Are you a VINTAGE LOVER? Because I am. In fact, vintage newbies or people who are curious about the appeal of wearing vintage always ask me the same question: How do I buy vintage? First of all, you have to love everything about fashion and its history throughout the decades. It is key to know the styles and trends of each decade. The main reason why I love vintage is because I value the high-quality tailoring (you don’t get this with high-street labels) and the joy of owning a piece of history! Sometimes, vintage shopping can be overwhelming when you first walk into a giant thrift store – don’t worry, the key is to have patience and comb through the racks thoroughly. This may not be ‘ideal’ for busy Singaporeans so it’s advisable to visit a vintage boutique that has specially curated the best pieces and skip the digging process.
Granny’s Day Out is one of Singapore’s best vintage boutiques which is quietly hidden in Peninsula Shopping Centre near City Hall MRT. Get ready to dig through an extensive collection of women’s vintage clothing, purses, shoes and accessories from the 1930s to 1980s, sourced from all over the world – mostly from USA and Europe. All vintage clothing and items are cleaned and restored – yes, no stink! Honestly, I quite like the vintage smell, hahaha. Most of her vintage accessories (i.e. jewellery and belts) are New Old Stock, or NOS, it means the item is vintage but never been worn, i.e. manufactured a long time ago and kept in storage and never sold, and hence, first hand. So, it’s old but also new!
WANNA WIN $50 GRANNY’S DAY OUT VOUCHERS? Visit Granny’s Day Out Facebook Page for contest details (Closing Date: Sunday, 18 March 2012) or scroll down:
Five Fash-Tips When Buying Vintage:
- Check for authenticity: If you must know, there are fake vintage. It is advisable to buy from reputable vintage boutiques such as Granny’s Day Out so you know that you’re buying ‘actual’ vintage pieces – not vintage wannabes. More importantly, build a relationship with the boutique owners so you can first dips when new pieces come in! Say hi to Hsiao Ying at Granny’s Day Out – I promise you that she won’t bite.
- Alteration is a must (if it doesn’t fit): To me, a good fit is everything. This can make or break how you look in any types of clothing. Sometimes you find pieces which fit you like a glove but most of the time, they don’t. This is because more vintage clothing are imported from the USA or Europe. Then again, most vintage boutiques like Granny’s Day Out do provide alteration services.
- Give your vintage a modern twist: OK, you don’t want to look like you just teleported from the 60s – right? Mix and match your vintage pieces with contemporary styles. The whole point is to modernize the look and make it relevant.
- Check for imperfections and fix it (if possible): If you’re visiting Granny’s Day Out, you can be ensure ‘most’ imperfections will be fixed. Be prepared to see holes, stains, missing buttons, tears, pull-thread and etc. – it really depends on the condition of the vintage piece. If you can fix it, do it. Otherwise, think again if you want to buy it.
- Be bold. Try, Try and TRY! After trying on more than 10 pieces at Granny’s Day Out, I’m convinced that I need to be a little more adventurous and try clothing that I would never pick off the rack. I ended up with pieces that I didn’t want to try in the first place. The key is to bold and pick statement pieces that will blow your socks off.
1970s black and white striped jumpsuit with ruched sleeves; 1980s belt with a gold buckle; 1960s silver-tone mod bangle; 1960s gold beaded purse; 1950s gold-plated rings, European; 1980s leather flats
1970s yellow jumpsuit with big pockets; French silk scarf on head; 1980s pumps with leaf print
1970s black and red striped wool dress; Black leather braided belt; 1960s mod faux leather sling bag
1960s maxi printed lounge dress; 1960s ah-go-go fish link belt
1980s royal blue gown with black piping; 1940s black purse
1970s daisy-print hot pink dress; 1940s-50s Czechoslovakian beaded faux pearl purse; 1980s peep-toe sling backs
1980s shimmery party dress; 1970s black/silver patterned purse
1980s floral frock; 1980s beige booties
Happy candy striped dress 1980s; 1980s orange and white bangle; 1980s leather sandals; 1970s b/w woven clutch bag; 1950s-60s gold plated rings, European
You gotta love vintage rings! I spent 3 hours at Granny’s Day Out and everyone who walks in will buy the rings!
1980s bustier party dress with tulle; 1980s high-heeled black leather boots
Alright, it’s CONTEST TIME!
STEP 1: So, you’ve seen the photos of me in Granny’s Day Out vintage clothing above. Now, visit GDO Facebook Page and ‘LIKE’ it.
STEP 2: Go the the Facebook Album with all the outfit photos (as seen above) and comment “Which outfit do you like most on her and why?” and ‘LIKE‘ the photo. Easy peasy!
STEP 3: The more you ‘LIKE’, the higher your chances of winning! Be one of the THREE LUCKY WINNERS to walk away with $50 GDO shopping vouchers redeemable for anything in the store, except the sheepskin rug.
Contest ends Sunday, 18 March 2012.
Visit Granny’s Day Out!
3 Coleman Street,
#03-25 Peninsula Shopping Centre,
Tel: +65 6336 9774
Mon-Sat: 1pm-8pm | Sun & Public Holidays: 1.30pm – 6.30pm
images: Granny’s Day Out