Vintage To Vogue: The Secret to Shopping The Runway Archives

welcome to From vintage to vogue, who sees the vogue The team takes a different trend or opportunity each month and shows you how to buy it used.

There’s something very meditative about shopping vintage online. Firstly, it takes a zen-like mindset to simply get into the trawl, and secondly, endless patience is required to scroll through the sprawling online market for archival designer pieces. But make no mistake: it’s meditative when you scroll, and ecstatic when you score.

There’s a whole range of emotions associated with fashion archive hunting. To go hunting is to risk being disappointed. It can take weeks, months and, yes, even years for the object of your dreams to be passed on by its former owner (and whose fault is that?). So, repeat after me: turn on your search notifications. You never know when this Phoebe Philo Celine crystal choker might appear on The Real Real or Vestiaire Collective.

How to start

Track accessories are a great place to start. This is due to the nature of runway collections: ready-to-wear collections are trickier, as they are often marketed or adapted to appeal to a wider audience. Accessories, however, tend to fall off the runway and straight into stores. Be pray!

Where to start? If you’ve made it this far, you probably already have a wish list of pieces you’d like to see hanging in your closet. In the unlikely event that you don’t know what you want to splurge on, we’re here to help. Start by browsing past runway collections from your favorite designers and take note. This is of the utmost importance, as searching by seasons (year and season, to be precise) will provide faster and better results.

Where to buy vintage accessories

From Vestiaire Collective, The Real Real, Farfetch Preowned, Reselfridges, Ebay, Vinted and Cudoni to Reluxe Fashion, there are a plethora of platforms to choose from. Our best advice? Search simultaneously. A search result may appear, but it’s worth double-checking different prices on different platforms. The more you search, the more you will have an idea of ​​what is appropriate. Trendy items or trendy brands can sell for exorbitant prices. Consider durability and how much you actually want what’s on offer.

What we learned

Always stay calm and be ready to press “buy now” when you have to. The aforementioned Object of Desire can drop when you’re at the pub or at a wedding. Don’t forget to stay zen (!) and always be on standby when the Prada AW16 sailor hat in your size drops, otherwise it’s another 2 years of waiting (believe me, I’ve been there).

Personally, scrolling through product pages and pages and finding iconic gems doesn’t always mean I buy whatever catches my eye. Sometimes stumbling upon an artifact from a bygone era can cause enormous excitement, even if I don’t take the plunge (see, all the thrills).