Why do some people love vintage clothing, while others hate it?
The whimsy and unique nature of vintage clothing are just a few of the reasons people love to buy vintage. Unfortunately, there are many people just don’t seem to appreciate this and treat vintage garments — no matter how valuable or beautiful they may be — as nothing more than “old used clothes.”
If you identify with the latter, here are five reasons you should consider changing your ways. If you’d have no problem borrowing clothes from your best friend, then you’re already well on your way to enjoying vintage clothing. All you need is a little encouragement and a change in attitude. Here are our top 5 reasons you shouldn’t be afraid of buying vintage clothing.
You Know You’re Getting Quality
If an item of clothing was made in the 60s and still looks great, then you know that you’re getting real quality! Can you imagine your favourite dress from Topshop still looking great in the 2070s? Most modern fast fashion isn’t designed to last longer than a season, so when you buy vintage, you know you’re getting a quality item that is designed to last.
Cleaning Vintage Clothing Isn’t Hard
A lot of people shy away from vintage clothing because they assume it will all be dry clean only. This simply isn’t the case and there are plenty of guides available for cleaning vintage clothing. Many items from the 60s and onwards are low maintenance and machine washable. So if you’re worried that your vintage clothing will smell, there’s plenty you can do to prevent this!
You’ll Never Be Caught Wearing The Same Thing
If you’ve ever arrived at a wedding wearing the same dress as someone else, then you’ll know how awkward this can be. Seeing someone else wearing the same thing will always make you feel like your outfit choice isn’t that special. When you buy vintage, you can almost guarantee that no one else will be wearing the same thing.
The Tailor Is Your Friend
A common misconception about vintage clothing is that the sizing is weird and you’ll never find anything that fits right. While this might be partly true, the beauty of vintage clothing is that it is often designed to be tailored. Finding an incredible vintage designer jacket and getting it tailored to your shape is one of the greatest feelings. Find a good tailor who can make alterations and you’ll soon have an incredible wardrobe of one-of-a-kind pieces that look like they were made just for you.
Sometimes They Are Barely Worn
Every piece of vintage clothing tells a story, and sometimes that story is that the item was only worn once or twice. It isn’t uncommon for estate sales to unearth items of clothing that have been locked away in a closet for a lifetime. So, if you’re concerned about wearing tatty old clothes, then you might be surprised to learn that a lot of vintage clothing is pretty much unworn.
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