6 Tips for Buying Vintage Clothing

Vintage clothing is a great way to invest in keep-forever items. Not only the chance of somebody else wearing the same outfit at a party be lessened but also you’ll buy items that can gain value over time. If you want to buy vintage but don’t know where to start, keep on reading for our expert tips that will help you spot unique articles and pick flattering pieces.

  1. Shop savvy for vintage in a shop or online stores.

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To ensure vintage clothes you buy are genuine, you have to shop from reputable vintage dealers, whether it’s online or shops. Get to know the owners of local vintage shops so they can source stock to fit your size and style. If you can shop early morning or afternoon, when the majority of the population are at work then you will have more chance to pick up the best pieces.

  1. Know your vintage labels or rework existing pieces.

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You may find a decade that you most identify with and then research the fashion brands that dominated then. Or, look for 1970s Polyester maxi dresses on sale, but alter it or pay a seamstress to do it for you to fit your shape especially if the silhouette and fabric need some retouches.

  1. Make your own with vintage fabric

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Vintage fabric often has the most interesting prints like retro floral, gingham, and such that can make your street style more expressive. More often, you could find a large piece of 1980s cotton fabric, for just £20 that you can transform into a simple outfit by just spending a few dollars for a tailor. Cotton, wool, linen and silk fabrics are some that will last a few more years in your wardrobe even with repeated wearing.

  1. Know your size.

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Before shopping for vintage clothes, keep in mind that vintage sizes bear no resemblance to modern sizes as sizes have increased with each generation and clothing manufacturers have adjusted labels accordingly. The best rule of thumb is that generally a vintage UK 14 label will now be a modern UK 10 that may guide you when finding your best fit. A great thing, most sellers will have done this work for you though and will state what size the item is for a modern figure.

  1. Work with your vintage shape.

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Since we all have different body shapes and sizes, different decades of vintage clothing are more flattering on some women. If you are lean and straight-up-and-down look for 1920s and 1930s dresses that will fit and suit you. On the other hand, if you’re hourglass, look at 1950s and some early 1960s fashion pieces. Just try on lots of vintage styles to work out your favored decade.

  1. Treasure your vintage pieces.

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If you buy vintage pieces of historical importance, or simply because you want to wear them for a few decades, then look after them. This includes storing them on padded hangers or acid-free tissue paper in a dry, cool environment. This way, you’ll get more than what you pay for. By heeding these simple tricks, you’ll be able to wear what you love and pay no attention to the opinions of others.

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