The more things change the more they stay the same and the “vintage” trend, which just keeps growing and growing, is a great example of this wise saying.
If you’re looking for a unique style, great fabrics and quality, as well as wonderful old-school tailoring, but your budget is tight or you have an aversion to handing over your hard earned dollars to haute shops and their bloated price tags, vintage may be your new way to go.
Going to thrift stores can be fun, and you never know what you’re going to find. However, rummaging through consignment stores may not be your cup of tea. Shopping online is a good alternative and there are a growing number of choices. In fact, there are entire websites dedicated to providing vintage dresses and other attire. But don’t be surprised when you see how expensive these clothes are.
To help you navigate (I love sailing metaphors, don’t you?) consider these guidelines related to vintage fashion (which work as general shopping guidelines too), you’ll side step a few issues and increase your chances of snagging a great find!
Do you know your size?
Perhaps this seems an odd question, but standard sizes were not prevalent until the 60’s and even then only for lower priced clothing. Much of the older clothing from the 50’s and especially pre-war styles were tailored to fit the buyer. In addition, sizing varied from one decade to the next and of course from country to country. So one downside of online shopping is you may need to return items or be prepared to spend money on tailoring.
However, most online sellers can guide you, so always ask the seller for measurements! If you fall in love with an item that’s a little too big or a little too tight a good tailor can be your best friend.
Time it right
Weekends are when we have time to shop and remove the old to make room for the new (i.e., closets get cleaned on weekends). The old items that are cast away will go on sale early in the week. In addition, online sellers stock up on vintage pieces at the local fairs on weekends. New stock is uploaded for sale first thing on Monday morning. Therefore, as in many high demand situations the time to shop is before the virtual “shelves” get pick over. Arrive early for the best deals and the most choices.
Trade up and save money
Online stores like Armadio.co (coming soon to a browser near you) and Esty.com are good places to both buy and sell or perhaps sell and then buy! Take a long look in your closet and see if you can offer your older-but-valuable threads to buyers and then use the money to “trade-up” it’s a great way to revamp your wardrobe without breaking the budget.
Vintage or retro styles are currently trendy, and, let’s face it girls there is a major FUN factor involved! How long will the trend last? Well that’s hard to say, but it appears to be on the upswing. If vintage is back now, should it fade, it is likely to return yet again!