The Lazy Girl's Guide to Buying Vintage

If the mere thought of vintage shopping brings you out in hives before you've even left the house, this is for you. How to find the best retro pieces without rummaging, scouring the globe and getting your hands (sometimes literally) dirty? Leave it to the professionals. There are plenty of stores and online hubs that specialise in sifting through and editing in the very nicest items from days gone by, meaning you can either nod to the runway's many decade-dipping references (FYI the 1980s really are back) or blaze an entirely new trail of your own, straight from your sofa, safe in the knowledge that these buys have been dry-cleaned and mended. Some clever purveyors are even tweaking thrift items to make them more modern—see ASOS and Urban Outfitters for on-trend adaptations. But there are more rules to keep your foray into vintage shopping an easy one.

Keep on scrolling to see how, when and where we effortlessly buy our vintage…