How do you successfully shop for Vintage? Every vintage rummager wants to find a Chanel number from the ‘60s for under a tenner. It’s like the Holy Grail of vintage. But do you actually know how to spot the well made from the waste?
Well, I recently joined forces with Pebble Magazine to offer my thoughts on the ethical side of buying second hand and to pass on some tips of thinking like a expert when shopping for vintage.
” If you’re not already a vintage fashion buyer, you should be. The UK’s on course to throw away 235 million pieces of clothing this year. Only 25% of our wardrobes gets recycled but buying vintage fashion has huge benefits – for the planet and your own wardrobe.
While some people are put off by buying second hand, part of the problem is not knowing what you’re looking for when it comes to vintage clothes. Vintage blogger and buyer, Super Queenie Retro, is our latest #pebblesmakeripples guest. Below she’s shared her ultimate (and practical) guide on to how to buy vintage clothes, full of vintage insider tips.
How to (successfully) shop for vintage
Whether you’re a seasoned vintage shopper or new to thrifting and upcycling, shopping for vintage can often be hit and miss. Get it right though and it’s a great way to shop ethically, say no to fast fashion and end up with a totally unique wardrobe.
Think practical not fancy dress
Chances are you might not be planning to shop for vintage when you do. You might just stumble into a unknown vintage shop tucked away and you can’t resist taking a closer look. So you search crammed rails until you pull out something that cuts a fine balance of hideous and amazing and you just have to have it.
But let’s get practical. After you impulse buy those stacked glitter heels one size too small or a ‘60s maxi dress with bell sleeves and a high lace neck trim, neither of which you’ve never worn, slow down the splurge. Think about the number of wears you’re going to get out of it.
Think carefully about what you have already. If it’s a vintage dress, can you wear it everyday or is it just for a special occasion? Can you pair it with things you already own?….. “
Read the full article here.