Top Tips for a Vintage Shopping Trip

As someone who wears 60s & 70s vintage everyday, I often get asked where I shop and more relevantly if I have any tips on how to find gems in large vintage shops/fairs!

Now I don’t consider myself to be an expert on the subject, but I do have some great tips for people who are quite new to vintage shopping, or just want to get more ideas!

When first delving into the world of vintage, a crowded shop or large fair can be quite overwhelming! When there’s clothes everywhere, it’s only natural to wonder ‘where do I begin?’

Dresses at Stanley Park

So here’s my top tips on how to source some great buys!

1. Look through every rail – Don’t go shopping when you’re in a rush and allow yourself plenty of time to look through everything! This may sound time consuming, but I’ve picked up some of my favourite pieces through being patient and rummaging.

2. Go in with an open mind – If you go looking for one specific item, then it’s likely that you’ll miss lots of other wonderful vintage. Keep particular ideas in the back of your mind and you’ll find them at some point,  just maybe not on that trip.

3. Try everything on – This is a fairly obvious one really! As vintage sizing is so different from modern sizing, the try before you buy policy couldn’t be more fitting with vintage! Especially when it comes to dresses and trousers!

4. Lookout for prints – When browsing through the rails, eye catching prints, colours and fabric usually grab my attention! If I like the look of a print, I’ll always pull the item out and examine the style.


5. Go for versatility – Choose separates and pieces that will go with your current wardrobe! Ask yourself ‘do I have a few things that will go with this?’ and if the answers ‘yes’, snap it up!

6. Choose timelessly – This tip isn’t essential, but it’s certainly great for saving money! Try and go for little black dresses, lace and classic pieces that you’ll still love in years to come!

7. Spot potential – Sometimes you might find an item you quite like, but it might be too large or long. If so, try the piece on, see if it suits you and consider how it could be altered! A 70s victorian maxi dress could look amazing as a mini! And if you can alter items yourself, even better!

8. Be yourself – If you like something, buy it and wear it! Don’t worry about what people will think, the world would be a really boring place if we all dressed the same! And chances are, there’ll be more people that admire your confidence to wear what you want, than people judging you.

I sincerely hope that the last one doesn’t sound like a cheesy attempt to be inspirational. A few years ago, I didn’t have as much confidence to wear what I wanted and it’s such a shame when people feel like that!

Lytham Assembly Rooms Dress Wall

Hope these tips have helped! Have fun on your vintage spree and let me know how you get on!

What did you think of the tips? Have you got any more to share? And would you like to see more of these kinda posts?


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