Fashion Tips: Vintage Style

A few years ago, it was easy to pick up vintage clothing at charity shops and thrift stores.  Recently, however, vintage gear has come back in fashion, causing prices to rise and making it much harder for retro fashion lovers to find the clothes they want.

If you’re new to the world of vintage fashion, and would like to put together some fabulous, stylish outfits without paying top dollar prices, then check out these tips for shopping retro style:Vintage Style

Measure Yourself

When you’re shopping for vintage gear, you can’t rely on clothing sizes.  Not only have sizes changed a lot over the last 50 years or so; there’s a good chance that antique clothing may have no size at all.  Make a note of your measurements, and carry a tape measure with you when you go shopping, so that you can measure garments up to get an idea of whether or not they’ll fit, without having to try them on.

Know What Works With Your Body Type

If you have an hourglass figure, then a full skirted, vintage dress from the 1950s will look good on you.  If you have long legs and a narrow waist, then a 1960s maxi dress or a 1920s chemise would really flatter your figure, especially if you pair it up with high heels and stylish silk gloves.  Learn what works with your body, and buy based on that – not how pretty the dress is on the rack.

Brush Up On Your Designers

Back when vintage designer gear was easy to find in thrift stores, you didn’t need to worry too much about fakes and misrepresented products. If you got ripped off, all you’d have lost would be some pocket change. Now that designer goods are in demand, there are more fraudsters around, and it’s common to see a silk top with a fake designer label sewn into it, or a dress with a missing tag passed off as being more valuable than it really is.  If you’re thinking of paying big money for a garment, make sure you know what you’re getting.

Don’t Accept Tattered Goods

While faded T-Shirt motifs and torn jeans are fashionable, a silk top with snags and tears in it is not.  Inspect garments before you try them on.  If you see any imperfections, but are still happy to buy the garment, make the seller aware of the issues before you try the garment on.  If the imperfection is large and difficult to repair, don’t buy the item.

After You Buy

Your vintage purchase should be looked after carefully – there’s a good chance that the item is unique, at least in the town you live in, so finding a replacement if you tear it or stain it will be incredibly difficult. Ask the seller how best to clean your new garment. For some items, you will be safe with dry cleaning or a gentle machine wash, however some items, such as silk gloves, or heavily beaded or embroidered gowns, will need special care.

This post was written by James Harper on behalf of Patra International the silk experts who supply silk gloves and silk tops as well as other beautiful items.

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