Friday, 22 May 2015

Buying Vintage: What You Need to Know

We all know I love vintage, and I encourage others to buy vintage too. It’s better for the environment, and you end up buying something that none else you know will own. It’s the best, most guaranteed way to look cool and unique. But what do you need to know before you go out and buy vintage? Read on to find out…

Some Things are Reworked

Some stores can be a little misleading with the way they word things. I’m not sure if they do this on purpose, or if they just think novice buyers will know what they mean. Some pieces will be referred to as vintage, when they have actually been re-worked. This means that vintage material has been used to make a different garment, or that the garment has been customised and altered quite a bit. There’s nothing wrong with this of course, it’s simply giving it a new lease of life. However, you should know this before you hand over your cash!

You May Need to Alter it

If you find the perfect vintage garment, it makes no sense to leave it on the shelf and think about it for weeks afterwards. Don’t worry if it doesn't fit quite right or it isn’t the right shape; you can alter it. Either do this yourself if you’re confident with a sewing machine, or take it to a trusted tailor. This is especially important if you’re using a piece for a wedding or a big event. You can then get a lot of wear out of your new favourite piece!

Check the Fabric for Faults

Don’t assume that every piece of vintage that is being sold in shops is a quality piece. Some shops will try to get away with selling faulty items, or items with wear and tear. It’s usually up to you to find these yourself. If you notice the price is a bit low for a piece, it’s a wise idea to check carefully for faults. Even if the price isn’t low, double check and check again. You don’t want to be overcharged or end up with a piece that is unwearable.

It’s OK to Buy Modern ‘Vintage’ Sometimes

On occasion, I buy modern clothes that look vintage. I don’t do this much mind; only when I can’t find the perfect vintage piece I’m looking for. Aran Sweaters Direct do some great traditional Irish sweaters that I haven’t found anywhere else.

Be Prepared to Take Care of Your Vintage

You can’t treat your vintage like you treat the rest of your clothes. NO floordrobes whatsoever if you plan on buying vintage clothing. You need to be prepared to look after your vintage. You can’t keep it in plastic like some items, as it can damage the fabric.

Gauging Authenticity

You need to make sure that the vintage clothing you’re buying is authentic. Some people consider 90s clothing to be vintage, others don’t. You need to decide what you’re happy with at the end of the day, but it’ll help you to be able to tell what comes from where. There are lots of guides online to help you!

Happy shopping!

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