There’s some allure and mystique to vintage clothing that contemporary fashion doesn’t carry. It may be the stories it carries, or the warmth of an already worn-in item, whatever it is, we want to indulge. But have you ever walked into a consignment store where that sudden wave of overwhelming emotions and still, musty air simultaneously take over you? The endless racks packed tight with hangers draped with clothing can certainly be anxiety-inducing, especially when you’re not even sure where to begin.
Thankfully, the internet caters to sartorially savvy vintage aficionados and novices alike. There’s a whole slew of online thrift stores and boutiques that stock unique pieces from all over the world, across all eras and at varied price ranges.
Second-hand shopping, in general, is a lot more planet-friendly. By breathing new life into old clothing, you’re silently rebelling against the fast fashion industry by reducing the inevitable garment waste of modern day fashion items (that break apart after a few wears).
On a tangent, vintage clothing is generally a lot more durable, too; garment construction was a lot more solid in the past because brands weren’t focused on dishing out hundreds of thousands of the same item every hour to satisfy on impulsive consumer shopping habits
Not only are you doing your part for the planet, and getting a more durable piece, but you’ll also likely to find some pretty unique items – let your wardrobe reflect your one of a kind personality!
Vintage shopping hacks:
- Don’t expect $20 YSLs
Even though you’re likely to nab some serious bargains, there are plenty of pieces that’ll cost you a pretty penny. Whether it’s because it’s a rare piece, in impeccable condition, or highly sought after, there are plenty of justifications for such a high price. However; if you’re not looking to invest in vintage designer clothing, you’ll definitely find lots of options that nestle comfortably within your price range.
- Get your measurements taken
Sizing isn’t uniform when shopping vintage. Get your measurements taken to ensure you find clothes that will fit you well right off the bat. There’s nothing more disappointing than getting an order only to return it.
If you’re also thinking that you could just get it tailored – think twice. Are you actually going to take it to get fitted? Not only is this time consuming, especially if you’re going to be doing this regularly, but it’ll rack up quite a few coins, too.
- Keep your usual wardrobe in mind
Sometimes it’s tempting to buy a tie-dye rainbow bomber jacket (no?), but when picking pieces to add to your wardrobe, you need to make sure that it can be paired with your existing clothes. If not, you’ll probably retire it to the back of your closet, never to see the light of day.