We’ve all watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s and wished we could dress like Audrey Hepburn. If you take a dig around Instagram, you’ll find thousands of girls who wear exclusively vintage (or vintage-inspired) pieces. It’s a niche within the industry that’s becoming increasingly popular as people decide to follow their own personal style instead of trends. Vintage fashion isn’t all modest, and it’s a wide umbrella term that encompasses every decade prior to the early 2000s. You might consider the 60s to be your idea of vintage fashion, while your best friend might look at the 90s with the same viewpoint. Whatever era you prefer, we have a few practical tips on how to start wearing vintage clothing in 2021.
Define Your Niche
The #vintagefashion on Instagram has almost 10 million posts on Instagram. Before you focus on how to wear vintage clothing, you want to figure out what it means for you. Go in search of style inspiration on sites like Pinterest and create a vision board so you can see what era you’re drawn to most. This step will help you narrow down your searches while shopping for vintage clothing. Having reference photos can also make it easier for you to put together outfits as you start acquiring vintage pieces.
Shop Second Hand
During 2020, the online second-hand market saw an exceptional growth of 27%, as we all turned to apps like Depop and Etsy to get our clothing while the shops were shut. As well as helping you find vintage clothing, this method of shopping is far more sustainable as you’re saving clothes from landfill and not choosing fast fashion.
Once you know the era of clothing you’re looking for, it’ll be easier to narrow down your search. The more research that you do, the easier it’ll be to find the pieces you want. You should try to find out what the popular brands were on that era, as this can help you search for specific pieces that might not be listed accurately. While sites like Depop have sellers who specialise in vintage clothing, sometimes the real diamonds in the rough come from casual sellers who aren’t sure what it is they’re selling. You’ll want to figure out the common searches to check to find the clothing that you ant.
Make Any Repairs ASAP
Vintage clothing will often show signs of wear and tear, especially if you’re looking at older pre-90s clothing. It’s a good idea to learn some basic sewing skills so you can replace any missing buttons or sew up any small holes in your garments. You want to make any repairs as soon as you spot them to prevent any further damage to your vintage clothing. If you’re not a master with a needle, it’s worth looking for a seamstress who can help you repair your clothing.
You might also decide to have some of pieces tailored to fit you. Sizing charts have changed significantly over the years, and you often have to take a chance while being something online. While there are short term fixes like adding a belt, you can tailor your pieces to fit you like a glove.