Previously, we discussed a potential outerwear option and the advantageous aspects of an unstructured outerwear. We also briefly talked about how expensive a good outerwear piece can cost. If you are on a budget, like myself, second hand websites and vintage stores are great alternatives.
In regards to second hand websites, particularly Grailed and eBay, jackets may still be rather costly – especially after factoring the Canadian to America conversion rate. The upside of Grailed and eBay is that you can find pieces that embody a more contemporary and slimmer silhouette from current designers. On the other hand, shopping at your local vintage store(s) is challenging due to sizing or dated silhouettes/detailing and often requires a lot of patience. However, the patience and diligence of a vintage piece is often worth it for the price tag.
I don’t usually like vintage shopping, as the sizes are often undesirable and unsalvageable for my body type. There have been a few occasions where I would purchase a jacket, thought it could be tailored and bring it to my tailor to only have him disappoint me with bad news. Don’t get me wrong, if the shoulders fit, the rest are often alterable. But my long arms and substantial drop proves to be difficult for such a feat.
However on my recent occasional vintage hunts, I found this beautiful beefy sailor coat with great detailing and a price tag of $50. I tried it on and suddenly, I felt that all my efforts were not in vain.
This heather grey jacket was a rarity. The sleeves were long enough to accommodate my lengthy arms and it did not possess any odor or garment damages. The fit of the jacket is not exactly ideal for my slender body, but it does come with a waist belt (a feature I often encourage you to locate when shopping for a vintage outerwear) that helps enable my preferred waist compression.
Granted, the belt was tied a little too snug around the back of the jacket during this shoot.
The jacket also features a generous lapel, with a beautiful roll and shoulder epaulets that’s often on military jackets. I tried to ask the vendor if he had any knowledge of this jacket or of its prior usage. Unfortunately he did not have information to provide me with.
One of the characteristics I enjoy about vintage shopping is the history of each clothing piece – distinctively how functional they were and the longevity of a well-made garment.
Honestly, the key to getting a vintage outwear piece is patience, a lot of it, and frequent visitations. If you drop by your vintage shops regularly, don’t be faltered after numerous ‘failed’ searches because the price tag of one that you finally find is always justifiable. Good luck hunting!