A Simple Guide To Vintage Shopping

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Every stylish guy has at least one vintage piece in his closet that he’ll never let go. It’s usually a rare and unique piece that will probably never be remade in the same way again. On the other hand, there are some guys that just aren’t that lucky. It’s either because of their unique body type or they just don’t have the patience that’s required for vintage shopping.

However, when it comes to vintage shopping, it’s not as difficult or as complicated as some people might think. In fact, I’ve learned quite a few things over the past 10 years, so here is everything you need to know to help you find your next vintage gem!

The Keys To Vintage Shopping

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Finding The Right Fit. When it comes to buying vintage clothing finding the right size is usually the biggest hurdle. Standard sizes change over time so a modern size medium can be very different from a 1980’s size medium.

Also, vintage items are cut a lot looser and boxier. Therefore, it’s essential to focus on the fit in the shoulders (especially when it comes to blazers and coats). A skilled tailor will usually be able to adjust everything else.

Pro Tip: Know your measurements so you can refer to those instead of making a decision based on the size tag. This is crucial especially when it comes to shopping online.

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Consider Wear and Tear. Regardless of the era, fabrics deteriorate over time so I usually avoid vintage t-shirts and other fragile garments. Conversely, I’ve always gravitated towards outerwear, leather bags, and accessories because minor wear and tear on those pieces just add character.

Also, keep in mind that minor issues such as a small stain, tear, or even a lost button can be easily fixed. Just make sure that the buttons aren’t too unique or else you’ll be screwed.

How Much To Pay? Unless you get lucky and find a gem in the thrift store, you should expect to pay a little more for quality vintage pieces, especially when it comes to suits, denim, and leather jackets.

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Vintage Clothing Stores For Men

When it comes to shopping for vintage clothing, I usually stick with thrift stores and consignment shops that are located in wealthy neighborhoods. However, if you’re not fortunate enough to have quality thrift stores in your area, here are some good online shops to check out:

Grailed – One of the best places for high end, designer clothing.

Asos Marketplace – The marketplace is a great place for affordable vintage streetwear!

Rusty Zipper – They have the largest assortment of vintage clothing that I’ve ever seen and they separate their items based on the era!

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   All images courtesy of christopheloiron.com

As always, thanks for reading and be sure to check out The Dapper Advisor Boutique for some designer ties and vintage accessories!

Yours truly,

Akil McLeod
The Dapper Advisor


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