What to Check When Buying Vintage Clothes
What to Check When Buying Vintage Clothes
A remarkable thing about clothing these days is that almost any style seems to work. If it fits the person's sense of fashion and if that person feels perfectly comfortable and confident with what he or she wears then the outfit would look as though it came out of a fashion icon's closet. Clothes that were common during the past decades, or even centuries, could look upbeat when properly put together. And this is why vintage clothing would never be out of style. Like any other piece of clothing, there are some things to consider when buying vintage clothing. Here are some of them.
First of all, one should always check the size of the clothes he or she would be buying and this is best done by trying the clothes on. When buying any kind of clothes, it is advisable that you try them on for size before you pay for them. It would spare the buyer the hassle of going back to the store to exchange the clothes for a bigger or smaller size. What if you choose to buy vintage clothing online? That's not a problem. All that needs to be done is to ask the seller for the exact measurements of these clothes. But before this, the buyer should know her own body measurements. It is important to buy something that fits you right now, not next week or next month. Some people make a mistake of buying something that's a size too small and think that they can lose weight but don't; this means you just wasted money on clothes that you would not even be able to wear. It would be such a waste if it was a unique piece of vintage clothing. In short, buy something that fits you just right, at this moment.
Also, when it comes to size, it is important to note that authentic vintage clothing usually comes in smaller sizes compared to the typical clothes worn today. Clothing sizes have grown from those days. This means that a large-sized vintage sweater might actually fit a small-sized person. Aside from the size of the garment as a whole, the length of the sleeves along with the width of the shoulders, chest, and waist of the garment, among other things should also be checked. This holds especially true for second-hand vintage clothing. These clothes may have probably been custom-made to fit the owner. Some clothes could have longer sleeves or a wider chest which may appear awkward when worn by someone else. When buying dresses or coats, know the appropriate length that would fit your height.
Colors, patterns, and prints of vintage clothing should also be taken into consideration. Vintage probably means more about the prints and patterns of the fabrics rather than the everything else. Prints for vintage outfits are usually floral prints or paisley prints. It's important to choose the size of the prints, too. Smaller and finer prints hide what needs to be hidden and can make a person look slimmer than they are. Bigger or bolder prints accentuate features rather than hide them. As for patterns, checkered and polka-dotted outfits may be considered vintage. Checkered jackets add a vintage style to both women and men's outfits. Striped patterns could be tricky though. Most often, vertically-striped clothing is preferred to horizontally-striped ones. Vertical stripes on vintage clothing or any clothing, for that matter, give the illusion of height to a person while horizontal stripes add width. Different widths of stripes also showcase different effects. Wide stripes are bolder thus accentuating certain features especially when strategically placed on the fabric while narrow stripes almost have the same effect as fine prints.
Other things to consider when shopping for vintage clothing is the cut, style, and design. A lot of vintage dresses are cinched at the waist and have puffed skirts which are flattering for almost every woman's body type. Any woman could get that hour-glass figure when wearing vintage dresses like those. A vintage dress should probably be the first piece of vintage clothing to purchase.
For vintage clothing such as dresses, sweaters, and shirts, the necklines and sleeves also make a difference on the person wearing them. Most women would look best with a V-necked top, or if they are blessed with great shoulders, it's best to find a dress or top that would show those shoulders off. An example would be a halter dress or blouse with a beautiful print. Long, puffy sleeves would work for those who want to hide their arms.
Vintage clothing for men would probably be composed of a checkered or striped suit with a vest on top of their long-sleeved shirt. An alternative would be a striped or checkered shirt, a vest, and slacks, and probably a hat. This could be topped off with a long coat or a long jacket. The outfit could also appear more vintage-looking by adding on a necktie with fun patterns. It seems easier to dress up a man in vintage clothing than it does a woman, really.
Last but not the least, the buyer should take into account the prices of vintage clothing. He or she shouldn't have to spend too much in order to put together a lovely vintage outfit. In fact, one may find items online or at retail stores that do not seem like vintage anything at first but may be altered in some way that would make it have that vintage feel to it. But, if one should alter the piece of clothing, it shouldn't be too much of an alteration. Attaching an accessory to that outfit should be enough to make it vintage. Worried that you're on a pretty tight budget? Shopping for second-hand vintage clothing would do. Check for damages on these clothes. If you find some sort of damage but think you can fix it in a jiffy with some thread and a needle, bargain for it to be sold at a cheaper price. You'd be able to grab something for a steal plus you would be amazed at what you can find in second-hand stores.
By keeping these things in mind when shopping for vintage clothing, nothing could possibly go wrong.
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