Why Going Vintage Creates Quality Lifestyle
Vintage Clothing can’t make a comeback, it was already in your wardrobe, but you gave it away.
Buying your clothes from a vintage shop, either in a specialist store or the local charity is a catalyst for many new and interesting shopping experiences.
One of them is saving money and finding bargains that you will not find elsewhere. Everybody loves to come across a bargain where they feel like it’s their lucky day.
Vintage shopping is about looking for something unique — what could be more fun that that?
You are bringing quality back into your life, and rendering a much needed service to our planet.
The other reasoning for the new interest in vintage shopping, is that it is an excellent way to avoid giving more money to corporate entities. They make products that will be thrown into a trash can within six months time.
Vintage has been around for a long, long time, it was always under our noses.
Now, it’s time to get serious ,buy it back and keep it.
Vintage is not only about clothing, it can cover any item that is useful to human beings — although, I wouldn’t buy a vintage gas cooker or fridge, there are many other household items that were made many years ago and would only bring quality into the kitchen or dining room.
I’ve recently purchased table chairs from the 1950s, at a good price, they look great in Carver Style, and crafted wood, finished by a carpenter. They are comfortable and solid with years of sitting still in them. They replaced four folding plastic chairs from a well known Swedish company. The plastic chairs snapped and bent after one year. The wooden chairs were made, partly by hand, over 60 years ago. They will outlast me and my cats, for sure.
I know a person who owns a vintage car, 300Sl Station wagon from Sweden. It has an original radio installed, leather seats, chrome finish and whitewall tires that make it look like it should be permanently parked outside a drive in diner. It’s fabulous.
Clothes, station wagons, or dining room chairs, are the basis of used things that are always in circulation, and often not far from our homes. It’s always up to us whether we allow them to be channeled into a truck headed for a city dump and the crushing machine, or for us to take responsibility and give them further use.
Buying vintage clothes can lead to lucky days for some, those who seek, find and enjoy. Vintage is everywhere, even your neighbors have good old stuff that is useful to others, they want to get rid of it, and I’m sure somebody can use it.
More and more vintage, second hand, charity shops are opening and finding success as people realise that it is important to get on-board and do something about the mounting plastic heaps on our planet.
Buying vintage for your wardrobe is a learning experience, if you want to go out and find something that really does the job for you, then a little pre- knowledge about what you’re looking for, and how to recognize it won’t go amiss.
Fun factors in hunting for top quality, low priced and sustainable clothes and accessories are everywhere. The world is a vintage market place.
As you begin to get into the idea that there’s something in this vintage buying idea, then you’r brain will start noticing garments and cool looking duds all over town.
Every shop window will be an opportunity to browse, lock and load, and step inside for a quick chat about the jacket that looks like it’s top quality tweed, or those Levi jeans that are in great condition, 501s, and might fit you and your budget.
Vintage hunters love the inspiration that comes with shopping for thrifty items that still have many years of wear and tear left in them. The results of a day out vintage shopping often end in cherished pieces of clothing and furniture.
Knowledge feeds inspiration. If you start to buy vintage, you’ll want to be able to look with knowledgeable eyes.
Luckily, we have the internet of everything to search for anything we need. This includes excellent articles on vintage clothing, and accessories.
Picking up on ideas about textiles and fabrics, how to recognize tailor made from off the peg clothes when they are vintage isn’t half as hard as you might think.
Even an hour’s reading can give you a lot to think about and the ability to get creative about what to look for in a garment.
Lately, the Television series, “Peaky Blinders”, written by Stephen Knight,has inspired fashion. The Butchers cap, the Oxford shirt, and tweed textiles have been making a comeback due to the Shelby family of Birmingham , England.
The T.V. series, set at the end of the First World War, shows an accurate portrayal of clothing from those times. And to be honest, they don’t look half bad, you know. Men donning flat caps that enhance a handsome face, the women wearing beautiful dresses as everyday wear, floral patterns, colors that, at that time, were expensive due to manufacturing processes. All this, recreated by the brilliant costume designer, Stephanie Collie
Tweed jackets and long coats, which seem to be this winter’s fashion when I search the catalogs. Half-boots with elastic, and yes, button down collars which have always been in style.
Vintage clothes buying has an enormous impact on the fight to literally save the planet from becoming a cesspit of rotting caste offs, the tremendous amounts of waste that is generated by the fast clothing industries today, is one of the foremost contributors to a very real and present problem.
When you buy a vintage piece, its bound to have more quality than this years top fashion performers. It’ll be a pleasure to wear and have more in common with you and your feelings than an off the peg clothing item that everybody else has already bought.
When you buy vintage clothes, you make solid choices about a quality item which will become part of your evergreen wardrobe. Choosing a coat, you’ll be hard pressed to find a decent nylon like vintage coat, and therefore be confronted with wool coats, tweed coats, cotton/wool mixes that will do the job they’re designed to do, keep you warm in winter. The next would be your fashion and style choices about the coat or jacket that you’re looking at.
This is where your little bit of pre-knowledge-homework comes into play.
While browsing styles and textiles, makers and tailors of past times, you would also look at the practicalities of how it fits into your own lifestyle. Is it for business wear, smart going out, shabby going out, or do you want to find some vintage duds that really were worn by a 1990s fashion freaks, punks of the seventies, or a beautiful Crombie coat that has the history of night clubs, music, and two lovers smooching over a pint of lager and lime?
When you know what you’re seeking, you will find it. There is so much vintage out there, people are tripping over it. Let’s not waste it.
When you buy clothes that are quality, and you know they fit your own ideas of style, then fitting them to your physical form is important, it will look one hundred percent improved, it will look like it’s made for you. And because of that, you will cherish it and keep it as a mainstay part of your wardrobe.
Knowing your own sizing is extremely important when buying clothes.
A great looking shirt, blouse, a skirt or trousers, may “fit” when tried on, but bottom dollar says that with a little bit of investment in adjustments at your local tailor adds the finishing touch to a top quality garment.
Whether you are looking to style yourself with a Twenties-Look, or just roll back to the nineties fashions and have that modern, trendy style of retro about you, vintage shopping will become an adventurous escapade into the realms of possibilities that you didn’t know existed in your own mind, or in the shops close to your home.