The world of vintage fashion can be vast and overwhelming. From identifying authentic vintage pieces to finding the right style and fit, it can be tricky to navigate the vintage shopping experience as a beginner. To aid you on your vintage style journey, Déjà Vu Vintage shares their top tips for shopping vintage fashion.
This veritable vintage shopping destination — where you’ll regularly spot our city’s fashionistas — stocks an impressive array of rare and premium vintage and handmade clothing, jewellery, bags and more. Below, Déjà Vu Vintage tells us more about how you can start shopping vintage, how to find the right fit, and what to consider when getting pieces tailored.
What sets vintage fashion apart from regular preloved items?
When investing in a piece of vintage fashion, you must first make sure that what you’re shopping is vintage. Sometimes, the term ‘vintage’ can be used too casually by vendors to refer only to pieces that are vintage-inspired, preloved or from recent periods, such as 2000s pieces. At Déjà Vu Vintage, we curate only authentic vintage clothing, jewellery, and accessories, usually from the 1920s to 1980s.
What are some things someone should know before buying vintage?
It is always important to try on a piece of clothing or jewellery to see if it suits your body. Unlike modern, mass-produced clothing, vintage items aren’t produced in standardised cuts or sizes and may feature fabrics with drapes that you aren’t familiar with. In the past, clothing wasn’t made for hanger appeal either, so it may be harder to visualise the shape and size of a garment until you put it on. Pieces usually look much better on the body than on the rack.
A good vintage store with experienced staff will be able to advise on fits, sizes and styles that suit you. If you’re ever in doubt about anything, seek help from established vintage stores.
If someone is getting a piece with the intention of getting it altered, what should they consider before buying?
Since vintage pieces are one-of-a-kind and our bodies do not always fit standard sizes, it’s all right to get a piece resized. Before you start work on a precious vintage piece, make sure you know what you are doing and work with a good tailor. An established vintage store with a good tailor will be able to take your measurements properly and offer you the correct recommendations to ensure a fit that you will love.
Where should someone start if they’re new to buying vintage?
Not all vintage is created equal. Value varies by style, rarity, era, and condition. When shopping vintage, pick a store with a large variety, not just in terms of quantity but also the variety of styles and product ranges.
For example, many so-called vintage stores that stock pieces from the 1980s, 90s or later will primarily have pieces that look similar to clothing that’s widely available today. In contrast, much of Déjà Vu Vintage’s vintage clothing has been curated to offer fabrics and cuts that are unique to the 1950s, 60s, or 70s, and are no longer in production.
Déjà Vu Vintage pieces span a gamut of styles, from edgy and girly to clean and simple, and every piece is one-of-a-kind. Here, you can find rare and coveted 1950s fit and flare dresses, and museum-quality jewellery and bags. We even stock rare collectible vintage designer pieces from brands such as Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, and Pucci, at a fraction of modern-day prices. Moreover, we make sure all our pieces are stylish, in good condition, and dry-cleaned before being placed on the rack.
That’s why Déjà Vu Vintage has dressed many of the city’s top celebrities, models and trendsetters, and has been featured in international media as a style haven in Singapore
Discover one-of-a-kind pieces at Déjà Vu Vintage, and get your vintage finds sized to fit with the help of their in-house tailor.
Then, explore the rest of MW Creative Neighbourhood and pick out the perfect accessory to go with your outfit. Unique vintage clothing deserves eyewear to match, and the bold, quirky spectacle and sunglass frames from Eyes@Work are certainly up to task. Déjà Vu Vintage has a selection of vintage and handmade jewellery, bags and other accessories, but if you’re looking for watches or jewellery on the sparkly side, you’ll find an array of options at MW. For starters, check out the timepieces at Gnomon Watches, or LeCaine Gems’ jewellery crafted with ethically sourced gemstones and Moissanite, a conflict-free lab grown alternative to diamond.
Pictured: Eyes@Work, Gnomon Watches, LeCaine Gems