Tag Archives: Vintage Clothing

7 Reasons to Buy Vintage

30 Jun

1. It’s Truly One of a Kind: When you buy clothes from your favorite modern shop around the corner, you may not be the only girl or guy at a party wearing that outfit. There is more room to be unique and stand out when shopping vintage!  ( See our previous article on stores that try to be unique.)

2. Tree-Hugger Approved: We learned our three “R”s in class… Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Well, this can be applied to your closets as well. Being wasteful with your clothing is just as bad as being wasteful with food or garbage. Just think about where your clothing goes when you throw it out- it’s not biodegradable! Reusing clothes will reduce the waste left behind. According to thisarticle by Earth911, synthetic materials we still make today can be extremely harmful to the environment.

3. Surpassing the “Trends”: Vintage clothing comes from every style and era, so there is much more of a variety to choose from. I can’t even count how many times I went shopping and found myself disappointed that all the stores had the same styles, same colors, same everything! Most stores will find what is cheap and trendy for the year – they just want to make big bucks on mass marketing. This is your chance to break the mold…

4. Investments? Ka-Ching! Like aging a bottle of wine, or fixing up an old muscle car, vintage clothing can go up in value with time. Think about the difference in price of a 90’s party dress versus a 1920’s flapper dress. Big difference? Yes! Just remember to keep you clothes in good condition.

5. Quality Check: Many fashions of the past were made to last, using materials such as knits, silk, velvet, wool, linen, etc. Many companies today work with cheap and thin materials that tend to rip and wear easily.

6. Make Designers Drool: Fashion designers look to the past for inspiration, so take your creative eye to the vintage shops and beat them to it!

7. Know Your History: Keep up on your facts and learn about the era your clothes came from, who was wearing it, and why. This can make for very interesting conversations. For instance, one trend this year is the maxi dress or maxis skirt… but where did it originate? Worn Through gives a great Mini History of the Maxi Dress!

*Above dress can be found at our store Fyrafix.com.

What Vintage Are You this Summer?

2 Jun

Making plans this summer includes not only those amazing outdoor activities we missed all winter, but planning out some new “what-to-wear” situations. What kind of vintage are you this summer?

The 80’s Boating Bombshell: You are classy, fabulous, and don’t give a damn as long as there is nothing stopping you on the way to the beach! This outfit puts you in command of the best boats at sea.

Combing the Above: Monochromantic Dress | 1970’s Seafaring Necklace | Hook, Line, and Sinker Earrings | Ankylosaurus Bracelet

The 70’s Book & Bike Extraordinaire: You prefer to bike it on your way to work, school, or the local park where you can read all the your favorite authors. Don’t forget to grab a bite to eat on your way out the door!

Combing the Above: Philosophy Class Skirt | Penny For Your Thoughts Glasses | Francoise Wallet in Marseille | Sprinkles on Top Earrings

The Energetic Explorer: You are always excited to get outside and see what the world has to offer. After a long day of enjoying the sun, you are definitely up for a moon-lit party.

Combing the Above: Summer in the city Top| Sun Sensitive Earrings | Painted Desert Necklace

The Double Scoop Please: Life is for living, and when it comes to summer… you are planning to take full advantage! Throw a party, have some picnics, go on walks for no reason, and ALWAYS get an extra scoop of gelato!

Combing the Above: Gelato Skirt | The Hunter and the Antelope Vintage Glass Set

It’s hard to choose… Which style is your favorite?

Vintage Sewing Patterns

9 Jan

Taking a look back at vintage sewing patterns, I realized how much I miss the quality of these drawings. Full of inspiration, color, and -of course- great clothing,  I was excited to find many of the patterns full of look-alike clothing that we have collected and reconstructed at Fyra! These come from Vogue, Butterick, McCalls, Simplicity, and more… And while they aren’t the actual patterns for the clothing, they come quite close…

Vintage 1960's Dress

Above: 1960’s Queen of the Castle Dress

Vintage Dresses

Above: Sweet Caroline Vintage Dress | Shorthand Vintage Blouse

Vintage Skirt

Above: English Class Vintage Skirt

Vintage Poncho

Above: Berkeley Poncho

Vintage Plaid Skirt

Above: Philosophy Class Skirt

Vintage Wool Jacket

Above: Plumage Reconstructed Vintage Jacket

It’s Not Unique When It’s Sold Everywhere

14 Oct

For months we’ve noticed how certain popular stores are really trying to sell on hopes of coming across completely unique and different – when in fact, they are just as manufactured as any other company you see day-to-day on every street corner. The only difference is they market themselves intelligently, in a way that tries to deceive most consumers. Unfortunately it works… a lot…

Today’s post is a Reblog inspired by Huzzah Vintage! and  The Violet Reaction. After reading their posts, it’s hard to not shake your head in disbelief (and laugh at the amazing conversations that come from such a topic):

“When The Only Thing Unique Is The Price”

View more from Huzzah Vintage!

View more from The Violet Reaction

While it’s hard to not enjoy the quirky titles given to clothing on these sites, it IS hard to enjoy some of the unnecessary price increases. Not to mention that sense of security of walking into the room with the only vintage dress of its kind is completely lost…