how to buy vintage


Over the past year, I’ve started buying a lot of vintage clothing. Not only is it better for the planet, but you also contribute to a better economy. How? Well, your cash goes directly into small businesses (often run by women), rather than badly paid retail staff and ridiculously paid CEOs. Not only that, but it’s guilt-free spending. And, as we kick off #secondhandseptember, here’s the stuff you need to know about shopping 70’s style. 

Measure up

The biggest problem with vintage items is fit. Sizing with vintage clothing isn’t the same as sizing today, so if you’re in store, always try on. Pre-1960s clothing was mostly tailor-made so, don’t expect labels or sizing in most of them.  

If you’re buying through Depop or eBay, then always ask for measurements. Or, even better, a photo of the item on. 

Take a look at your wardrobe

With vintage clothing, it’s really easy to get seduced by the array of styles and prints. It’s great to experiment, but if you hate bold prints in contemporary clothing, then you probably won’t love them on a vintage item. 

Buying online? Read the reviews

My biggest pet peeve with vintage sellers are businesses that don’t wash items before they sell them. It means that you end up with the very ‘distinctive’ vintage smell. Followed by a trip to the dry cleaner - that 1960s dress is not one for your washing machine.

So, read reviews of the seller, or ask around. I normally message a few people on Instagram first to check what they thought of the seller before I buy. 

The vintage shops I swear by?