Tips for Shopping Vintage Online in India

Vintage and thrift shopping in India have been making headlines in the fashion community and amongst those looking for more sustainable alternatives to fast-fashion.
Shopping vintage and preloved is plenty of fun because you don’t know what you’re going to find next, and the thrill of finding unique pieces is what makes it so exciting! However, shopping vintage clothing (those that are considered at least 10+ years old) virtually is a little more complicated and limited. Here are a few tips that can help you shop vintage online smarter.
#1 Do your research
Before you shop vintage, make sure you do your research on vintage clothing, vintage brands, the materials, and labels to look for. It is also important to read up on the store you want to buy from. Read the reviews and feedback to see if they’re authentic. These days there are a lot of stores selling items from fast fashion brands like Zara, Shein or H&M and claiming them to be vintage. You want to make sure that you get your money’s worth.
#2 Be practical
Sometimes we buy unique vintage clothes because we like them, but we never really wear them, and they end up lying in our closets as collectibles. Buy things that are practical and wearable. Study current trends and incorporate vintage fashion in your modern closet to get the best of both worlds!
#3 Know your size
Since vintage sizing varies and is different from modern day sizing, make sure to ask for measurements before buying. Keep a measuring tape in hand to know your size.
#4 Look out for flaws
Vintage pieces often have flaws as they have been kept and stored for over a decade. Look out for stains, tears, holes, broken zips, damaged soles and missing buttons. They may be overlooked if they're in a less conspicuous location like the inner lining. Avoid stained garments if they're in a visible location. Little flaws like thread pulling or a missing button can be easily fixed. However, it is best to invest in vintage pieces that are flawless. It is advised to always read the descriptions and check the photos before making a purchase.
#5 Don’t hesitate to ask the seller for more photos or information about the item
It's always recommended that you ask the sellers for more information about the garment in case you are not sure about the sizing or the condition of the item.
Speaking from personal experience, once you start buying vintage, there's a great chance that you may never want to go back to fast fashion! Happy vintage shopping!