how to hunt down vintage levis11/03/2016
Before I bought my first pair of so-called mom jeans, I had searched high and low for such a pair. Ideally, the goal was a pair of medium dark blue vintage Levis, yet the universe apparently didn’t seem willing to cooperate at the time. I do still love the ones I purchased then, but the heart wants what it wants. Fast forward a couple of years, I am a proud owner of two pairs of mom jeans in a light and a darker wash and two DIY Levi’s shorts. Today I am sharing just a few tips to help you out in case you’re on the same style journey to a perfect 80’s soccer mom look.
1. Play the field before you settle. I don’t have enough fingers on my hands to describe the amount of vintage, second hand stores and flea markets I’ve been to in an attempt to score a pair of vintage Levis. Luckily, we live in a world where most things are just a click away. Ebay, Depop and many other online stores have millions of sellers and more than likely some of them will have that perfect pair of Levi’s for you. Leave no stone unturned.
2. Be patient. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your mom outfit be. It’s all fun and games whilst lying in bed with a cup of coffee, browsing the internet for clothes, until you actually have to go out to do so in the real world. Thrift shops aren’t really arranged the way your typical high-end boutiques are so there will be some hustling involved. Find out when the new clothing comes in and take a trip to the store as soon as possible after they get it in. Many good items get sold pretty darn fast so make sure you’re in the first rows to score some sweet pieces. Be prepared to browse the racks for a substantial amount of time (if it’s a warehouse or a really huge shop) and dig through the boxes – I guarantee there are always some hidden gems in there. And at all times remember – no pain, no vintage Levis!
3. Have a plan beforehand. So you found a good pair of Levi’s, congrats! It’s just that you could fit a small elephant in there… This is where a good plan comes in hand. Think about what you can do with those and if the purchase is even worth it. Maybe you’ll just need to trim the bottom a bit because they’re too long. Maybe they have a stain on the knees – DIY cut-off shorts might be a great idea to fix that! And if they truly are too big for small remakes at home – is their original price tag worth having to spend additional money and time on a seamstress to make them fit your body properly? These are some things to think about and my advice to you is to roughly plan it out beforehand so you have a backup idea for just in case.
Happy hunting for your pair of vintage Levis! If you need some styling inspiration, just look below!