Buying vintage is often a lot easier than styling it. So, just to prevent you from getting home with a whole bunch of stuff you really don’t need, doesn’t go with your style, have nothing to combine with, and made out of floozy material, I’ve written this post. Yay!
WHERE TO GET THE GOODS
Flea markets are always a great place to get one of a kind items to complete what’s always in your closet. I looooove flea markets! If you’re lucky you sometimes get to meet a lot of cool, interesting people there too. Even better when the sun is out and you get to enjoy an ice cream or a beer on a terras. Basically, I love to make a whole day out of it and just relax. Next to the flea markets whole sale shops and thrift shops are always a good idea. But be careful, be selective. Don’t get seduced by the low prices, but go for what you really want and come back another time when they have new items in. Another way to get cool items is to ask your inner circle if they ‘d like to sell you their grandma’s clothes. They might find it really cool that the special items of their loved ones will be worn by someone who’s over the moon about the specific garment.
KNOW WHAT’S IN YOUR CLOSET
This is a general rule for shopping. Don’t just buy to buy. Buy because you need it & because it will add something special to your style. Ask yourself what you’re looking for and how you’re going to combine it with the stuff you already have.
WHAT KIND OF VIBE DO YOU WANT TO SEND IN TO THE WORLD
Are you going for a cool eighties vibe or a boho nineties vibe like Lisa Bonnet? Or maybe you are a swinging sixties kinda gal that wears a lot of colours. Or you could send out a more classy Jackie O sixties vibe. You could be very BOHO seventies and embrace tunics and embroideries, or you could be Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction. Same decades very, very different styles. There are no rules in fashion. If you are feeling it, mix decades and styles. I mostly mix vintage with contemporary, which is easier than mixing certain decades, but I’m sure the results can be just as amazing the other way around. If you’re into the thirties or swinging twenties, know that those garments will be much harder to find in good condition and you will pay the price accordingly. The older the item is, the pricier unfortunately…
WATCH THE FABRIC -ALWAYS!
Next to watch is the quality of the fabric. If you’re a fan of silk, cotton and wool, the search will be much harder than when you’re going for synthetics. Most synthetics stand the test of time whilst the others might have been damaged by moths or other insects or all together will have rotten. Of course synthetics do have an other upside apart from the long lastly, you will never have to iron them. They are the holy grail of the busy girl! Make sure the item doesn’t itch, as clothing from the sixties might, because of the love for human made fibers, unless you like looking like a scratching monkey.
TRY IT ON
When you have found that special item, try it on. This is a rule for all clothing really. Vintage clothing size can vary a lot, especially if you’re going for European vintage. Every country has different sizing charts. When you go for clothing that was made before the seventies, know that a lot was tailored or handmade, so you really can’t put a size on it. If you are buying online, make sure it’s from a reputable seller that has the clothes measurements listed.
Always, always, always look at the item twice. Look for deficiencies like stains or holes. Stains in vintage aren’t always removable. Ask yourself if you are willing to take the risk with the price in mind. If you are a good seamstress or know a good one, it might be worth to get the item altered to your preference. Always take a second look, you might not be as in love with it as you thought you were. Even if it’s vintage, you need that one special item that you will wear a lifetime instead of breaking up once again.
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