Tips and tricks: How to shop Vintage? For those apprehensive! A HOW TO GUIDE:

Monday, 25 January 2016

  Tips and tricks: How to shop Vintage? For those apprehensive! It's not all bold wacky patterns! A HOW TO GUIDE:

Vintage shopping is one of those things you're either going to really love or loathe, for me it's hard to utter those words. How anyone couldn't enjoy the exhilarating feeling of a bargain and a colourful piece that I can guarantee no one will have, astounds me. Never the less.. I have dragged round friends who have not liked the experience complaining everything looks 'too retro'. What do you expect I muttered. However that got me thinking a lot of people like the idea of having clothes that no one has but don't necessarily like the bright patterns that I dearly adore. Therefore I did a bit of sleuthing, broke away from my wacky demeanor and tried to find an outfit for a cheap price that wouldn't be so out of sorts in today's high street fashions.

What I found? That vintage shopping for both tastes is incredibly simple, therefore I've complied a little how to guide of tips for those wanting to stand out a bit and for those who want a little bit different but not totally off the wall.
First thing dont panic! 
.A lot of these shops are going to look like a jumble sale! However if you bear with, you might find a gem. Unless it's a vintage boutique not a shop it might not always look so aesthetically pleasing. All are different! Once you've calmed down those nerves of 'heck it's colourful' or 'it looks like a dumping ground of clothes'. You can move on and find your pieces

Key pieces
Surprisingly black is one of the most seen colours in vintage shops, though it might not seem it at first. Black and cream are the most common colours to that were always statement pieces of every era, usually this colour is owning a whole wall of these items compared to just a rail in the highstreet. Usually skirts,jeans,tops ect will be grouped together but not always in the best order, colours are usually grouped together more.

Get there early: avoid weekends
Try and avoid weekends if you can, it will be the busiest time and alot of good stock will already be gone. If you try looking in the morning probably mid week you will find the most designer and good quality stock that has just come in. Tuesday is the day most stock flows in about mid day so getting there early the next day might keep you in good stead.

Sizing isn't the same 
Sizes have changed in the last 50 so years,in fact it changes regularly. Don't trust it! Try it on or if it looks smaller or bigger but says you're size it probably isn't. I am a UK Size 8 but can vary from a vintage size 6 up to a 12. I've found 1950s dresses are a lot more roomy at the bust but the waist is ridiculously small, whilst 1960s/1970s clothes are fine in my normal size. Trust me, ignore the label.

Desnigner is in regularly. 
Like I said before, it isn't always wacky 80's prints, a lot of designer brands can be found in vintage shops usually at less than half the price. I've found these items are not always displayed at the front as staff usually hide them a little wanting to bag them for themselves. If you route a little behind the rail or in between you will find more of the brands.


Despite retro not being for you, the highstreet brings it back regularly. 2015 saw the 70's style float back into our laps! Of course I was one to step onto the b bandwagon but could rest assure my 70's retro look was

1. Authentic AND

2. No one could replicate the look - how tired were you of seeing those button up denim skirts, I got the same style with contrasting patterns that no store stocked, and the best bit it was £8 compared to the hefty £42 in Topshop.

Vintage shops have sales

And by God when they do, they really do. Sales are more frequent in vintage shops than the high street as the surprisingly the stock flies of the shelf quite quickly. These sales are not just at big holiday times either. My local vintage heaven has a sale every month. Keeping up with their websites or social media is defiantly helpful! You can see when they have these sales more often and they will tell you when new stock has arrived.

Have I eased you into the idea? Are you going to be the next vintage convert... give it a try! What's the worst that could happen? An amazing deal? A lovely piece?

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