Vintage clothing has always been an essential part of my wardrobe. Even if you count the hand-me-downs Mum dressed me in as a child. I find so much beauty in pre loved clothing and a value beyond compare. I get an anxious excitement when I go into a second hand clothing store. How long I spend in a store is often based on a feeling. Sometimes, I just know - today’s not the day. Other days, I simply cannot leave until I have my “Ah-ha!” moment and every rack must be searched.
So what does your vintage wardrobe look like?
Mine is a mix of high quality knits and coats, cheap and cheerful, playful items, and some stuff I still haven’t figured out how to style yet but just had to have it in my life (plus a pile of other stuff I promised myself I would fix).
Knitwear always makes for a great vintage find, they simply don’t make them like they used to. 100% wool garments are expensive so I’m always on the hunt for wool cardi’s and jumpers that are in good condition and on trend of course. Always check the labels and make sure there aren’t any snags or holes, knits are not easy to repair.
Coats and Blazers have been some of my best finds. Look for quality labels and old fashioned tailoring, most of my heavy winter coats are vintage and most of them are wool.
There’s nothing quite like a $2 top that nestles in nicely under your denim jacket or bomber. That gem piece that may not be a high quality item but has a vibrant print that just adds that bit of je ne sais quoi to your outfit. These are my favourite finds!
Don’t forget the accessories! Oh the jewellery can be so much fun and the most inexpensive! I’ve always found great value in pre loved belts, well worn leather looks great and there are always plenty around in op shops.
I also allow my vintage collection to inspire new designs. Bringing an antiquated detail into a modern garment can really complete the final look. Designers are always referencing the past whilst trying to design for the future.
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