Shopping vintage clothing online? There’s a lot of things to think about! Whereas with new purchases you will only find a defect or mark if you are unlucky, vintage clothing has already been worn. Most likely it has been worn a lot.
To stop you from getting disappointed, and to know what you should look out for, we’ve made the ultimate list of what you need to look for in online vintage clothing.
- Vintage Sizes Are Different To Modern Sizing
Both a blessing and a curse, vintage sizing can be considerably different compared to the modern day. If you’re shopping for modern women’s clothing, you might be a 12 in one store and an 8 in another.
With vintage sizing, the size is often in inches, so you’re going to have to whip out that tape measure to make sure you get the right fit. For example, if you’re looking to buy Levi’s you may have already noticed that instead of generic sizing, it specifically says the waist (W) and length (L) in inches.
Some vintage clothing may also come up smaller, or come from a different country. Make sure to check the dimensions before buying. Don’t cross your fingers and hope for it. It’s always best to know your measurements before shopping online.
- Read Descriptions When Shopping Online Vintage
Vintage clothes, for the most part, have all been worn before.
If you’re dealing with an unknown seller then they should have mentioned any flaws in the description. There’s nothing worse than getting excited for your new vintage sweatshirt to arrive, then realising you didn’t notice any signs of wear in the condition.
If you’re not dealing with a known seller, don’t get too trigger happy on the ‘Buy Now’ button. Carefully look at the image and description to make sure you know what you’re buying.
At World of Worn, we always mention the condition and any signs of wear and tear, so you know exactly what you’re ordering.
- If You’re Buying Really Cheap Vintage, You’re Probably Getting A Cheap Deal
Price usually reflects the quality of the vintage item you’re buying. There’s nothing we love more than a good bargain, but unless you’re really lucky, you’re not going to get a pristine condition vintage Ralph Lauren puffer for £20.
This can’t be said for everything, and sometimes we luck out or get great unbranded clothes for a good price. When it comes to branded clothes you’re more likely to run into issues with defects or fakes. If you think the deal is too good to be true, it probably is.
The same can be said for the reverse. Some people will take advantage of you, and charge way more than they should for certain vintage pieces. The best way to protect yourself is by doing your research and making sure you know what you're going into. Make sure you know exactly who you’re buying from, and their shipping and returns policy.
This takes us to our next point…
- Pick A Reputable Online Vintage Reseller
With so many options to choose from, when it comes to buying vintage online it can be easy to navigate towards the lowest price. But you only have to go onto Depop Drama on Instagram to see why this might be a bad idea.
This isn’t in any way against Depop, but you have to make sure you find the right seller for you. If someone is reputable and selling vintage clothing online, then they’re going to have reviews. Larger companies should have a good social media following.
Now and then there are going to be complaints, but if the seller isn’t happy to discuss the problem, or has loads of negative reviews -stay clear! It isn’t worth it.
Shop Online Vintage & Ethical Clothing At World Of Worn
If you’re ready to start shopping vintage online, we have loads of high-quality vintage you can trust. From jackets & coats to shirts and vintage accessories, we have everything a vintage lover could ask for.
Have questions? You can always contact us and we will do our best to help you.