of Betty Blythe Vintage Tea Room

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When you're Lulu Gwynne, every day is the Twenties and every outfit affords an opportunity to dress-up. That means furs, fascinators and fabulous (faux) jewels.

As owner of Betty Blythe Vintage Tea Room in London's Hammersmith - a go-to spot for eats, treats and fancy dress accessories - named after silent movie star Betty Blythe, Lulu's wardrobe and work life co-exist in perfect harmony.

Love Gatsby? Then you'll get a (Charleston) kick out of her vintage collection...

My Vintage Wardrobe: Lulu Gwynne, Owner Of Betty Blythe Vintage Tea RoomSarah Lucy Brown

Describe your style.
A hint of Hollywood.

When did you first get hooked on vintage?
I was five. I was at a bring-and-buy sale and there was a rainbow-coloured diamanté brooch. It was 50p and I wasn't leaving without it! I had a love for all things from the past and I have been so lucky with the things that I have discovered along the way.

What are your favourite vintage-sourcing spots?
I love Sunday (Up)Market off Brick Lane for tweeds and wools. I adore Virginia Antiques in Clarendon Cross for divine silk dresses, Bellapacella at Spitalfields for my hats and the countryside antique fairs and auctions for vintage china.

My Vintage Wardrobe: Lulu Gwynne, Owner Of Betty Blythe Vintage Tea RoomSarah Lucy Brown

What are your favorite vintage eras?
I would liked to live in my film collection - Gosford Park, Bugsy Malone (the children's version!), Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and Coco Before Chanel.

Who are your past and present style icons?
Betty Blythe, a true inspiration! The Duchess of Cambridge on her glamorous nights out. Tallulah from Bugsy Malone. Coco Chanel and Marlene Dietrich for their striking look of androgynous outfits.

My Vintage Wardrobe: Lulu Gwynne, Owner Of Betty Blythe Vintage Tea RoomSarah Lucy Brown

Any tips to tell if a vintage piece is worth investing in?
If you love it, chances are someone else will. Whether you can sell it is another question! I am a self-confessed clothes hoarder... let's hope my collection is of some value in the future.

What are some of your fave retro hangouts?
I love to have breakfast at The Wolseley - the decadent Art Deco setting is amazing. Evans & Peel Detective Agency is perfect for secret cocktails and for lazy Sundays, head to The Pear Tree Pub.