The word "vintage" means "from the past." When it comes to clothing, items that are around 20 years old are considered vintage. (Antique clothing is about 100 years old.) usually, Vintage clothing is secondhand (previously worn). Items that mimic past trends, whether they are vintage or vintage-inspired, are called "retro." The Unworn clothing typically found in bulk in warehouses and factories—is known as "deadstock" but generally is not vintage.
With the huge number of retro lace dress online, it may seem impossible to find the one that perfectly matches your style. If that's the case and all seems lost every time you go dress hunting, then consider trying on a few vintage wedding dresses. If shopping vintage never crossed your busy bridal mind, you can't go wrong with a timeless, one-of-a-kind style that doesn't involve delving deeply into your budget. You never have to worry about other brides copying your look.
Vintage shopping is an adventure. But, with a few simple skills, you can develop your unique vintage style.
Keep an open mind. Unlike stores that usually sell new clothing in every color and size, vintage stores are stocked with one-of-a-kind pieces. Do not go vintage shopping if you're looking for a specific item because you probably won't find it. Instead, use a mood board for inspiration, and you might leave with great vintage finds.
Set a time limit-
Vintage shopping can be overwhelming if you are shopping at a large thrift store or flea market. As sellers rarely organize by style, the best way to find hidden treasures is to flip through every piece. One best way to avoid vintage shopping fatigue is to set a time limit. Pop into the thrift store for 30 minutes (or an hour for experienced ones), search thoroughly, and head to the dressing room when your time is up.
Try anything you like-
Sizing between brands depends widely—especially when it comes to vintage dresses. Earlier, sizes skewed much smaller, and in addition, washing can shrink pieces. So when it comes to vintage shopping, the size on the tag is virtually useless. To know if a garment fits, you will need to try it on.
In many cases where a fitting room isn't available, such as online or at flea markets, your best bet is to know your measurements. So first, ask online sellers for exact measurements of the item. Then, when shopping in person, bring a small measuring tape to measure the items yourself.
Search for flaws-
Often Vintage clothing has flaws: stains, rips, stuck zippers, missing buttons. Before making a purchase, inspect your item for any flaws. (If you are shopping online, look for items with a lot of high-quality images, and ask the seller directly if the item has flaws or not.) If you fall in love with a flawed item, then ask yourself if you can live with the damage, or it will always bother you. Some flaws are fixable, like too-long pants that need to be hemmed. Other flaws, like fraying silk, aren't. Don't expect to remove any stains yourself, and don't buy items that need mending unless you'll mend them.
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