1. Antique clothing is generally anything prior to 1920s. These usually run small in size and are made of delicate fabrics.
  2. Vintage clothing runs from the 1920s to the early 1970s.
  3. Look out for interesting styles and cuts, remember sizes are often inaccurate, don’t even look, just try them on. It takes longer, but it’s part of the fun.
  4. If items are perfect they will be pricey. Any signs of wear mean they have been well loved and worn.
  5. A good way to start your vintage collection is with a pair of shoes. Always get re-heeled and remember sizes from the 40s and 50s tend to come up half a size smaller than today’s measurements.
  6. Look for garments that flatter your figure. The 1920s particularly suits slight frames, the 50s suits more curvaceous and 60s often suits long and leggy.
  7. Dress to impress. Rather than slavishly following the latest look, you can wear whatever you like. Go to a party in a period outfit, and you can guarantee that no one will be wearing the same dress.
  8. Never store clothes with stains on, get stains out straight away! Vintage fabrics are much harder to clean than modern day.
  9. Be on the hunt for statement pieces. An antique dress or even just a vintage handbag can be a great icebreaker.
  10. Know second hand from vintage. You may find vintage at second hand shops, but vintage clothes are at least 30 years old.
  11. Mix and Match. Incorporate vintage items with clothing in your existing wardrobe. Pair those new high heels with a 1940s cocktail dress.
  12. Be aware of what can be altered. Hems can be shorted but not lengthened or the original hemline will show. Same with sleeves.
  13. Know your fabric. Vintage pieces are usually made from a single, natural fabric instead of a blend of natural and artificial fibres.
  14. Collectible vintage is becoming increasingly scarce so the purchase of a rare, expensive item will be a really good investment to make.

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