When wearing vintage clothing, I can’t help but wonder about the person who owned the piece before me. Did they truly love the item? How did they like to style it?
While it’s likely that most of my vintage treasures spent their lives overlooked in the back of closets, I always like to imagine they meant something more.
My top three tips for vintage shopping:
1. Take a walk. Vintage/thrift stores can be overwhelming. If nothing grabs your attention within one sweep around a store, I recommend moving onto another.
2. Imagine the Possibilities. Find a great piece but it’s too large? You can always alter it. I once found an emerald green Christian Dior silk skirt at a thrift store for eight bucks. The only problem: it was four sizes too large. After a trip to my alterations lady, it’s become one of my favorite items in my closet.
3. Be Ruthless. There is no great deal or designer find that can make permanent stains or holes look chic. Be realistic about what can be repaired and what cannot.