Shop with an open mind. The best finds are "happened upon," and rarely when you are looking for them.
Try everything on! A 1920's flapper dress might look awkward on a hanger, yet fall beautifully on the body. Similarly, just because the mannequin bearing vintage Chanel calls your name doesn't mean the suit will fit.
As with fine couture, get to know your sales staff. They are more likely to call you when they locate a special item if you've built a relationship.
Seek out the extraordinary, and don't be afraid to mix and match. Pair a frivolous 1940's beaded clutch with a tailored designer suit.
Check details. Your garment should be in good shape overall, but consider replacing the lining or buttons to update -- and refresh -- your lucky find.
Once-over a beaded clutch or a sequined sweater. Who wants a project? Make sure the item is ready to wear so you don't have a lot of repair work to do when you get home.
If the age of the item is important to you (you must have a 1920's velvet cloche hat), then ask the clerk to identify the item for you. Discerning stores tag their clothing and accessories with both a description and a decade.
Don't depend on labels. There are incredibly designed garments that weren't created by recognizable designers.
Ask if your name can be added to a mailing or e-mail list, so you'll be first in line when your favorite shop welcomes new items or throws an annual sale!
Original labels, engravings (for signed jewelry, flatware, and vases, in particular), and factory stickers keep your prized possessions valuable should you choose to resell at a later date.
Because of size differences in
vintage clothing, we measure everything
to US sizing charts (inches) and try to be
as accurate as possible. If you need help
with converting US sizes into international
sizes, please refer to the link below!