You can’t seem to catch a movie on the big screen or a high fashion spread in a magazine without seeing or hearing the term “vintage”. The term vintage is certainly not a new one, in fact that is the point, but these days it seems that vintage fashion is the latest thing.
No longer is fashion out with the old, fashion today is now in with the old and out with the…well, anything that just doesn’t fit anymore. And Tinseltown is certainly assisting in the vintage effort, you can see any celebrity or featured socialite in a celebrity trendspotting piece and likely you will see at least one article of vintage clothing, and an entire segment of the Sex and the City 2 movie focused on vintage fashion exclusively.
But vintage can be a tricky thing, you need to both find the right pieces, know what you are looking for, and know how to pair. That being said, vintage clothing is not just about raiding flea markets and second hand stores, you need to go in armed with information, and a keen eye for a good find. That’s right, vintage fashion is valuable, which means it isn’t necessarily all that cheap any more either. In fact, the cheaper it is, the farther away you should stay.
1. What to Look For. Specifically in 2010, the vintage fashion that is making the biggest comeback is the flapper style Old Hollywood glamour look. So what you want to look for if you are searching for a contemporary vintage look are those pieces with nipped waists, corsets or boned bodices, and shapes that hug the figure in some places, and flow gracefully in others. This style of clothing prides itself on good tailoring, so this will be a key component to look for when you are looking for vintage finds. Vintage then gives curvy girls something to celebrate, as using tried and true forms and structure from the ’30’s and ’40’s as you know will flatter any figure.
2. Where to Look for It. Now that you know what to look for, you want to know where to look for it. When it comes to vintage fashion, the first rule of thumb is that you want to stay off those beaten tracks of second hand goods stores. Vintage stores are becoming more and more popular, and second hand stores will not always carry the quality you are looking for, these are called hand me downs for a reason. Vintage stores or online vintage boutiques on the other hand are more inclined to preserve and maintain the quality of the carefully chosen items they keep on hand.
3. How to Save Money. If you are a true lover of vintage finds, it is not a bad idea to make nice with the owners of vintage boutiques, as they love to ensure their selections are finding “good homes” and will keep you in the loop of any new arrivals. Consignment stores are another good means of finding excellent vintage and designer goods. These stores carry pieces that already have come from a good home, and are well taken care of and looking for someplace new to live. Consignment stores are a good place to bargain as well, as owners are often more eager to keep their shelves and inventory at a manageable level and will not mind negotiating a little bit.