How To Keep Your Vintage Clothes Looking New

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Ok, I admit it. I am not a woman and I know absolutely nothing about women's vintage clothes.

But my wife does!

Nita loves shopping for vintage pieces and I know, on Saturday mornings when she announces that she is "just popping out to the store for a few things", that I won't see her until late afternoon.

That's fine with me.  It leaves me free to watch ESPN while she's out hunting around Roswell for that unique vintage gem. 

It always makes her gush with girlish glee when she finally discovers (and buys)  that special piece she just couldn't resist.

​However, over the years she has learned that for every one of her fabulous finds, there are oodles of sweat-stained, moth-eaten fashion aberrations to be had.

Michelle King Slater, Red Diva Vintage & Resale

I mean, don't you think that some things shouldn't really qualify as vintage

Some things are just old -- aren't they?

​So I asked Michelle King Slater, who is featured in our directory and is the owner of the Roswell-based Red Diva Vintage & Resale, what she thought about selecting, wearing, and maintaining vintage clothes.

Michelle is the vintage clothing expert in Roswell and she came up with a few nice tips about how to pick vintage and how to keep those old things looking new.

Here is what Michelle suggested:

How to Pick and Preserve Your Vintage Clothes

  • Most vintage clothing is pre-owned so wear and tear comes with the territory.  Just don't buy a piece if the fabric feels like it's dried out or deteriorating. 
  • It's also a good idea to check all your garments for strong seams so they don't bust open whenever you decide to bust a move.
  • Pick a decade or style that suits your body type. If you have a boyish figure you would probably look good in clothing from the Roaring Twenties.  You might also try something from the '60s when Twiggy was all the rage.   If your figure is fuller, try shopping for a full skirt with a fitted bodice.
  • Find a tailor you trust.  A good tailor can make your vintage garments fit in a perfectly flattering way.
  • Most vintage pieces have been washed umpteen times, so they should either be washed by hand or on your washer's delicate cycle with a mild detergent.
  • Air dry your vintage garments on a rack!  Today's dryers are simply too hard on older fabrics.
  • Face it, you're going to find stains on vintage clothes.  Gently using a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild detergent is the best way to spot clean any stains you might find on your garments. 
  • Underarm stains?  Forget it.  It's impossible to get them out.

If you love vintage let me know what tips you might have for keeping your favorite pieces alive and well.

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