Let’s talk vintage. Apart from being one of my favourite ways to shop, it’s of course a more sustainable way too, and it’s great to shop vintage with the current trends that are popular in fashion right now. You can find things no one else has, or buy into current trends in an individual and even more affordable way. Of course I’m lucky enough to have my own vintage shop and I go vintage buying and sourcing on a regular basis so here are my five things I think are always better to buy vintage.
1. Prairie Dresses.
Prairie dress from Waiste Vintage
Vintage Gunne Sax prairie dress from Etsy
These are having a moment yet again, every time we get any in they sell straight away, and even more so after the new Little Woman film has just come out (still not seen it). I’d just like to say there are some great sustainable brands doing these too (Batsheva etc) but of course these are inspired by vintage dresses. The absolute vintage classic of these type of dresses (in my opinion) is Gunne Sax (founded in 1967 they specialized in Victorian and Edwardian-style designs) so if you get your hands on one of those you’re winning (they’ve really sky rocketed in price but if you dig deep, try charity shops too). Try typing in Prairie Dress into and instagram search or check Etsy for the best selection of these.
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Vintage Levi’s from my Brighton shop
A few of my fave vintage pairs, I like to cut off the hem at the bottom
Apart from the fact the denim industry, especially with fast fashion, is one fashion industry’s worst offenders of environmental damage as they use so much water to make, there is SO MUCH vintage denim out there, if you like to hunt for it you can find some great pairs of denim. Believe me once you find that perfect pair it’s worth the hunt. We sell (and I’m not exaggerating) hundreds of vintage Levi’s in the shop every month and the planet hasn’t been harmed in doing this. I’ve seen nearly every single jean style you can think of, and that’s just the one vintage brand we sell. Plus Levi’s don’t make them like they used to. A great brand that actually reworks Levi’s jeans is Redone, and you can read more about them here– they repurpose vintage Levi’s to give them a new lease of life if you’re looking for a certain fit. Obviously it can be quite difficult to find the perfect pair of vintage jeans, don’t be afraid to try on different sizes and cuts than you’re used to-for example I just don’t suit 501s as much as I’ve tried as i have a small waist and bigger hips and thighs, but I’ve found Levi’s 595’s are a great fit for me, I’ve also sized up in them as I find vintage styles smaller, plus they zip up so no fiddly buttons.
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3. Classic Vintage Designer Bags.
For me shopping for vintage classic designer bags is a far more affordable alternative than buying brand new, and the ones on offer are in such good condition they look brand new anyway. A great place to find them is of course Vestiaire. They have SUCH A GOOD selection. Think Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Dior etc, all the it bags of the moment you can find great priced vintage classics on there. My tip is to type in what bag you’re looking for and save that search as an alert so you know immediately when someone is selling what you’re after. My boyfriend bought me this vintage tan brown Chanel 10″ 2.55 double flap bag for Christmas (she is so beautiful my new baby, just look at her) and I couldn’t be more in love for it-he found it on eBay and it’s been authenticated (be careful on places like eBay that are prone to fakes) and it was half the price of any new version.
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4. ‘Decade’ trends.
Dress and leather trench from Waiste Vintage
I know, I know this one is a bit vague…but what I mean by this is the 60s/70s/80s style items that have come back and are having a moment again right now. Why buy a cheap/expensive copy of a vintage style when you can buy the real deal? Think puff sleeves, fringe jackets, leather trench coats wool blazers, retro print dresses, leather jackets-all these you can find great vintage alternatives to the high street. I specialise in 60s/70s vintage but other places to look are Vestiaire/Farfetch pre-owned (for amazing genuine vintage designer pieces) and Etsy and Ebay. Orrrr instagram is another great place to discover vintage shops-try using hashtags and keywords to find what decade you’re looking for.
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5. Fluffy collared (and cuff)/ Penny Lane style coats.
Of course these have to be vintage! There are SO MANY good ones out there, you know the ones, they’re usually leather or suede with a fluffy collar or fluffy collar and cuffs. I have a vintage collection of a quite a few of these, I swap and change them in and out of my wardrobe constantly, my new favourite is this beautiful green leather vintage trench with fluffy collar. If you want the fluffy collar and cuffs why not get creative and add your own to a vintage leather trench coat? I’m thinking of adding some removable cuffs to this green one. Places to find these: Waiste, Etsy, Ebay.
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