Teddington vintage highlight: Mela Mela
There would be no real reason for anyone to head all the way to Teddington’s blander than bland highstreet if it wasn’t for vintage shop Mela Mela.
The shop, which specialises in Twenties to Seventies womenswear and accessories is a rare gem, stacked full of incredible, hand-picked pieces so rare and exquisite they are worthy of a red carpet or at the very least one hell of a party.
Delicate, mint-condition Twenties dresses start at about £205, but if you are prepared to go for something a little less adorned you could get a flapper tunic for as little as £80. The same goes for the other decades, intricate and heavily detailed dresses start at around £150 upwards but day dresses – all stand-out with their rare patterns, colours and fabrics – start as low as £35.
Add to this an equally excellent selection of vintage jewellery, hats, handbags and swimwear and you have what has got to be one of the best vintage womenswear shops in all of Greater London. If you are ever looking for that special dress, this should be one of your first stops.
Monday to Saturday
74 High Street
Nearest Tube: Teddington Rail