A love of unique pieces, a yearning for a time gone-by or just wanting to save a bit of money…. For whatever reason, vintage clothing has become increasingly popular over the last number of years. According to stats released by thredUp, in 2019, 70% of women indicated that they are willing to buy in vintage stores. Also, Gen Z (who makes up a substantial part of the buying population) is more likely to purchase vintage clothes as opposed to any other working-age person.
So, if you want to start buying and amassing a collection of vintage clothes, then this article is for you! Read more to find out how to start building your collection.
Don’t Buy Things That You Don’t Like
The key to building any collection – be it of vintage clothing, jewellery or cars – is that you need to enjoy amassing that collection and, most importantly, the collection must give you eternal joy.
So, when you’re trawling the vintage clothing shops in search for that one exquisite piece, look to see if you like it first. If you don’t like it, even though it may be a fabulous find, you won’t end up wearing it or displaying it lovingly in your home.
Condition Is Key
As vintage clothing is essential second-hand clothing, the pieces that you select have had a few owners before you. And you don’t know how the previous owners of your garments have treated them.
So, make sure that before you walk out of the shop with your latest addition to your vintage clothing collection, go over it with a fine-toothed comb so see if there are any defects on the garment. If you find anything, see if it can be fixed. For example, if a seam has come loose or if it’s just a matter of a button needing to be sewn on again.
If the defect can’t be fixed, see if you can see the character that it adds to the garment, for example with vintage pieces a lot of the time the fabric has faded or there could be a watermark on one aspect of the garment. See if this new aspect to the garment appeals to you and, if it does, snap it up!
Go For Classics
Fashion trends come and go, and when the trend has seen its last days, people will look at you strangely if you are seen wearing pieces such as this. Although it may have been all the rage back then, now it’s just a poor fashion choice. (Think about, for example, the leg warmers of the ‘80s.)
A lot of vintage clothing will display the trends of the era that they were from, so when you pick pieces for your collection, make sure that they are classics. Seamwork suggests looking at coats, sweaters, jackets in addition to summer dresses.
Collecting vintage clothes is exciting as you can easily mix and match your pieces with other, more modern clothes that you already have in your wardrobe. In this way, you’ll never be short of a great outfit!