Friday, July 3, 2015

Top Five Fridays : 5 Tips for Vintage Nouxbies




Ok Ladies (and some Gents) Im sure this is long over due but it dawned on me that some of you have a lot of questions about Vintage Fashion! What to buy, Where to get it, understanding fit. Well here are a few tips after the jump!



For Vintage Nouxbies, diving in to this strange yet wonderful noux world can seem like a daunting task. When I first got my feet wet, I had no idea what I was doing! I knew I loved the fit, price, and quality and I became hooked. So for all my nouxbies here a few best practices to keep in mind when you're on the hunt!

1. Get Inspired!

One of the hardest parts of buying vintage is visualizing how to make it a relevant part of your wardrobe. One of my best suggestions is to get inspired! Research trends and eras to see how they're being worn on the runway or even by your favorite bloggers and instagramers! Seeing how others rock these looks will give you an idea on how you cans style these pieces on yourself. Plus having an idea or even creating a list of pieces can help make your first hunt a little more focused and easier!
Try creating a inspiration board through Pinterest or Polyvore or go old school and use magazine clippings!

2. If It Don't Fit, You Must Quit

No matter how good it looks or how cheap the price, if it doesn't fit leave it for the next vintage lover!
This especially applies if its too small! As much as we'd all like to admit we'll loose that 5-10 pounds its the unfourtunate reality that we won't and end up stuck with a piece and out of our cash. There are exceptions if the item is too big, but be completely honest with yourself about whether you can do the alterations or will actually make the time to have them done. 

When shopping vintage especially online, its very important to know your measurements! If you're unsure of how to do this, have a professional tailor do it or check out my how to guide here!
Knowing you're measurements will cut out a lot of confusion on fit when you don't have access to try something on. 

3. Leave No Stone Unturned 

When searching for vintage treasures there are many places to look. Some of the best places are thrift stores, your family members closets, yard sales, and my personal favorite- Estate sales!
No matter where you are looking though, be sure to look through every piece! While this may be tedious and sometimes a long process, when you cut corners in the hunt, you may pass over some of the best finds!

Bonus Tip:
-Dress in comfy layers that allow ease of slipping pieces over what you're wearing
(everywhere won't have a fitting room) and be sure to wear comfy shoes that are easy to get in and out of. 

But if you find that the hunt is not for you, then buy from a reputable dealer such as myself! (you know I had to plug myself) Check the site out here


4. Vintage Does Not Mean Buy, Even If the Price is Right!
When you're on your hunt, you're going to find pieces with prices too good to pass up. But sometimes that's exactly what you need to do! Just because you find a 3 piece  polyester suit for $1.99 doesn't mean you need it! Keep in mind, its probably dirt cheap for a reason.  
My rule of thumb is that if you can't figure out how to to style it, leave it were it is. Or when in doubt, phone a friend or ask a stranger!


5. Quality Always Beats Quantity 
Like everything in life, quality outweighs quantity every time and with vintage, this is especially true. When dealing with clothes over 30 years old, you have to be mindful that there may be some imperfections. So when you're making your purchases always inspect for anything that may hinder you from getting good use out your new find. 




2 comments:

  1. Totally agree with #2! I had a situation where I found a luxury brand high heel for a great price but couldn't quite fit the shoe but bought them anyway! I told myself I'd get them stretched but it's been like 4 years so...yeah. Needless to say I don't buy things I cant fit anymore!!

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    1. Girl I think we've all fell victim! I also fall victim to the "I'll take it in" black hole lol thanks for sharing April!

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