The great debate of what to buy new and what to buy vintage.
As I've become a regular vintage goer, I've picked up a few tricks and tips of the trade in order to maximize the pure awesomeness that is vintage clothing. As vintage shops have become more mainstream thanks to social media, the prices have also hitched- also known as "designer" vintage. Whilst, I'm all for a great curated collection of 60s band tees and perfectly fitted 501s, you have to remember that the treasure hunt is half the fun of the great hunt. In correlation to that, always enjoy the hunt. Find that awesome Prada coat for $6. It's discovering a whole new world.
My tips for vintage shopping begin with the big one: budget. Walking into a thrift store or vintage flea can be intense and overwhelming. Having a game plan, along with a budget in mind, keeps you organized and avoids the frivolous purchases of six pairs of flared denim trousers and sequined gowns.
Tip two is to check out online. I know, I know. I said that the hunt is half the fun. But, my friends, the hunt can be conquered within your own humble abode or in transit. My two favorite online shops are Honey Vintage and The Vintage Twin. eBay, Etsy, and Depop are also some other options if you'd prefer digging through the digital space.
When asked what to buy vintage vs new, the answer is whatever your heart desires. For me, most denim pieces in my closet are vintage; ranging from reconstructed Wranglers to overalls scored in Chelsea flea. I also like finding some random pieces like Lacoste sweaters and polos for the ideal modern take on 80s preppie. If vintage makes you a little bit weary, stores like The Reformation have many vintage accessories and remake older pieces into something new. I personally have never purchased any evening wear or accessories via thrift stores, but like I stated... whatever floats your boat.
If you need some more convincing on why to shop vintage, think of the environment.
Sustainable fashion is cool!
Whilst higher-end brands are promoting the remaking of older and dull materials, how about embracing the cycle of clothes with the vintage road? I'm not saying to only shop vintage, but how about limiting your own carbon footprint and think about how we can reduce waste and promote substainable clothing in our own life?
I hope I've changed your mind for those weary on vintage shopping, and for those who understand how awesome it is.... homies 4 lyfe.