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Designer vintage

April 11, 2015

The best way buy designer, in my humble opinion, is to buy vintage. This method gives you certain advantages. It gives you a piece that no one else owns or is likely to;  designer vintage is rare, and you’re unlikely to see anyone else with it.


The second, is that designer vintage has a certain kudos, its smells of exclusivity, and if you’re not sure, read on and let’s see if we can convince you. Wear it confidently and believe it’s special, never let it wear you.Read how designer vintage can add a kick to your closet….

The beauty of designer vintage is in the cut – the devils in the detail

The beauty of a vintage designer clothing find is that it’s shaped for the decade, culture and trend it was created for, it carries with it a certain nostalgia, but worn a certain way, with particular accessories, you can give it a whole new look.


A look that is contemporary, fresh and unique. That is the beauty of designer vintage, what’s not to like?

The vintage treasure hunt

Personal favourites of mine are Vivienne Westwood, Jean Muir and Chanel, none of which are cheap, but if you look hard enough you can find a little piece of treasure.


It’s like putting a jigsaw together and finding the missing piece of your outfit, you’ll know it when you find it, but you can’t put a name to it yet. It’s like a treasure hunt, can you find that crucial piece, that says-it-all garment before someone else does?

Designer vintage – too costly?

You naturally assume that any vintage designer piece is going to be costly, but this isn’t always the case.


You have to look hard, but once you’ve found something, because its years and many seasons out of date, it’s going to come at a much cheaper price.


What’s even better, is that it’s going to be of exceptional quality, in terms of detail, workmanship and overall design.


That’s why people pay big prices for designer clothes, it’s not always just about the name, it’s about the quality of the workmanship you’re paying for, that you simply don’t get with mass manufactured high street fashion.


Once it’s designer – the older it is, very often, the cheaper it is. And that’s where you come in, with the eyes of a hawk and the nose of a serious vintage hunter.

What goes around comes around

Keep in mind that what may be outdated and out of fashion one year, may be really bang on trend this year or the next.


The fashion Ferris wheel turns round constantly, but always comes back to the centre, it always come back to what’s been before. Designer vintage looks are being constantly recycled and reinvented.

Designer vintage always in style

When you’re buying designer vintage, don’t buy something that’s too indicative of one particular trend – but do buy something in a particular colour, or with a particular pattern, that although may not be in fashion right now, may hit the fashion zeitgeist next year, and you’ll have a key piece to wear.


Look for patterns such as florals, stripes or embroidery, longer lengths, or short even as lengths change each year.


Whether it’s Dolce & Gabbana or Alexander McQueen – a particular fashion season may have ended for them – but it’s never over for the vintage designer hound, there’s always wear in a designer garment, regardless of how old it is.


It can sit in your closet until that perfect moment comes, and then comes around again and again. So embrace designer vintage, for there’s so much life in it and so much to enjoy.



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