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Your Online Vintage Shopping Guide

Of course, you don't need me to tell you that we are living in very strange and unsettling times in a world so affected by Coronavirus. Whether it's through choice or not, and to protect yourself or others, it is unlikely that you will be visiting any vintage shops for the next few weeks or months.

However, extra time at home does mean more time to have a look at the fantastic vintage clothing available online, from all over the world. We have a huge virtual shopping mall right at our fingertips and so many fantastic items up for grabs. So lets embrace this, put our feet up, make a cuppa and take a look at what vintage clothing the world wide web has to offer.

A good vintage clothing company will be run by people who are as passionate about their business as you are about buying their clothing. Such high feelings for vintage are great because any questions you have will be easily answered. You should also feel free to contact these companies if you would like advice on particular styles of vintage clothing or how to put certain items and outfits together. Most of these sellers have a real eye for fashion, cut and style as well as heaps of knowledge and experience of many decades of clothing.

The real bonus of using an online vintage clothes shop is that all the available stock is clearly laid out in relevant sections, with multiple photographs and descriptions, giving you the chance to browse in detail at your leisure. Most vintage clothing websites will sell a combination of mens vintage clothing and womens vintage clothing and many now also sell a range of retro clothing too. Another good tip is to search all sections of the website – as there may be hidden gems throughout. Bargain, clearance and sale sections are also bursting with vintage clothing. Of course you can also use the Search facility on each website but keep your search terms simple. Single words are best. Instead of searching for "1960s mod dress" maybe just search for "mod" as it will give you a wider range of results to look through.

Buying vintage online is also fantastic if you are the kind of buyer who likes to mix vintage clothing with high street pieces. Whether it's vintage dresses teamed with killer high street heels, or designer denim combined with vintage knitwear – you can easily cross reference between a whole array of different websites. Much more fun than trailing from one side of town to another and back again!

Vintage clothing websites are available twenty-four hours a day giving you access whenever it suits you. Once you have then found your desired piece(s) of vintage clothing, simply purchase online and let them do all the hard work! Orders can easily be tracked and within days, your fabulous new vintage clothing will be delivered directly to your door.

It is always best to check the terms of your chosen vintage clothing website, but most will have easy to understand policies for returns and exchanges and are happy to help if you come across any problems. Many will have very easy to find email addresses or contact forms, and some will also have Live Chat available. Remember, you are buying from a small independent business and in the main they are hugely passionate about what they do and what they sell. Don't be afraid to ask their advice or even ask them to source something specific you might be looking for. You can make great connections in this fabulous community!

All things considered, buying vintage clothing online is an easier, more comfortable and hassle-free way to get your hands on the clothing you love. Social distancing is very important right now but that doesn't mean you can't get your hands on some fantastic vintage treasures. So have a good surf, find your favourites and get clicking - who knows what treasures you might find.

Until next time! Em x

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