5 Tips for Shopping Vintage Online
January is here. The month of new. New year, new you, set your resolutions, make a change, do something. Well, at least that’s what we are bombarded with.
I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t tend to set resolutions at the beginning of the year. I don’t need to as I do it every Monday. This week, I will do 10 minutes of yoga every morning, and next week, I will get up as soon as my alarm goes off. I’m a real Monday starter. Haha!
However, maybe some of you have decided you are going to commit to buying less new items for your wardrobe in 2021. Are you going to focus on finding anything you need in the world of vintage and preloved? Perhaps you would like some advice about shopping for your new vintage wardrobe.
My fashion sustainability journey didn’t happen overnight. I was a lover of vintage, alongside lots of Zara and H & M purchases, but slowly I started to realise I didn’t need to shop in those stores at all. I made the commitment to break up with fast fashion towards the end of 2019, and I haven’t looked back.
It feels so good to give clothing that could otherwise end up in landfill a new home and stop contributing to the problem of fast fashion, especially when you hear statistics like the below.
Of course, shopping vintage also means you get to curate a super unique wardrobe. Oh, the treasures to be found. With all this in mind, I thought this would be a good time to write about my top tips for buying vintage online. So let’s get stuck in.
1. Know your measurements
Before becoming a vintage-aholic, I had no idea of my clothing measurements. We just didn’t need to know, right? We knew what size we were, and we could usually rely on that. But of course, sizes were different years ago and have changed massively throughout the decades. Therefore you can’t go wrong with getting out a tape and taking down your specific measurements. Remember to give yourself a little leeway with the measurements too. Maybe you measured a 28” waist, but do you want your items to be perfect or have a little space? Just something to think about before you make that investment.
2. Be open-minded
This will be a very personal choice, but for certain vintage items, I don’t even need to know the measurements before deciding I want to make her mine. For example, with shirts, I love to wear them oversized, tied up or with a belt. This means I don’t need them to fit perfectly. This can apply to other items too, like jackets or dresses. I will basically add a belt to anything and everything for a cinched waist. Maybe some of you are even handy with a needle. Handy with a needle I am not. But my mum has even offered to move buttons for me to make skirts fit. Yes getting comfortable with sewing is definitely on the future Una to-do list.
3. Mix it up
Some people stay away from vintage because they think they have to wear vintage head to toe if they are going to wear vintage at all. Maybe you are worried that crazy 80s jacket won’t match the rest of your wardrobe. Of course, this isn’t the case, and lots of vintage items will fit right into your modern wardrobe. So don’t be afraid to mix it up, clash prints and wear vintage with your old high street items. If you need more help on styling your vintage items, you can find lots of inspiration on Instagram or Pinterest.
4. Don’t wait until that event
Once you fall into the online world of vintage, you fall hard. Consider that a warning. I am tempted daily by the most amazing items ‘I am unable to live without’. Sometimes, an item pops up, I fall head over heels and then say, ‘but where am I going to wear that?’ While this is definitely an important consideration. I would advise considering if you could keep it for an event that will eventually arise. We have all experienced that wedding that has popped up and all of a sudden the mad search for an outfit begins, and when you are looking, ye can never find the one. Especially true when it comes to vintage, given that there is only one size in any given item. So maybe save yourself the stress and keep her safe in your wardrobe for the next event.
5. Experiment with what suits you but also trust yourself
Of course, like any fashion arena, there are trends and vintage is no exception. Sometimes I have found myself falling into the trap of buying something I knew wasn’t really me but after constantly seeing people wearing it and looking so cool, I thought I’ll love it too. Prairie dresses I am looking at you. I love this style of dress on other people, but they are just not for me. Have you fallen into this trap? I’m all for experimenting and taking risks, but sometimes when you know you know. You are not boring for sticking to what suits you and what you love.
So there we have it, my top 5 tips for shopping vintage. I hope you find the tips useful or find yourself screaming yes that’s a good one at the screen.
Oh, and if you have made 2021 the year you are going to break up with fast fashion, good luck and enjoy the journey!
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Lots of love,