Since I’ve been talking quite a bit about why you should add some vintage pieces into your wardrobe, I thought I’d finish off the mini-series by talking about shopping for vintage. Before I post some of my recent favorites from a favorite Etsy shop for your perusal, here’s a few tips on shopping vintage online.
The first is Know Thy Measurements. Since you can’t return things, you can’t try them on, and sizes are somewhat relative, the best thing to do is to measure yourself with a tape measurer and find the pieces that fit you. Pay attention to how the seller measures the dresses too, since sometimes they’ll measure the circumference, and sometimes they’ll measure the dress lying flat, which means you’ll double the dress’ measurements to see if they match yours.
You’ll also want to pay close attention to any information the seller gives about quality. Usually they’ll take pictures of any imperfections, as well as describe them, which is a good sign that the seller is honest (and most Etsy-ers are. I’ve never had a bad experience). Don’t be afraid of a hole or minor stain, you can either fix it or you’ll probably do something similar to the dress eventually anyway, and it will have dramatically lowered the price of the piece, since completely unblemished vintage clothes are relatively rare.
From my experience, you can find really lovely dresses in the $60-$100 range all over the place, and if you’re lucky, you can find great stuff for much less here and there. There are also dresses that go for much, much more, but I’ve never paid more than $100 and have been really happy with what I got. I also, personally, don’t buy vintage from anything later than the 60′s. Anything later than that doesn’t fit my style well, and feels more like thrift store shopping than real vintage.
If your looking for some good shops on Etsy for vintage clothes, check out my favorites here (and let me know if that doesn’t work, because I’ve never tried it before).
One of the best vintage shops on Etsy that I’ve found so far (and Amanda reminded me of today) is Dear Golden Vintage. They have some truly amazing dresses (just for fun, go admire this little $600 number), and they have some really good deals on some adorable vintage pieces. Here’s some of my recent favorites:
1930s Cotton Work-a-Day dress, $68.00
1950s Lace Wiggle Dress, $104
1940s Tuxedo Stripe Day Dress, $104
1950s Blue Eyelet Day Dress, $88
1950s Plaid Day Dress (this one’s totally Betty Draper, guys), $84
1950s Grey Party Dress, $104
1950s Wiggle Dress with Cardigan, $108
I hope you get some time this week to browse Etsy’s vintage treasure troves. There is something so extremely satisfying about buying pieces that are lovely, classic, and feminine, and, these day, entirely unique. Trust me, it’ll be hard to find clothes shopping at Target all that appealing once you’ve got hooked, which is a big step in the right direction if you’re slimming down your closet.