Fashion Expert Jeanne Beker joins us in studio to offer her secrets to successful vintage shopping. It’s one of the easiest ways to get unique style on a budget, but there are some steps you need to master.
Location: when it comes to vintage shopping, location is everything. The heart of major cities typically has the best finds as well as consignment and vintage shops close to wealthy neighborhoods
Size: know your size universally and bring a measuring tape in your purse if you’re making a day of vintage shopping. Often, vintage sizing is off and has nothing to do with today’s labels.
Change rooms: most vintage shops are small and jam-packed and offer little by way of a private change area. Be prepared to try items on in public (aisles, corners of the store etc). Wear fitted clothes under a cardigan and strip down to smallest layer in a private corner.
Hang the item in an area where you can inspect it from all angles (look at seams, armpits, zippers, buttons and clasps). Then turn it inside out and do the same to look for areas of extreme wear-and-tear
Rub furs against another fabric to check for shedding.
Odor: smells can be an issue and can go undetected in the store. As soon as you bring the item home and hang it in your closet the pungent smell can hit you like a ton of bricks. From stale cigarettes to moth balls, odors can permeate your garment. If you’re willing to invest the time/money in dry-cleaning then it’s a different story.
All products shown in the segment are from Flashback Vintage
33 Kensington Ave
25 Kensington Ave