Fashion and style are cyclical in nature which means that trends are constantly in rotation. Modern trends are influenced by the trends of previous decades, resulting in the ability to upcycle second-hand pieces, buy vintage, and make use of items you may already own. This retro-chic/vintage look can be applied to clothing, furniture, and everything in between!
Incorporating retro/vintage pieces into your wardrobe or household is a great way to stay on trend while investing in high quality materials and craftsmanship. Considering today’s fast paced trends and use of mass production, high quality items can be difficult to come by when buying new. In addition, purchasing second hand has a positive environmental impact by extending the lifespan of items that would have otherwise ended up in the landfill. This is a great alternative to buying new items which can use an abundance of natural resources, chemicals, and synthetic materials in their production.
Don’t be afraid to alter vintage items in order to give them a second life! A quick trip to the tailor or refinishing a piece of furniture allows you to take a retro piece and give it a modern update. This can be applied to items you already own as well as ones you buy second-hand.
Check out your local thrift stores to find vintage clothing, accessories, home decor and furniture. Although this method may be time consuming, as you’ll have to sort through the inventory to find something that catches your eye, the affordable pricing makes it worthwhile! On the other hand, curated vintage shops are a great way to support small businesses and save time. Vintage retailers hand select authentic pieces so that you don’t have to. Although the prices may be higher than thrifting, most vintage shops are quite affordable and offer items in a wide range of price points. Online platforms such as Etsy and Depop are highly accessible ways of purchasing vintage clothing, jewelry, and housewares and furniture online.
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