MY HISTORY WITH VINTAGE
My first true vintage piece (aside from the occasional t-shirt) was a 1920’s polyester, floor-length dress. I was eighteen at the time and I had been antiquing for eight years. I lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa a little while before college and that’s where I stumbled upon my first vintage piece. It was a cream color dress that looked so glamorous like a Hollywood starlet. I didn’t know how to wear it but I bought it out of impulse if just for inspiration.
It’s been quite a few years after that and my love for vintage clothing has evolved from a once-in-a-while fling to a full-blown romance. Vintage is now a major staple in my wardrobe. This past summer I fell in love with wearing pajama-like garments in and outside of the house. I thought this vintage duster (I'm wearing in the picture below) fit the bill nicely as a statement piece in my neutral-colored capsule collection.
HOW TO BUY VINTAGE
There’s not much science to incorporating a vintage piece into one’s wardrobe, however, there are great tips to keep in mind in order for one's closet to work as a whole. There are three questions I always keep in mind when shopping for my vintage pieces.
Can it work in my closet?
If the answer is yes, this will keep that wonderful piece of artwork out of the closet. It’s a great way to get the most use out of it and truly fall in love with your piece. There were vintage pieces I’d just stare at in awe hanging in my closet. I’d only wear them once in a while to parties or out to dinner. In the past year, I’ve learned to consume less and make my pieces stretch farther, making them leave the closet a couple of times a week. Think to yourself if it will work well with your daily routine, but don’t be afraid to try something new.
Does it fit well?
This question is the most important. It can be tricky buying vintage that fits perfectly. A lot of the time, the sizing is completely off when you go to try it on. Women were shaped differently and used clothing to drape the body in different ways than how we wear them now. A garment will always look more luxurious if it fits well and is not forced.
Will it make a statement?
Buying vintage clothing is fun! It’s kind of like an adventure. You have a look that you’ve had on your mind for a while and then you hunt for the look until you stumble upon something you can’t live without. So, why not make the hunt worth it? Chances are the vintage piece will already standout when you wear it, so try complimenting it in a bold way to give it the sophisticated attention it deserves. Working a vintage statement piece into your closet can make your wardrobe’s flavor kick in an oh-so-delightful way!
Etsy is a great place to start your search, but Vintage Marketplace, ASOS, and others can also be great sites to spot one of a kind garments too. I think it’s beautiful that a person can express their artistic side wearing vintage.