When I first shopped vintage, I bought literally everything, because I liked everything in the shop, it was just as simple as that. This behaviour left me with a huge pile of clothes that I didn’t wear and most of all, had nothing to do with who I was and my style.
These days, I try to dress by the capsule principle, and I try to buy things that go with all the other stuff that I own. So that I get maximum wear out of those pieces.
- I think it’s super important to do some research on vintage first. There are so many era’s to consider, and so many trends and styles, that mixim them all together, would make you look like a crazy hobo that got her clothes from the Salvation Army. So I think it’s best to research styles and era’s that go best with your current style and your personality. This will make it so much easier to combine them with the contemporary items you already have in your closet.
- Go into one of those curated vintage shops where they have everything sorted by era and style. Try on some of those things and try to understand how they make you feel. Is this something you would wear daily? Do not buy anything, unless a) You did a lot of homework on this. b) You feel you are ready and you want to invest in designer vintage.
- Do your research on fabrics in that store and find out witch fabrics you like the most on your skin. Try to find out as much as you can on the maintenance of these fabrics and be honest… do fabrics that require a lot of care fit your lifestyle?
- If you have done all of this. Make a moodboard and take it to the cheaper vintage stores and thrift shops. This moodboard will stop you from derailing of what you came there for. This is also a trick the stylists for tv shows and movies use when they have to go on a shopping spree to get the clothes for a certain character.
- Try everything you like on! No exceptions!
- Don’t buy things that need to be altered. They will shift the shape of the garment, hence.. it’s won’t wear nice on you. The chances are, it will take too much time and energy to get it to the tailor or do it yourself. So it’ll be just another piece lying on a towel in you closet, sipping a cocktail, like it’s on vacation in the Bahamas.