I’ve always been a huge fan of vintage and love going vintage shopping. I picked up this embroidery shirt while on vacation in Asheville last month. There isn’t a label, which is often times a good thing with vintage. The detailing and boho vibe was too hard to pass up. The vintage sunglasses are rare 1970’s Brigitte Bardot, which she designed when she decided she wanted her own line of sunglasses. It takes some studying and experience to determine what is quality vintage. Here are a few of my tips for shopping for vintage.
- Look at the labels – The label is a good place to start when shopping for vintage. Look for a label that is hand sewn and not made on a factory machine or stamped onto the fabric. You can also tell if the label looks old, worn and is fully sewn into the lining.
- Check the material – Look at the label to see what it’s made from. Touch the fabric and feel the quality. Keep an eye out for any stains, snags, and rips that might not be repairable.
- Know the era – The fabric, cut, and style of a garment are the easiest way to determine what era it’s from. Go in with some knowledge of the styles that were popular in certain eras. It may be best to choose an era you like and start there.
- Shop designer – Look for top designs, like Gucci, Versace, etc., which are often times cheaper when you get them secondhand. But be realistic, some pieces that were expensive then are still expensive now.
- Study – Grab a vintage fashion book and do a little studying before heading out on your journey. It could be helpful to have some knowledge of past designers you may not know.
Photography by Abigail Collins
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