The thing about trawling vintage stores and charity shops for the best fashion trend pieces is that you realistically have to think a season or two ahead. Depending on where you are in the world will depend on how badly they get ram-raided once any particular trend hits the streets in a big way. So stocking up on cool, original vintage pieces before the masses start hunting for them is the way to go.

Of course, current trends to stay on the look out for are anything 70s: crochet, bell-bottoms, big hats, ruffled blouses. But all that’s fairly obvious. The less obvious future trends are more of a gamble, but knowing what to look for pays off once the flurry of punters hits are there’s nothing left in store, and prices skyrocket along with demand.

So with 2012’s fashion trends on the horizon, what should you be looking for right now? Here are three trends to pick up now, rejoice in later:

kimono oriental


The emphasis here is on opulence. Keep an eye out for:

  • Exotic silks
  • Vintage kimonos
  • Oriental-inspired floral prints
1920s / Flapper

On the horizon courtesy of the upcoming The Great Gatsby film. Avoid anything too costumey. Beading and drop-waist frocks are all good, but for something even more unique and likely to be on-trend look for the more subtle 1920s fashion and 1930s inspirations:

Mod / 60s

Away from the 50s and early 60s prom style, look for things like:

  • Short hems, especially shift or sheath dresses, a-line and babydoll styles
  • Peter pan collars
  • Fur chubbys
  • Lace dresses, and
  • Pretty much anything that you might imagine on Jane Birkin or Jean Shrimpton

Naturally there’s one more key thing to remember: only make the purchase when the quality & fit are right. A vintage find is only as good as it is wearable, and any piece – on-trend or not – should still be worthy of your carefully curated wardrobe.

Above image: Guinevere Van Seenus in Vogue UK, April 2011.

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