We’ve all had that moment where we see someone wearing the dress as us. It can be rather embarrassing, particularly if the other lady’s styled it better! With vintage pieces you can go on a night out, or to a party and confidently know you’re not going to see someone in the same thing! If that’s not a reason to get interested in the idea of vintage, I’m not sure what is!
The high street provides a quick fix, which can be great, until fashion magazines are telling you to update your wardrobe again two months later. What I love about vintage is the longer life span that your clothes have! Not on trend? It doesn’t matter! You’re wearing what you like and feel good in it!
I understand that if you’re not used to vintage shopping, it can definitely be a little overwhelming at first. With the high street, visual merchandising is thoroughly considered, with colours, prints and styles carefully organised, meaning they’ve done the work, so you don’t have to. Often, vintage shops aren’t arranged in this way, so you’ll have to do the rummaging, but that’s one of the best parts! You can’t beat the feeling of finding an absolute gem amongst alright/not your style vintage! Try and go vintage shopping when you’re not in a rush and then you’ll have time to look through everything properly!
There’s often a misconception that vintage clothes smell bad (I’ve also heard them being referred to as ‘grandma’s clothes’ from time to time) Of course they can smell a little musky sometimes, but it’s nothing that your washing machine won’t fix! If after a wash or two, you’re still not satisfied, I’d recommend a dry cleaners and your piece will be as good as new!
Another misconception is the thought of vintage being bold and brash, which of course it is at times, but vintage is anything from the 1920s-1980s, so plenty of it is more demure and easy to wear! That’s one of the things that’s so loveable about vintage, it’s incredibly broad! From the wiggle dresses of the 50s, to the bohemian early 70s or the bold prints of the 80s, there’ll always be something for everyone! I’m a huge believer in that.
Now I’m definitely not saying burn all your Topshop dresses and wear head to toe vintage every day, but next time you see a vintage shop, pop in, you might just find a beautiful piece of history that no one else will have!
So what are you waiting for? Get vintage shopping! Whether it’s a browse in the shop or popping into a vintage boutique, the most perfect piece of clothing could be waiting for you!
If you’d like some more tips on vintage shopping, check out my post here!