Vintage versus New
Are you bored with the current trends? Are you worried someone might have the same outfit as you for New Year’s Eve? Lol….If your answers are yes to all of the questions then you need some vintage pieces in your life.
I’m a vintage lover at heart, I can’t quite remember at what age I started wearing vintage but it’s something I’ve always loved. One of my favourite things to do on a Friday morning is to hit Portobello Market by 7:00 am, with a lattè in one hand and with the other have a good rummage through the market stalls for vintage pieces. The excitement of vintage shopping comes from buying items of clothing that have the feel of exclusivity of a custom-made piece, but for less of the price. There’s nothing I love more than searching and investigating items and finding masterpieces amongst all the duds. However, I am very much aware that what I describe as my favourite thing to do is most people’s worst nightmare. Browsing through the racks at a vintage stall can quickly loose it’s appeal to a newbie especially if they’re struggling to see which items are authentic or not.
So how do the likes of Alexa Chung, Janelle Monae, Dita Von Teese, and Kate Moss do it I hear you ask? How do they put an outfit together without looking like they’ve just stepped out of a period drama? Good Stylist perhaps?…probably anyhoO here are some guidelines to help you achieve the same results.
The number one thing: Know the difference between Vintage and Charity / Thrift.
What sets Vintage clothing apart is it is an item that has often stood the test of time and has proven to remain relevant, timeless in style, historical or cultural significance.
Go classic: It’s always best to start off with a classic, basic items such as a 1950’s dress or a 1960’s little black dress. Choose something that can be worn often and most importantly can be mixed with modern pieces. This will stop you from looking like you’ve just stepped out of a period drama.
Pay no attention to sizes: The sizes are very different nowadays and when it’s compared can get very confusing. For example, I am a size 6-8 but fit a 1980s size 10, a 1960 -70’s 12 and a 1950’s 14. This can get very confusing, however, prepare yourself beforehand and know your measurements.
Know your eras
The easiest eras to fit into a contemporary wardrobe would be those from the latter half of the 20th century (the 1960s on ) Anything before that might be considered too costumey if not incorporated well into your personal style.
Why buy vintage over new:
A quality garment or accessory can cost as much as a current couture. (vintage Chanel) So why would someone choose a pre-owned item over something brand new you ask? Vintage is often better made, the older a high-end item the better quality it is. There’s usually more attention to detail, a higher level of craftsmanship, and a tendency for durability that you don’t see in contemporary fashion. There’s also the benefit of exclusivity not seeing someone on the street with the same thing. This is the reason I love vintage so much.
Here is a list of some of my favourite vintage shops in London, go on their Instagram accounts explore what they have.
I hope this post has opened your eyes into buying vintage. Take a look at how I styled my green velvet 1970s Cheongsam dress. The number one rule is to mix any vintage piece you buy with modern pieces. In this look, my modern pieces would be the ear cuffs and the leopard print shoes. With this outfit, I’m ready to welcome the new year.
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