Guest Post ││ Five Steps to Help you create a Vintage Wardrobe

Do you often look at pictures of decades past and long to be able to wear those vintage garments such as 1950’s full skirts or the simple silhouettes of the 1940’s?

I adored watching “This Old Thing” hosted by Dawn O Porter where she attempted to convince shoppers to create their very own glamorous and personal style by buying vintage. Of course we all can’t have a personal shopper like Dawn but I hope the following basics will help you discover your glamorous and vintage style.

First I wanted to tell you why I buy vintage. For me vintage means quality, it means it was made with care and attention that mass produced cannot match. For me it means history. Whatever the item it has been pre-loved and pre-cherished. For me vintage also means individualism. Most items are one offs or limited finds. There are so many different styles and beautiful flourishes to vintage items that our modern mass produced items just cannot come close.

Step 1: Finding vintage clothing

While I do recommend having a rummage in your local charity shop, if you are new to buying vintage it would be better to shop online first so you can get a feel for what the difference is between vintage items and what is not. Vintage clothing has stood the test of time, those selling online will have sourced their items and only sell quality. Check out online stores such as Love Miss Daisy Vintage or My Vintage. You can view my preferred list of online vintage boutiques here.

Step 2: Start with the basics

It is worth starting with something basic when you are venturing in to vintage clothing. I would recommend a 1950’s cardigan or a little black dress, aim for something you will wear again and again and that will compliment what you already wear. I would also recommend looking at vintage accessories such as necklaces and brooches that will help you start to add that little bit of vintage glamour to your wardrobe.

Step 3: Be aware of the sizing

Sizing has changed dramatically over the years so please remember that you may not get the perfect fit, nor will you get vintage items in different sizes as you would in a modern day clothing store. But I suggest you don’t pay any attention to the size it says on the garment, instead channel your efforts in to measuring yourself and looking at the measurements of the vintage garment.

Step 4: Know your era

The most popular era in terms of vintage I would say is the 1950's, with the hourglass figure, the full skirts, the pale skin, perfect hair and red lips and of course the pencil skirts which restricted your movement! This era I would say was extremely sophisticated and the sparkling jewellery certainly added glamour.

Step 5: Don’t rush in

It is very easy to get caught up in the buying of clothes but for vintage items do your research, figure out which era you are truly interested in and shop around. Remember too there are shops that specialise in vintage reproduction items such as Lindy Bop or CollectIf but remember these are reproductions, they are not vintage but they can often be a good place to start if you are still concerned about buying vintage.

Above all, have fun and experiment

Written by Ellen from EL Feelgood’s Vintage Blog.

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Thanks to Ellen from EL FeelGood's Vintage blog for that wonderful guest post! I certainly enjoyed reading it, I am always looking for vintage fashion but I never know where to start. I loved the 5 steps and it's so easy for beginners to get to grips with

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