Vintage clothes can be bought in antique shops, car boot sales, dress exchanges, markets, auction houses and many other places. People buy vintage to be individual as with vintage clothing you never run the risk of enduring the embarrassing moments of have the same dress as someone else. In the words of Lullie vintage clothing ‘ wearing vintage assures that you’ll stand out from the masses in a trendsetting outfit that accentuates your individuality!’ Others purchase vintage for the quality. The quality is often much higher than the quality on the high street. Quality fabrics and hand stitching mean that each garment will have been made with more attention and detail that mass production will not achieve.
Vintage clothing is also popular amongst lovers of history. They are a path to past times as each piece has it’s own history. Often the history of the garments are unknown but it is fun to imagine who on, where and when the garment was worn.
Another major advantage of vintage clothing is that it is more sustainable and better for the environment. Constant manufacturing of modern clothing for the pace it is currently worn uses up a considerable amount of energy that has a massively negative effect on the environment. By buying vintage clothing you are helping to recycle previously loved items and are giving them a new life
Another, perhaps less obvious reason is to make money. Vintage clothing can be worth a lot of money, normally the older the piece the more money it’s worth. There is a collectable market for vintage clothing piece and many of them have risen in value with time. As Rebecca Emily Darling says ‘vintage clothing is more than just old used clothes. It is more than new unworn clothes. It is history, and art, and the storied of those who have come before us. Owning and wearing vintage clothing is a way of keeping those people and those histories and that artistry alive. At the end of the day, to wear vintage clothing is to be wrapped in romance. Vintage clothing is simply special. It just is.
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