Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Fashion | Shopping for Vintage pieces...


Shopping for vintage clothing and accessories can sometimes be a little bit daunting for someone who has never done it before. Not only do you have to take into account your actual body measurements as opposed to just a generic size (10,12,14 etc) but you also have to pick your way through hundreds of individual pieces to find the one. It's definitely not a hobby for those people who have little or no patience.

However, one thing that is great about shopping for vintage is the uniqueness of the piece that you purchase. Usually (and I say usually as I have come across someone in America who had the same identical item to myself), you will not meet someone else with the same item. This means it is great for those occasions where you need a one-of piece. This year I have a number of weddings to go to and my original thought was High Street but I have since decided to go down the vintage route.

When I shop for vintage pieces, my usual haunts are still the same: Ebay and Beyond Retro. Ebay is pretty good but you do have to essentially filter out the rubbish before you find what you want or even anything that you are interested in. Beyond Retro is probably my favourite place in the world to be and I always feel sorry for anyone that I drag into it when I'm visiting London. Thankfully, they do have an online store which I am currently stalking daily due to hunting for suitable dresses for weddings. I find with Beyond Retro that their items are always 100% as described - half the time you would think that they are brand new. Beyond Retro are also great at knowing what the current trends are so they will tend to have vintage pieces to reflect these trends.

Finally, one thing I like to consider when shopping for vintage pieces is price. Vintage pieces are generally more expensive then High Street fast-fashion so it is something to consider when purchasing. I generally think about how much wear I would get out of a product before I purchase it. For instance, an item that I would get multiple wears out of, I would be happy to pay a bit more for (price per wear and all that) whereas something that I may only need once, I would think extra carefully before purchasing.

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