Vintage fashion is something that’s very classy and elegant in nature. It’s worth the effort, time and money to have a great collection of this clothing in your closet. Vintage clothing, given that it was made way back in a previous era, must be purchased with utmost care and precise inspection. Clothing from the old days is known to be of better quality than the clothes of today - but still, these are old clothes so one must check first if it’s still wearable and not too worn out or overused. Remember you’re buying vintage clothing to add chic on your fashion and not because you want to be a laughing stock on street wearing old, damaged and faded 1880s clothes. To guide you on your purchase, you can find below some useful tips when collecting or buying vintage clothing. |
You can begin at home by searching through the family’s closet. Look for vintage clothes available so you can easily buy additional classic wardrobes that will be able to mix and match with what you already have. Look for trustworthy dealers - online stores and high street shops are both good sources. Online stores usually have varieties of designs to choose from while high street shops give you the ability to check the items personally and have some clothes fitted.
Inspect the items thoroughly. Look on the area of the elbows, collars, armpits, hems - as these parts of the clothes are the most strained when excessively used. Since these are already old items, check for the stains. There are stains that are possible to remove so be sharp on inspecting the different parts of the items. Don’t purchase garments with perspiration blemishes and mildew spots as these are irreversible damages on the clothes. Choose the best colors that appeal to your desired fashion statement. Most of the vintage collection are in black and cream shades, but do not settle only for these colors as there are other designs that project elegance and classic sophistication such as vintage clothing with classic prints of polka dots, leopards, 50’s motifs and the like. Examine the garments for fading by checking on the line stitching area because these parts are most likely to be darker in shade. If the fading is minimal, then it will just be fine to put the items on your basket.
It is important to look for fabrics that are still durable despite the old age. Choose garments that are in better condition and do not need any difficult repairing. Rayon and nylon are best choices as these are well made fabrics. It is important also to check on the decorative aspect of the vintage clothing items. Antique garments may come with colorful sequins, embroidery, laces, ruffles and beads. Check carefully if these accessories are securely attached on the clothes and if there’s no large quantity of missing pieces. Next important things to do after purchasing your new collection of vintage clothing are to wash and store all the garments properly. Hang the clothes correctly and make sure to store it in clean closet or acid free boxes. Proper maintenance must be observed in able to preserve the classic and artistic value of the clothes.
James Walmsley is a marketing assistant at Phix Clothing, a UK-based online retailer which specialises in trendy and fashionable vintage clothing and retro clothing for men and women. All clothes are shipped worldwide.
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