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By Jessica Lynn
If you are like me, you are very happy about the recent return
to vintage. Vintage clothing has become popular again for
several reasons. One is because people are more earth-conscious.
Vintage clothing doesnít use up the earthís natural resources,
and you donít have to worry about whether or not itís being made
humanly. In addition, much of older clothing relied on natural
fibers as opposed to toxic, synthetic products that are more
common today. Another reason people are turning to vintage is
because the recession has made people conscious of the limits of
their pocketbook and begin to value thrift. Secondhand clothes,
excluding elite prized items, usually cost less.
Shopping for vintage clothing is advantageous for several other
reasons. Vintage clothes allow for a unique personal style in
ways that retail shopping does not: it ensures that the same
thing hasnít been purchased by tons of other people this season.
The humiliation of attending a party and discovering another
girl is wearing your dress has been recounted in many Hollywood
films and even on Broadway (How to Succeed). Finally,
vintage gives the shopper a great variety of silhouettes to play
with. Much of retail fashion is dictated by the latest trends,
and whatís popular may not be best for your body.
However, not all vintage is created equal. Use the guide and the
tips below to know what to look for when shopping vintage.
nose. Unfortunately, dated clothes
sometimes smell. Often this can be remedied using a solution of
water and vinegar (2:1 ration). Gently wet your garments and
spray over the offending area. Leave hang to dry. DO NOT WRING.
This will wrinkle, perhaps permanently, manly delicate fabrics.
Other times, the stench canít be removed. If the garment has a
strong unpleasant odor, skip it, unless it is perfect in every
sizing. Vintage clothing uses a
different sizing system than most contemporary brands. Chances
are, unless you shop only at elite designer boutiques, you will
be a larger size in older clothing, especially if the garment
was made in the 1970s or earlier. Keep your measuring tape on
you when you shop to check garments, and write down your
measurements (bust, waist, hip) ahead of time. Then compare.
inflated pricing. Because buying
vintage has become trendy, the prices of many articles of
clothing in these venues has skyrocketed. What before was
considered simply secondhand is now seen as items to covet.
Chances are, the more trendy the boutique, the higher the costs
of the clothing. These places sometimes offer vintage designer
brands, and sometimes the prices are worth it. But donít be
fooled. 1980s elastic waistband pants for $15? Skip it and find
it at a yard sale for $2.
Decade. You may want to ďbuy by
decadeĒ or consider which silhouettes were popular when. You may
find that certain fashion silhouettes may compliment your body
more than others. Below is a simple guide. Last weekís article
goes into more detail on this.
Lean/tall women: The
1920s & 1960s. Straight line dresses that drape loosely down the
body, short hemlines, turban hats, etc. Much of 1960s Mod
fashion is a revival of the 1920s flapper look.
1930s and the 1950s. Circle skirts, sheath dresses, hourglass
silhouette, high-waisted tapered slacks, etc.
shoulders: The 1940s & 1980s. Pencil
skirts, wide trousers, oversized blazers, shoulder pads, etc.
to go. Check your local paper for yard
sales (usually Saturdays), estate sales, and flea markets
(usually Sundays). Make sure to arrive as early as possible.
Another option that many people donít consider are
thrift/consignment shops connected to small churches that a
simple Google search could point you to. And of course donít
forget the better known thrift shops like Good Will and The
dressing rooms. Depending on where you
go, there may be no dressing rooms available. Wear a bathing
suit or slip under your outfit and be sure that what you wear is
easy to slip out of (so that youíre not hopping around in the
middle of the store half dressed).
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