Skirt pencil pants leg to eph’, seventies leather jacket, dress Charleston, designer bag: for several years, vintage has the wind in its sails. But how to spot the good deal of pure scam? We will help you.
It is a global phenomenon and growing to new followers among the shopping addicts. The vintage boutiques and thrift shops popping up everywhere in town. And not a week passes without seeing pass on Instagram looks allegedly vintage. But who knows that the vintage is the’ origin a wine term, used to refer to an exceptional vintage of a certain age?
Who knows also that before being the subject of an almost cult, the term had been hijacked in the 1980s to stigmatize clothing, Accessories and objects “has-been?” Today, it is just the opposite and the word is used too often to fig leaf: ” has made, already replaced sentence already vintage,” says wisely Cathy Robin, author of the Guide of the Paris Vintage, a book published in 2015 to the editions of the oak. But knowing dig up the right vintage piece in this increasingly bloated offer is not necessarily obvious.
Cathy advice before purchase:
Move the magnifying glass “pressure points” clothing
Lapel, collar and wrists: their State of wear will tell you about the real origin of clothing. Ditto with the linings and inside pockets. If they are spotless, no doubt, you have to do to fake vintage!
Pay attention to materials and labels
Torn label? Distrust, well into the 1990s, remove the labels was not a common practice. Lycra in a 1950s pencil skirt? Mistrust also, it’s impossible.
Beware large chains
The vintage is a matter of enthusiasts who spend their time to find rare pieces and appraise them. As a result, they rarely have time to have more than one store to their name! «Kilishop, is good but we’re already in industrial.» What are steps of merchants passionate, what are employees,” adds Cathy Robin.
In-store, bend fittings
Do not forget that the morphologies have changed through the decades. In the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, women were smaller and more petite. A 36 or 38 of the time no longer meets today’s standards. Ditto with the shoes!
On the Internet, claim a max of pictures and d ‘ news
In vintage, nothing can replace the feel and try on. If you do an e-shop or an Internet user, plan ahead and require a maximum of information and photos. Feel free to read through the reviews of other users, to ask for pictures of the product from all angles and have as much details in writing. “It will avoid a lot of unpleasant surprises,” says Cathy.
You dare not? Error. It is the language of bargain hunters and fripiers! Haggling is part of the game. You can find arguments: buttons not original, lining threadbare, needing a touch-up, etc.
Not convinced yet? Take a look at the 5 golden rules for buy Smart in thrift stores and if you’re Parisian get Cathy Robin guide to find addresses fashion and lifestyle.
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