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A Girl's Guide to Buying 80's Clothes

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

One of the great things about fashion is that almost all of your favorite trends will come back into style if you wait long enough. In recent years, many popular 80’s clothes and accessories have come back into style. Whether trying to make a fashion statement, dressing up for school spirit week, or putting an ensemble together for a costume party, many ladies put a lot of time and energy into their attire. If you are trying to find the perfect outfit for your special event, here are four places that you are likely to find some great vintage clothing.

The first place you should check is the closets and attics of any and all of your older relatives. Parents, aunts, uncles, and even grandparents might be fashion hoarders. Some will keep clothing items hanging in their closet for years, while others may store their favorites in boxes in the attic. Whether they kept them for sentimental reasons or in anticipation of the day that they will fit into their favorite outfits again, the benefit to you is the same: the cost is free. Take a few minutes and make some phone calls to see if anyone has old clothing stashed away.

The next least expensive place to look is at a thrift store or estate sale. Although you may have to dig through a lot of junk to find some fashion gems at a thrift store, you can often find items for a couple of dollars each. The same is true for an estate sale. Usually the items being sold belonged to an elderly individual that passed away, and though not all of these events having clothing for sale, it is worth checking. Many estate sales are advertised in advance and have a list of items that will be available for purchase.

If you are particularly interested in higher quality authentic 80’s clothing, a vintage clothing store is a great place to shop. Although most of the clothing sold in these boutiques also falls into the category of being previously owned, items that have not been kept in good condition never make it onto the rack. The items are usually sorted by decade and size, so the shopping experience is typically faster and more pleasing. Since the popularity of these shops has been increasing, you can usually find several to choose from if you live in a large metropolitan area.

The last place you can shop for the perfect outfit is probably the easiest to get to: it is on your computer. Online shopping has increased in popularity over the past decade, and between auction sites and specialty shops a lady can find just about any item of clothing her little heart desires. If you are particularly interested in purchasing something brand new for a reasonable price, the ideal place for you to shop is going to be a website specializing in costumes. These establishments often provide clothing in a range of sizes and styles, so you will have a wider selection to choose from. However, it is important to check the quality of the items being sold, since many seasonal Halloween costumes are constructed out of cheap material and are not made to last. If this is going to be an outfit you want to wear more than once, do your research and go with the websites offering the best quality, even if the items cost a little more. Don’t be afraid to call their customer service line and ask questions about the craftsmanship of their merchandise and their returns policy.

When it comes to putting together a memorable ensemble of 80’s clothes, it is going to take a little effort on your part. If you have a lot of time but very little money, start with the cheaper options on the list. But if you are in a rush or making a fashion statement is worth a modest financial investment to you, get online and start shopping!



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