Your Guide to Vintage Shopping

Okay, so I haven’t posted in almost two weeks and I feel so bad about it even though I shouldn’t! Moving back to university just took it out of me and I haven’t managed to get myself organised until now (I’m still totally disorganised even now to be honest). Anyway, I wanted to start working on the fashion aspect of my blog since I’ve featured so much university based content so far. Although I absolutely love posting university pieces, I do want to build up the other categories on my blog because I noticed that some of them are completely empty and it’s starting to bother me now. I thought I’d do a little post about vintage shopping because I feel like it’s become such a huge part of fashion, especially since the colder months are coming up and nothing beats a vintage coat! So here it goes…

To get the most out of your style, vintage shopping is such a great alternative to the usual high-street and online shopping that has taken over in the last few years. Not only do you find unique pieces to spice up your slowly dulling wardrobe but they also often end up being a lot cheaper than the new equivalent would be on the high-street.

Vintage shopping is something that I try to do frequently but I find it can be difficult as I’m away at university for most of the year and I don’t have the same quality of vintage shops surrounding me in my university town as I do in my home city. But for those of you that are lucky enough to have great vintage shops in your city (I’m so jealous of you right now) I thought I’d give you some tips on how to, and what to look for when you vintage shop. Whether you look in your local vintage stores or at pop-up markets, you can always find an interesting piece or two to amp up your wardrobe for the new season.

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Jackets and coats

Vintage shops are the absolute best place to find crazy beautiful jackets and coats – I have so many vintage coats from velvet blazers to 70s original suede coats. You really won’t be able to find better outwear anywhere other than in a great vintage shop. Where better to get a 70s inspired jacket than an actual original piece of 70s clothing straight out of a vintage store?

Something that I will never understand is paying more money to get a 60s style overcoat when you could go to a vintage shop and buy a genuine 60s overcoat for a fraction of the price. Before you shell out huge amounts of money on an autumn style staple, think about going vintage!

Made in the UK

There’s always a variation in quality between different high street store’s clothing and vintage clothing stores are no exception. It’s completely true that certain items of clothing are made more successfully in different countries depending on the style e.g. the UK makes great outwear but aren’t great at lightweight clothing because we never need it, thanks to our dreadful weather. So whenever I buy anything vintage that is in its original state (e.g. hasn’t been remade/reworked) I always check to see where it was made. Especially when it comes to leather jackets or suede dresses as, if the label says Made in the UK, you know for sure that its an original, great quality piece of clothing. What is important to remember is if its lasted that long already imagine how long it’ll last once you snap it up in your wardrobe!

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Stay Open Minded

Something that’s really important to keep in mind when you’re shopping vintage is that you never know what you’re looking for. Ever found yourself going out to buy something specific like a simple black dress and finding it near impossible to do that because you’re searching too hard? Its the same in vintage shops. The best way to shop in them is to enter not knowing what you’re looking for. You never know what you’ll end up coming out with…but isn’t that part of the excitement of vintage shopping?

Know your sizing

I feel like so many of us get put off buying something if we have to go a size or two up from our usual sizes and we shouldn’t! There’s such a huge variation in size from shop to shop and we shouldn’t feel bad about ourselves if we need to size up. A lot of vintage clothing has a smaller fit than the size that is indicated on the item of clothing, for example, a UK size 12 vintage jacket is actually a UK size 8 in today’s sizing. So when it comes to finding great vintage pieces you shouldn’t feel disheartened by the need to buy a larger size than you normally would. Instead, you should feel super excited about the amazing one-of-a-kind piece that you’ve just bagged yourself!

Never Buy Smaller

Speaking of sizing, never buy a vintage piece that is slightly too small for you. It’s likely that if it doesn’t fit in the shop it isn’t going to fit in a few weeks either. The best piece of advice I could give you is to actually buy a bigger size. If the piece is slightly over-sized you can make it fit by wearing layers underneath and if not, there are plenty of ways to get it altered to fit your shape more successfully for a fairly small fee.

*For anyone visiting London and wanting to check out the vintage shopping scene then I’d definitely recommend heading to Brick Lane Market in East London on a Sunday for all of your vintage needs.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post, let me know what you thought in the comments and tell me your favourite vintage spots! Again, I apologise for not posting in almost two weeks but I’m back and ready to get back on track with my scheduling!

Female Original

14 Comments

  1. kekoaskorner
    October 1, 2017

    Since I watched GirlBoss I’d love to do some vintage shopping that’s why this post caught my eye. I don’t think there is a lot out there in my city but I will Deffo head to brick Lane next time I’m in london😍😍😍👏👏

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    1. femaleoriginal
      October 1, 2017

      I haven’t seen that but wanted to watch it! Definitely check it out the next time you’re in London on a Sunday😊 xx

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      1. kekoaskorner
        October 1, 2017

        Oh yes do it! I adore that show 😄 I Deffo will! I’ll let you know how it was 😀 xx

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  2. cerealstyle
    October 5, 2017

    Girl this is gold! Wish I lived in the UK!
    Loved all your trips thanks for sharing X
    I’ve done a similar post on snagging bargains at thrift stores X

    https://www.cerealstyle.com/?p=183

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    1. femaleoriginal
      October 6, 2017

      Aw so glad you liked it! I’m gonna check yours out now xx

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  3. Katey
    October 7, 2017

    I love to vintage shop!! These are all very good tips. I have quite a few vintage clothes to sell, so I might start my own (online) store. 😀
    Femenish

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    1. femaleoriginal
      October 7, 2017

      Oooh cool! Glad you liked my post! Xx

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  4. itsloulouc
    October 15, 2017

    Love these tips! And I need to do more vintage shopping, my nan used to take me all the time when I was younger, and then I just stopped! X

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    1. femaleoriginal
      October 15, 2017

      Aw thank you! So glad you liked the post 🙂 I need to get back into it as well xx

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  5. Nele
    October 17, 2017

    Such a great article! I love vintage shopping and especially in Manchester there’s so many cute vintage shops to go into! I always get overwhelmed by the amount of stuff in these shops though… Usually I only find something good when I’m prepared to go through all the racks haha!

    xxx Nele | http://www.thenavigatio.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      October 17, 2017

      Aw thank you! I definitely agree with you there – it can be super overwhelming trying to find great pieces. I’ve never been vintage shopping in Manchester before, only in my home city (Liverpool) and London xx

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  6. jennv
    October 23, 2017

    Great post, definitely makes me want to try out vintage shops !! I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award !! Check out my post && learn more on how you can pay it forward to other bloggers 🙂 https://jennv.me/2017/10/23/nominated-for-the-blogger-recognition-award/

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    1. femaleoriginal
      October 23, 2017

      You should definitely give it a go! I’ve literally just found the best coat ever in my latest vintage shopping trip 😊
      Aw thank you so much! Xx

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