Lessons from the experts – how to shop vintage and the best online vintage retailers

how to shop vintage

The key to shopping vintage is to have a clear idea of what you are looking for, check the trends, try to find an equivalent piece at a fraction of the original price and best of all, it will be unique.  This season is all about florals, midi skirts and shirt dresses and this is what I search for when I head online or into a store.  Don’t be worried if an item is too big as you can always have it altered and try to look for cottons, silks and linens, also, avoid acrylics.

Last week I headed to one of my favourite shops (worth visiting when next in London) SK Vintage.  Not all vintage shops buy or edit as well as this store and Sarah will always find you a piece as she has a brilliant eye. Kate Moss uses SK Vintage and hardly buys anything new.

how to shop vintage

I brought along my friend, the Queen of Vintage Shopping, Deborah Sheridan Taylor.  I have learned so much from her about what to look for when I head to a vintage shop.

The bottom ruffle dress from SK Vintage on Jane

The bottom ruffle dress from SK Vintage on Jane

Lots of my friends had dismissed vintage as they felt they were too old.  You do, however, have to be careful about what you choose and you cannot wear it head to toe but the odd well chosen piece will lift your wardrobe. The dress Jane choose above is full on trend, it takes in ruffles and floral but in a grown up manner.

Vintage belts

Vintage belts great way to test the waters , always search for silks like this kimono jacket

Shopping vintage is brilliant for when you want something new to wear but don’t want to spend a lot of money.  I would rather check for a vintage piece than buy more high street.  Most likely, no one else has the same piece, and you can end up trading up, getting better cuts and fabrics for your money.

Bag full on trend from SK Vintage

Bag full on trend from SK Vintage

SK Vintage is local to me but I am happy to support Overdress Vintage, Open for Vintage, Rokit Vintage, Modes and More and Peekaboo Vintage.  Also, always check Asos Marketplace and Etsy not to mention Oxfam online.

Look out for Vintage Levis and Belts

Look out for Vintage Levis and Belts

Check out our top tips for shopping vintage on the video below I will be sharing lots more on Instagram and on my YouTube channel .

I am looking for vintage belts, mini bags, A-line skirts and summer dresses.  I will add some of my favourite pieces below just to give you an idea of what you can find.  You will have to search but it is so worth the investment to find something unique and if you are looking to shop Vintage please do email us on catwalkschoolgates@gmail.com and we will try to help you. If you are a vintage retailer also drop us a line so we can include you in my next edit.

Will be adding vintage pieces every Thursday to the Wear What I Wear section of the blog.

 


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