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Six Things You Need to Know about Shopping & Caring for Vintage Clothes By Stacy Iannacone

1. How do you find the best vintage clothing? Finding a

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Chanel jacket for $2 at a yard sale is an urban vintage-clothing myth. There is a limited amount of vintage clothing, so always be on the hunt. Also, be prepared to travel to find amazing pieces, but the best local resources remain thrift shops, such as Salvation Army and Goodwill stores, and charity shops, like St. Vincent De Paul.

2. Which eras of vintage clothes are best for different body types? The 1940’s are great for curvy women because the tailoring is more defined at the waist and the clothes are cut more generously. Tall, slim women look great in clothes from the 1930’s because they are cut on the bias and the fabric clings to the body. Women who are petite on top look great in everything because a lot of vintage clothing is cut small. The 1950’s is great for busty women because the cups were bigger and the silhouette was hourglass.

3. How do you know the right price for vintage clothing?

For the right piece, the sky is the limit. Some women will spend hundreds of dollars for the latest designer sweater, but then hem and haw over spending $150.00 on a one-of-a-kind jacket because it doesn’t have a label on it. One of the greatest things about vintage clothing is that no one else has it, nor can they get it. How can you put a price on that?

4. What are some tips on cleaning and caring for vintage clothes? Not every piece of vintage can be dry cleaned, so take it to someone you trust who’s not going to blast it with chemicals. Many pieces are cotton and can very fragile. Older pieces should go on padded hangers, and very old vintage should be stored flat in acid-free tissue.

5. What about tailoring vintage clothing? You shouldn’t be afraid to alter vintage clothing. There aren’t multiple sizes of such pieces, so don’t hesitate to put some work into them, but always look to maintain the integrity of the garments. You’re giving them another life.

6. What are some tips for buying vintage clothes online? Double check your measurements because cuts are plainly different. A size eight of today is not the same as a size eight of 20 years ago.

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Keep your expectations in check. A garment might need work. Spend $10 at the dry cleaner or tailor it to make it your own.

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Stacy Iannacone is the owner of Ritual Vintage, a New York vintage store that carries amazing finds from designers like Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent. Her obsession with antique clothing started in the third grade when she purchased a 1940’s beaded dress at a barn sale in her native Vermont. She has worked as an assistant to Mel Ottenberg, stylist to Rihanna.

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