Embrace Time Travel & Buy Vintage
Almost everyone out there who has seen Back To The Future wishes that they could hop into a Delorian and go back in time. Well, with careful shopping and a lot of good research, you could take a step back in time and still be on trend. Vintage is very much in, despite the fact we are about to cross the threshold of 2018, and if you have always loved the retro look, vintage would be for you.
Finding fashion in the pre-loved stores that fits and looks good is not always easy, especially with the confusing sizes, high prices and clothes with moth-holes that are to be avoided. You can start small in the home when you decide to live a more vintage inspired life, with remastered records with Nationwide Disc and chintz furniture that is chic and classic. Once you’re comfortable with your house resembling the retro look you love so much, you can move onto your clothes and it is far more confusing to buy clothing that is vintage and fits than it is to furnish a house! So, we’ve put these top hints together to help you hit the jumble sales and markets in the right way.
Prepare Yourself. Shopping for vintage clothing means you have to get in and out of clothes quickly to try things on, so don’t complicate things by putting on a complicated outfit that takes time and effort to get out of. Wear easy clothes to pull on and off and don’t wear a face full of makeup – it’s bests not to smear bright red lipstick all over the vintage clothes as you put them on.
Notice The Lighting. Vintage shops and thrift shops where you can find vintage clothing are often darker than the regular, more modern stores. Try and step out into the natural light of a window while trying things on. You can’t truly appreciate retro garments unless you check them out in different strengths of light. You can spot flaws and moth-holes far easier that way!
Look At The Pits. Gross, but the clothes are clean. Back when vintage clothing was worn on a regular basis, deodorant wasn’t a factor and sweat is acidic. Check under the arms of the clothes for stains, wear and damage to the fabric due to sweat before you buy.
Get Advice. Sales associates in vintage shops know more about the history of the clothes than you do and there is nothing wrong with getting advice about era-specific clothing and what would suit you. It’s also really nice to have a second set of eyes look over the things that you try on.
Go Prepared. You need to bring a tape measure to make sure you measure up to the tags on the clothing, a waisted belt to cinch in baggier items and a handbag with a long strap to try on with the clothes.
Make your vintage shopping trip an adventure in time travel and take your time to browse the articles. You could find a lot of gems with a good bit of digging!