Vintage pieces of clothing are something every woman should have in her closet. A piece here and there to spice up your everyday outfit. They are unique, special, and you will for sure stand out on your next outing. But buying vintage isn't always easy, especially if you are a newbie at this thing. Going into shops where they carry vintage and thrift clothes can be overwhelming at the very least. Clothes scattered all over, with piles overflowing, it all seems too much. Doing your research and going in prepared can help you a lot and saves you some troubles. So I have prepared a short list of things to look out for when going vintage shopping.
When you go in, go in with an open mind. Not everything will look good at first and maybe you will feel like nothing is good enough. But be patient, take time, and imagine an outfit with every piece that you inspect. That way a piece, that may not look appealing at first, becomes your new favorite.
It is nice to know your preferred fashion decade. That way you can easily shop by an era when you come into the shop. Some stores have clothes already sorted out that way and it should make your hunt a lot easier. If you don't have a preference when it comes to a time your garment comes from, decide on a style of your piece or even a certain type of clothing. Doing it this way, you make sure that you find something special between thousands of garments.
The easiest way is to buy something classic, that you will wear all the time and that is vintage shop favorite. For example, Levi's or a little black dress.
It is very important that you try on the pieces you find. Since it's vintage, you need to be aware that sizing has changed over time and it also depends on where your garment originates from. So take the time to try everything on as it is a part of the experience of vintage shopping. Also, carry a measuring tape with you to measure things if you don't have time to try things on.
Be aware that things can get altered. So even if things don't fit perfectly, you can always get them tailored to fit you exactly the way you want. Just make sure that a piece CAN be altered. For example, it's difficult to make things bigger, etc.
The most important thing when buying vintage! You don't want to throw all your money away right? So always do the thorough inspection of the garment carefully. That includes stains, tears, fabric fragility (it only increases over time) and odor (i.e. cigarette smell). But know what you can fix. Sometimes you can work on the stains or if something is broken it can easily be replaced.
If you want to splurge on a collective or designer vintage, make sure to do research. Don't buy expensive things on a whim. Always make sure first that a piece is worth that money. It is important to know how to recognize a thing that is valuable and collectible. So there you have it, a short list to make your vintage hunt easier and enjoyable.
And if you want to keep it online, here is a list of our favorite online vintage shops!
-> Peekaboo Vintage
-> Vestiaire Collective
-> La Double J.
-> The vintage side of Farfetch ;)
-> The vintage jewelry corner of Etsy
-> Designer Vintage
Article by Katja Casl
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