How to Buy Vintage Clothing
"Guidelines to Buying Vintage Clothes and Accessories"
Vintage lady by Conde Nast
So what do you need to know when buying womens vintage clothing?
No one wants to get ripped off or be disappointed with their purchase.
That's why it's best to do some extra research on how vintage fashion shopping works before you hit the checkout button. This page will give all of the important buying strategies, must-knows and how to's on purchasing womens vintage clothing to ensure that your purchase will be a successful one!
Buying Vintage Clothing Online vs. Offline
It's a lot easier to buy vintage clothes in an actual store because you can see the garments with your own eyes and use your
hands to feel the fabric, smell it and try it on. You'll feel much safer with this option.
Online shopping on the other hand requires trust... and careful research (eg. measurements and quality) and communication with the store/seller.
You might want to shop at reputable stores, especially the ones who have been
online for several years and have a high customer rate. Being able to return something you're not satisfied is a must - so make sure they have
a secure and solid refund policy.
Want to shop and discover new vintage inspiration? Then drop by the Shopping Guide to the Best Womens Vintage Clothing Stores Online
OfflineAre you a do-it-yourself gal? If yes, then small flaws won't be a problem. Small stains can be removed, broken zippers and missing buttons can be sewn on, etc.
If doing small alterations is not your thing, then you might want to reconsider your choice of item if the flaws require a lot of time and money.
Make sure you factor the flaws into the price, as repairs can easily raise the price of the garment.
The item description should inform you if the product has any flaws.
If the description states that the garment is in mint/excellent/perfect condition, it means it's free of flaws, which is a good thing, but the price will naturally be a bit higher.
Fortunately, there are some online vintage stores that sell items that are cleaned and ready to wear. One them is Some Like it Vintage.com
If you're in doubt about the description of the clothing, just email the store and get answers.
Will it Fit?
Let me just say that society praised highly of hourglass/curvy shapes in the past. And look at the catwalk today!
One of the best things you can do before you start looking for womens vintage clothing on the Web is to take your body measurements.
This is important because sizing standards have changed since the good 'ol days. So you may find vintage garments marked with your size but only to
discover that they're too small or big for you.
OnlineReturning something that doesn't fit is a hassle. That's why a product description should provide you with the information you need to avoid this from happening. It'll help the company save time and money!
All vintage online stores should have the measurements available on their site.
US/UK/EURO numbered sizes won't often be correct. Learn how to take your own body measurements
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Are You Going to Wear it?Buying vintage clothes you'll never wear is a waste of money. Unless you're a collector!
So Ask Yourself These Questions:
A tip is to figure out if this is something you're going to wear daily or if it's just for a fashion statement. As long as it appeals to your Personal Fashion Style you're good to go!
Is it Worth the Price?Vintage clothes and accessories range from cheap to expensive. It all depends on the piece itself.
So if you want to avoid being
scammed, take a look at these pointers that decide if it's worth the price:
Time to Shop for Womens Vintage ClothingNow that you've reviewed my shopping tips on how to buy vintage clothing, it's time to shop!
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