The Hows and Whys of Vintage Clothes Shopping
Why would anyone want to wear vintage clothing? First of all, it's fun!
When you wear vintage, you stand out from the crowd. The chances of
someone else wearing the same exact outfit to that special event are
slim to none. More and more high school girls are shopping vintage for
dances and proms because it guarantees originality. Yasmine, a vintage
clothing collector from Los Angeles, says, "I wear vintage so I can add a
little something authentically retro to my clothing and not look the
same as everyone else, which is difficult in style-conscious L.A.."
Vintage clothing is also nostalgic. Remember the good old days when
there were party lines and soda shops? Me neither, but wearing vintage
gives a girl the chance to experience a small part of history. In
today's ambiguous world, it feels nice to pull on a crinoline and full
feminine skirt once in a while. Let's face it: grown-up girls like to
play dress up, too!
For the thrifty, the prices on vintage items should be incentive enough.
Local thrift stores, flea markets, and yard sales are excellent sources
of old clothing at unbelievable prices. Broke? Go volunteer to help
clean out grandma's attic! I've gotten several vintage pieces handed
down to me since I began collecting about two years ago.
The internet has made it easy for vintage clothing enthusiasts to
comparison shop and buy items that may not be available in their area.
Type "vintage clothing" into any search engine and you'll get hundreds
of results. There are a few things you should know before purchasing
vintage wear online, however.
Carol, owner of Dandelion Vintage, a fun and inexpensive online Vintage
Clothing shop based in New Jersey, recommends that first-time buyers be
aware of what it means to buy and wear vintage clothing. "It's not like
something new and fresh from Macy's, it's going to feel different and
smell differently (there is no "new" clothing smell) and the items do
need to be treated a little more carefully," she said, adding that
customers should always ask questions up front about the garments,
especially if they are unsure of the size or condition. When shopping
vintage online, she says, be sure to read the site's terms of sales,
ordering procedure, and return policy before ordering.
There are many different styles and eras to choose from. Items from the
late 19th century on up through the 1980's are available. Whatever your
style, you're sure to find something to suit you. Carol suggests
customers buy what they like and avoid following trends, which is
excellent advice when it comes to collecting of any type.
Making it Work
Vintage clothing can be teamed up with modern apparel or mixed and
matched with other vintage pieces. Back in L.A. Yasmine says, "I find
that wearing head to toe vintage is just not practical in day to day
life, but by adding a few pieces I can create a look that is uniquely my
own. I often buy high-end designer shoes and team them with a $1.00
vintage dress and a Gap cardigan. The look is pulled together and
There you have it: vintage clothes are fun, affordable, and enable the
wearer to create and maintain an original look. So what are you waiting
for? Go shopping!
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