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How to shop for vintage lingerie. Expert advice!

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How to shop for vintage lingerie. Expert advice!

How to shop for vintage lingerie and what to do to make vintage clothes fit properly are two of the most frequently asked questions I receive from my readers.
Well, the answer to the latter is quite simple. Always buy clothes in the right size, mind you that it’s better if a vintage dress is a tad too big than too small, and always wear proper foundation garments!What really does the trick for me, is a pair of high waist knickers, a longline bra and my beloved  Orchard corset, which I put over a slip, be it vintage or contemporary one. You see, I love to mix vintage lingerie with contemporary brands inspired by the 1930s-1950s and since I truly believe that what underneath counts, I can never pass on yet another gorgeous piece of undergarment. What can I say except that it’s beyond my control!

The answer to the first question, how to shop for vintage lingerie, is best left to the expert and who better to give advice on that very topic, than the owner of the extraordinary Daggers and Dames vintage shop, specializing in antique and vintage lingerie!

How to date vintage clothing

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How to date vintage clothing

Establishing the year in which a particular vintage garment was made, can be a very tricky and daunting task, especially when there are no tags attached, as is the case with a lot of garments made in the 1930s-1950s which were often handmade or the tags did not survive the wear and tear of time. Some of my most valuable 1940s suits were clearly made to measure by a seamstress and judging by the fabrics used, as well as the incredible craft that went into making them, the clients were undoubtedly very well to do.
As much as the topic of the history of vintage clothes is a never-ending learning curve for me, there are certain ways by which I’m able to identify and date most but not all of my collected pieces. I’ve been asked many times by readers to write a post about that very topic and I hope my tips will be useful!

The Value of Vintage Clothing: Demystifying Modern Cost of Vintage!

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The Value of Vintage Clothing: Demystifying the Modern Cost of Vintage!

I’m neither a fashion historian nor a fashion journalist rather I’m a real aficionado of vintage fashion with a proclivity for conducting extensive research on the topic of fashion from 1930s-1950s. So let’s just say I’m fashion journalist adjacent. Though I don’t think that I would ever introduce myself to someone using that description of what I do, what I would offer, without question, would be that I’m a very savvy vintage shopper, always on the hunt for yet another 1930s evening gown, a 1940s skirt suit or 1950s bolero and as I’m on a budget I leave no stone unturned to find vintage gems for a bargain.

How to take care of vintage clothes

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How to take care of vintage clothes!

A few months ago I was devastated to discover that my favourite authentic Victorian funeral cape, bought in near mint condition several years earlier at a vintage fair in London (you can read about vintage fairs here), had seemingly overnight, developed brown spots all over. Doing some online sleuthing, I was able to ascertain that my mistake had been to store it using a recently purchased plastic garment cover. This was a crime! As it transpired that what I thought were spots, was actually a layer of silk that had deteriorated because of a reaction with the plastic.

Scarlet Rage Vintage shop

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If you are a true vintage aficionado in awe of exquisite clothes from the 1930s and 1940s, you are surely familiar with Jade Stavri-Radcliff’s shop, Scarlet Rage Vintage. She is an extraordinary lady known for her prodigious collection of clothes predating the 1960s and for finding more than one Holy-Grail of vintage fashion for her discerning clients.

Jade is also the founder and Editor in Chief of The Vintage Woman Magazine, of which I’m a big fan. She has a widely successful and very addictive YouTube channel where she entertains and educates-with great panache-about all-things-vintage.

I’m thrilled to present Scarlet Rage Vintage as my Vintage Shop of The Week!

French Sole AW19-Why you will want to kick off your heels!

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French Sole AW19 collection is the perfect reason to kick off your high -heels and swap for flats! Not an easy statement for me to make as there was a time when I would only wear 5″ heels. Times have changed, however, and I can’t imagine my shoe-closet without flats.