Some people might feel weird about the idea of wearing secondhand clothing, but there’s something timeless and otherworldly about vintage dresses. If you’re in the 20’s age group now, clearly you’ve never experience wearing fashion from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, but vintage clothing allows you to experience that part of history.
But besides its nostalgic appeal, wearing vintage dresses has practical and stylistic advantages too, the most important one being that the chances of you showing up at a party wearing the exact same outfit as someone else are slim to none. Pretty much all clothes in vintage stores are one-of-a-kind pieces. If you live in a style-conscious city, this guarantees that you won’t look like everybody else. Vintage dresses never go out of style either, so long as you pair them with contemporary pieces and mix the old with the new so as not to draw too much attention to just one piece.
Being style-conscious also means spending a lot on your wardrobe, but the allure of vintage shopping is that the clothes are ridiculously cheap – you can buy ten tops, three dresses, and a pair of shoes without making a dent on your wallet! At Philippine vintage stores, also known as ukay-ukay, I have never paid anything more than P150 (about $3) for a vintage dress – and now I have so many of them lined up in my closet.
If you’d like to learn more about ukay-ukay, vintage shopping, and other rare (but cheap) fashion finds, check out Ukay Manila, a new shopping photo blog where I post all my adorable ukay finds from Manila and beyond. Ukay Manila will feature my favorite vintage dresses and vintage clothes, information on where to find them, and tips on how to wear them.