Not all old clothing can be considered as “vintage,” of course, but vintage clothing today is still as popular as ever, with truly classic lines in retro clothing stores, at garage sales, and in trendy boutiques. Celebrities are wearing vintage clothing, with nearly everyone on the lookout for retro bargains. There are lots of good reasons to buy vintage clothing, too. For one, it makes good sense.
First and foremost, vintage clothing is the ultimate in recycling – and recycling is more important than ever these days. Instead of buying a new outfit, one that might end up in a landfill someday, vintage clothing is often timeless and classic. Ever notice those animal prints that seem to be in every store in town? They’ve been in style for over forty years and show no sign of becoming unpopular soon. Go into a vintage clothing store and you’ll see that animal prints can easily be found, whether on a classic scarf, a skirt or even a pair of shoes. Why buy a brand new design when you can get the same animal print, usually with better clarity and definition, in a vintage style?
Vintage clothing is often much more quality than today’s fashions as well. “Yesterday’s” clothing was often made with hand sewn hems, lined fabrics, and imported buttons. Major fashion houses like Dior and Chanel, as well as others, can often be found on labels. If you are a savvy shopper, you know that today’s fashions are often not made with as nearly much care as yesterday’s. What does that mean for you? You can often get very high-quality fashion on a shoestring budget.
Use vintage clothing today to create “today’s” and trendy styles and looks. Don’t pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for them, though. Instead, buy retro fashions, and save money at the same time. You don’t have to tell anyone that you spent a fraction of the money to get what you would otherwise get in a boutique or other high-priced store. “Old is new again,” and that holds true for vintage clothing, too. You can still look stylish even in today’s tough economy. Again, you don’t have to tell anyone that you spent a fraction of the cost to look truly stylish.
Getting vintage clothing for yourself can be a wise investment, too. Fashions that are 40 years and older can have a higher value than when they were originally sold. For example, fashions from the 60s and other designer fashions from the era, including scarves and vintage ties, have become collectors’ items. You can turn these collectors items into pieces of art or accent pieces in your home, or you can simply wear them; either way, they can be passed down from one generation to the next, and stay in style all along.
Finally, instead of going for today’s “cookie-cutter” fashions, vintage clothing can truly make you stand out. Take your average outfit, and then add a vintage scarf or retro pin to spruce everything up. Suddenly, the outfit has gone from “drab” to interesting. Or, perhaps you want to wear clothing from a particular time period, such as bellbottoms or jeans that have been embroidered. Whatever look you want, have fun when you shop for vintage clothes and look for styles that are going to remain timeless, so that you can wear them over and over again.