Month: September 2015

Shopping for Vintage Clothing Online…so easy

Shopping for clothes online means you can get you great style at bargain prices. Unfortunately it also comes with the worry that because you’re buying a clothing item sight-unseen in person, it just won’t fit and you’ve wasted your money. Here’s how to make sure that never, ever happens.

The ability to shop for clothes online makes it easy to improve your personal style and dress better, and take the stress out of clothes buying. It’s natural more and more people would want to do it. It does however come with the stress of possibly having to return whatever you buy because it doesn’t fit. It’s not like there’s a dressing room for LibrarianChic. Well, we can’t eliminate you ever having to deal with returns or exchanges, but with a little planning and some smart shopping, we can make sure it’s rare.

The first, and perhaps most important thing you can is to get proper measurements of yourself. Once you have an idea of your size, beyond “large,” “size 10,” or “42 waist,” you’ll be able shop without fear. Remember, one company’s size 10 is another company’s size 8. Labels and designers purposefully use “vanity sizes” to confuse customers, and even though the whole point of sizes and centimetres is to give consumers standards, one company’s 42 inch slacks will fit drastically differently than another’s. The best way to fight back is to make sure you have your own measurements.

Obviously, the best way to get the most accurate measurements possible is to have someone else take them while you’re standing normally. If you can, head to a clothing store (I know, the whole point here is to shop online and avoid clothing stores, but just this once) and have your measurements properly taken by someone who does it all the time and knows what they’re doing.

Part of the reason we listed a number of designers is so you have plenty of purchase options to explore. Grab a notebook or use your favorite note-taking app to jot down the name of the retailer you shopped with, what you bought (especially if it’s from a specific designer or has a specific cut or style), its size, and how well it fits. Keeping notes like this for clothes may sound silly, but it’s really important. When you hit on a designer, a cut, or a style that really works for you, you’ll be able to find it again easily. You’ll also always know that a specific brand is cut a certain way and fits you well.

Another handy hint is if in doubt buy large. Then all it may take would be a trip to a tailor or some nifty sewing skills put into action.

Fashion Books

Hello and happy vintage & fashion book TUESDAY everyone!

If you require information on identifying vintage and understanding the history behind it there is so much to read about fashion that it’s almost impossible to pick “the best few” books illustrating the knowledge you need to know to reach expert status.
The true reality is that because time never stops, the “facts” about vintage which can be learned never stop, either. History is now and history is forever … and so is vintage style!

For a taste of vintage know-how, keep reading after the jump for 14 books that will wet your vintage fashion appetite … but thanks to a sea of information, will never completely satisfy it either, no matter how much you read!
A few of the books highlighted below are personal favorites, while still others were recommended to me and a few I just found in the shuffle of Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
So with that said, if I missed a book that must ABSOLUTELY be included on this list, please let me know!I know that many a vintage seller regularly tunes into my site (thank you!!) and will probably have a favorite book or two to share with the other vintage lovers here!