The most durable clothes are of course the ones you already own.
However, styles change, body sizes fluctuate, and sometimes the itch for something new just can’t be ignored. Fortunately, there is a (very elegant) way to scratch that itch without (or little) contributing to fashion’s carbon footprint: buy second-hand and in vintage stores online.
Now we love a charity store as much as the next person, but they don’t quite have the ease of your favorite e-merchant. However, we have a solution. Many of our favorite vintage sellers have made sure they have an online presence, which makes their inventory much easier to read.
If shopping for vintage clothing online seems a little intimidating, there are some tips to remember to make sure you have the right fit and style that you want.
Be sure to check or ask sellers directly for itemized item measurements and cross the measurements with clothing of a similar style that you already own and know is suitable for you. Likewise, asking questions about the composition of the materials (which you can likewise compare with pieces in your own wardrobe) will help you determine how the pieces fit. It’s also always worth asking if the item you want to buy has any flaws, stains, or odors (which shouldn’t necessarily stop you from buying) and what the return policy is. Taking these extra steps gives you a better chance of being a happy customer than these small shops.
Here are our favorite vintage online stores and sellers on Instagram and beyond …