The world of vintage clothing introduced in the Loving Vintage series opens an entire new realm of clothing history that mixes both past and trending fashion. How the two worlds collide is up to how yesterday’s pieces are paired with today’s—an art form for self-expression.
Now, in soon-to-be-released book two, The Vintage Telepath, we follow Julie Bishop, the Loving Vintage authenticator, who feels publicly humiliated because she knows things unknown to everyone else merely by holding an object. Julie is a clothes telepath. While this makes her job as vintage authenticator easy, she hides this ability from everyone.
There is much to learn about vintage. For instance, clothing categorized as Vintage is 20 years prior to current date, and Antique is applied to items older than 75+ years. The best way to learn is immersion. Visit many shops and experience how vintage makes you feel.
Hints to help with the process:
- Don’t pass by items that may not look good on the hanger, try it on
- Try on items for fit rather than relying on garment’s actual size, sizes have undergone standardized changes across the years and often use Vintage sizing versus Vanity sizing
- Incorporate one piece at a time
- Dead stock vintage means the items are vintage, but have never been worn
- Don’t feel comfortable in it? Hang it back up
Once you dip a toe into the Vintage world you may be pleasantly excited by its design and quality workmanship. Included below are links to popular Vintage shops across the nation. Enjoy exploring!
RaleighVintage, Raleigh, North Carolina
Hey Betty Vintage Clothing, Pittsburgh PA
Rue St.Denis, New York, NY
Screaming Mimi’s, New York NY