My first Chanel + tips on vintage shopping

Oh, the excitement. That first glimpse through the shop window. The fear that someone else will get to it before me. The tantalizing thought of the many outfits I’ll be able to pimp with it.

These are just a few of the endless thoughts that passed through my mind before buying my first Chanel piece. A beautiful tangerine silk scarf. The fact that it’s a vintage one makes it even more precious.

I found it in a vintage designer shop in Notting Hill, a place where I go a little more often than I care to admit. It was wrapped around the neck of one of the mannequins waiting patiently to be worn and adorned by someone more… lively.

Vintage shopping is something I’ve discovered many years ago and since then has become one of my favorite weekend activities. And because I get asked a lot about it I’ve put together a list of 3 simple yet crucial things I always keep in mind when wanting to extend my vintage designer collection.

1. First things first, make sure it’s authentic. If you have time to do a proper research and maybe ask for someone’s opinion – do that. If not, you’ll have to rely on your phone and mighty Google to gather as much information as you possibly can on the spot. Look for distinctive signs, starting from tags and logo till more in depth details like stitching, buttons and so on.

2. Asses the damage and figure out if it can be mended, how much will it cost and if you’re genuinely willing to go that extra mile. You might be lucky enough to find your dream piece in mint condition like I did with the Chanel Scarf but a lot of the vintage items out there require a bit of work before getting to wear them. Be it a stubborn stain, a few small holes here and there or a missing button – make sure you’re aware of all of them and the price reflects the condition of the piece. Don’t let your excitement cloud your judgement and be a savvy shopper.

3. It has to fit you. If, let’s say, you find a jumper one or two sizes bigger – that might not be a problem especially if you like your jumpers oversized. But if it’s a coat or a jacket with hard shoulders that’s supposed to fit you perfectly, let it go. As tempting as it is to think a talented tailor can fix it, the chances are that coat/jacket will never look the same. So, put it back on the rack (did a little rhyme here) and step away.

I hope these are helpful. Let me know in the comments below if you’d like me to share more tips about vintage shopping and the best places in London to do that.


Wearing: Chanel scarf, H&M jumper, vintage trousers, New Look mules and Bali Tomali bag.


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