Apart from being a great way to source unique pieces, vintage shopping is one of the easiest ways to build an ethically conscious wardrobe. By buying secondhand, we avoid contributing to the quick and dirty fast fashion cycle and reduce the amount of waste created by the fashion industry each year. But finding the right vintage piece is no easy task--it requires energy, patience and lots of practice. However, the satisfaction of finding an amazing piece that you love is absolutely worth it.
Here are some tips for getting started.
Know what you’re looking for
Vintage shopping can get overwhelming fast. Unlike department stores or Urban Outfitters there are no perfectly curated racks offering various sizes. It’s up to you to find the perfect piece, and in your size no less. To make your job easier, go in with an idea of what it is you’re looking for, whether it’s a specific decade, shape or style. With that in mind, you’ll be able to zone in on specific pieces a lot
Think about cuts and shapes
Most vintage clothing is cut differently from what we’re used to. That means that your normal size may not always translate. It’s important to try everything on if you can or check measurements before you buy. Some pieces can always be tailored but on that note…
Consider tailoring but make sure it’s worth it
It can be worth it to get a vintage piece tailored or minimally mended if it’s not 100% perfect off the rack. But you don’t want to spend more time and money making something better than it took you to find it! It’s up to you to decide what you think is worth getting fixed and what you can pass on.
Mix it up
It’s no issue to wear a full on vintage look but there is always the risk of looking like a #tbt come to life. To avoid looking like you’re going to a costume party, mix vintage pieces with contemporary styles to re-energize them. Pair a graphic tee with an old school trouser suit or a cool 80s belt with a new mini dress
Vintage can be overwhelming but it doesn't have to be complicated! Try crazy pieces, pretend you're a 20s flapper and just have fun!