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Incorporating vintage pieces into your wardrobe is one way you can express your creativity and add an unexpected twist to your outfits. There’s something exciting about wearing something that is rare, and possibly one-of-a-kind.

If you are looking to introduce something from years past into your wardrobe, shopping for vintage pieces – items that are 20 years or older – may be the answer.

Here are a few tips for introducing vintage pieces into your wardrobe:

Keep an Open Mind

Shopping vintage should be an experience you enjoy. You can do so in a fun way whether you want to introduce a whimsical piece from the 60s or a quirky one from the 80s you can do so in a fun way. Whatever you’re in search of, go into it with an open mind. You may find some treasurers you never imagined coming across on your adventure and other times you may not. When you have no expectations it frees you from being disappointed if you don’t find anything that catches your eye. Whatever happens, enjoy the process of learning about the pieces you discover along the way.

Pay Attention to the Details

If you want to add a vintage piece to your wardrobe that withstands the test, make sure to pay close attention to the details of the garment. No one wants to find themselves in a situation where they have buyer’s remorse after purchasing a vintage find. When you are considering adding a vintage gem to your wardrobe pay close attention to the quality of the garment.

According to Faye De Lanty, thrift stylist, and best-selling author, “Look for natural fibers, good structure, and quality tailoring. A great men’s blazer, a cool band tee, or a silk or satin slip dress in the sleepwear section… These are all timeless pieces and starting with items like this will build your thrifting muscles and confidence not to mention a killer wardrobe.”

To make a vintage piece look even more impeccable, de Lanty comments, “Have a good tailor or dressmaker on speed dial. Getting thrifted items altered to suit your body perfectly is a game changer and still a great saving, especially if you find a designer piece.”

Enjoy the Experience

Shopping for vintage can be an engaging and enjoyable experience – whether you are venturing out solo or while you’re on an outing with your friends. Depending on where you go, more than likely you will discover pieces you would rarely see. This may cause you to want to buy them immediately. Before you do, think about how you can wear it more than one way. Feel the fabrics. Try it on before you bring it home.

“Learn the history. Educate yourself, explore fashion history, high-end brands, and fashion designers plus the trends, fashion weeks, and street style,” de Lanty adds. “Look at different eras and style icons. The more you know the more your tenting eye is tuned to
spot the scores.


Wearing vintage is a great way to appreciate a piece from times past. It also gives you the opportunity to unleash your creativity and give them new life by wearing them in unique ways. Want more tips? Check out Faye De Lanty’s book, OPSHOPULENCE: How to Make Thrift Store Look like Couture and Save the Planet.

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