it’s easier than ever to buy new clothing. There’s no longer a need to get off the couch-just point, click and wait 24 hours for the UPS man.
Buying vintage is a bit more complicated. Why make the extra effort? In short, why buy vintage?
Here are five very good reasons:
Vintage Has History
Vintage clothing has a past and learning or imagining it is part of the charm of wearing it. Often I purchase items from the original owner who tells me the stories associated with their clothing: where they bought it, where they wore it, and why they kept it all these years.
Owning and wearing vintage clothing is a way of honoring a small gem from another era.
Vintage is One of a Kind
In the modern globalized world, you can buy the same clothing at the same retailer in Tokyo, Toronto or Toledo. As an antidote to all that sameness, there is something wonderful about wearing a garment that is singular and that nobody else will be wearing.
There is so much creativity expressed in older clothing , from the overall silhouette to the details (the fabrics, the prints, the trim). This all adds to the specialness that come with fine vintage.
Vintage clothing has a character, uniqueness, whimsy and artistry that is lacking in modern, factory produced pieces sold in chain stores.
Vintage is High Quality
In the past, people had less clothing and they kept it longer. Vintage clothing was constructed to last; there was more emphasis on it being well made. Better materials and techniques were used and there was more sewing done by hand. Very often the cut, quality and fabric of older clothes is better than modern garments. It is not uncommon to find luxurious details like French seams, generous hems, and exquisitely crafted pleats on older garments.
By wearing vintage, you have the chance to experience true luxury construction at a less-than-luxury price.
Vintage is an Investment
How many pieces of new clothing can you buy and expect them to last more than a season, much less keep their value? Many pieces of vintage clothing have value that raises with time. There will never be more 1950’s wiggle dresses, 1960’s Pucci silks, or 1970’s high waisted Levi’s bell bottoms made. Because they become harder and harder to find, with time these garments become more valuable. Vintage is money well spent.
Vintage Is Available in All Styles
What if a particular cut of clothing works with your body type but isn’t the style being offered in stores right now? Vintage encompasses all styles from all eras and it’s all available to you. So if a you happen to feel comfortable and look great in a particular style, you don’t have to wait for it to become a trend. Vintage offers style and fit options for every body.
The most compelling reason is how a vintage garment makes you feel: fabulous!