my tips for shopping vintage

I didn’t realize how much of my wardrobe was vintage (or old secondhand) until I started posting outfits. Since then, I’ve gotten a lot of question on where to find certain items or how to shop for vintage stuff, so I thought I’d share my tips with you :).
 
 

Always try everything on: it’s about shape, not about size

 
A very important rule for shopping in general, but definitely when shopping vintage! You never know how something will look on you until you try it on. Sizing was often different in different decades, so don’t let the sizelabels guide you too much and focus on shape. A skirt that once fit on the hips may very well fit like a glove on your waist, a tunic that is too big may be the cutest mini-dress, man’s oversized pants may be an excellent boyfriend jeans, and so on. If it fits right and looks great, it really doesn’t matter what size it is.

Stay true to your style, don’t let bargains distract you

Sometimes you can find really awesome pieces at an amazing price… but don’t let the price fool you! If it’s really not your style, don’t buy it. It will just hang in your closet forever without ever being worn, and that’s such a shame. Beautiful clothes are meant to be seen, so if it’s not your style; leave it for someone else to enjoy.
 
 

Check out the men’s department

For nice tailoring, it’s always a good idea to check out the men’s clothes as well. Especially for shirts, blazers and pants, but you can also find some really cute accessories.

Remember that clothes can be altered or updated

I know there are people out there who think vintage clothes are a sanctity and should not be altered, but I’m not one of them. So when you’re out vintageshopping, remember that skirts can be shortened, buttons can be replaced, dresses can be taken in, fabrics can be dyed and shoulder pads can be taken out. If there’s an item you love that can be altered, don’t be afraid to go for it an truly make it your own.

 

Take your time

Vintage shops tend to have a lot of stuff, which can be quite overwhelming. Don’t go vintageshopping in a hurry; take your time to go passed each rack and collect items on the way.

Nothing in your size? Hit the accessories!

I always think it’s such a pity when women with a bigger size avoid all shops that don’t have clothes in their size. Vintage shops usually have a great collection of accessories, everything from jewellery to bags to scarfs to sunglasses to belts to shoes (especially for those with smaller feet). It’s  always worth paying a visit, even when you think they don’t have anything in your size!

enjoy your next vintage treasure hunt!

OOTD; happy in navy

I’m such a happy camper today! I’m ashamed to admit that I have had this dress for years and I have never worn it… No idea why, because the second I put it on I felt amazing. I’ve placed it in my favorite outfits top 5 (I don’t have an actual list like that… just an imaginary one in my mind, with outfits that are smokin’ in case I ever have to find an outfit quickly and I don’t know what to wear).
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It doesn’t happen often that a dress is both comfortable (it’s made from a stretchy fabric) but also structured at the same time. It sucks me in in all the right places, but at the same time it’s just as comfortable as sweatpants (not that I wear a lot of sweatpants, but you know what I mean right?).
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I was actually a bit nervous at first to post this outfit, because you can see the outline of my tummy a bit… But then I thought I just really needed to be a big girl (pun not intended) and suck it up (again, not intended :p), get over myself and just post them. So there you have it!
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I’m wearing it with black tights and navy shoes. Don’t be afraid to wear different (darker) colours with black; black and navy is such a heavenly combination, and they look so great together.
You haven’t seen me wearing a lot of accessories in previous posts… I’m not sure why, but I tend to wear more accessories in the fall and winter than in the summer. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I lean more towards statement jewellery, and that it makes me feel overdressed in the summer. I don’t know, but either way; I think statement necklaces are awesome, and can be worn at any moment of the day for any occasion (not just for eveningwear).
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dress Sportmax (size L) – necklace H&M