What is some affordable vintage-inspired clothing?


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Although everyone's idea of what is affordable is different, several online retailers offer a wide range of vintage-inspired clothing, including Pinup Girl Clothing, ModCloth, Ruche and Unique Vintage. If one has the time and energy, unique vintage items may still be found in thrift and consignment stores. However, given the popularity of and demand for retro-styled clothing, the prices may be high.

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When the vintage clothing trend was newer, shoppers could find a wide selection of affordable, second-hand, retro clothing in their local thrift shops, but since the supply has dwindled, people are buying reproductions of vintage styles. These are easier to size and are readily available.

Since the supply of authentic clothing has disappeared, truly vintage pieces are very much in demand and are more expensive than the reproductions. Consumers save money in buying reproductions but sacrifice a bit of uniqueness because the items are manufactured in bulk like contemporary styles.

As of fall 2014, there are a few online stores that offer vintage-inspired clothing and accessories ranging in price from $5 to $399. Pinup Girl Clothing carries retro dresses, shoes and accessories. The dresses range from about $75 to $100. Ruche offers dresses, shoes, accessories and even bridal fashions. Their prices start at $5 for certain accessories on sale. Fortunately, a vintage-inspired wardrobe can be an on-going project, and the pieces don't go out of style.

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