When you hear the word vintage what comes to mind? Do your thoughts immediately conjure up old, dusty, mildewed memories from your Grandmothers closet? Or do your thoughts settle on flapper dresses and gangster hats, mini skirts and gogo boots, leather jackets and poodle skirts? According to those who know… a vintage clothing buff will insist that the clothing be from the 1920’s – 1960’s.
There were many great fashion designers
during these decades. In the 20’s it was Coco Chanel
. In the 30’s it was Elsa Shiraparelli and Madeleine Vionnet
. In the 40’s it was Christian Dior. In the 50’s it was Hubert de Givenchy. in the 60’s it was Mary Quant
and Pierre Cardin and Yves Saint Laurent. I have only mentioned the more familiar but the list of influential fashion designers is extensive. If you have pension for vintage clothing you may find it helpful to keep a list of the designers and picture of their label handy for quick reference when you are rummaging through a vintage clothing store
There are a few things you should know before jumping in with both feet. You should begin by doing a little research. Check out the fashion trends for each decade and decide which one best suits your style. This will help you narrow your focus as you begin sorting through the mountains of clothes that you will find at your local thrift store or vintage clothing shop.
There are some really great resources available to help you develop a shopping plan. Here are a couple that you may find helpful; How to Shop for Vintage Clothing
on WikiHow and How to find Vintage Clothing at FinnFlair
In Houston there are several great vintage clothing stores. This particular day I rummaged through Retropolis. Which is really more retro than vintage clothing shop. When I say rummage I mean it in every sense of the word. This place was packed from the front door to the second floor ceiling. It also gets lots of traffic and most of what was there will probably be there until Halloween when someone needs a “vintage” outfit for this years costume. I am just calling it like I see it.
Do you have a favorite vintage clothing item? How did it come into your possession? Did it belong to a Great Aunt or was it a thrift store find? I hope you will share your vintage story.