As you can probably tell from a lot of my outfit posts- I love vintage clothes. My recent post about my favourite vintage shops went down a treat! I personally love everything about vintage clothing, and I always wonder who wore the item before me. Were they in love? Or maybe a celebrity? Where did they wear the item of clothing to? What a lot of people don't realise is that we're constantly taking inspiration from the past, and many shops are rebooting vintage style clothes. However, I know that a lot of people cringe at the thought of wearing pre-loved clothes, or the idea of rummaging through racks makes them want to run back out! I can assure you now that none of the vintage clothes I own smell like dust or are in horrible condition- quite the opposite actually! I will admit, there are times when I come out empty handed. It's not easy! Here are my top tips for shopping for vintage clothing, and how to incorporate vintage into your wardrobe.
•Take your time-Vintage shopping can take a bit longer because everything is one of a kind. It might take a while to sort through the rail, but who knows what you might find!
•Start out small-Whether it's a belt, skirt or a handbag, you don't have to dress head to toe in vintage! I like to incorporate vintage and highstreet for a modern twist on classic outfits.
•Do your research- Have a look on pinterest or tumblr under the 'vintage fashion' tag for ideas. If you have an idea in your head as to what eras or style you like, it's generally easier.
•Keep up to date- Look up vintage shops in your area [or check out my favourites here] and give them a like on facebook. Vintage shopping can be a bit pricey depending where you shop, but many vintage shops have regular sales to get rid of old stock- just like the highstreet!
•Don't be scared- Rather than turning your nose up at the next flea market or vintage shop you pass, pop in and have a look! Even if you see something you're not particularly keen on, think of ways you could alter it to suit you.
So there you have it! My top 5 tips. I wish you all the best with your vintage shopping! I'm thinking of doing more vintage-esque styling posts so do let me know if there's any era's in particular you would like to see, let me know.
P.S- 'This Old Thing' on Channel 4 by Dawn O'Porter is a great TV show with so many helpful tips!