The thrill of vintage shopping lies in the excitement of buying items that have the exclusivity of a custom-made piece, but for a fraction of the price.
But browsing through the racks at a vintage stall or charity shop can quickly lose its appeal as you struggle to make out the authentic items from the designer knock-offs, and you begin to suspect that anything you buy won’t last more than one wash before disintegrating under the strains of time.
Alexa Chung and Dita Von Teese may be able to put together vintage outfits that ooze glamour and sophistication. But as you gaze at the flapper dresses and fascinators, the worry sets in that you’re going to look like you’ve stepped out of a period drama.
With this in mind, we decided to call on the help of women who have the ability to spot a vintage gem amidst a sea of cast-offs – bloggers: Kerry Clark aka Missy Vintage, Betty Pamper of Pampers and Curves, and Sheri Pavlović of Confessions of a Refashionista.
“Buying vintage is an amazing way to ensure your clothes are both individual and environmentally friendly,” says Pamper.
Scroll down for Clark, Pamper and Pavlović’s insiders’ guide to buying vintage fashion:
Suss out the sizing.H Armstrong RobertsClassicStock via Getty Images
Learn the lingo of labels.Roberto Westbrook via Getty Images
Seams and fastenings are also a mine of information.SuperStock via Getty Images
Look out for signs of your clothes biggest enemy… moths.Jeffrey Coolidge via Getty Images
Play detective.VladimirFLoyd via Getty Images
Don’t be afraid to mix and match.Thomas Barwick via Getty Images
Don’t be put off if an item doesn’t fit like a glove. Befriend a good tailor.White Packert via Getty Images
A friend in need of a fifties frock is a friend indeed.Siri Stafford via Getty Images
This September The Huffington Post UK Style is focusing on all things sustainable, for the second year running. Our thirst for fast fashion is dramatically impacting the environment and the lives of thousands of workers in a negative way. Our aim is to raise awareness of this zeitgeist issue and champion brands and people working to make the fashion industry a more ethical place.
We’ll be sharing stories and blogs with the hashtag #SustainableFashion and we’d like you to do the same. If you’d like to use our blogging platform to share your story, email ukblogteam@Yournewhealthy.com.