- Antique clothing is generally anything prior to 1920s. These usually run small in size and are made of delicate fabrics.
- Vintage clothing runs from the 1920s to the early 1970s.
- 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.
- If items are perfect they will be pricey. Any signs of wear mean they have been well loved and worn.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Never store clothes with stains on, get stains out straight away! Vintage fabrics are much harder to clean than modern day.
- Be on the hunt for statement pieces. An antique dress or even just a vintage handbag can be a great icebreaker.
- Know second hand from vintage. You may find vintage at second hand shops, but vintage clothes are at least 30 years old.
- Mix and Match. Incorporate vintage items with clothing in your existing wardrobe. Pair those new high heels with a 1940s cocktail dress.
- Be aware of what can be altered. Hems can be shorted but not lengthened or the original hemline will show. Same with sleeves.
- Know your fabric. Vintage pieces are usually made from a single, natural fabric instead of a blend of natural and artificial fibres.
- Collectible vintage is becoming increasingly scarce so the purchase of a rare, expensive item will be a really good investment to make.