Dresses from the 1950s look good on curvy bodies and 1920s dresses on more boyish figures. Store them in a cool, dry place with no light and away from any cooking fumes, pets or cigarette smoke.Use padded hangers and acid-free tissue paper and always clean or air after each wearing. Vintage reads Decades: A Century of Fashion, Cameron Silver Vintage: Art of Dressing Up, Tracy Tolkien Vintage Fashion: Collecting and Wearing Designer Classics 1900-1990, Zandra Rhodes & Emma Baxter Wright Vintage Fashion Sourcebook, Cleo & Mark Butterfield The Little Guide to Vintage Shopping: Insider Tips, Helpful Hints, Hip Shops, Melody Fortier 20.

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Look for moth holes, tears around seams and hemlines that have been taken up with poor-quality stitching.

Of course all of these things are easily rectifiable – you just need to weigh up the cost and effort of the work required against the retail price.’ 8.

As a general rule of thumb go down two sizes from what the label says for a modern fit.

Tolly Gregory, 13-year-old blogger from says: ‘Ignore sizes.

Find an expert dealer and work with them to build your collection just as an art collector would with an art dealer. Quality counts Designer labels are always sought after and do hold their value.

Also look out for quality dressmaking such as covered buttons, piping, silk linings and boned bodices. Fabulous fabrics Look for great fabrics that will stand the test of time such as cotton, wool, linen and silk. ‘French car boot sales, or vide-greniers (literally ’empty the attic’) can be an excellent source of vintage accessories – especially if they are held in fairly well to do towns or villages,’ says former fashion journalist Karen Wheeler, who is the author of three books about her life in France, including ‘Tout Sweet: Hanging up my High Heels for a New Life in France’ and new diet book, ‘The Marie Antoinette Diet: Eat Cake & Still Lose Weight.’ ‘Two summers ago, a friend of mine found two Hermes bags from the 1950s – one in black crocodile, the other in black lizard – at a vide grenier for €3 each.

A burst seam is never a good look for anyone either.10.

Online sizing When buying vintage online a reputable website will have the full measurements listed.

If you are going to markets be it Portobello in London (that’s where I go) or fairs.