Vintage lingerie is a common practice amongst women who want to feel elegant in the bedroom without spending too much money on a brand new set. It’s no secret that vintage lingerie is something of a treasure hunt. With the exception of some modern brands that have been around for ages, you’re likely to come across a few finds that haven’t been available for decades. But just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s not perfect.
On this blog we will answer some most asked questions about vintage lingerie as well as the tips for how to find bargain vintage lingerie.
Is there a market for vintage lingerie?
It seems like a little black dress is a vintage lingerie collector’s best friend. There are so many black and white pictures online of women in nighties from the 40s and 50s. It’s hard to imagine that these dainty, full-brimmed slips and bustiers were once everyday, casual clothing.
As far as I know, there are no current vintage lingerie collectors who have made a business out of it. But niche market or not, the sheer volume of vintage lingerie on Etsy makes it worth pondering whether people will pony up for the real deal.
The answer is yes! I love some of the items I’ve found on Etsy, especially ones with matching sets in multiple sizes (think: wedding gifts). Despite their age and sometimes rough condition, they’re still very attractive. The styles are unique and can be flattering on all body types. The right size is going to accentuate your good features while masking your flaws.
The reason I don’t buy vintage very often is because of the price tag. You can find a brand new set from For Love and Lemons Lingerie for much less, and that’s what I’ll usually go for. Vintage prices are so high because of the effort required to restore them.
Is vintage lingerie worth anything?
Vintage lingerie is a tricky beast. Yes, it’s gorgeous and often very expensive. There is a common misconception that vintage lingerie is also significantly more valuable than its modern counterparts. This isn’t necessarily true.
Collectors seek out items that represent their favorite decade. Vintage lingerie goes beyond a trend and into the category of collectibles. Like any investment, the return on your vintage lingerie depends on what you’re looking for. It is important to choose iconic items from the era like a bullet bra. If you buy an iconic item from the ’40s or ’50s, you can likely resell it for more than what you bought it for. On the other hand, if you’re buying something that’s a little more common, you might break even or lose money. Either way, if you’re buying vintage lingerie as an investment, it always pays to do some research before diving in.
Vintage lingerie can be pretty and practical, and there are many styles out there that deserve to be resurrected. By following these tips, you will be able to feel confident and beautiful while wearing vintage lingerie.
Know your style preferences before shopping
Vintage lingerie offers a wide range of styles from traditional lace-trimmed underthings to more extravagant pieces with fringe details or bold colors. Knowing what styles you prefer will help narrow down your search for vintage pieces. You can purchase only those that fit your style preferences perfectly.
Search for unique pieces
When you’re looking for something as unique and special as lingerie, it’s best to cast your net wide and search far and wide—the perfect pieces are out there if you’re willing to look. Check out local thrift stores, Craigslist, eBay, handmade sellers on Etsy, garage sales, and vintage shops. All of those can be sources of great finds that will make you feel beautiful. Keep an open mind about what you’re looking for and don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles. You will surprise what you find!
The item must fit appropriately
What seems like it could be a cute piece could actually cause more problems than it’s worth if it doesn’t fit well.
To ensure a good fit, always check the measurements before you buy, and make sure you’re buying from someone who takes returns just in case something isn’t right.
No matter how well-made or expensive a piece is, if it doesn’t fit, it won’t look good on you—and you shouldn’t have to settle for an ill-fitting vintage piece just because your options might be limited! After all, most people don’t want their lingerie to fall down or end up bunching up around the bust area!
Focus on details.
Your piece doesn’t need to be a full outfit—such as lingerie, stockings and garters—to stand out as unique and gorgeous. Take a look at gloves, scarves and other accessories (not to mention shoes and purses) for more ways to accessorize your outfits with vintage finds!
Know What To Avoid
When you’re out on the hunt for the perfect vintage lingerie, it’s important to remember that there are certain things to avoid when shopping. If you’re not careful, you may end up with a piece that doesn’t fit right or has more damage than you were expecting.
Some of the most important things to avoid include:
-The colors of the lingerie don’t match your skin tone.
-The lace is torn or ripped.
-The piece looks like it might have been worn (and possibly washed) by someone else.
-The fabric is smells odd or have stains.
These are all signs that the garment may be damaged and should be avoided. If you aren’t sure about something, ask an employee of the store where you found it for some advice.
Vintage Inspired Lingerie
If you find it hard to find a beautiful piece of vintage lingerie that fits you well and in good condition. Do not worry there are also good options on Etsy for vintage inspired lingerie. Here you can find our favorite lingerie stores on Etsy.
Remember, though, that vintage lingerie has both benefits and drawbacks. The search for the perfect item can be just as much fun as wearing something new. Perhaps the biggest challenge is in sifting through all of the options. Check online or at a variety of secondhand stores to see what’s out there and which items are in good condition before you go digging around dusty drawers. Once you’ve come across a few potentials, there’s plenty of ways to narrow down your options. And don’t be afraid to be picky. After all, it’s your body, your comfort and your sexiness that are at stake.