What do you look for when you shop vintage?
I look for fabric, fit and wearability. Fabric is really important because it is going to determine how the fit will be. Some of my favorite fabrics are cotton, linen, silk, and rayon. Fit is important because it determines which silhouette or look you are wanting — oversized, fitted, or structured.
What brands hold up best through the years?
Anything that is true vintage from the 1930s-1960s holds up well. The tailoring and fabrics during these eras were made to last. Even now, these pieces are wearable and hold up better than most department store items.
Are there any vintage styles making a comeback in 2020?
Vintage is always copied in contemporary fashion. Stripes, polka dots, and patterns from the 1970s are being seen on the streets and in runway fashion. Today you’ll find a lot of classic day dress silhouettes, wide legged pants, and color blocking.
Are there any summer patterns or colors you’re excited about?
We just got finished with a spring 2020 photoshoot and used very vibrant tangerine, mauve, yellow, and greens. I am always excited about stripes.
What do you suggest for those who’ve never shopped vintage before?
Make sure you know your measurements and fabrics. We have always been able to give high quality customer service because we can measure our customers and consult about which styles best fit their body type that make them comfortable. We have a measurement guide on our website that helps translate modern sizing to inches. also find fabrics that are structured or stretchy are important in fit and comfort.
What draws you to vintage clothes as opposed to buying new items?
Vintage items have a higher quality and tailoring you just don’t find in most modern clothing. The fabrics last longer and are meant to be worn. Not to mention how unique the colors and prints are — I like wearing something that no one else has. I tell our customers “It will pay itself off in compliments.” New items are fast fashion and often sourced from companies that have bad environmental policies. I think if more people were educated about garment factories and conditions for their employees they might change their mind about supporting big chain stores with low quality.
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