Old Yet Not Lacking: How To Find The Best Quality Of Vintage Clothing

By Eponine Seccafico

When browsing a thrift store with various kinds of vintage clothing to choose from, it can seem almost impossible to find the right kind for you. Chic fabrics align the racks, with brand names across their inner backs. So, with all these view options, are there ways to discover the best kind of quality for these old but not worn wears?

Finding the best quality vintage clothing is possible and easier than you might believe! Some aspects which separate the best from the lesser, are the fabrics used, the condition they are in, and the care given to the clothes when bought. These aspects will be further detailed down below.

Know Your Fabrics

Vintage fabrics are fabrics that originate from a previous era—these fabrics are unique and as telling as their time. Two of these most recognizable fabrics in old wear are polyester and cotton. 

Of course which ones you choose will depend on your preference, but it is best to know the pros and cons of each of them!

The Benefits Of Each

Polyester, though it took twenty or so years to make its mark on the world, possesses a vast design and can be used in many ways. The fabric is strong, washable, and able to resist mold. In addition, it is inexpensive, making it affordable and worth the price!

Cotton is not only a natural fabric but also moldable. Clothing made from cotton can be fluffy as a cloud or as crisp as an edge. It is comfortable to wear and, like polyester, it is washable.

The Drawbacks Of Each

Polyester, despite its benefits, comes with the two drawbacks of poor absorption and difficulty in letting go of oil stains.

Cotton, despite its benefits, comes with the drawbacks of not being found as much in U.S. stores.

How To Spot The False & Faults

Fake vintage clothing can be exposed by their logos, which are slight alterations of the originals they are mimicking. To spot a fake, compare its logo to the original, and you will have your answer.

Even the most well-meaning thrift stores display clothes with a stain or holes. It can even be argued that these only enhance the clothing’s quality! These faults are often easy to see. And if not too severe, the clothing is still worth its price, if you are willing to mend it.

To Mend Stains And Tears

To mend the stains depends on the type of fabric that your purchase contains. You can either wash it yourself or find a cleaner with experience in washing vintage clothes. And to mend the tears, you can either sew it yourself or find a tailor to do it for you.

It’s All Up To You!

So, on your next vintage spree, remember to keep this knowledge in mind. No matter the fabric or the aged wear you choose to take or leave. It is all up to you!

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