Do you quite like the idea of vintage, but you’re not sure where to begin? I know a few people who like vintage, but they’re not sure how to wear it, or how it can fit with their modern wardrobe. So I thought I’d write a sort of beginners guide to trying vintage clothing.
One thing to keep in mind is, the term vintage is so broad. It could be anything from the 1920s to the 1980s. Although, most vintage sellers and experts consider 80s clothing to be retro, as opposed to vintage.
If you’re new to vintage shopping, realistically you’re not going to go from a Topshop enthusiast to full 1940s wearer overnight. Most vintage wearers I’ve spoken to have started with the 80s, as it’s easy to wear and shares many styles/prints with new clothing.
So here’s a few tips for those new to vintage clothing:
1. Start small – If the idea of wearing a complete vintage outfit is daunting, go for vintage accessories! You can use satchels, brooches and scarves to make an old fashioned statement on a modern outfit. Then when you feel more confident with the look, delve into clothing!
2. Use trends – There’s plenty of ‘vintage inspired’ pieces on the catwalk and high street at the moment. Many designers even go round vintage shops and buy original garments to base their collections on. Do your research and get familiar with trends before you go vintage shopping; you could even make a list of what to look out for! This way, you’re still keeping up with current trends, but wearing a one off that no one else will own!
3. Know your body shape – Whether you’re looking for vintage or new, knowing your body shape will make shopping so much easier! Hourglass shaped women look fantastic in 50s wiggle dresses and pencil skirts, whereas a boyish, slim frame will look stunning in a 60s shift! This isn’t to say that hourglasses can’t wear 60s dresses, people can wear what they like, but their figure will suit 50s fits best!
4. Research – There’s loads of information on Google about fashion through the decades. Sitting at a computer reading about fashion history might sound a little boring, but even if you just dedicated 10 minutes each night, you can get massively inspired! This will also get you clued up on dating vintage and what to look out for when shopping.
5. Experiment – Sometimes a top might not look anything special on a hanger, but could look amazing when you try it on! You’ll never know how something looks on if you just put it back on the rail. Try and go outside of your comfort zone, go shopping when where you’re free all day and have a good rummage! By experimenting, you can quickly find out what suits you too!
I hope if you’re just getting into vintage, you’ve found my tips somewhat helpful! I enjoy writing posts like this, so keep an eye out for more tips in the future!
If you want ideas on finding great vintage, you can also read my top tips for a shopping trip/fairs here.
Will you be delving into the world of vintage this summer? And do you have any more tips for shopping vintage? It’d be great to hear them!