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October 24, 2008

SEA OF SHOES GUIDE TO VINTAGE//

Pictured above: my mom wears a vintage Bob Mackie coat, Levi's jeans and Givenchy beaded heels. I wear a vintage Lillie Rubin dress with Chloe patent criss scross sandals. The tweed jacket on the mannequin on the left is vintage Chanel, the leather jacket with the lion medallions on it is vintage Moschino. The jacket hanging above the mannequins is vintage Kansai Yamamoto.
All vintage pieces were purchased through eBay.

My mom is the expert when it comes to finding the best things on eBay so I asked her to compile a list of some tips for vintage shopping on eBay.

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eBay TIPS

When using eBay to search for designer vintage items, first start with a designer that you like; for example: Yves Saint Laurent. 

First type "vintage Yves Saint Laurent" into the search engine.
Then try- "vintage YSL"
"YSL jacket"
"Yves Saint Laurent jacket"
"YSL dress"
"Yves Saint Laurent dress"
etc....

You get the idea-just sub out your favorite designers name.

Here are some of my favorite designers to look for:
Christian Lacroix
Claude Montana
Geoffrey Beene
Bill Blass
Alaia
Thierry Mugler
Norman Norrell
Victor Costa
Leonard
Pierre Cardin
Louis Feraud
Yves Saint Laurent
Teal Traina
Emanuel Ungaro
Carolina Herrera

Another good search technique is to choose the era of your design of choice. Let's use the 80's.
Here are some searches I would run for 80's vintage:
80's dress
80's jacket
80's bolero
80's bolero ruffles
80's silk ruffles
80's silk dres
80's dolman sleeves/batwing
80's silk ruffle dress
etc etc!

We are both really into rouched silk 80's dresses-floral, with ruffles: think vintage Ungaro! They look great with a pair of skinny pants and killer booties.

It is also important to read the description of an item when you pull up something you like. Look at the key words the seller uses, and plug those into your search. For instance, if you search for a jacket and in the description of an item, the seller calls it a 'jacket bolero', then plug the word bolero into your search engine. This will help you find exactly what you want!
The item you are looking for could be hiding under many different descriptions: it's important to change up your searches. Don't forget that eBay saves your searches: this is a huge time-saver!

Don't be afraid to bid on the item that no one else is bidding on or something that isn't photographed well: one man's trash is another man's treasure, right?

Happy hunting-I know you all will have questions so feel free to ask.

xox Judy (Jane's mom)

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Some more tips from me, Jane:

My mom and I are on a first name basis with our tailor. An important thing to consider when buying vintage is that you can usually get something tailored to fit just right. It's worth the money to get something fitted, because that will make the difference between whether you wear it or not.

My advice for buying vintage would be to buy something that gets you out of your comfort zone: amongst the skinny snug leather jackets that you might usually choose, a big shoulder-padded Norma Kamali jacket might seem like a slightly ridiculous addition to your wardrobe. Remeber that it's all about how you wear it-what jewelery you wear, how you've done your hair and make-up (minimal, preferably), what you style it with, and most importantly, the SHOES! That same jacket might not seem so Dynasty if you wear it with faded jeans, a slinky tank top, and sexy Alaia sandals. Consider it a wardrobe challenge and have fun with it. :)

TTFN!
<3 Jane

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66 Comments

Photo of Erika

I'm so jealous of you and your mother!

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That moschino jacket.....I want to eat it. In the least wierd way possible. It is just too beautiful! --<-@

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hi jane,
i live in paris and i came accross your website while reading glamour.
I adore your collection of shoes! and love the denim daze:P
im glad i went on your site :)

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I love the coat your mom's wearing!! She's like Lily Van der Woodsen in real time :D

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hi, im a fan of your site. and i am new in ebay. haha.. this is my fist time to have a credit card.
:) can you also give me a tips on bidding? i hate to be "didn't win" but i dont have a strategy on biddibg. no lie, i also i want a low price...

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are you kidding me? that photo of you and your mom looks like an editorial spread from an imaginary magazine in my dreams
amazing!

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I just don't understand how someone could afford ALL of this. This is crazy. You seriously have so many amazing clothes!


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I have some ebay tips on my blog if any ones needs more: http://fashionpearlsofwisdom.blogspot.com/2009/08/ebay-tips-how-to-find-buy-and-sell.html
Love your 'finds' photo ladies!! x

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Isn't there a bit of a photoshop disaster going on with youe left arm, Jane?

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This is just like amazing tips thank u sooo much xx

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