The ease and convenience of shopping online has really transformed the search for indie and vintage clothing. Shopping second hand or vintage stores used to be limited solely to in person shopping which of course would make shopping so much more difficult and tiring. Honestly, I am always leery of shopping for second hand clothing online as you really never can fully examine the pieces to see their condition. Not to mention that when you typically shop for true second hand clothing you are looking for bargains which make it more costly when you have to add in possible costs like shipping. There are, however, a variety of online conveniences that have actually made shopping online easier certainly for indie clothing or clothing from unknown or upcoming designers and for vintage style clothing. When you are looking for vintage style clothing be sure that you distinguish between used vintage clothing and new vintage style clothing.
At Vintage Fringe we always are on the lookout for indie designers, but with some basic standards. For example, we don’t target one off pieces or designers with only one style as we typically like to have more breadth in our lines. In addition, we like to have some standardization in sizing and frequently one off indie designers may not be able to offer that same consistency in sizing. As an online only boutique, being able to offer as much sizing consistency as possible is an important part of providing a reliable customer experience. Certainly there are variations in every line in terms of pieces that fit a little differently than others and we try to note that where applicable in our product descriptions.
All of our pieces at Vintage Fringe are brand new, but we always look for vintage style or vintage inspired elements within the lines and pieces that we carry. Consider the vintage look of the Heart Button Cardigan by indie designer Joy Joy Clothing. This great piece features adorable feminine elements and still has a retro, vintage look. Alternatively, consider the Retro Boatneck Dress by Sweet Pea. This piece is a great example of a retro or vintage looking pattern on a modern piece that is brand new and with consistent sizing.
Shopping online for indie or vintage clothing is actually far easier because of the ability to search for niche pieces or designers. Such shopping would have been nearly impossible without the help of the internet, but now more and more niche designers and boutiques are starting online. Don’t forget to also be sure and visit the many comparison shopping sites for online fashion to get good ideas of lines and designers you may want to browse in your vintage clothing hunt. Such sites are really great ways to go window shopping from the convenience of your computer. Be sure to check out online lookbooks at fashion sites for great styling ideas too. In short, shopping for indie and vintage inspired clothing has really never been easier and more popular. With these great hints, hopefully you will discover for yourself the conveniences of shopping for indie and vintage clothing online.