You have come to a realization: standing among the rows of fabric and accessories, the once current trends, you are suddenly aware that you don’t know what to purchase. There is a desire to revive certain styles; but you aren’t certain if those will ultimately flatter. The looks are old-fashioned and you wonder if they could ever blend in with the modern world. Vintage seems to be another word for a potential failure — and you think visiting a consignment shop was a mistake.
It doesn’t have to be.
There are ways to redefine trends, to make them apply to your life. You must simply understand the rules and purchase only what adheres to them.
One: Fit first. If a garment doesn’t fit it shouldn’t be chosen. This is a simple truth that is too often ignored. Don’t try to bargain with yourself, swearing to lose those extra fifteen pounds, trying to justify the style. Put it down and walk away.
Two: Recognize shapes. Your body is unique. It therefore requires certain shapes to flatter it. You are aware of these already in your modern selections; seek out vintage patterns then that offer the same design. Understand your strengths and weaknesses and work to present them properly.
Three: Consider tailoring. Not every item must remain as you find it. You can instead reinvent the fabric. Tailoring is a possibility all should consider. Seams can be loosened; cloth can be lengthened; and the results can be a perfect match. It’s wise then to find stores that offer a return policy so you can bring a garment back if you discover that it can’t be altered.
To search for vintage fashions is not the terror you’ve thought it to be. There are ways to get the trends you want without sacrificing time or dollars. You must simply be aware of what you need and what will best meet those requirements.
Make the past work for your present.