Emily in Vintageland For soon to be graduates, one of the biggest fears is not finding a job, or settling for a position that isn’t the ‘Head of Design’ or ‘Marketing Manager’ career they’ve always dreamed of. Do not lose hope yet. Emily Hughes, Brand and Event Manager at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair, is living proof that you can land that perfect, dream job, with a lot of hard work, tonnes of love and a little bit of luck. We met the charming lady at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair in Leeds to pick her brains about the job, shopping with Veronica Lake (kind of) and how to avoid looking like someone’s Nan. How did you first develop an interest in vintage? I’ve always dressed a little bit more alternative and it was just a natural development from that really. I started to experiment with clothes when I came to University and being really skint as well, shopping vintage is a cheaper way to shop. From there it developed, now I adore really beautiful vintage items (which aren’t quite so cheap) but much better than the high street. It’s so interesting to learn the history of the clothes as well, there’s something really satisfying about having a one off piece. I’m spoilt for choice at the fairs though and do buy lots, I have no willpower (sorry bank balance)! How would you describe your own fashion sense? A few years ago I used to dress far more ‘twee’, but now I’ve grown up a bit I’m starting to wear more statement pieces and less florals. I particularly love the 1950s, luckily I’m quite petite so I can find lots of really gorgeous things. The waist measurements are tiny in some dresses I own so I have to stand up very straight...! Saying that, I kind of question whether I look like someone’s Nan in some outfits, but somehow I get away with it. Do you feel that people notice you on the street more because of your style? Yeah, it’s bizarre. I was somewhere and this girl said, ‘Oh my god! You look amazing, are you dressed up for something?’ and I said, ‘Umm…no, I’m just wearing my clothes’. Sometimes people do stare which I used to find really uncomfortable but I just brush it off! It’s quite nice though, I’ve never gotten a negative comment, people are always like ‘I wouldn’t have the guts to dress like you,’ so I take it as a compliment. What has been your best ever Judy’s fair buy? That’s really difficult…I don’t think could pick one but I got an amazing bargain last weekend, it’s the most gorgeous 1950s dress, with an amazing collar on it, it’s the perfect fit, an amazing colour and it was only £20. I saw it from across the room and shouted at our trader Rhona ‘I need it!’, and because I’d helped her out in the morning she gave me a cheeky discount. Have there been any especially memorable Judy’s 12 events? Like the one where Florence Welch popped by? I wasn’t at the fair when she came, so I’m quite jealous. All the fairs are completely different and that’s what I love about them. They always have different, amazing, atmospheres. The Leeds ones I do love, because that’s our hometown! We had great time last weekend in Edinburgh and Glasgow, I always like going to Scotland, and it was really busy which was a fantastic start to the year. Do you have any tips and cheats for blagging a great vintage buy? Come with an open mind, don’t brush things off just because you wouldn’t necessarily normally go for it, and just try it on. What I’ve done before and seen other people do, is to come with their mates and pick something out for each other and try something you wouldn’t normally. That’s the thing about vintage fashion, you can really experiment. If you’re stuck or trying to find something in particular then ask the traders. They are really knowledgeable about what they’re selling and they are more than happy help and give you a bit of style advice. Do you dress purely vintage or have you got some high street favourites too? )'