FAQ How to Shop Vintage.

Vintage shopping is a great way to find a one of a kind piece that no one else has. Wearing vintage clothes has become increasingly popular. Not only does is give you a quirky edge but its eco-friendly as well. So looking great and helping the environment has got to be a plus!

1. What is Vintage?

It is important to know the difference between vintage and second-hand. Vintage is from the 80’s or earlier and second-hand is all clothing that has been pre owned.

2. Where can you find vintage clothing?

The main places you can find vintage clothing are vintage fashion fairs, specially designed vintage shops and boutiques. My personal favorite is Beyond Retro, a vintage shop in London.

It’s important to know that boutiques are usually more expensive than any other vintage places, only because the shop owner has specially chosen the clothing, and the customer will have to pay for extra expenses for the ease of shopping.

If you don’t want to pay extra and feel that you want to make your purchases that little bit more special, then why not try to do the legwork yourself. Don’t forget that charity shops, boot fairs and the Internet are great places to look. And if you want to be really clever and find purchases that could potentially be free, then why not try rummaging in friends and families wardrobes and lofts. You never know what the older generation are holding back, and never forget one person’s trash is another person’s treasures!

3. What to wear when shopping?

Not all vintage shops have dressing rooms, so prepare yourself by wearing clothes that you can slip garments over the top, maybe a tank top and leggings.

4. How do I know if its authentic vintage?

Don’t be fouled by labels, they may have been tampered with. Look for hand-sewn in or handwritten labels in your garment, purse or scarf. There are resources on the Internet to check designer labels. Couture designers rarely added size labels or content to their older garments and accessories.

5. Are the sizes of vintage garments the same as a modern size chart?

Sizes change through the decades and vary from different brands. The best way to tell if a garment is going to fit you is by trying it on. Don’t be afraid to try on even if a piece of clothing isn’t your size.


If you find an item you love but it’s too big, don’t worry because it can be adjusted. Try and only go for items slightly bigger then your normal size because the vast adjustments can tamper with the style of clothing. Also don’t forget to consider the cost of the tailor as well as the full price of the garment.