What You Should be Aware of When Buying Vintage Clothing

What you need to be aware of when buying vintage garmentsShopping for vintage clothing can be an incredible amount of fun. Sadly, however, many people seem to get wrapped up in the actual selection of the clothes and never give that much thought to whether what they are purchasing is of a high quality or not. On this page, I am going to share with you a few hints and tips with regards to what you should be aware of when you are selecting vintage clothing for purchase:

Insect Damage

It is important that you check for any insect damage. Moths and beetles are notorious for ruining fine pieces of clothing. There are some holes which may not be able to be fixed. In addition to this, any insect may have left their eggs behind on the clothing. If you take that piece of clothing home, you are just opening yourself up to the possibility of insects hatching and crawling about your home!

Decent Structure

Make sure that the item actually looks good and has a decent structure. The vast majority of people who purchase vintage clothing are not going to be looking to dress 100% vintage. They are looking to purchase a piece of clothing which can easily be incorporated alongside something a touch more modern. It is important that you, therefore, ensure that the clothes that you purchase have a good chance of matching other things in your wardrobe.

Colour Fading

Check to see whether any of the colour on the clothing has faded. For many people, minor fading may not be that much of a problem. However, from time to time you may find that the fading simply can’t be covered up and it can ruin an otherwise fantastic-looking piece of clothing.


Make sure that very few embellishments such as buttons are missing. It is not a big deal if one or two pieces are missing. However, any more than that and you will have a problem. Vintage clothing is old. You can’t exactly purchase ‘spare parts’ for it nowadays.


Check to see whether there are any stains on the clothing. Now, obviously you can remove some stains. However, you can’t remove them all. If there is staining, you should always take the viewpoint that it can’t be removed. Therefore, you will need to think about whether it can be covered up or not. If not, do not purchase it.


Avoid clothing with a strong odor. Pet urine and the smell of mothballs will be drastically difficult to remove from the clothes and thus you will want to avoid clothing which boasts this.

Try before you buy

Always try on the item of clothing for size before you make the purchase! Clothing sizes have differed drastically over the years. Just because it was a large back in the 60s does not necessarily mean that it is a large now. It may be more like a medium, or even smaller. In some cases, you will be able to adjust the clothing to your size. However, you will not be able to do this for everything.

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