Fitting prices - vintage fashion such as Chanel on offer at auction

As Tennants auction house helpfully points out, “fashion changes but style endures”. One thing that doesn’t usually endure, however, is the price level for luxury goods. Which is great news for bidders who can pick up second-hand fashion for great prices.

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Chanel loose woven jacket in peaches and cream - estimate £200-300 at Tennants on August 22.

The Tennants Costume, Accessories and Textiles Sale on August 22 is one such opportunity. The Leyburn, North Yorkshire, firm in one of several UK salerooms holding such dedicated auctions.

In this sale focusing on costume, bidders will be offered a wide selection of outfits from the Victorian Era to the present day at affordable prices. Richly colour silks of the Victorian era contrast with gauzy layers and delicate embroidery from the 1920s, elegantly tailored 1940s overcoats and printed cotton tea dresses from the 1950s. Men’s costume is included too, with silk dressing gowns, stripped cotton pyjamas and timeless tweed suits.

Tennants says: “The sale also includes a private collection of elegant designer outfits and accessories, largely from Chanel, but featuring key pieces by Chloe, Gucci and Aquascutum. All immaculately presented and mostly in size 14, these classic outfits will tempt those looking to update their wardrobes affordably.”

Here are five ideas for buying top fashion at reasonable prices.

Tasty in peaches and cream (pictured top)

Highlights of the private collection include a Chanel loose woven jacket in peaches and cream (estimate: £200-300). View to bid for this Chanel loose woven jacket.

Trouser suit

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Chanel trouser suit - estimate £120-180 at Tennants on August 22.

Estimated at £120-180, try this Chanel trouser suit, in wool, cotton and silk mix petrol blue, white, grey and metallic woven threads, comprising a pair of trousers and a jacket with elbow length sleeves, two faux patch pockets, one button and chain fastening to the neck and collar (size 38). It comes with a Chloe purple silk patterned tunic top with long sleeves (size 42).

To bid for the Chanel trouser suit and Chloe tunic top visit

Chloe clothing

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Assorted Chloe clothing - estimate £120-180 at Tennants on August 22.

Assorted items of Chloe clothing are estimated together at £120-180. This lot comprises a black wool tunic with V neck and button fastening, long sleeves, tapered cuffs, three horizontal seams to the lower half (size 36); another similar black wool tunic dress with long sleeves, three button placket (size 40); another longer wool tunic dress printed with fighting sailors, button placket, turn back cuffs, cufflinks and fabric belt.

To bid for these assorted items of Chloe clothing see

Six in one

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Six items including Gucci estimate £100-200 at Tennants on August 22.

Six items in one sound good? This single lot estimated at £100-200 includes: Gucci white cotton three-quarter-length coat with gilt branded buttons, pockets, one breast pocket and belt; pair of Marc Cain cream trousers with Lycra, orange cotton to the inside of the hem split; a similar pair by Theory (size 6); Annina Design brown suede long-sleeve jacket, with cotton trims, shield shape pocket, carved horn and wood appliques and buttons; Zandra Rhodes cream knitted top, with off the shoulder sleeves, applique shells to the deep V (label partially cut), and a Zandra Rhodes cream cotton skirt.

Won’t try listing all that again – if that sounds good, try to bid.

Back in black

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Early 20th century Chinese black silk cloth - estimate £250-300 at Tennants on August 22.

Do you prefer top-notch vintage fashion from an earlier era? This early 20th century Chinese black silk cloth with coloured embroidery and fringed trim, 1.5m square, is estimated at £250-300.

To view the early 20th century Chinese black silk cloth visit


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