We’ve all been there; you meet someone at a party who looks amazingly styled, but when you ask them enviously where they got their outfit from, they proudly announce ‘oh it’s vintage’. Vintage? When you go and find the same cool look in a vintage shop or online you can’t find a thing, or feel you look like you are going to a fancy-dress party. If this is you, then you are doing it all wrong as I am a firm believer that everyone can look great wearing vintage, you just need to know how to find the right pieces for you.
Know what suits you
Just like when shopping for modern clothing, it is helpful to know the shapes that suit your body type to ensure that the end result not only looks great, but that feel comfortable too. While it is good to experiment with shapes, if you want to find something that is still very “you” try to focus on what you would usually buy.
Know your size
Trying on lots of clothes in a small vintage shop can be problematic, and if you are buying online it is impossible so know your size. The best way to do this is to measure a piece of clothing that fits you well rather than your body as the former will be larger than the latter. Vintage fashion online will always have the measurements described rather than the size because clothes in the past were not sized the same as now. A vintage 14 is more likely to be a modern 10 with many items not having any sizes written on at all. Pre-1960s fashion was often handmade or tailor made so there will be no label.