Lynne McCrossan: Form orderly queue to enjoy bus stop style

Shona Moore, 17, Corstorphine. Bright-coloured jeans are so on trend, so when I saw Shona I had to snap. Her denims are from Urban Outfitters, trainers and top are Primark, and the quilted jacket and bag are New Look.
Shona Moore, 17, Corstorphine. Bright-coloured jeans are so on trend, so when I saw Shona I had to snap. Her denims are from Urban Outfitters, trainers and top are Primark, and the quilted jacket and bag are New Look.
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THE words “bus stop” are not synonymous with glamour.

Standing in a queue with a bunch of people, avoiding eye contact, while awaiting the 22 is not the most stylish thing to do.

But there are a handful of people out there who do indeed associate “bus stop” with fashion.

Those people are vintage enthusiasts – and women who were young ladies in the 1970s.

Bus Stop was a diffusion fashion line found in department stores across the country. Its home in Edinburgh was a long-gone department store on Princes Street.

I know this because, a couple of years ago, I was privileged enough to hold a few pieces of the range in my hand.

I was in the sacred stock room of Herman Brown, in West Port, where the store owner pulled out her private collection.

It was a mixture of Biba, H&M and Clockhouse rolled into one. But, unlike said brands, Bus Stop’s stock is now hard to find as it wasn’t mass produced, making it the Holy Grail of vintage.

I was hooked instantly, researching the brand and its designer, Lee Bender, for my book, A Girl’s Guide to Vintage. I even spoke to Lee at length while researching.

Two years later, Lee tracked me down on Facebook and I discovered she has written her own book on Bus Stop, full of fabulous pictures and illustrations of her designs. It is a vintage girl’s dream.

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