How to Buy Vintage Fashions
They're all the rage, whether it's on the red carpet or a fun party look. Michelle Obama sported the first vintage dress worn by a First Lady during 2010 holiday festivities. Vintage fashions are defined as new or secondhand garments that were made in a previous era, typically the 1920s-1980s. This retro apparel can be found in consignment shops, thrift shops and online for prices and quality that vary widely. There are even sites like ModCloth.com that offer vintage styles in new materials. But as you search for that perfect garment from yesteryear, there are a few tips to keep in mind. The most reliable way to gauge the quality of a vintage garment is to see it in person. This way, you can feel the quality of the fabric, smell it and try it on. Old garments may have been in storage for years, hence the reason for examining the fabric and smelling it. Sizing has changed over the years, so even if it does still have its inside tags, then you'll still want to try it on. If there are flaws in the garment, such as tears, stains, zipper issues or other problems, it's important to investigate what can be fixed and what you're willing to have fixed if a tailor needs to get involved.