HOW TO SHOP FOR VINTAGE
For fashion lovers, vintage fashion is a whole different thrill. It is all about finding some truly splendid pieces from a completely different era. However, learning this process of buying the right articles can be even trickier than you may think.
Firstly, you need to understand that there is a huge difference between actual vintage apparel and just ‘some’ old clothes. You need to know which clothing items are worth spending money on and which are just not worthy enough to be called vintage garments.
We understand that not everyone has this desire of owning a lot of high-end vintage products but there should be at least some statement articles in each wardrobe. Otherwise, it would remain just an ordinary wardrobe. Here, in this blog, we are sharing a few tips on how to shop vintage products like a pro.
Another important thing that you need to understand is that not all thrift clothes are vintage. However, vintage products can be thrifted. Vintage is not just a style but proof that a particular piece has passed the test of being timeless through different eras. It has some historical and cultural significance.
Metal zippers, pinked seams, blue-colored union labels, and side-snap closures are signs of clothes manufactured before the mid-60s.
If you’re an amateur in the vintage market, it is advisable to start with some classics. Maybe some 60s little black dress. Something that crosses the boundaries of time and can be worn again and again and again…
One thing about vintage clothing is that the undergarments are very crucial to get the right fit. Through the timeline, it has been noticed, that each garment requires a different silhouette to put it in the right shape. This basically means that one particular item can look completely off if you’re not wearing the right undergarments.
One of the easiest ways to shop for vintage clothing is to choose the era that is closest to your present. So, for now, the right era to choose for your contemporary wardrobe is the latter half of the 20th century, starting from the 1960s. If you’re choosing clothes from before that, it might look like some costume until and unless it matches with your personal style.
People often raise this question ‘why buy vintage when you can buy new at the same price’. Vintage items may indeed cost you as much as “current couture” but let us tell you why it is better to buy vintage. First of all, earlier, the garments were given a lot of attention during the manufacturing process. They have minute details that make them look splendidly gorgeous. Second, there are absolutely null chances of seeing any other fashionista wearing the same outfit or bag as you.
If you’re looking to go on a vintage shopping spree, we suggest educating yourself first. It is extremely important to understand your style and choose what era works for you the best. You should talk to people who own high-end vintage stores, they might guide you on recognizing which items are worth calling collectibles.
Usually, a lot of vintage items can be altered according to your body specifications but some of them cannot be altered. So, you should be aware of your body proportions very well. No matter how much like the fabric or fur of a particular coat, do not spend money on it if it doesn’t fit you well or can’t be altered.
Furthermore, it is of utmost importance to check the quality and the condition of the fabric, no matter how much you like the print of it or the beads on the collar. You don’t want your clothes to fall apart as soon as you put them on.Last but not the least; Never store your vintage clothes in plastic. Plastic doesn’t allow your garments to breathe. If moisture is trapped in the air, it can ruin your precious clothes in no matter of time.