world as “clothing between 20 and 100 years old which is clearly
representitive of the era in which it was produced. Vintage clothing
can be used, new, manufactured, and handmade.”
ordering a ‘Vintage’ skirt off Ebay for a bargainous price of £1, I
thought I’d hit the fashion jackpot. Only to find when it arrived, much
to my dismay, I discovered a Primark label.
don’t get my wrong, I love Primark and I am most certainly not a label
snob, but what I love about Vintage is the fact that a piece has a story behind it. It
crossed my mind at this point just how annoyed I would have been had I
spent a large amount of money on this piece, and just how many Vintage
buyers are falling for the exact same tricks?
sellers on websites such as Ebay rack up big sales for their ‘Vintage
items’ by simply labelling it Vintage, whereas the item is merely
Vintage style. This means that the item is relatively new, yet its
appearance, silhouette, fabrics, etc are based on a Vintage style, or
perhaps even copying a dress from another era.
- Avoid, Ebay. Go to Vintage fair
- Check out your local Vintage shops, its likely the owner will know their Vintage!
- As far as online is concerned, try Etsy. ASOS Marketplace is good too, but only if you know Vintage well.
- Older relatives! You know its Vintage if your Nan used to wear it when she was your age!
- They’re are loads of great books out there try ‘Vintage Fashion: A Guidebook’ or ‘Shopping For Vintage.’
- Visit some Vintage fashion museums.
- Look at the label- Was Sportsgirl really around in the 1950s?
- Check out some vintage magazines- these make really cool collectors items too!
- Check for any small holes, this could be a sign of moths.
- Check under the arms for any staining.
- If you wish to have an item cleaned, seek out a specialist dry cleaner (ones that deal in wedding dresses are great!)
- Don’t worry if it’s a bit big- oversized is always in fashion and it’s crazy the difference a few stitches can make.
My Vintage secret:
– In Australia, I thought that only cosmopolitan- hipster cities were awesome enough to provide an array of Vintage shops. Note: If you live in Sydney Eveleigh is an absolute vintage haven. However, last week I discovered a few gorgeous vintage shops up in the tiny village of Yungaburra in the Atherton Tablelands, Queensland.